Ghana: 2011 Open ARchiTecture Challenge receives entries from over 30 countries
Nka Foundation is pleased to announce the results for the Ghana: 2011 Open ARchiTecture Challenge as follows: Grand Prize winning design is by Mitsuru Hamada; the Second Place is by Giuseppe Calabrese; and the Third Place is by Claire Taggart.
By: Nka Foundation
Organization Name: Nka Foundation, Box Up 1115, Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
Website URL: www.nkafoundation.org
Project Title: GHANA: 2011 OPEN ARchiTecture CHALLENGE
(International art+architecture Design Competition)
Contact Person: Barthosa Nkurumeh, PhD (Project Director)/ Frank Appiah Kubi,
Voice Phone Number: (+) 0246422934
Email Address: email@example.com, nkaprojects@
Nka Foundation (nkafoundation.org)
Thus, we were interested in design solutions that integrate art into architecture for a more sustainable future. We emphasized that the design should provide a comfortable, and multi-use of space and should be easily built from local materials and local labor at low cost for use by the international arts community. The international competition is of the Open Source Share, which implies that we aim at making the design process and design documents open to all who may use, improve and adapt them to generate a more practical and contemporary design trend for the region.
Twenty top finalists were chosen by the Preselection Jury of artists, architects, and administrator with relevant expertise, which were forwarded to the Main Jury. The Main Jury consists of architects, who work with architectural firms and architects associated with the academy; they were responsible for the selection of the grand prize winner who will receive $1,000 cash prize, the Second and Third Place who will receive $500 and $300 respectively. The winning project will be executed between August 2011 and August 2012 as a part of the Foundation’s Arts Village at Abetenim.
The Grand Prize winning design is Open Jewelry Loop (Entry #20) by Mitsuru Hamada from Japan; the Second Prize winning entry is Gye Nyame (Entry #8) by Giuseppe Calabrese from Australia; and the Third Prize was awarded to Abetenim Art Village (Entry #22) by Claire Taggart from UK. Winners are invited for the 2nd Kumasi Biennial Symposium: Community Arts in Focus which will run from July 16 to August 6, 2011 at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana where they are expected to present their designs. Prizes to the winners will be awarded at the symposium closing banquette.
Open ARchiTecture Challenge is a project of Nka Foundation (www.nkafoundation.org)
Come! Let’s generate choice for those who say they are economically underprivileged despite the abundance of inexhaustible local resources. Join us! For additional information go to www.nkafoundation.org.
GEORGE WILLIAM KOFI INTSIFUL, Architect, Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana; JOHN CHUN HAN LIN, Architect, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; VERENA MAEDER, Organic Architect, Solid Earth Adobe Buildings Ltd, New Zealand; JASON McDONALD; Architect, Rahoul Singh Design Associates, India; VINCENT VAN DER MEULEN, Architect, Enviu/OS-House, The Netherlands;
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Nka Foundation is an artist initiative founded in mid 2000, as a non-profit organization with focus on the arts for human capital development in sub-Sahara Africa. The Foundation continues to foster cross-cultural synergy for human capital development through community arts practice and infrastructure, especially in rural communities in the Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone African settings. Programme includes community arts residency, conference, special project, workshop, and exhibition.