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January 31st, 2012

The National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has shaped and been shaped by the geopolitical history of the modern world. Destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, this site has a tumultuous history which has seen the likes of Simon Bolivar, colonial governors, and rebel armies pass through its environs. Today it is surrounded by a camp of homeless and displaced people, and it is unclear what will happen to the site in the future.  The complex relationship between its historical influences, the current political climate and presence of international actors will be explored in this research design competition.

The aim of this competition is to explore how a designer can respond to the cultural, environmental and political conditions at the centre of the world’s biggest disaster so far this millennium. It is unlikely to be built, but it could break creative boundaries critiquing the situation or provide solutions to some of the problems identified on the site.

We are looking for a conceptual proposal for the National Palace that combines its official function of office and residence of the President and its relationship to the informal settlements and communities in its environs. Take into account the space as a symbol of the crisis, democracy and power as well as the necessity for security.

Click here to download the full brief and submission requirements.

Competition dates:
Submission deadline: Monday 19th March
Competition presentation: Thursday 29th March

Submissions will be judged on research potential, innovation, creativity and evidence of an understanding of the situation in the design response. A shortlist of submissions will be invited to present their work to a panel of expert judges in our London office. Winner will receive a selection of influential humanitarian architecture books and have their work  eatured on the Article 25 website, blog and RIBA Knowledge Community for Development and Disaster Relief.

For more information and to submit expressions of interest and final submission please email competition@article-25.org

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think will be interested in the competition.

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