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Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design "Women’s House" in Africa

Senegal Architecture News - Jan 6, 2021 - 13:55   4871 views

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

The 2021 edition of Kaira Looro Competition has been launched and calls for architects, designers, engineers, and students from around the world to design "Women’s House" in Africa.

An international architecture competition, organised by the Balouo Salo Non Profit Organisation, will promote equality and combat discrimination in this year's edition. The winning project will be built in southern Senegal.

The aim of the competition is to launch the careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

"Rural development, the breaking down of barriers, a reduction in inequality, and the creation of a sustainable and stable environment all depend on the hard work which every member of society invests, both directly and indirectly, in the collective," said the competition. 

"Gender equality is crucial to the construction of an equitable society in which everyone, on the basis of their background and resources, can make a fundamental contribution to sustainable development."

World Architecture Community is official media partner of this year's competition and will share the results of the competition once the competition is ended. 

Early registrations will be opened on January 16, 2021 and late registrations will end on April 30, 2021 (11.59 pm GMT). Registrations can be made on this page once the registration link is online.

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of individuals under 35 years of age on the team.

The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects and institutions, among which: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Urko Sanchez (Urko Sanchez Architects), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA), Oulimata Sarr (Regional Director of UN Women West and Central Africa), Lehau Victoria Maloka (Director of Women Gender and Development Directorate of African Union Commission), Salimata Diop Dieng (Minister of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection of Senegal), Azzurra Muzzonigro (Sex and the City).

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honourable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50. 

The winning project will receive a cash prize (5.000 €) and an internship at Kengo Kuma & Associates studio in Japan, as well as the construction of the project and its adoption on the part of the Ministry at the national level. 

The other internships will be awarded to the 2nd place team at the EMBT Miralles Tagliabue studio in Spain and to the 3rd place at the SBGA Blengini Ghiradelli Archtiects in Italy. 

Furthermore, all of the projects will be published on the competition’s website and in its official book, transmitted to 30 of the competition’s global media partners, and shared with institutional partners.

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

The "Women’s House", the object of this new edition, will be built in a small village in southern Senegal in order to promote gender equality as a key factor in rural development. 

This structure must be symbolic, environmentally friendly, inspired by local traditions, and capable of accommodating training events, seminars, and laboratories that raise awareness in the rural community regarding human rights and gender equality as the fifth fundamental objective of the "Sustainable Development Goals" established by the United Nations for the purpose of guaranteeing that everyone receive equal access to education, medical care, and employment, as well as a say in decision making processes, thereby promoting sustainable economies which are a benefit to society and humanity and as a whole.

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

"The challenge which participants will have to face is that of designing a humanitarian structure in which the various members of society will be able to meet and discuss the topics of equality and human rights: a space measuring a maximum of 150 square meters, with only a ground floor, built with natural materials and using sustainable technologies in a process of self-construction with the benefiting community itself," added the competition.

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

The competition is organised by the Balouo Salo Non Profit Organisation, engaged in charitable projects in Africa, and all proceeds (obtained from the participation fees) will be donated to the construction of the winning project in a village in southern Senegal, where the organisation itself operates.

Enrolment in the competition officially begins on 16 January 2021. Please see the detailed calendar of the competition below. 

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

Project site

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

Kaira Looro Competition 2021 calls for architects and students to design

Registration

Opening of “early” registrations: January 16, 2021 

Closing of “early” registrations: February 28, 2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT) 

Opening of “normal” registrations: March 1, 2021 

Closing of “normal” registrations: March 28, 2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT) 

Opening of “late” registrations: March 29, 2021 

Late registration closing: April 30, 2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT)

FAQ response deadline: May 8, 2021

Delivery deadline for documents: May 30, 2021 

Evaluation of the jury: June 13-20, 2021 

Publication of results: June 27, 2021

Download guidelines and gender equality documents on the competition's webpage

All Materials (available after registered): Building materials & datas, Project site, villages, Photos, Frameworks, AUTOCAD, Layouts.

All images courtesy of Kaira Looro Competition

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