Architecture for Humanity asks for your support to showcase Finalists from this year's design competition, “[UN]Restricted Access”, at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. By broadening the conversation around the future of ex-military bases through forums like the Biennale, we increase the chance of making these projects a reality.
Finalist Designs: Transforming Military Space to Civic Space
[OCO - Ocean Conservatory & Observatory] near Lisbon, Portugal.
Paicho Huts near Gulu, Uganda
The Store - Pillbox Conversion in rural New Zealand
Alter Your Native Belfast // Alternative Belfast in Belfast, Northern Island
PLUG-In HEBRON - People Liberated Urban Gaps In Hebron in Old City of Hebron, Israeli Occupied Palestinian West Bank
Magazine Hill: A weathered continuum, in Pretoria, South Africa
Humboldthain Food Cooperative in Berlin, Germany
To read more about the Finalists, check out this recent feature on [UN]Restricted Access in Wired Online.
The [UN]Restricted Access Installation at the Venice Biennale:
Your mission is to help extend the reach of this important conversation to a broader audience. With your support, the winning designs submitted as part of the design challenge will compose an interactive, four-month installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale called 'The Bunker':
Above: Perspective View of the Bunker Installation in Palazzo Bembo.
Running from August 29 through November 25, 2012, the Biennale will serve as the first stop of a global tour of the Challenge Finalists’ innovative designs.
All of the proceeds raised will be used to cover the costs of building the installation at the Palazzo Bembo. The build out will be overseen by an Architecture for Humanity staff member in person.
The cost of the Palazzo Bembo installation includes:
- High resolution prints of select Finalists' designs, to be printed from 100% postconsumer materials and displayed over the exhibition space
- 3D, military-style 'Viewmasters' loaded with before and after slides of all Finalist designs
- Stylized wall and ceiling textures that mimick the effect of an Albanian concrete bunker wall and camoflauge netting, respectively
Any support over $6,500 will be dedicated to covering the costs associated with transporting the exhibition to new cities. Even if we don’t meet our target, we promise to display the Finalists’ designs at the Palazzo Bembo!
Why the Venice Biennale Installation Matters:
- By broadening the conversation, we increase the chance of making these projects a reality. Following exhibitions of Finalists’ designs as part of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge for Better Classroom Design, Architecture for Humanity raised funds to build the winning entries, like the Rural Classroom Addition at Nakaseeta Academy near Kampala, Uganda!
- The inspiring designs presented at the four-month installation will be at the center of political, artistic and architectural attention in Venice. Over 300,000 people are expected to visit the Biennale, and countless more will be reached through global media coverage of the exhibitions.
- Following Venice, the Finalists’ designs will be exhibited to the general public across over a dozen cities on 5 continents, including Genoa, Rome, San Francisco, and in all 14 Finalists’ home cities.
How You Can Help Make the Installation a Reality:
- Make a donation and claim [UN]Restricted “perks.”
- Spread the word by sharing our Indiegogo page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Raise awareness and spark conversation about the future of military spaces – let’s continue the global dialogue, together.
About [UN]Restricted Access:
Dotting the global landscape, thousands of decommissioned military installations are leaving their mark. These abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighborhoods and split entire communities.
While these sites and structures are often abandoned without plans for sustainable use, Architecture for Humanity sees them as opportunities for community investment and redevelopment. The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge, [UN]Restricted Access, asked architects and design teams to work in collaboration with community groups to develop innovative solutions to re-imagine how closed, abandoned and decommissioned military sites could be repurposed as inspired places for public use.
About Architecture for Humanity:
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