Babyn Yar - Memorial Area in Kiev

This competition objective is to present to the public, the government institutions, and the professional community ideas of creating an integrated memorial space as an alternative to installing pompous memorial structures or installing standalone memorial signs.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Architect, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Memorial
Country Kiev, Ukraina
RegDeadline 31 March 2016 GoogleCal iCal
22 May 2016 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Professional architects, landscape architects, and urban planners who have the right to provide professional design services according to the laws of the country where they are based

Babyn Yar is a complex historical symbol. It became a part of world history in the context of two days in the fall of 1941, when Nazi executioners shot almost 34 000 Kyivan Jews at the Babyn Yar site. Thus, the territory became a world-renowned symbol of the Holocaust. But the real story of Babyn Yar does not end there. Throughout the following two years of German occupation, this site was used as a place of execution and burial of everyone who could be considered an enemy of the Nazis. Subsequently, the Soviet regime tried for decades to destroy the ravine (Yar) itself as well as the memory of its victims. Finally, after Ukraine became independent in 1991, Babyn Yar became symbolic of the fraught Ukrainian society which was unable to unite even in the face of a tragedy. It is this discrepancy between the world's and the Jewry's view of Babyn Yar as exclusively a symbol of the Holocaust, on the one hand, and all the ways in which this site is deeply tied to the general history of Kyiv and Ukraine, on the other, that forms the principal problem that is to be solved while creating a comprehensive memory site--the "Babyn Yar--Dorohozhychy Necropolis" memorial park.
The chief challenge that the organizers (and thus also the future entrants of the competition) are facing is the need to achieve an organic unity of all the aspects of history, whereby the Holocaust would be transformed from a unique occurrence into a symbol of all tragedies of the previous century while the mass shooting of Kyiv's Jews would become a core event of the entire history of Babyn Yar.

Barbara Aronson, Israel, urban and town planner, landscape architect
Marti Franch Batllori, Spain, landscape architect
Heorhiy Dukhovychnyi, Ukraine, architect
Dr. Markus Jatsch, United Kingdom, architect
Mykhaylo Hershenzon, Ukraine, architect
Jörg Michel, Germany, landscape architect, landscape gardener
Jimmy Norrman, Sweden, landscape architect, architect
Olivier Philippe, France, landscape architect / UIA representative
Serhiy Tselovalnyk, Ukraine, chief Architect of Kyiv (2010-2015)

1st prize: 17,000 USD
2nd prize: 12,000 USD
3rd prize: 7,000 USD
4 runner-up prizes: 3,000 USD each

Entry Fee
US $35

Two presentation boards (2378* 841 mm)
An explanatory report
No less than eight (8) perspective images
A video clip using a 3D model

Announcement of the results and competition winners: Jun. 09, 2016
Deadline for submission of exhibition materials: Jul. 12, 2016
Opening of the exhibition "Babyn Yar: The Memory Against the Historical Background": Sep. 15, 2016
​Awards ceremony and presentation of the winning projects: Sep. 28, 2016

"Babyn Yar" Public Committee

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