Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition


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The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage , Anonymous
Genre Culture-Centre
Country Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Registration Deadline 22 January 2015 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 22 January 2015 (via Online)
Eligibility One team member must be a licensed / registered architect.

UNESCO’s mandate is to contribute in the areas of education, science, and culture for the purpose of promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. With the implementation of each of its projects, UNESCO is helping to rebuild and bring sustainable development to the Afghan nation.
The Bamiyan Cultural Centre will be a cornerstone in efforts to preserve culture, promote research and build community around culture, in order to build cohesion in a fractured cultural context. The Centre will provide space for archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from across the country and serve as a multi-purpose state-of-the art cultural complex and research facility. The building will provide adaptable space that can be used for variety of culture-related purposes, ultimately benefiting many stakeholders across a wide demographic.

Dr. Zahra Bereshna, Architect, CEO at Zahra Breshna Consulting
Young Joon Kim, Architect¸ Principal at Yo2 Architecture Urbanism
Robert Knox, Museum curator, former Keeper of the Asia Collection of the British Museum
Elizabeth O’Donnell , Architect, Acting Dean of The Cooper Union
Ajmal Maiwandi, Architect, CEO of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Afghanistan
Jukka Jokilehto, Special Advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM, Member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity

Winning entry: 25,000 USD
4 Runner ups: 8,000 USD

Entry Fee

Project implementation will start immediately after the winning design is awarded and is expected to be completed within 24 months with a budget of 2.5 million USD.

UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, with the generous financial support of the Republic of Korea

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