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Premise

When systems of infrastructure providing a single-use converge with each other, they produce residual spaces; spaces which are entirely forgotten or spaces whose intended purpose of use has been abandoned and replaced by an assortment of informal activities, thus disrupting the urban fabric, and creating an urban void.

When infrastructure is primarily a service that enables human circulation and interaction, can the revival of these unused, underused or misused spaces only encourage this more?Do these spaces present an opportunity for a design intervention?

Can a system of infrastructure typically assumed single-use, become multifunctional, allowing different spatial experiences to be created? Would the addition of programmes (services and social) lead to the development of a spatial identity that is reflective of its community?

Can the juxtaposition of various formal and informal programmes mean that space which was once inaccessible, is now accessible to all the members of the community?

Can design help transform these spaces to facilitate and redefine exchanges (service/social), allowing these voids to become seamless within the broader urban fabric?

Challenge

Can these spaces be reimagined to become the heart of the community, facilitating creative patterns of use, drawing from the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place, thus being able to reflect the community’s identity and channel its evolution?

Participants are asked to rejuvenate the urban void in question, creating a space maximizes its shared value and re-establishes the context.

Guidelines

Select urban voids of an area within the range of 250 sqm and 500sqm. If exceeding 500 sqm, assume modules of 500 sqm.

Understanding that this is a solution with the context and the community at its centre, focus on gaining significant insights into the constraints and allowances dictated by the site.

Site Plan

At a distance of 800m from the University of Malta, the site conveniently sits at a junction, it’s a visible front, with accessibility (to the nearby university town and the well-frequented seafront) and the demographics of its neighbourhood, its most important asset.

Adjacent to site is the old Empire Stadium, Gżira (which is no longer in use, having been replaced by the Ta’ Qali National Stadium)

Awards

  • Prize pool of worth 20,000$
  • First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
  • Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
  • People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
  • Honourable Mention: 12 x 500$ each

 

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