Books undisputedly play an unparalleled role in shaping the destinies of both individuals and societies alike and nothing guides man more effectively than books. However, it is a sad reflection that amongst other positive social values the culture of reading has also persistently been declining across the world. Libraries were the ‘cool’ places of our cultural fabric until the modern age. But with the invention of internet and an onslaught of digital revolution, libraries and reading spaces lost their essence and aura. To revive the diminishing reading culture what we immediately need is to re-interpret the image of a reading space and make it look more appealing to the masses.
Central Park is one of the most known and visited park in the world and is located in heart of New York City, becoming one of the most characterizing features of the city pattern. It is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 37–38 million visitors annually, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.
The competition seeks for the creation of a pavilion structure in the park that would house a public library/reading studio with an aim to promote reading culture among the general public and visitors. The proposal should aim to create a new-age library typology that would break away from the formal environment of existing libraries of the world. The spatiality of the library should be re-interpreted from boring and pragmatic to innovative, interesting and flexible typology of reading spaces and interior arrangements etc. The participants should focus on creating an experience for the user in the library space that will stimulate the mind to stay and spend time for longer periods.The competition seeks to create a 21st century ‘library in a park’ typology that will incorporate the social factor in a library.
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Prizes worth EUR 2500 are up for claim with the distribution as follows:
FIRST PRIZE: EUR 1200
SECOND PRIZE: EUR 800
THIRD PRIZE: EUR 500
Apart from the winners, the jury will select “10 Editors’ Choices” who will be featured on our website and several other international magazines and websites across the world. The winners and Editors’ Choices will be provided with an honorary certificate.
The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.
Early registration: – 1st June 2019- 30th June 2019
- For foreign nationals: 40 EUR PER TEAM
- For Indian nationals: 1200 INR PER TEAM
Standard registration: – 1st July 2019- 31st August 2019
- For foreign nationals: 60 EUR PER TEAM
- For Indian nationals: 1500 INR PER TEAM
Late registration: – 1st September 2019- 29th September 2019
- For foreign nationals: 80 EUR PER TEAM
- For Indian nationals: 1800 INR PER TEAM
Submission deadline: 30th September 2019
Result: 25th October 2019
*All deadlines are 11:59 PM- 00:00 IST (India)
As a part of our initiative to encourage more student participation, we offer great discounts if a minimum of 5 teams register from one particular architecture school/university. Contact us at [email protected] to avail the offer.
All the questions related to the competition can be mailed to us at [email protected] with ‘FAQ’ as the subject. All the participants are recommended to check our FAQ section by clicking on the ‘FAQ’ button below. All the relevant information about the competition will be updated here regularly.