Student Design Competition- A New Frontier: The Contemporary Border Crossing

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Student Design Competition- A New Frontier: The Contemporary Border Crossing

Border crossing involves a change of state; the crossing of a barrier between two nations. The nature and meaning of this barrier are very specific to its location and the different characters of the nations involved. Borders can mark dramatic transitions between different cultures, political systems, economies, and levels of freedom. They range from open and undefended to closed and heavily militarized.

In many places around the world, borders are under stress and evolving to respond to war, migration pressures, the ebb and flow of political alliances, the creation and removal of trade barriers, the threat of terrorism, the movement of illegal drugs and weapons, and the spread of disease.

Border crossing architecture is the physical manifestation of the balance between evolving security concerns and the desire to welcome visitors and newcomers while symbolically marking the entry into a new country.

The Canadian Academy of Architecture for Justice (CAAJ) invites architecture students to speculate on these issues in a design competition for a new border crossing. Submissions are welcomed from either studio groups or individuals. The design will be evaluated by a jury of experts, architects and industry professionals. Participants are highly encouraged to explore a wide spectrum of architectural responses from functional and practical at one end to philosophical and social at the other, including ways in which this building or complex could be integrated into the surrounding context and community, act as a catalyst for building a positive relationship between two nations, and address what a border entry means in today’s context.

Jury
-Brent Bellamy
Architect & Creative Director, Number TEN Architectural Group
Columnist, Winnipeg Free Press

-David Clusiau
Vice President of Design, NORR Architects & Engineers
CAAJ Chair

-Julie Snow
Founding Principal, Snow Kreilich Architects
Ron Rienas
General Manager, Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

-Ron Rienas
General Manager, Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

-Sontaya Bluangtook
Senior Associate, UNStudio

-Stephanie Fleming
Architect, NORR Architects & Engineers
CAAJ Competition Co-Chair & Secretary


Short Description

Border crossing involves a barrier between two nations; the nature and meaning of this barrier are very specific to its location and the different characters of the nations involved. The Canadian Academy of Architecture for Justice (CAAJ) invites architecture students to speculate on these issues in a design competition for a new border crossing. Participants are highly encouraged to explore a wide spectrum of architectural responses from functional and practical at one end to philosophical and social at the other, including ways in which this building or complex could be integrated into the surrounding context and community, act as a catalyst for building a positive relationship between two nations, and address what a border entry means in today’s context.




Organizer

Canadian Academy of Architecture for Justice

Link to Competition

Link to Registration form

Prizes

First prize is $3,000 CAD, second and third prizes are $1,000 CAD each.

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

Participants must register for the competition on the CAAJ website (www.caaj.ca). Each participant must be enrolled as a student at a recognized school of architecture. Winners will be required to provide proof of enrollment. Individual competitors or teams are welcome to participate.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens January 31, 2023
Registration Closes June 30, 2023
Deadline to Submit Project June 30, 2023
Winners announcement Date August 31, 2023

Languages

English

Location of Competition

International

Location of Project (if developed)

International

Additional Information

Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition

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