The Portuguese Council of Architects – Northern Chapter launched the Call For Ideas – International Competition | Urban regeneration of the block Aurifícia Porto, Portugal, which intends to define urban regeneration strategies for the block bounded by Álvares Cabral Street, by República Square and Mártires da Liberdade Street, by Bragas Street, and by Cedofeita Street.
This International Competition, commissioned by the architects Manuel Fernandes de Sá and Alberto Cuchí, aims to contribute to the reflexion and debate on practices in urban regeneration, interdisciplinary dialogue and critical thought, proposing operational strategies to this specific area of Porto.
The proposed site for the competition, the block in which OASRN owns a building, offers unique conditions to qualify as a case study in the context of this topic, being centrally located within Porto and having the potential to enhance the Boavista – Downtown axis due to the intrinsic richness of its buildings and the block’s exceptional interior spaces.
Competitors are challenged to present ideas to enhance and stimulate new living and civic appropriation systems, encouraging the emergence of new activities, promoting the revival of old usages and enhancing the creation of new jobs, taking into consideration the requalification of the block’s interior and the existing built.
The works are subject to the principle of anonymity. The Competition is open to architects or legal entities of architecture, qualified to the profession in the country where they are registered. For this purpose, each competitor must form a multidisciplinary project team coordinated by the architect, author of the original project.
Three pecuniary prizes will be awarded: € 8,000.00 (1st Place); € 5,000.00 (2nd Place); € 3,000.00 (3rd Place). Additionally, the jury may, if they so wish, award honorary mentions.
The jury is comprised by seven elements, mainly formed by architects, presided by the architect José Fernando Gonçalves, the Competition commissioners, architects Manuel Fernandes de Sá and Alberto Cuchí, and includes the architects Carlos Guimarães, Manuel Ribeiro (on behalf of the Porto Municipal Council), Paula Silva (on behalf of the Northern Regional Directorate for Culture), and the landscape architect Teresa Andresen.
This Competition takes place between the June 26th, and the 18th of September, 2013. The competition process is available for download in a micro-site, accessible from the websites www.oasrn.org and www.norte41.org.
The competition documentation is available in Portuguese and English. The Portuguese language documentation is the original and takes precedence over the English translation.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 18, 2013.
Competition website: Visit website