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Architecture for Humanity reveals winners of 2011 Open Architecture Challenge

05 Aug 2012 (Last Updated August 5th, 2012 18:30)

The design scheme by the Lisbon Architecture Collective for the Portuguese Ocean & Coastline Observatory (OCO) has won the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge conducted by the Architecture for Humanity.

The design scheme by the Lisbon Architecture Collective for the Portuguese Ocean & Coastline Observatory (OCO) has won the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge conducted by the Architecture for Humanity.

The Lisbon Architecture Collective’s proposal to redesign the Trafaria defence batteries outside Lisbon has been chosen as winner out of the 508 design teams from 71 countries around the world.

The bi-annual humanitarian design competition focused on re-imagining former military sites.

Lisbon Architecture Collective proposes to reuse the military buildings to supervise the sustainable preservation of the coast and help preserve Portuguese heritage.

Under the proposed design scheme, the cannon-laden battery along the coastline will be used as defence against threats of environmental abuse.

Architecture for Humanity believes that the abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighbourhoods and split entire communities.

The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge sought proposals from architects to redesign the decommissioned military facilities.

During the competition, proposals were sought from design and construction companies to identify decommissioned military facilities in their area that could be redeveloped in collaboration with local stakeholders to reclaim the spaces for social, economic, and environmental good.

Entries were evaluated based on five judging criteria, which included community impact, contextual appropriateness, ecological footprint, economic viability, and design quality.

Paicho Huts, a Ugandan proposal to transform a former Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp to benefit rural countrymen has won the Founders’ Award for the entry best reflecting Architecture for Humanity’s mission.

As per the Ugandan architect Andrew Amara’s proposal, an army outpost will be reopened as a combination clinic, community center, market and memorial gallery.