BRIEF:
To build a tourist village that helps visitors to learn about the history of human evolution which not only sensitizes, but spreads awareness about the changing relationship between nature, natives and the country of Australia.

PREMISE

Evolution and history of civilization have come a really long way beyond consciousness as they have moulded the identity of human as a species. We have built more on innovation and assumed control of various aspects of our planet eventually classifying ourselves as a separate entity and not a part of nature. A term like ‘manmade’ holds a different meaning today even though man was made by nature and we see a distinct ideological gap between the two. One of the evident places where we saw these two ideologies go against each other was the continent of Australia which was one of the last countries to be colonized by Britain Empire. It is a country that stands today as a crucible of globalization in the face of the modern world. It’s perceived as one of the youngest countries which came into existence in 1901. But the history of Australia goes way beyond this perception.

The history of Indigenous Australians began at least 65,000 BC years ago when humans first populated Australia, who is familiarly known as aboriginals. About 500 of these miniature countries, were traditionally organized in semi-nomadic small tribes each with its own language, land and varied culture originating from a common spiritual belief – “Alcheringa” or Dreamtime. This philosophy considered nature as the reason for all existence and every element has its role in shaping the destiny of the world.
But where are they now? How and why this dissociation with nature happened?

CHALLENGE

There has been ample evidence and awareness about this overriding of history of Australia with a different civilization taking over. The divide has brought out huge rifts that are tough to span between human, cultures and nature. But what if there are attempts from both ends to heal gaps and create a collective identity.
As new Australia inclusively moves ahead in time with a more unified approach, there’s a fresh wave of hope that embarks on equality. This includes landmark judgements like transferring the ownership of sacred lands back to these communities again under a legal framework. Several educational and employment initiatives by the Government to build access to equal opportunity. This began a series of initiatives where aborigine origin people have access to good urban education and equal opportunity in urban areas.
However, the problem with these initiatives is that they break their already dwindling chain of knowledge that is transferred to the coming generations. This brings a new awareness of approaching aborigines and their role in the economy.

SUBMISSION

You have to deliver an architectural outcome on the following site, based on the given outlines.
• A maximum 8 nos. – 5640px x 8640px sheet in portrait digital format (JPEG) or higher.
• Answer 8 FAQ questions in the discussion section as given on the ‘additional materials folder’. This folder contains: Full resolution Map images, CAD Drawing file of Site, FAQ Questions. Minimum requisites in the sheets (For a complete submission):
• Site plan (Compulsory)
• Key conceptual sections x 1 (Minimum)
• 3D views x 4
• Cover image of size 2000 x 1000 px or larger in aspect ratio 2:1..
• Floor plans, images, sketches (if any) can be added to support the entry in the form of additional images.

+ Use exploded views to discus multi levelled conceptual models better.
+ Ensure that the final sheets which are submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
+ Mention sheet number on corner of every sheet.
+ This is an architecture ideas challenge. There is no built commission associated with the problem
+ Plagiarism of any idea / form / design / image will be disqualified with a notice.

Learn more on https://competitions.uni.xyz/we-australia

TIMELINE
Launch April 8, 2019
Brief release date: April 23, 2019
Last Date of Registration: September 3, 2019.
Submission Deadline: September 13, 2019.
Public Voting begins: September 14, 2019.
Public Voting ends: October 14, 2019.
Result Announcement: October 24, 2019.

First Prize: 5000$

1st Runner up: 1750$
2st Runner up: 1750$
3st Runner up: 1750$
People’s Choice 1st most appreciated project: 1000$
People’s Choice 2nd most appreciated project: 1000$
13 Honorable mentions for the best received projects: 200$ x 13 Each

We Australia