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    International design competition for Charlie Hebdo features $10,000 prize money

    Nathan Johnson

    Global architecture competition organisers Bee Breeders are requesting the world’s best creative minds to design a portable pavilion for the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    The Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion competition is now open to all designers who have the choice of submitting an entry individually or as a team (maximum four).

    The brief for the competition is to create a travelling structure to exhibit the works of the outspoken publication, whose headquarters in Paris was subject to a mass shooting back in 7 January, 2015.

    Full brief from Bree Breeders:

    “The purpose of the structure is to deconstruct the idea of free speech, reminding visitors that freedom of speech is a luxury not all people can enjoy. The structure should educate people about the situation in countries around the world, and as such participants must think about both the design of the pavilion as well as the contents of the exhibition. The two aspects should be interconnected and demonstrate that sacrificing the liberty of free speech in exchange for security is something that cannot be tolerated. 

    “The competition is not connected to a specific site; the pavilion should be transportable to any location around the world, and as such participants must consider how it can be easily dismantled and reassembled in different locations. Participants are allowed to select any siteto demonstrate their designs - given that they explain why they chose that site in particular - but the design concept must be equally suitable in any location around the world. 

    “Participants must consider and explain all the building aspects such as materiality, construction, psychological factors of the design, and exhibition contents.”

    Registration for the Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion architecture competition is open now until the March 9, 2016, winners will be announced April 6, 2016 and there is $10,000 prize fund up for grabs.

    The jury features some prominent architects including:

    Alona Martinez - lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom; 
    Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - associate professor at RISEBA and a Fulbright grant recipient, Latvia; 
    Audrey McKee - architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France; 
    Carlos M Guimarães – architect, depA, correspondent of A10 magazine, Portugal; 
    Daphné Karaiskaki - architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France; 
    Fahmi Noor - senior architectural executive, DPA, Singapore; 
    Gemawang Swaribathoro - architect, OMA, Hong Kong; 
    Jenna Dezinski - lecturer, University of Texas, Austin, USA; project designer, Alterstudio Architecture, Austin, Texas, USA;
    John Paul Rysavy - associate, SHoP Architects, New York City, USA; co-director, And-Either-Or Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York, USA; 
    John Simons - architectural designer, KPF, USA; 
    Mandy Too - architectural executive - DPA, Singapore; 
    Pierre-Henri Baudart - architect, Studio Akkerhuis, France; 
    Rajiv J. Fernandez - architectural designer, Tamarkin Co, USA; 
    Simon McGown - partner, CO-office, USA.

    Register here: https://charliehebdoportablepavilion.beebreeders.com/

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