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Save Song – Ca Trù music center design challenge

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Save Song – Ca Trù music center design challenge

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Music, a form of expression that has been used over millennia to communicate, document and personalize our lives, has taken many forms today and evolved into bigger things. One of those bigger things is music as a tradition. Being a historical niche form of tradition, slowly fading into oblivion in the background, music has played an important role in maintaining various cultural identities of both communities and individuals. It is true when music is said to be an efficient communicating tool, especially in terms of traditions it propagates through ages.

Musical traditions across the world have traversed cultural and social obstacles to survive to this day. While some of them have already been erased from society due to no propagation, and some of them thrive to live and popularise themselves, there are some that are dwindling on the brink of extinction and require revival.

Traditional music needs to be protected as they speak of how humans as society progressed through the ages. How can we revive the position of traditional music in contemporary society?


Ca trù is a complex traditional musical culture that has been earmarked by UNESCO, as in need of urgent support for survival and propagation. This music is part of the intangible heritage of Vietnam, representative of the culture, skills and practice of locals through several generations.

Ca trù is a sophisticated chamber music tradition of northern Vietnam that was perfected over centuries but took a hit due to the diminishing number and age of practitioners. This form of music was used as a way to fulfil social purposes such as celebrations and worship. As the knowledge of this poetry is transmitted from generation to generation, there is the constant reinvigoration of this form as it interacts with its surroundings and this helps in creating an identity and sense of continuity, strengthening the community relations and cultural diversity.

The practice is propagated in society with verbal teachings by skilled members during communal activities or performances for local events. But the message of preservation can be amplified with the provision of a dedicated centre to exhibit the value of this cultural tradition.

Short Description

The architecture competition brief calls for a musical centre design for Ca trù music form, where the tradition is both taught and performed for visitors.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Winner 6000$
Runner – Up – 1400$ x 6
People’s Choice – 600$ x 4
Honorable Mention – 600$ x 12

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens April 14, 2021
Registration Closes April 18, 2022
Deadline to Submit Project January 19, 2022
Winners announcement Date June 16, 2022



Location of Competition

Trelew, Vietnam

Location of Project (if developed)

Trelew, Vietnam

Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition

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