Architecture for Humanity is hosting a design competition to re-envision the future of decommissioned military space.

From military space to civic space

Could you re-envision the more than 750,000 abandoned bunkers that pepper the Albanian landscape? Or conceive a second life for the recently bombed Libyan military strongholds? Is there a way to use environmental diplomacy to re-imagine Guantanamo Bay Detention Center?

These are some of the questions that Architecture for Humanity is asking as part of its 2011 Open Architecture Challenge – [un]restricted access – to help communities reclaim abandoned, closed and decommissioned military sites.

Every other year, Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Challenge brings international attention to issues in the built environment affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of underserved communities.

This year’s design competition is an open invite to the global design and construction community to identify retired military installations close to them, to collaborate with local stakeholders and to reclaim these spaces for the social, economic, and environmental good.

The six-month competition requires designers to work with the communities surrounding former places of conflict to transform once hostile locations into civic spaces built for the public good.

Entrants will be asked to identify a site in or near their community and develop a design concept for that site. The only rule is that it must be an abandoned, closed (or scheduled for closure) or decommissioned military site. If entrants cannot find a local site, they can choose a site identified by Architecture for Humanity.

Registration for the challenge ends on 31 March 2012, with proposals due by 1 May 2012.

For more information about 2011 Open Architecture Challenge  [un]restricted access, click here

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