House of Arts and Culture of Lebanon. Beirut
Concorso a internazionale partecipazione a partecipazione aperta per la realizzazione della “Casa delle arti e della cultura del Libano” a Beirut. Il concorso è stato lanciato a Torino in occasione del congresso dell’UIA.
1°premio: USD 40,000; 2°premio: USD 30,000; 3°premio: USD 20,000
Giuria: Okwui Enwezor, Izaskun Chinchilla, Momoyo Kaijima, Suha Özkan, Magda Hosam Eldin Mostapha
Termine di iscrizione: 29/9/2008. Consegna elaborati: 30/01/09; Giuria: 16-20/03/09
Quota di iscrizione: 250 US dollars
The House of Arts and Culture is the first large cultural project to be built in Lebanon. Funded by a grant from the Sultanate of Oman to the Ministry of Culture, it will be located in the capital city of Beirut. The House will offer spaces for the performing and visual arts, for documentation and for training. An incubator for the development of creativity in the country, it will reinforce the role of Beirut as a central place in the international arts scene.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lebanon invites practicing architects to compete in an international architectural competition organized under the auspices of the International Union of Architects for the construction of the House of Arts and Culture. It is a one stage, anonymous project competition.
The first of its kind in the capital city of Lebanon, the House holds an important responsibility: that of being the leading place in arts and culture. It should therefore assert itself in the international arena of arts and culture as an innovative structure, both in its concept and contents and in its architecture. It will resolutely be looking towards exploring the future of arts and culture and will encompass the use of modern technologies. A place of creativity and dissemination of art and culture, the House plays an important role in the education of the youth and of the whole population. This role should not be limited to the physical structure of the House in Beirut; rather, it should be able to reach all the country through cooperation agreements and/or a mobile unit. To do so, the House will be an active, productive place: far from remaining only a space for performances and exhibitions, it will encourage creativity in a process that will influence the minds and society. The House will therefore be clearly anchored in its Lebanese milieu and culture and cater for the international. It will attempt to project the Lebanese cultural creations in the international sphere.
To answer these needs the House will be accessible and highly visible. Its architecture and the dynamism and vitality of its programme and events would turn it into a magnet for the Lebanese and the Arabs. It will project Beirut in the art community and become a leading place of the Arab World. In this sense, it would reinforce the leading role of Beirut in the field of arts and culture. The House is not conceived as a museum; it will not house permanent collections. It will however host temporary national, regional and international exhibitions. Interactivity between the House, its visitors and the population at large is an essential process. Professionals, scientists, artists, will be invited to organize and lead workshops, conferences, forums, visits of exhibitions and other activities. The House will act as an incubator. It will provide training sessions, spaces and equipment to boost creativity and transdisciplinary exchanges. The vitality of the House should be reflected in its programme: the House is a machine, a plant that continuously produces a diversified offer to cater for the many. Its visit should be an enchantment and a pleasure. Rigidity, routine, conformity, static are to be banned from its functioning and from the presentation of its activities. The international architectural competition that is launched under the auspices of the International Union of Architects (UIA) is based on this concept and ideas for a programme of functioning, of space uses and objectives.
Registration should be sent by filling the fields of the relevant page of the competition website before the 29th of September 2008, together with the required documentation.
Those wishing to participate in the competition should pay a 250 US dollars (two hundred fifty USD) registration fees.
Payment can be made through the payment gateway provided or through direct bank transfer. Those who wish to pay the registration fee by bank transfer should address the payment to:
House of Arts & Culture Account Number: 006 001 1880024836105 Banque Du Credit Libanais SAL (Hamra Branch) P.O.Box 16-6729, Beirut – LEBANON Swift: CLIBLBBX
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