Europan, the European-wide housing competition for architects under 40 years of age, has opened for entries
The biennial competition, launched this year as Europan 13, seeks residential proposals for 49 separate sites in 15 participating European countries. Howeveer none of the contest plots are in the UK (see UK shuns world’s largest housing design competition).
All built environment professionals in Europe and graduates of European universities under 40 years of age are free to enter the anonymous competition. Teams must include at least one architect.
The programme is supported by national architecture bodies within each participating country who launch contests for their selected sites simultaneously on a common theme.
The UK has failed to support Europan since 2008 after CABE’s backing for the programme drew to a close.
UK competitors may nevertheless register for competition sites in any participating country of their choice.
The winning schemes – set to be announced on 4 December – will be implemented with the support of their local national architecture body.
The participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
This year’s theme is ‘The adaptable city 2: Self-Organization - Sharing - Project (Process).’
Projects will be expected to be resilient, adapt to changing social structures and harness economic design in the era of the ‘post-oil city’.
Proposals should also recognise the emergence of new ‘self-organised’ structures in roles previously dominated by the ‘welfare state’.
According to the competition announcement: ‘The essence of the European city is a certain sense of the community. A change is currently taking place from less “welfare state” to more “self organization”.
‘What will the new relation between the public and private domains be? Who will take care of the public domain if the state is less involved?’
The emergence of a new project-based approach to design is another theme. According to the document: ‘With communication tools and social networks in the rising, our culture grows less object-based; and this phenomena affects architecture and urbanism.
‘Many young architects are emerging though the implementation of projects presenting less physical objects, yet where the scope of the projects is as important as the objects involved.
‘The objects can already partly exist and the project is about managing the existing, dealing with social constructions, developing a context and raising the question of “urbanism with less or without growth”.’
Submissions must include a ‘strategic reflection project’ responding to the competition’s conceptual themes and a more detailed ‘urban-architectural project’ focussing on a clearly defined area of the site.
Digital submissions should include three panels with three images and a short text explaining the project.
The deadline for entries is 30 June.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Tel: +33 1 40 70 08 54