Through the Prison Wall

We promotes an international contest of ideas, followed by a self-construction phase, in order to create a new meaning, a new image and a new use of collective spaces for detainees.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Age Restriction and Students, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Interior
Country Lecce, Italy
Registration Deadline 28 February 2018 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 28 February 2018 (via Online)
Eligibility University students, graduates and young professionals under 35 years

Description
'Through the Prison Wall' is promoted in collaboration with the Prison of Lecce and has as its goal the rearrangement of Multipurpose Hall spaces.
The competition requires the design and the self-construction realisation, in a workshop with the participation of the prisoners, of a movable wall of the Multipurpose Hall.
The Multipurpose Hall is the place where people attend events and exhibitions open to the public. Here there is the contact between two worlds, free men and inmates, city and prison. Two worlds with no exchange.
The wall should physically divide the space of the room, but it should also be the 'contact' between these two realities.
The initiative provides great benefits, starting from the positive effect on prisoners. The participation of inmates in the construction phase will enhance their perception of the detention spaces and the restoration of their feeling towards effort and work.
This process will also encourage cultural distances and bias to fell down, and facilitate the use of new spaces that belong to the community but are denied nowadays. Architecture can take care of the detention spaces, involving and educating young architects on social issues.
The multipurpose hall (with a volume of 30m x 20m x 7.5m) is used by the prison administration for conferences, as well as by some theatre companies and by the inmates for recreational activities.
The prison administration has started renovating the hall by removing the seats that were too far from the stage, and means to use the back part of the room for several activities, carried out by both prisoners and administration.
The wall has to be self-supporting, flexible, modular and movable where needed. It may have other functions besides dividing, such as seats, containers, etc.
It should be made of wood, which can also be used together with other materials, as long as they are not subject to tampering (eg avoid mirrors and glass or sharp materials).
Besides being movable, the dividing wall may also have an element/ function of interaction between citizens and inmates, an element/ function where, for example, inmates can leave their own personal objects that can tell their story; a sort of 'memento' that other people will find and replace with theirs.
The competition winners will build their own project using self-construction techniques, with tools and materials from the prison carpentry, together with the inmates.

Jury
Not yet announced

Prize
1st place: 1,000 euro
Special mention: free admission to an Archistart contest
Social prize
- 1st place: free admission to an IAH event
- 2nd place: free admission to an Archistart contest
- 3rd place: free admission to an Archistart contest

Entry Fee
1st application period: 60 € (4th December - 15th January)
2nd application period: 80 € (16th January - 28th February)

Timetable
Jury evaluation: from 8th to 15th March 2018
Voting on www.archistart.net for social prize: from 16th March to 6th April 2018
Results announcement: 9th April 2018

Organizer
ARCHISTART

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