Register: SEP/04/2019, Submit: SEP/04/2019, Eligibility: Anyone; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: Competition A: 1st Prize: 50,000 PLN (Polish Zloty) (about 11,645 EUR), 2nd Prize: 30,000 PLN (about 6,990 EUR), 3rd Prize: 20,000 PLN (about 4,660 EUR); Competition B: 1st Prize: 10,000 PLN (about 2,330 EUR), 2nd Prize: 6,000 PLN (about 1,400 EUR), 3rd Prize: 4,000 PLN (about 930 EUR); Competition C: Photography Category: 10,000 PLN (about 2,330 EUR), Film Category: 10,000 PLN (about 2,330 EUR)
The MBA is a cyclical event, taking place in Kraków since 1985. Each edition was a truly special forum for exchanging ideas and experiences amongst architects from around the world. The accompanying competitions, exhibitions, presentations and lectures are a unique attraction in this part of Europe for all those involved in architecture. During the previous MBAs, the organised competitions were an opportunity to emerge also in the media space, valuable both for beginners and experienced architects from around the world.
Within the MBA Kraków 2019 three competitions will be held:
- Competition A – architectural and urban competition
- Competition B – seminar competition
- Competition C – multimedia competition
SUBJECT OF THE MBA KRAKOW 2019
As the role of the historic European city centres changes, from an industrial base to a recreational, cultural and educational role, the situation of the urban rivers changes as well. The Vistula River running through Kraków, was once the central artery of transportation for the urban economy. That has changed. The river now gives the city a major recreational quality, with calm waters and green banks. Could this relationship between the city and its river now be reinterpreted, be given a stronger connection, a boost with new facilities, some new life and new functions, a new significance for the whole urban environment?
The Old Town of Kraków is still dominated by the mighty Wawel castle, towering over the river banks. North of the Wawel hill, the town centre, with the grand public space Rynek as its centre point, is contained within the boundaries of the old fortifications. This area, Planty, was turned into a lush urban park in the early 19th century. When this encircling park reaches the north side of Wawel and it is close to the river, for some reason it misses the connection. Could this area along the northern bend of the river, next to the castle, be ‘the missing link’ for the town, where the Old Town could meet the new recreational resources of the river and the historic significance of the castle? Could this area, between Planty and Vistula River, be where the 13 million annual visitors to the city could find new and exciting facilities, and where inhabitants could have an experience completing the urban narrative?
This area, squeezed in between the Old Town, the castle and the river, may give an opportunity to find some answers – through the uses of urban design, architecture and design – to some of the challenges that are raised. For new decades, with growing concerns for the environmental balance, with more frequent river flooding and also more emphasis on green and blue recreation, the connection between the town and the Vistula River could challenge a new generation of architects and designers to rethink their roles in historic urban development.
1. Competition A has an open idea (conceptual) character. The aim of the competition is to select the best project referring to the idea, subject and title of MBA Kraków 2019 – “CONNECTIONS – The Town and the River”.
2. Connections, mentioned in the MBA’s title, are a set of actions in the search of a new orientation within the Old Town urban space in the relation to the bank of the Vistula River. The state to be experienced today reveals the lack of mutual signals sent by the town and the river. During a walk along the Old Town streets one has no signs of a route leading towards the river, even if one is aware of its presence. To those who do not have this knowledge, public space will not “tell” anything in this respect. In the opposite direction, from the river bank towards the Old Town, one could do with more spatial attraction as well. A fresh look at this relationship, and actions towards an improvement are the main considerations of the MBA debate.
What could such improvements be like? This is the key question to Participants.
The scope of interventions proposed by Participants may vary from urban planning and architectural solutions, to spatial installation, visual information and signage or even to digital solutions.
The subject of the Seminar competition will include papers / presentations / manifestos that contribute to the theory serving the practice of shaping a human-friendly environment related to the main topic of the MBA Kraków 2019: “CONNECTIONS – The Town and the River”. In this year’s Biennale, works that contribute to broadening the scope of knowledge, theory and practice of establishing connections of historic cities and rivers are welcome. Presentations may involve historic, theoretical, descriptive and / or model aspects of shaping such connections (or describing the lack of such connections) as well as their visions, designs and realisations. A certain degree of abstraction or speculation is also welcome; the Participants are invited to interpret the main topic in a free manner.
Multimedia competition – The aim of the Competition is to select the best competition entry related to the subject of the MBA and operating a tool such as a video camera or a camera.
Competition entries can be submitted in the following categories:
- “Photography” – may consist of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 photographs
- “Film” – a short film form in popular multimedia format, with duration not exceeding 3 min
Photos submitted for the Competition can be made in black and white or colour.