The 2014 Medellin Experimental Social Housing Architecture Competition: the bloggers’ pick of this week’s competitions!
International architectural competition for young architects and students organised by ArchMedium and under the name of Medellin Experimental Social Housing.
PROPOSAL: The local government intends to handle the housing programme in the near future. The competition proposes to regenerate the city through a new mix of building uses in the historic downtown area. Currently, the centre of the city is mostly given tertiary use (office buildings and commerce). This project revolves around implementing new residential use by reformulating the adjacent public spaces in a way that includes housing.
Language: English or Spanish
Location: Medellin, Colombia
Prizes: 1st Prize 2,500 EUR, 2nd Prize 1,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 500 EUR, 1st Prize (young Architects) 2,000 EUR
Type: Open competition for architects and architecture students.
In 1991, Medellin was considered to be the most violent city in the world with almost 20 people being shot every day, and one of the five most corrupt cities of Colombia in the year 2003. Society was marked by violence and a strong sense of inequality.
As an emergency response, Medellin has carried out social integration policies with the purpose of reducing violence and forming an inclusive city. During the past years, large public infrastructure has been developed to connect the territory’s peripheral neighbourhoods. The intervention with the most results has been the installation of public facilities and the improvement of the public space of the city. Nowadays, Medellin happens to become an important reference in architecture around the world, and is a perfect example of what is known as social urbanism.
The local government intends to handle the housing programme in the near future. Every year the population of Medellin grows by about 30,000 due to a flow of people from the countryside and into the city. These people usually settle in self-built houses on the mountainside, expanding the city limits in an informal and uncontrolled manner.
The contest forms part of Piso Piloto exhibit, which studies possible solutions that guarantee housing in the city. Two exhibits will be put together, one in the CCCB (Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona) and the other in the Antioquia Museum in Medellin. The final objective is the construction of a pilot neighbourhood based on this research.
The ESARQ’s Master of International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture students will participate in the following areas of the Piso Piloto project: arrebato and contrato.
A jury composed by six internationally recognised architects will vote the winning projects according to the contest criteria:
by Mia Pujol, ESARQ_UIC Publications Team