Register: SEP/04/2019, Submit: SEP/04/2019, Eligibility: Architecture students, architects or related professions; individually, teams up to 8 members (members can be from different universities and countries, and from all disciplines: artists, philosophers, photographers), Fee: Individually 35 EUR, teams 45 EUR (MAY/30 – JUL/11/2019); individually 45 EUR, teams 60 EUR (JUL/12 – AUG/08/2019); individually 65 EUR, teams 85 (AUG/09 – SEP/04/2019); +IVA 21%; for every 10 teams 30% discount, Awards: 1st Prize: 1,000 EUR; 3 Accesits (1 by category): 500 EUR each; 9 Gold Mention (3 by category): 100 EUR each; 30 Honorable Mentions (10 by category); Special Award Rethinking: 100 EUR + registration for next contest valued 50 EUR
Under the Paris night of April 15, televisions and social networks, so the Notre-Dame cathedral is observed by the whole planet. The history of the city conserves Notre-Dame. A city that will never be like before, but that raises several questions: Is this global disaster an opportunity to collectively rethink the role of heritage in today’s culture? Are these great monuments, a system of immunity of cities against a culture of waste and immediate obsolescence? What is the dialogue that can be established between the past and contemporary architectures?
The Retreat Notre-Dame contest seeks to rethink the ways of intervening to establish a dialogue between the spaces of the past and the ways of life of the present. But what does the experience of the building look like, the silence about the ships, the lights of its stained glass windows, the views over the city of Paris? How to recover the cathedral of Notre-Dame, for the conditions of habitability of the 21st century? How are the aspects to intervene in a building that is in the imaginary, not only of the inhabitants of Paris but of all the people of the planet?
From Rethinking, we propose to think about the intervention in Notre Dame. Therefore, three categories: CONSERVATION, SUSTAINABILITY and INSTALLATION are proposed to allow you a greater wealth of proposals on Notre Dame and where all the categories will have their recognition and their economic prizes.
This is the objective of the contest, thinking about a great diversity of proposals: the role of Heritage in the XXI century, where each participant can choose and propose the discourse on which will be generated in the way of returning to the city of Paris, the cathedral of Notre-Dame.
The urban condition of Notre Dame, has its own peculiarities: its location on the island of the city, the water course of the Seine River, makes it rethink in the place and in the environment, from the closest to the global. A building where the symbols of the past coexist and also the experiences of the synchrony. How is it experienced? These aspects must be taken into account in order to be able to develop a completely valid discourse that results in a proposal for intervention in such a complex territory.
Rethinking Notre-Dame is a place to enjoy architecture, to share ideas, to propose new ways of inhabiting the past and the present. Therefore, the means to propose this contest are given and a collective learning process takes place. A space where the city, architecture, heritage are rethought as elements that configure the new habitability of the present.
Notre Dame is located on the small island of the city (surrounded by the waters of the Seine River), considered the old centre of the city of Paris. A space that Gui de Bazoches evoked in 1190 as “the head, the heart and the heart of Paris”. Its surface is approximately 22.5 ha.
In the context of the Island of the city, they remain next to Notre Dame, two buildings of the medieval period Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie. In addition, in its later part is the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation and the bridges that allow the connection with Paris. It is a space which has as a proposal understanding and internalize in order to propose an architecture at the height of a unique place in the world.
From reTH!NKING, we propose an open contest, without spatial delimitations. Therefore we ask: Is the intervention focused on the roof or inside the building? Is it located on the borders of the Notre Dame cathedral or does it cover part of the public space on the Island of the City?
Each participant will be able to define the limits of their intervention, remaining to seek the best conditions for the rehabilitation of Notre Dame.
The contest Rethinking Notre Dame seeks to reactivate Notre Dame, articulating its heritage and cultural values with contemporary habitability.
For this, there is no single vision like rehabilitating Notre Dame. That is why three categories are proposed in which the forms of intervention, conservation, sustainability and installation can be used.
The intervention can be a specific proposal or occupy part of the space around the Island of the City. The dependent uses of the chosen strategy, which are explained below.
- Conservation: the fundamental aspect to investigate will be how to return to the present the spatial, material and symbolic values lost after the fire. What is the intervention that allows a better continuity with the experience of the building? This will be the question to be addressed in this category.
- Sustainability: The ecological crisis has modified the way of understanding any relationship with the environment where we live. This category tries to approach the problem of sustainability both from a point of view of the incorporation of new technologies and the relationship with the natural and biological environment. What form of intervention allows a dialogue between these two components?
- Installation: This category talks about the unexpected, the flexible, the temporary. How to focus an intervention for a habitability in the 21st century? An unexpected use found in Notre Dame?, An indeterminate space that is activated with the events of the city of Paris?, A space of local management by the citizens of Paris? A space for art? Multiple possibilities whose main objective is how to install contemporary habitability in this space of the past.
These are the three categories to investigate. The spaces can be closed, open or semi-open depending on the intentions of each project, and can be established at any level of the enclave. Thus, there are no restrictions that may influence the decisions made by each participant.
Project freedom is absolute and the area of intervention is free, this contest proposes that the participant investigate the forms of intervention in heritage and its landscape. Study limits, scales, views, access, materiality are the keys to follow.