Register: SEP/07/2018, Submit: SEP/07/2018, Eligibility: Architecture students, under-graduate, post-graduate students; individually, teams up to 6 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 1,000,000 JPY (Japanese yen) (about 9,150 USD), 2nd Prize 500,000 JPY (about 4,575 USD), 3 x 3rd Prize 100,000 JPY (about 915 USD) each, 2 Honorable Mentions – prize gift
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 await 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: WHAT IS “HOME-FOR-ALL?”
After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the “Home-for-All” project consisted of 16 homes built across towns in Sanriku. After the Kumamoto earthquake that occurred in 2016, a total of 93 “Home-for-All” were built within the region’s temporary housing site.
The “Home-for-All” had initially intended to be a small gathering place for the victims of the disaster and their children, to provide a place of comfort where the disaster-stricken people who have lost their homes can talk, eat and live closely with one another.
As we continued to develop the “Home-for-All” project however, we began to contemplate how it harbored a more profound and significant meaning. That is, it does not simply support people affected by the disaster, but also posts a question to architects themselves: what does sociality mean for architects? For whom is the architecture meant to be? Most architects would respond to this question with the answer, “for society.” How could we determine then, that this perception of “society” is not based on the self-righteousness or satisfaction of the architect? Aren’t architects simply looking upon society in an abstract way, detaching themselves from reality with a third-person’s point of view? I believe that it is necessary for architects to observe the actual society from within, make proposals that relate to the same perspective as the people who live there.
The “Home-for-All” is a project that is built upon the premise of “thinking together and creating together” with the community. It is an architectural manner that goes further than simply supporting the people affected by the disaster to question the most fundamental meaning of the future of public architecture. I would like students to present proposals that build from and go beyond the concept of “Home-for-All” from a perspective that takes into consideration of people living in our society today.