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IABR – International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Holland

30 Sep 2009

squatcity competition


In the course of the Symposium “The Future of the Informal” at the 4th International Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (NAI Rotterdam) the winners of the Squatcity-Urbaninform Competition have been announced.

squatcity competition Rotterdam

The winning projects and honorable mentions were selected by the Squatcity-Urbaninform Jury out of 60 entries in the categories: DESIGN (Space, Technology and Material), SOCIO-ECONOMICS (Participation and Empowerment) and POLITICS (Good Urban Governance).

The Jury was composed of members of the IABR curatorial team: Tim Rieniets (IABR), Fabienne Hoelzl (IABR), Can Altay (IABR-Refuge), Michelle Provoost (IABR-Makable Society), Georgeen Theodore (IABR-Community), Stephen Cairns (IABR-Reciprocity), Bart Goldhoorn (IABR-Collective) and Rainer Hehl (IABR-Squat).

squatcity competition Winners

Manavsadhna Creche – Waste recycling, Yatin Pandya
Manavsadhna Creche

Productive Public Space in Kibera Nairobi, Kounguey Design Initiative
Kibera Nairobi

The Cook, the Farmer his Wife and their Neighbor, Marjetica Potrc and Wilde Westen group
Marjetica Potrc and Wilde Westen group

HONORABLE MENTION (Runner-up on third prize)
Rikea, Antonio Scarponi and Marco Lampugnani
Rikea, Antonio Scarponi and Marco Lampugnani

HONORABLE MENTION (Subcurators’ selection outside of the competition)
MYC4 – Eradicating poverty through business, Mille Kristine Klink and MYC4

squatcity competition Jury Report

The entry ‘Manavasadhna Creche-Waste Recycling’ from Yatin Pandya won first prize, with overwhelming acceptance.
The project inspired the jury not only as a best-practice project that shows how to upgrade living conditions in an informal settlement by the integration of an community crèche, but also by showing how to build a centre entirely out of recycled material as a participatory process!

The second prize was awarded to the Kounguey Design Initiative with their project ‘Productive Public Space in Kibera Nairobi’, and the third prize went to the Wilde Western group with their project ‘The cook the farmer, their wife and their neighbor’, Amsterdam. Both projects convinced the jury as strong design and community building initiatives to revitalize neighborhoods.

Because of its exemplary character, the curatorial team has decided to award a Honorable Mention to ‘Rikea’ by Antonio Scarponi and Marco Lampugnani and also to “MYC4 – eradicating poverty through business, Mille Kristine Klink/MYC4”, although the project was not part of the competition.

The Squatcity-Urbaninform Competition went from February until end of May 2009 and helped collecting projects to kick off the Urbaninform platform. The Urbaninform Platform is a web-based network for best practices in the Informal City. Initiators are Rainer Hehl and Jörg Stollmann, curators of the section “Squat – The Informal City under Construction” of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR 2009.

Local stakeholders, researchers, architects, city officials, NGOs, and other actors involved in the transformation processes of the Informal City can publish their projects on Urbaninform and hence contribute to the ongoing discussion about the future of our cities. With urbaninform, microenvironments and their actors will get globally connected to a network for knowledge exchange and exemplary practice.


squatcity Rotterdam

squatcity competition, The Netherlands / Global
1st prize : $2000, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500
4th IABR [International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam] / ETH switzerland

We are announcing a competition for the 4th IABR [International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam]
concerning the topic of squatting as a paradigmshift in urban design.

The aim of the project is to search for innovative, though practicable low-tech solutions to enable slum dwellers to live in a sustainable and dignified environment.

The 4th IABR exposition [International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam] and the ETH switzerland are launching a competition about innovative though practicable low-tech solutions on urban, building and tool scale to enable the slum dwellers – 31.6% of the worlds urban population – to live in a sustainable and dignified environment.

The winners and all mantained projects will be published on the 4th IABR exposition and on the upcoming innovative network.

Location: NAI Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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