A very special Adjudication Panel for the Maré-City Ideas Contest

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Around 180 entries have been submitted for the Maré-City International Ideas Contest, which Is part of the 27th World Congress of Architects – UIA2021RIO. Designed by students from all over the world, they present innovative architectural solutions and urban design projects that will integrate underprivileged communities forming the Maré Complex in its industrial North Zone with the rest of the city of Rio de Janeiro, while pursuing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The results of this Contest will be announced on October 14. Through to that date, all entries will be subject to detailed analysis by a skilled and experienced Adjudication Panel:

Alejandro Echeverri: renowned for his transformation of Medellín, this Colombian architect is the founding director of the Urban and Environmental Studies Centre (URBAM) at EAFIT University in Colombia; his many prizes include the Pan-American Urban Design Biennial (2008), the Curry Stone Design Award (2009), the X Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design (Harvard, 2013) and the Obayashi Prize (2016).

Elkin Velasquez Monsalve: this UN-Habitat Director for the Caribbean and Latin America holds a doctorate in geography, specialising in Territorial Policy and Planning (Grenoble University, France); he is also an engineer (School of Mines, National University, Columbia).

Gustavo Utrabo: founder of the Aleph Zero architecture firm in Curitiba, he today has a studio under his own name in São Paulo. His children’s housing project (Moradias Infantis) appears on The Guardian’s list of the 25 best architectural works of the XXI century. His many prizes include the RIBA International Prize, the RIBA International Emerging Architect Awards and the ArchDaily Building of the Year (2018), preceded by the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Prize the previous year.

Nadia Tromp: this South African architect heads up the Human Rights and Community Architecture Work Programme run by the International Union of Architects (UIA); she also chairs the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) in her homeland. Focused on the health field, her work has been acknowledged by the GIFA Excellence Prize (2017) and the Merit Prize awarded by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), among others.

Verena Andreatta: with a doctorate in Territorial Arrangements and Urban Planning from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, she was firmly engaged in winning the title of World Capital of Architecture for Rio de Janeiro, at its Municipal Urban Planning Secretary. Her publications include Cidades Quadradas, Paraísos Circulares: Os Planos Urbanísticos do Rio de Janeiro do Século XIX and the Atlas Andreatta, among other titles.

This Adjudication Panel is selecting six entries, with the top three designs receiving cash prizes, Honourable Mentions for the others, paying tribute to three renowned Brazilian architects: Demetre Anastassakis, Roberto Burle Marx and Luiz Paulo Conde. All six winners will also receive a Mido wristwatch.

One of the largest squatter settlements in Rio de Janeiro, the Maré Complex is a cluster of sixteen favelas that are home to around 140,000 residents. They consist of more than 40,000 homes with different architectural morphologies, ranging from self-built shanties to government housing projects. The location selected for the design contest projects lies between this cluster of slums and the traffic-jammed lanes of Avenida Brasil. At the moment, this area is largely abandoned, with many derelict industrial buildings and empty warehouses.



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