Register: 10/18/2017, Submit: 10/18/2017, Eligibility: Architecture students, under-graduate or post-graduate students; individually, teams up to 6 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 2,000,000 JPY (Japanese yen) (about 18,025 USD), 2nd Prize 500,000 JPY (about 4,505 USD), 3 x 3rd Prize 100,000 JPY (about 900 USD) each, 2 x Commendations – prize gift each; transportation and accommodation costs for one person for participation in the final jury
Many buildings in America, Canada and Europe, keep high value for many years. And, the longer a building stands the more its owners’ attachment to it grows, and the more the building become an essential part of its townscape. Japan has many historical timber buildings which show their traditional beauty to each new generation. It is well-known that timber buildings have advantages in terms of the natural environment and their user’s feeling of well-being. The myth that timber buildings are weak against fire and earthquake has been overturned, as new technologies have significantly improved the material’s stability and proof against fire. This has made possible the building of large-scale timber structures in city centers, where only fire-proof buildings are allowed – making ‘the City of Timber’ a possibility. The Shelter Corporation imagines a world of urban ‘forests’? Cities formed of timber-framed buildings. In many places, this dream is becoming real. Our aim overlaps with the peoples’ recognition that our global environment must be sustainable. This issue is now very apparent, and will become increasingly important during this century.
Of course, sustainable buildings constructed in wood must function well and have the highest quality of design. The world awaits the new generation of young, talented architects who can create such buildings.
So, we invite ambitious architectural students from all over the world to join this student ideas competition. At the final jury, the short-listed students will have the opportunity to discuss their designs and receive the critique of the jury? All of whom are world class architects – and be encouraged in a warm and supportive atmosphere. It is our aim that this competition will be a gateway to success in the architectural profession, and that the young student entrants will grow to become important architects. The results of the competition will be published in a variety of media, as part our mission to promote the improvement of our natural and built environments, all over the world.
Our aim is that ‘The Shelter Design Competition for Students of Architecture’ will be recognized as the most important architectural competition of its type in the world, and a gateway for young architects students to become World-Class Architects.
The Shelter Corporation, President & CEO, Kazuyoshi Kimura
Theme: The Reconstruction of Commons Today
In rural regions and fishing villages there still exist “commons” such as mountains, forests and water areas that are jointly managed and utilized by the local community. It could be said however, that such commons are almost nonexistent in urban areas (especially in Japan). This is because in the process of modernization, land, building, and objects were designated either under private ownership or public ownership, and a society based on systems of exchange through currency and redistribution through tax had in particular come to shape urban space. People are to an extent satisfied with such urban spaces so long as the increase in population and economic growth continues, yet when such aspects begin to show signs of decline it becomes a matter of the survival of the fittest, giving rise to various issues such as widening disparity. As a countermeasure, what is indeed necessitated is the reconstruction of commons that engage people within the urban context. Furthermore, in rural regions and fishing villages, the natural resources of commons that have been maintained thus far cannot be sufficiently utilized due to the declining population, as a result becoming more difficult to sustainably manage. That is to say, the reconstruction of commons is something that is necessitated not only within the city, but also in rural regions and fishing villages.
What do you consider as shared resources in the city? Can we maintain and manage the resources of rural regions and fishing villages as we have done so far? How can we ensure accessibility to resources? How can architecture respond to these issues? I look forward to receiving many dynamic and interesting proposals from students.