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Student contest launched for South African wildlife centre

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Arquideas is inviting architecture students and recent graduates to participate in an ideas contest for an International Wildlife Centre (IWC) in north-east South Africa

Proposals are sought for a new visitor centre providing accommodation for tourists and volunteers in the Kruger National Park.

The two million hectare game reserve features a range of large animals including elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses and buffalos.

According to the competition brief: ‘The IWC will not be a traditional visitor centre that simply transmits information, but rather it will seek to raise and disseminate awareness about the importance of animal protection to its visitors, encouraging them to become the volunteers that are so necessary to protect and prolong the existence of wildlife.’ 

The document continued: ‘The idea is to create a space that has a strong attraction to a public of all ages, a space visited by tourists who love wildlife, as well as professionals and volunteers who desire to help with the conservation of the fauna of this ecosystem.’

The competition jury includes MVRDV director Nathalie de Vries and Felipe Assadi – the dean of architecture at Finis Terrae University in Chile.

The first prize winner – set to be announced on 27 February – will receive £3,000.

The deadline for registration is 16 January.


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