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Lausanne 2023 – Architecture and Water – Competition

The city of Lausanne in Switzerland is hosting an international student design competition on the topic of “Architecture and Water“.

As the host of the founding UIA (International Union of Architects) Congress in 1948, the city of Lausanne has offered to host the 28th UIA Congress in 2023. The competition is created for the design of a Swiss Room, which should showcase Lausanne’s candidature to organize the 28th UIA Congress.

The winner or winning team will have the opportunity to create the Swiss Room on site, in Seoul, in September 2017, during UIA Congress 2017, unless Lausanne should decide to withdraw its candidature prior to this date. The organizing committee will cover all costs related to the Swiss Room construction.

The challenge is to design the Swiss Room — a place-object which encapsulates the ideas behind the competition topic. This place-object must be able to house a table and 4 chairs for discussions, presentation of the candidature, etc. It will be located in the hall of the Convention center in Seoul.

The Swiss Room must be straightforward, economical and easy to build. It should be robust and not require equipment or a water supply and it should produce a minimum amount of waste. Mains electricity is available. Assembly time should be short – no longer than one day’s work by 3 persons. Material should be locally sourced and economically priced.

The competition consists of one stage. Participation is exclusively aimed at architecture students from throughout the world. Teams of a maximum of 3 persons are permitted.