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As the world’s 12th best city in terms of ‘quality of life’, Amsterdam is known for its cultural inclusivity. However, a 2018 report by OECD reported that about 51% of the population agrees that foreigners who live in the city are not well integrated.

Inter-communal interactions must occur for people to adjust. These adjustments are complex, ambiguous and carry a temporal sense of identity. Space, a stepping stone that facilitates the process of inclusion into the city fabric. An avenue that helps students feel belonged to society and help in preserving one’s identity.

Challenge 

The challenge is to design a center for 100 international students (age 19-35). The creation of the space aims to enable international students to find gateways into familiar circles of the city and find an overlap with the locals.

Objectives

The following objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design. Participants can assume their own contexts and users before initiating their design process.

  • Glocal: Countless nationalities present. Design should be diverse and yet belong to the city. 
  • Productivity: how can humans do more and be enabled to do more.
  • Adaptability: the students are temporary residents of city. With changing population, how does design respond to the changing needs. 
  • Overlap: interaction between locals and international students is critical for inclusive development

Prizes

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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