In 1991, Medellin was considered to be the most violent city in the world with almost 20 people being shot every day, and one of the five most corrupt cities of Colombia in the year 2003.
Society was marked by violence and a strong sense of inequality. The social classes were very established and the neighborhoods were not united, rather they were separated according to social levels that divided the population.
The main problem in Medellin was drug trafficking. The drug cartels had the power in the irregular settlements of the city called “comunas”. The traffickers were turning into public figures such
as the dangerous Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, also known as the Mexican, or the world famous Pablo Escobar, perhaps the best reference to an eccentric lifestyle of the time.
for the people. One of the keys to change was the transparency of political activity. In 2011, Medellin was one of the five cities with the highest transparency rate (from1.95 over 5 to 4.6 over 5 on transparency ratings).
During the past years public infraestructure have been developed to connect the territory’s peripheral neighborhoods. Pedestrian bridges have been built as well as the iconic “metrocable”, bus routes and soon incorporating a Tram. The most succesful intervention were the public facilities in the city. New projects of all scales have taken over public spaces and now also act as meeting spots for the population.
The local government believes education and culture are key factors in the city’s transformation. Having taken these elements into account, the city has progressed considerably, but continues to grow and improve constantly. Nowadays Medellin is an important reference in architecture around the world, and is a perfect example of what is known as social urbanism.
Medellin Experimental Social Housing will mainly accommodate a group of homes that take into account the current variety of people or families living in one place (single-parent families, classic families, students, people working from home, etc.). Aside from this, new housing will have to offer an important part of public space, viewing this as areas for relating to others and recreation.
Special attention will be paid to the many uses that may be given to a home, such as recreational, commercial or productive. The relationship of homes with outdoor space and the formation of the city must also be considered. Each team may approach housing from different views, either public or private housing, or from an informal view such as self-building or occupation.
This category will accept architecture and related fields undergraduate students who can prove their student status on the day the competition launches with some official document (student ID or enrolment papers).
Graduate, masters, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in some official course can also participate, but only if they obtained their undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago.
The 3 year rule applies to graduate, masters and PhD students who are CURRENTLY ENROLLED only!
3.1.2 Young Architects
This category will accept young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago (according to their degree expedition date) can also join the competition and opt to win the “young gradautes” prize which will be awarded separately from the student prizes.
In both categories teams can be formed by just one member or up to six (6). Members of a team don’t necessarily have to be students at the same university or live in the same country.
It is not necessary that all members of a team are architecture specialists. Having a photographer, artist, philosopher, etc. on a team can help to see the project in a new way, thus enriching the final result. However, it is recommended that at least one member of the team has some experience in architecture.
The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.
The jury will be formed by the following members: Presidente del jurado:
Jordi Badía - President
Josep Bohigas - Piso piloto
Zaida Muxí - Housing lab
Ethel Baraona - Architecture critic
Federico Ortiz - Young architect
Julio Serna - Local architect
*All members of the jury have expressed their willingness to take part in the voting process of this competition. However, their participation is subject to their professional commitments.
May 19th 2014 Special Entry period ends
May 20th 2014 Early Entry period starts
Jun 16th 2014 Early Entry period ends
Jun 17th 2014 Regular Entry period starts
Jul 14th 2014 Regular Entry period ends
Jul 31th 2014 Submission deadline
Ago 11-15st 2014 Jury meeting
Sep 10th 2014 Winners announce