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Call for registrations to "We Australia - Embracing Human Evolution Through Architecture" competition

Australia Architecture News - Apr 11, 2019 - 00:30   649 views

Call for registrations to

TERRA has launched a new competition titled "We Australia - Embracing Human Evolution Through Architecture" to build a tourist village that documents the history of human evolution which not only sensitizes,but spreads awareness about the changing relationship between nature, natives and the country of Australia.

Premise

Evolution and history of civilization have come a really long way beyond consciousness as they have molded the identity of human as a species. We have built more on innovation and assumed control of various aspects of our planet eventually classifying ourselves as a separate entity and not a part of nature. A term like ‘manmade’ holds a different meaning today even though a man was made by nature and we see a distinct ideological gap between the two.  One of the evidence places where we saw these two ideologies go against each other was the continent of Australia which was one of the last countries to be colonized by Britain Empire. It is a country that stands today as a crucible of globalization in the face of the modern world. It’s perceived as one of the youngest countries which came into existence in 1901. But the history of Australia goes way beyond this perception.

The history of Indigenous Australians began at least 65,000 BC years ago when humans first populated Australia, who is familiarly known as aboriginals. About 500 of these miniature countries, were traditionally organized in semi-nomadic small tribes each with its own language, land and varied culture originating from a common spiritual belief - “Alcheringa” or Dreamtime. This philosophy considered nature as the reason for all existence and every element has its role in shaping the destiny of the world. But where are they now? How and why this dissociation with nature happened?

Challenge

There has been ample evidence and awareness about this overriding of a history of Australia with a different civilization taking over. The divide has brought out huge rifts that are tough to span between human, cultures, and nature. But what if there are attempts from both ends to heal gaps and create a collective identity.

As new Australia inclusively moves ahead in time with a more unified approach, there’s a fresh wave of hope that embarks on equality. This includes landmark judgments like transferring the ownership of sacred lands back to these communities again under a legal framework. Several educational and employment initiatives by the Government to build access to equal opportunity. This began a series of initiatives where aborigine origin people have access to good urban education and equal opportunity in urban areas. However, the problem with these initiatives is that they break their already dwindling chain of knowledge that is transferred to the coming generations. This brings a new awareness of approaching aborigines and their role in the economy. 

Awards & Fess

The registration fee will increase based on the number of registrations received at the time of your registration. Based on the number of registrations the prize pool will also increase. 

A total of 500 entries will be accepted in the competition till the last deadline of registration. If the competition reaches a total registered entries of 500, then the registration will be closed at a total prize pool of 15,000 USD.

The sooner you register, the less you will pay as fees. More number of teams you will compete with, the higher amount of prize you will be entitled to receive. 

Grants

First Prize: 5000 USD Cash Reward/Open for students & professionals

1st Runner - Up: 3 x 1750 USD Cash Reward/For students & professionals

People's choice award: 2 x 1000 USD Cash Reward/Will be awarded to most UNIk voted projects 1 x Students and 1 x Professionals

Honorable Mentions: 11 x 250 USD Cash Reward/Among the best-shortlisted projects. 6 x Students and 5 x Professionals.

Jury

The jury will be announced soon.

Schedule

Regular registration starts: Apr 25, 2019 0:00 GMT (20$ Students, 40$ Professionals, 80$ Institutional Access)

Regular registration ends: Sep 3, 2019 23:59 GMT (20$ Students, 40$ Professionals, 80$ Institutional Access)

Submission Deadline: September 13, 2019 (Submission closes this day).

Public Voting begins: September 14, 2019 (Submitted entries are open for voting).

Public Voting ends: October 14, 2019 (Voting ends on this date).

Result Announcement: October 24, 2019 (Result day!).

To download the competition brief, rules, and other materials, please visit the competition website.

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