Amber Road Trekking Cabins International Architecture Competition

This competition is calling for designs for a series of trekking cabins to be situated along the immense and beautiful Amber Road trekking path.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Environment
Country Latvia
Registration Deadline 27 September 2017 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 25 October 2017 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Description
The AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS architecture competition, in partnership with the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency, is calling for designs for a series of trekking cabins to be situated along the immense and beautiful Amber Road trekking path. The path will span the full length of Latvia, running along the Baltic Sea beaches which are an undiscovered gem of Northern Europe's pristine natural beauty.
The Amber Road trekking path is planned to allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border. Receiving its name from the shiny specimens that wash up on the beaches to this day, the total length of the trekking path would be 530 km, and it would be included as part of one of the European long-distance paths, a network of 12 paths designated by the European Ramblers Association. Path E9 is a hiking trail that follows the coastline, branching out from the Baltics to include countries like Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, and Spain to name a few.
For the Amber Road Trekking Cabins architecture competition, participants are tasked with producing unique and creative designs for a series of cabins that could be placed along this long and arduous route. The designs should be suitable for the various different terrains that will be encompassed along this hiking trail, taking special consideration to be constructed in preserved environments.
The Trekking Cabins should be in keeping with Latvia’s heritage, and their design should comfortably adapt to suit various environments, with the potential of becoming an iconic part of the landscape themselves. Working within a modest budget, the trekking cabins must provide guests with safe and comfortable lodgings, allowing both hikers and their guides the facilities to rest and enjoy the natural scenery.

Jury
Jānis Dripe, Former Riga City Head Architect
Ērika Kļaviņa, Project “NAT-Programme” manager
Rains Čakstiņš, Director of Kurzeme Regional Administration
Andris Birovs, Director of Pieriga Regional Administration
Alona Martinez Perez - University of Plymouth, United Kingdom;
Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - associate professor at RISEBA and a Fulbright grant recipient, Latvia;
Audrey McKee - Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France;
Brittany Utting - Thomas Phifer and Partners, USA;
Carlos M Guimarães – depA, correspondent of A10 magazine, Portugal;
Collin Anderson - Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France;
Daniel Jacobs - SHoP Architects, New York City, USA;
Daphné Karaiskaki - Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France;
Eva Cildermane - Sustainability and business development advisor, MSc. Candidate in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford;
Gemawang Swaribathoro - OMA, Hong Kong;
Gia-Hy Hoang - Agence Christian de Portzamparc, France;
Jenna Dezinski - University of Texas, Austin, USA; Alterstudio Architecture, Austin, Texas, USA;
John Paul Rysavy - SHoP Architects, New York City, USA; And-Either-Or Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York, USA;
John Simons - KPF, USA;
Dr Louis Gyoh - architect and academic, MCIOB, FRSA, United Kingdom;
Marcella Del Signore - Professor of Practice, Tulane University; LEAD practitioner, USA/Italy
Dr Massimo Angrilli - Associate Professor, Pescara University-Landscape expertise, National Prix du Paysage in Paris jury member;
Pangalos Dugasse Feldmann - École Spéciale d’Architecture, France;
Pierre-Henri Baudart - Studio Akkerhuis, France;
Rajiv J. Fernandez - Tamarkin Co, USA;
Simon McGown - CO-office, USA.

Prize
1ST PRIZE: US $3,000
2ND PRIZE: US $1,500
3RD PRIZE: US $500
BB STUDENT AWARD: US $500
BB GREEN AWARD: US $500
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Entry Fee
Early Bird Registration (16 MAY - 07 JUNE): $90/ Students US $70
Advance Registration (08 JUNE - 28 JULY): $120/ Students US $90
Last Minute Registration (29 JULY - 27 SEPTEMBER): $140/ Students US $120

Timetable
Announcement of winners: Nov 8, 2017

Organizer
BEE BREEDERS, Latvia Nature Conservation Agency

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