International architectural design competition seeking ideas to transform libraries for today’s world.
United is an online architecture and design competition platform for students and professionals to create innovative designs in the field of architecture for emerging concerns and different design problems. The challenge is to create a solution that will not only make libraries a safe place, but reduce the risk of large public gatherings. It’s about finding the ability to make these important resource spaces easily accessible to everyone.
The past decade has brought an inevitable increase in the use of digital technologies. In addition to this push, the COVID-19 pandemics have dramatically changed our world and our outlook on it. People all over the world have changed the way they work and live. The rapid changes it has brought to the digital world have shifted our world to working from home, making 6ft the new normal.
The new normal has dramatically changed our perception of spaces. As the months go by, we try to restart our lives by returning to the places we miss. Including public libraries; space that in any case we are unable to completely replace with its existence. Over the years of transformation and change, the concept and typology of a public library has not changed its place in people’s lives.
How can we address this question through architecture while maintaining the form and function of space?
Libraries are an integral part of our knowledge system and have served as a major typology for learning over the past decades. The education and knowledge sharing that this space promotes make it an essential space that requires immediate evolution. Space being the lifeblood of public design, can architecture provide solutions to the issue of accessibility and space constraints in the current scenario?
The architectural competition file calls for the design of a compact prototype of public libraries. Design to install a decentralized public library system ensuring the least amount of public gathering and increased accessibility to people across the city.
Scalable: Library design evolves with the times.
Compact: Small catering space for a limited number of people.
Accessible: Should be easily accessible to people at the community level.
Multipliable: A design that can be prototyped and installed multiple times.
The team’s experts will pre-select the applications which will be sent to the jury for further development. The panel includes eminent professionals such as Jamin Seo and Guen-il Huh (Lead Architect, AGIT STUDIO, South Korea), Hiroshi Kinoshita (Founder, Hiroshi Kinoshita and Associates, Tottori City, Japan) and Zhong Ling (Founder, DUTS design, China)
The competition will be active from January 19, 2022 to June 20, 2022. Total prizes of up to $24,000 (USD) will be awarded to winners after the results are announced. For additional resources and detailed contest information Click here.