Kaira Looro Competition - Peace Pavilion

The objective of this contest is to create a symbolic structure commemorating the victims of the African wars, one that can spread awareness among local and international communities, creating a commemorative and educational space, with respect for the environment and for local traditions.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Age Restriction, Single-Stage
Genre Pavilion
Country Sedhiou, Senegal
RegDeadline 31 March 2019 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
18 April 2019 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility The only requirement is one under 35 on the team.

The area in question was scarred by the Casamance conflicts which, despite having ended approximately a decade ago, left an indelible stain on the community’s memory. Villages were burned to the ground and many families were forced to flee to other countries or cities in search of safety. As in the case of the aforementioned conflict, many are the humanitarian disasters that, due to cultural or religious differences or in an effort to grab Africa’s resources, have caused millions of deaths and created innumerable refugees. Many of these conflicts, despite their devastation, are ignored by the international community and occasionally, due to the lack of communication on the African continent, remain unknown even among African communities themselves. Past events, albeit tragic, must inspire us to build a world based on peace, equality, and solidarity. Commemorating the victims of African wars through the value of peace is a fundamental step in building an inclusive and cohesive society, so that such events may never be repeated in the future. The focus of this competition is to create a pavilion for the promotion of universal peace which inspires contemplation, reflection, and prayer for those who unjustly lost their lives. The architecture of the pavilion must create a multifunctional space in which it will be possible to mount permanent and temporary exhibits by artists who share the values of peace and historical memory, but also a place where individuals can retrace and learn about Africa’s history through photographs and documents. Knowledge and sharing are essential elements for transforming the pavilion into a beacon of awareness. Furthermore, an area will be created in which to contemplate what happened, by praying for the victims or reflecting on the past, immersed in a metaphysical space that gives proper significance to memory. The pavilion will be open to the public and accessible to everyone. It will respect all cultures, genders, and religions.

Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma & Associates
Agostino Ghirardelli, Studio Blengini Ghirardelli Associati
Urko Sanchez, Urko Sanchez Architects
Diana Lopez Caramazana, Un-Habitat Nairobi
Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase & Noella Nibakuze, Mass Design Group, Kigali
Toshiki Hirano, University of Tokyo / Kuma Lab

1st prize: 4.000€ - Construction - Internship at Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo
2nd prize: 1.000€ - Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate
3rd prize: 500€ - Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate
1 Honorable Mentions elected by Kengo Kuma: 150€ - Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate
1 Honorable Mention elected by Balouo Salo: 150€ - Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate
5 Special Mentions: Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate
20 Finalists: Pubblication on the book and magazines - Certificate

Entry Fee
Early Registration (From 18th January 2019 to 11st February 2019): 60€/Team
Normal Registration (From 12nd February 2019 to 4th March 2019): 90€/Team
Late Registration 'From 5th March 2019 to 31st March 2019): 120€/Team

Results announcement: 4th May 2019

Past winners

Balouo Salo Association

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