Big Urban Crunch opposed to Big Ban

reTHINK!NG architecture competitions

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reTH!NKING architecture competitions lancia un nuova sfida per immaginare un nuovo modello di crescita della città in opposizione con quello attuale che consuma territorio e porta alla segregazione urbana. La proposta dovrà prevedere un intervento nella città di Nezahualcóyotl in Messico.

reTH!NKING philosophy
The reTH!NKING Team proposes contests far from the pessimism, with high doses of freshness and joy, restless and expansive. Definitively, it aims to stimulate and shake the architects heads who seem to be asleep and restore dignity to the profession. Being optimistic over all. The proposed competitions will be focused on 8 concepts which we think there is much to investigate and propose by architects. We understand that architecture can not be classified, as a single project reflects on various concepts relevant to contemporary culture, but enhance several of these main research topics.

The proposal, ambitious and fun, presents a new model of growth of the city, breaking with the ideals of expansion over the territory searching for higher density. A pattern more respectful with space that does not consume much ground, not fill the little space we have which change how the city is organized, rehabilitate the obsolete urban grid.

It is important to remember that as an ideas competition, not a full and complete formalization is required. We are interested in temporary processes that transform a sector of this spread city to other alternative. A rehabilitation process to a more green and sustainable urban ubanism. For this, the participant will have absolute freedom to pose any kind of interventio, ways of grouping, open spaces, parks, public spaces, ANYTHING.

The aim is to devise a strategy for urban rehabilitation on a fragment of this limitless grid with very low density (where has occurred sprawl phenomenon). We do not seek to demolish (houses, buildings, families), to propose on an empty plot a new city model. But how about a constructed reality (and lived) to promote a series of transformations that allow these same families over time, live better in a more sustainable and dense urban environment.

Yes we know, it is a great challenge, it is all about walking to a more sustainable living, more dignified and fair. The massive, serial and uncontrolled construction turns into houses poorly adapted to the needs of its users. It is urgent to find a formula to build a house without resorting to rigid industrialization without reflection. A flexible housing that allows accommodate families of different types that can be modified as needed, which can be chosen before inhabited. It is shown that a more compact growth produces less impact on the environment, we save in transport, construction, use of land... definitely the invasive dispersion is something to avoid, but what is the limit? What are the measures that ensure comfort, affordable and decent housing?

That's exactly the proposal launched, as progressive concentration over time while maintaining minimum that become maximum.

Nezahualcóyotl is one of the 125 municipalities of the Mexico State. It is located east of the Federal District and State of Mexico, has an area of 63.74 km2 and a population of 1,109,363 inhabitants. It is a young city that has grown exponentially in every way, both in infrastructure and endowments. There are a lot of schools, universities and places of entertainment such as auditoriums, parks, stadiums. On April 23rd, 1963 became a municipality, its urban layout stretched boundless especially in residential area.

All students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.

A total prize of 5,000 € will be distributed as follows:
- First prize 3.000 €
- Second prize 1.500 €
- Third prize 500 €
• Exhibition in Sevilla • Magazine publications • Blogs/architecture webs publications • reTHINKING official publiction
+ 10 Honorable Mention

INSCRIPTION Inscription periods will depend on the competition publication and will be divided as follows: Early 30 € + IVA / Regular 60 € + IVA / Advanced 90 € + IVA

- april 6th 2015 Early registration starts
- may 4th 2015 Early registration ends
- may 4th 2015 Regular registration starts
- june 15th 2015 Regular registrations ends
- june 15th 2015 Late registration starts
- july 10th 2015 Late registration and FAQ ends
- july 13th 2015 Submission deadline april
- july 20th-august 20th 2015 Proposal evaluation
- august 28th 2015 Winners announcements

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