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Architecture VIsion Competition / US$ 2000


“Objects (…) become collective architectures when they are part of an interaction between object-place-users, from which actions result.” (Marcos Rosa, in Microplanning: Urban creative practices)

Homemade Dessert, in cooperation with the Liepaja City Council, invites you to participate in the third international architecture vision competition on Karosta, Latvia: War Town Microtecture.

Karosta translates as War Port (or Navy Harbor). It is located in the west of Latvia, in the city of Liepaja. Karosta used to be a secret military town for the Russian Empire, and later on for the Soviets. As Latvia regained its independence in 1991, the Soviet army had to leave Karosta. As a consequence, the population dropped dramatically from 25 000 to 6 000 inhabitants and the town has fallen into a state of partial despair.

To cover all scales of Karostas urban revitalization plan, this time Homemade Dessert asks you to focus on Karosta's small-scale architecture forms - playground areas, bus stops, benches and information signs, in order to develop a consistent concept to reinforce and reflect the identity of the Karosta.

An essential aspect of good urban design is the capacity of the objects (no matter the scale) to become more than mere objects. They must be dependent on their relationships so as to complete an articulating scheme. As such there is no specific area of intervention. Those objects are supposed to be placed around the town, accordingly to your understanding of relationships they produce.

Please find more information in the competition brief available for download.


Indulis Kalns - Liepaja city head architect, Latvia
Alona Martinez - lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth
Dr Louis Gyoh - architect and academic, RIBA, MCIOB, FRSA, United Kingdom
Ardzuna Sinaga - associate at AECOM Asia Pacific
Gemawang Swaribathoro - architect, OMA, Hong Kong
Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - 2010 Cooper Union graduate, associate professor at RISEBA and a Fulbright grant recipient
Rajiv J. Fernandez - architectural designer, Tamarkin Co, USA
Mandy Too - architectural executive - DPA, Singapore
Allison Schwartz - architectural designer, MA Architects, USA
Agata Piet - PhD student, Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Simon McGown - project designer, Morphosis Architects, USA
Collin Anderson - writer, architect, Renzo Piano, France
John Simons - designer, KPF, USA


1st prize - US$ 1000

2nd prize - US$ 700

3rd prize - US$ 300

+ 6 honourable mentions

The winners and honourable mentions will get international art and design media coverage and featured on the Homemade Dessert website.

Winners will be featured in following media:

Archilovers web
Archello web
Archi.ru web
Archiscene web
E-architect web
NIP Magazine web
Aroots web
Infinityinner web
Architime.ru web
Viavili web
Urdesign web
Opengap web
Projectbaltia web
Arquimaster web
Cosas De Arquitectos web
Urukia web
Espacodearquitectura web

Potential media partners are welcome to send their cooperation proposals - contact@homemadedessert.org


Closing date for registration:  MAR12, 2014 11.59pm GMT

Closing date for submission:  APR13, 2014 11.59pm GMT

Evaluation: APR13 - MAY1, 2014

Announcement of the winners:  MAY1, 2014

Following informative material is available for download:

- Context photographs
- Context detail photographs


How to participate in the competition?

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.

Can one team submit multiple proposals?

One proposal per registration. Participants are entitled to register multiple times, to participate in the competition with several proposals.

Does the winner have priority to take part in the further project stages?

Homemade Dessert will provide the Liepajas City Council with all the competition winner's contact information upon approval from the winners to do so. Whether or not  the Liepajas City Council decides to cooperate with the specific designers depends purely on the Liepaja City Council.

Do you plan the publication of the best projects in international architectural resources/web-sites/blogs, if so which are they?

Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry related media representatives. The list of media parters is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.

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