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Ideas contest launched for Flight MH17 memorial

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An open international ideas competition has been launched for a memorial to commemorate passengers who died aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17)

The contestseeks ideas for a new memorial and park in Amsterdam commemorating the 283 passengers and 15 crew who lost their lives in the disaster.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was shot down close to the Ukraine–Russia border on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Most of the passengers were from the Netherlands.

The explosion which downed the passenger jet is widely believed to have been caused by a surface-to-air missile launched from an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

According to the competition brief: ‘An international open ideas competition for architects and students [has been] initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy.This man-made tragedy has influenced thousands of lives in direct or indirect manner across the entire world.’

It continued: ‘Most of all this tragedy has affected the Netherlands - the Dutch nation that lost 193 souls in this catastrophe. Therefore Amsterdam, the departure point of this one way flight, was selected as a location for the MH17 Memorial.’

Organised by matterbetter in consultation with the Municipality of Amsterdam, the competition is open to architects, young professionals and students.

A £4,700 prize fund will be shared between the winners which are set to be announced on 20 January.

The deadline for registration is 10 December and submissions must be completed by 21 December.


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