Soil consumption, deforestation, poaching. If the numerous species living on Earth had a voice, there would be a deafening cry of pain rising from deserts, mountains, burning forests and polluted skies.
In the fight for the protection of ecosystems there are no winners or losers. Yet, human beings seem to linger. While the delicate balances supporting this planet are eroding, anachronistic economic systems linger over reversing course of a race for a progress with no future and a wealth with no tomorrow.
This is the awareness at the base of WWF’s initiatives. For sixty years, WWF has been giving voice to the silent cry of those who have none to ask for help. WWF’s oases were created to achieve this goal. They aim at protecting the abundance of this planet and the right to exist of every living creature.
However, there is no protection without knowledge. There is no conservation without access. Protecting means giving access to the wonders of Mother Nature. This is because only by enjoying the existing beauty one can fall in love with it and only by falling in love with it one can become an active player in defending our planet.
This is the goal of WWF Observation Cabins. This is YAC’s and WWF’s competition to support one of the most ancient WWF’s oases. Such competition aims at creating a place where to raise awareness, where visitors can reconcile with nature by enjoying and acknowledging the beauty that lies where human beings manage to remain silent and listen.
Thanks to this competition architects will have the opportunity to play a crucial role in defending the planet designing observation points and a visitors’ center. Such elements will stand for a perfect combination of species, training place and beauty. This place will be a space to protect and safeguard nature.
This competition aims to rediscover the main identity of architecture, namely being a “tamed” nature where human beings can be moved by bright sunsets, be amazed by flying pink flamingos or tremble at the freezing touch of west breezes.
YAC thanks all the architects who will take part in this challenge.
15/03/2021 “early bird” registration – start
11/04/2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end
12/04/2021 “standard” registration – start
09/05/2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end
10/05/2021 “late” registration – start
06/06/2021 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “late” registration – end
09/06/2021 (h 12.00 pm – midday - GMT) material submission deadline
14/06/2021 jury summoning
19/07/2021 results announcement
Fulfilling an “early bird”, “standard” or “late” registration does not affect the submission deadline, which is uniquely set on 09/06/2021
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All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites and will be hosted in international exhibitions. All the finalist proposals will be published on www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com
SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS
Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri