Finalists from the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge, [UN]Restricted Access will be showcased at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, August 28 - November 25, 2012, before commencing an international tour. By broadening the conversation around the future of ex-military bases through forums like the Biennale, we increase the chance of making these projects a reality.
Finalist Designs: Transforming Military Space to Civic Space
[OCO - Ocean Conservatory & Observatory] near Lisbon, Portugal.
Paicho Huts near Gulu, Uganda
The Store - Pillbox Conversion in rural New Zealand
Alter Your Native Belfast // Alternative Belfast in Belfast, Northern Island
PLUG-In HEBRON - People Liberated Urban Gaps In Hebron in Old City of Hebron, Israeli Occupied Palestinian West Bank
Magazine Hill: A weathered continuum, in Pretoria, South Africa
Humboldthain Food Cooperative in Berlin, Germany
To read more about the Finalists, check out this recent feature on [UN]Restricted Access in Wired Online.
The [UN]Restricted Access Installation at the Venice Biennale:
Your mission is to help extend the reach of this important conversation to a broader audience. With your support, the winning designs submitted as part of the design challenge will compose an interactive, four-month installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale called 'The Bunker':
About [UN]Restricted Access:
Dotting the global landscape, thousands of decommissioned military installations are leaving their mark. These abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighborhoods and split entire communities.
While these sites and structures are often abandoned without plans for sustainable use, Architecture for Humanity sees them as opportunities for community investment and redevelopment. The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge, [UN]Restricted Access, asked architects and design teams to work in collaboration with community groups to develop innovative solutions to re-imagine how closed, abandoned and decommissioned military sites could be repurposed as inspired places for public use.
About Architecture for Humanity:
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