UIA 2014 International Student Competition

The UIA 2014 International Student Competition explores WARWICK JUNCTION, a unique location within central Durban. This vibrant transport node provides a setting for predominantly informal traders at an unprecedented scale. The competition aims to recognise the complex systemic ecology that underpins the economic, cultural and social dynamics inherent to this area, and to find ways to strengthen, reinforce or expand these systems in a beneficial way.

Drawing from the three UIA 2014 Congress sub-themes of RESILIENCE, ECOLOGY, VALUES, this competition aims to explore OTHER practice, crossovers between OTHER disciplines, and an engagement with OTHER urban dwellers. The competition encourages the exposure of OTHER city layers, bringing to light OTHER views and OTHER ways of inhabiting the city - through architectural interventions, which should improve the daily experiences of urban dwellers.
In addition, the fostering of a long-term collaborative relationship between the architectural profession, government, communities and relevant development partners should be seen as a key aim.

Finally, the competition brief makes allowance for inspiration to be drawn from global charters and contemporary enterprises - specifically, the COP 17 Built Environment Charter.
Background and Context

The 25th International Union of Architects World Congress on Architecture, UIA 2014 Durban, will be held at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 3-7 August 2014. This is the first time that this Congress is being held in Southern Africa and delegates are expected from around the world.
The selection of the Congress host city is made six years in advance. At the UIA 2008 Torino Congress, the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) won the bid to host this triennial World Congress with the support of the national Department of Public Works, barely nine years after SAIA’s post-Democracy readmission to the UIA.

Globally, the field of architecture is being challenged with the question of investigating and harnessing alternative modes of living and alternative forms of dwelling. UIA 2014 Durban invites architects, architectural students, built environment and design professionals, activists and thought leaders, and communities from around the world to celebrate Durban and its unique place in the global world system. In light of ‘looking elsewhere for other ways of creating a better future’, the diverse and multi-layered nature of Durban has guided the development of the Congress themes and the UIA 2014 International Student Competition.

Durban is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over three million people - a city where east meets west - the home of Africa's best managed, busiest port. With Durban as a living laboratory and testing ground, the question of OTHERWHERE is relevant as a conceptual grounding for a student competition. OTHERWHERE reinforces the idea that different lifestyles and beliefs (philosophical, religious and cultural), different ways of doing, different ways of [co]inhabiting the city, and the many forms of integration which exist, all contribute to the unique identity of Durban - which the Congress and the Competition have set out to emphasize and celebrate in various forms.

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