In many places around the world, borders are under stress and evolving to respond to war, migration pressures, the ebb and flow of political alliances, the creation and removal of trade barriers, the threat of terrorism, the movement of illegal
drug and weapons, and the spread of disease. Border crossing architecture is the physical manifestation of the balance between evolving security concerns and the desire to welcome visitors and newcomers while symbolically marking the entry into a new country.
The Canadian Academy of Architecture for Justice (CAAJ) invites architecture students to speculate on these issues in A New Frontier: The Temporary Border Crossing design competition for a new border crossing. Submissions are welcomed from either studio groups or individuals. The design will be evaluated by a jury of experts, architects and industry professionals.
Participants are highly encouraged to explore a wide spectrum of architectural responses from functional and practical at one end to philosophical and social at the other, including ways in which this building or complex could be integrated into the surrounding context and community, act as a catalyst for building a positive relationship between two nations, and address what a border entry means in today’s context.
Registration and eligibility of A New Frontier: The Temporary Border Crossing:
- Participants must register for the competition on the CAAJ website
- Each participant must be enrolled as a student at a recognized school of architecture. Winners will be required to provide proof of enrolment
- Individual competitors or teams are welcome to participate
- 1st Place: $3,000 CDN
- 2nd & 3rd Place: $1,000 CDN