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Schumacher to judge contest for new European microstate

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The world’s ‘third smallest sovereign state’, Liberland has launched an ideas competition for its national masterplan

Founded in April, the fledgling republic claims to occupy a 7 km² plot of disputed territory between Croatia and Serbia on the Western bank of the Danube.

High-density proposals which communicate Libertarian and Anarcho-Capitalist values are sought for the country which has yet to be recognised by any United Nations state.

Judges include Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects and associate dean of research at Illinois Institute of Technology Vedran Mimica.

Schumacher announced the creation of Liberland on his Twitter and Facebook accounts earlier this year and is one of the two lead strategists behind the competition.

According to the brief: ‘Rather than purely fantastical or artistic schemes, Liberland seeks radically creative, yet mature proposals for a fertile, high-density city-nation of the 21st century, responsive to its advanced contemporary network society.’ 

The document continued: ‘The goal is to achieve an artificial ecosystem of high permeability, fluidity, flexibility, and entrepreneurial potential in a complex variegated urban order that functions as a coherent, unified system yet retains highly adaptive to local conditions, groups, individuals, institutions and organizations by activating light-touch rule-based design networks and symbioses.’

Around 340,000 applications for Liberland citizenship have so far been received however access to the territory is currently blocked and the country’s founder, Czech politician Vít Jedlička, has previoulsy been held by border guards for entering the site.

The deadline for registration is 5 December.

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