UIA, International Competition for Students

Occasion and Objectives 

Every three years, the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) organises an international congress of architecture. From 22 to 26 July 2002 it will be holding its XXI World Congress of Architecture in Berlin, entitled "Resource Architecture" in co-operation with the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA. Accompanying the congress, an international urban design ideas competition will be held to promote young talent in the field of architecture. The aim of the competition is to collect design ideas for redeveloping an inner-city area in Berlin-Mitte. The ideas submitted are to make a user-oriented and resource-saving contribution to the development of this important district over the next thirty years and define an architecture for the 21st century. 

Urban, real estate and building development must meet the challenge of developments on an increasingly global scale by encouraging young people to enter architect's and planning offices, as well as construction, real-estate and finance companies and, in particular, by making optimal use of the latest information technologies and providing high-quality training. 

Given the topics of the current architectural debate - i.e. the European city, the social city, New Urbanism, mobility, the service-and-science society - the question arises about the future direction and architectural language of our cities. The redevelopment project for a site at Heidestrasse in Berlin-Mitte is to set an example for the development, interconnecting and "meshing" of inner-city wastelands. 

The competition results are to provide ideas and perspectives that indicate potential developments. The competition site in the very heart of the city, at the interface between the formerly separate eastern and western halves of Berlin, still symbolises the ruptures in the city's urban growth in the course of its history. The main objective is therefore to find solutions which will connect this inner-city redevelopment site with the existing urban fabric and build "bridges" between the existing urban areas. The redevelopment plan must therefore take into account the surroundings. 

This special location is to be given a new identity as a high-quality architectural showpiece for the city centre. 

Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) 

under the patronage of: 
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris 

in co-operation with the: 
Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Berlin 
Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten BDLA, Berlin 
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin 

in co-operation with, and supported by: 
agenda 4, Berlin 
DB Immobilien GmbH, Berlin 
VIVICO Management GmbH, Berlin 

The competition is open to students, and is designed as a single, open international ideas competition for the development of a defined urban area of Berlin. Unless otherwise stated, the procedure follows the UNESCO/UIA guidelines for international competition and those of the GRW 95. The entries are judged anonymously. The competition language is English. 

Students with architecture and/or urban planning as their main subjects who have studied for at least two years are entitled to participate in the competition. Students who have chosen landscape planning, architecture and art as their main subjects may only participate in co-operation with students of architecture and/or urban planning. Co-operation with students from other disciplines, such as structural and civil engineering, ecology, sociology, etc., is expressly desired. However, each participant may submit one competition entry only and has to confirm his/her authorship of the project by his/her signature on the `Declaration of Authorship?sheet. Each participant may contribute to one competition entry only and may not, therefore, participate in more than one work team. 

Each member of a work team must be named and have a right to participate. The organiser will make efforts to ensure that the competition designs are recognised by the universities as semester projects. 
Participants are not to be related to jury members, either directly or by marriage. 

Jury and Preliminary Examination 

Jury members: 
Kees Christiaanse Architect, Rotterdam/Berlin 
Peter Droege, Architect and Urban Designer, Sydney 
Jürgen Heyder, VIVICO Management GmbH, Berlin 
Ladislav Labus, Architect, Prag 
Kamel Louafi, Landscape Architect, Berlin 
Carmen Pinós, Architect, Barcelona 
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Architect, Miami 
Wolf Tochtermann, former Director of the Human Settlements Division at UNESCO, Paris 
Simon Ungers, Architect, New York/Köln 
Gesine Weinmiller, Architect, Berlin 
Liangyong Wu, Architect and Urban Designer, Peking 

The jury quorum for resolutions is seven members. The jury sessions will not be public. 

Deputy members 

Expert jurors 
The organiser reserves the right to appoint professional experts to advise on the preliminary examination and the jury. Experts who are invited to participate in the jury meeting will do so without having the right to vote. 

Preliminary examination (Organiser/Technical Committee) 

Organising office 
UIA Berlin 2002 
XXI World Congress of Architecture 
Koepenicker Strasse 48/49 
D - 10179 Berlin (Mitte) 
Carl Steckeweh 
Silja Winkler 
Fon ++49 - 30 - 27 87 34 46 
Fax ++49 - 30 - 27 87 34 12 

in co-operation with 
The Senate Administration for Urban Development Berlin 
Behrenstrasse 42 
D - 10117 Berlin 
Katrin Grünert, Thomas Neubauer 

1.06 Dispatch of Competition Brief Documents 
The competition documents will be available for downloading as of 1st September 2001 from www.uia-berlin2002.com

They consist of 
- information for participants 
- competition brief 
- overview plans/maps 
- site plan/layout plan of existing structures 
- aerial views and other photographs 
- digital model 
- keys 
- declaration of authorship (identification form) 
Documents may not be collected in person. 

Enquiries will be accepted online only and can be submitted until 12 p.m. (midnight) on Friday, 16th November 2001, under www.uia-berlin2002.com under the heading "FAQ". 
There, participants can read the questions already asked by others. Questions and answers will be compiled by the organiser and made accessible to participants on its website. 
All replies to enquiries are part of the competition brief. 

Important Dates 

1st September 2001 
publication of competition brief 

until 16th November 2001 
enquiries to UIA Berlin 2002 via its website 

until 31st January 2002 
registration and downloading of competition brief documents 

27th March 2002 
deadline for delivery of competition projects 

16th/17th May 2002 
jury session in Berlin 

21st July 2002 
press conference and opening of exhibition in Berlin 

25th July 2002 
presentation of prizes at the Berlin World Congress of Architecture 

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