matterbetter has initiated Syria: Post-War Housing Competition for architectural students and professionals. Competition participants were asked to propose a solution for housing scarcity crisis, which will affect the country as more and more cities of the war-torn country will be freed and refugees will start to come back. International Jury Board, which consisted from Urko Sanchez, Dick van Gameren, Felix Madrazo, Riccardo Luca Conti, Laurens Bekemans, Rune Asholt, Cristina Cassandra Murphy and Daria Polozkova, has selected the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the Syria: Post-War Housing Competition.
1st Place – Endless Future Project
Design: Marta Gayoso, Alfredo De Luca, Elena Guidetti, Giulia Gorgo / Spain and Italy
Jury Comment: Deep and vindictive reflexion claiming the transition architecture between the ancient islamic urban pattern and the latest century one. The proposal is a flexible system and the resulting urban pattern works though the housing typology could be revised. – Urko Sánchez
A project which is admirable for its in depth analyze of the local housing typologies, which are then re-designed for a modern life and today’s constructional regulations. The study on efficient building site organization is very relevant and interesting for the context the project is situated in.
I think this is very wise starting point for the project. The design as well proves to be a logic outcome of this study. The project takes a clear stand in not reusing the debris and focuses on a prefab construction system.
A system which is refined in the design by combining it with a solar chimney in order to enhance the inner climate without any complex ventilation systems. An interesting marriage of ancestral techniques and conventional industrial materials. – Laurens Bekemans
2nd Place – Spring From Debris
Design: Laura Serrano Romero, Marina Sánchez Guzmán, Martti Antonio Oliva Koskela, Emin Bekmezci / Spain and Turkey
Jury Comment: Beautiful project. It offers solutions from a very detailed analysis of a real area of the city. Thus, the proposal chooses to rebuild carefully, without losing the values of the different layers of the existing plot and transforming the voids caused by war into new opportunities for common spaces. The result is very interesting, it creates friendly urban spaces, as well as some attractive housing typologies. – Urko Sánchez
3rd Place – Back Home. Shards of Memories
Design: Valerio Croci, Vincenzo Demasi, Fabrizio Esposito, Roberta D’Agrosa, Costanza Galli / Italy
Jury Comment: Recycling, rebuilding, rehousing is a project with a very clear concept. It is not the first time we see this concept about reusing all the rubble that lies in the street to create new houses. However, making space for new hoses at the same time as you build it is still a very important issue and this project takes it very seriously. The diagrams are conversing and together with the illustrations, it tells a story about using part of the old, to create a completely new place. In addition, doing this together gives it a new identity, not only as a building, but also between the people that came together to raise it. – Rune Asholt
Honorable Mention – House100
107808 / Nemanja Mitrović, Đina Prnjat / Montenegro
Honorable Mention – Cultivated Legacy
270672 / Hugo Lebrunet, Clément Loyer, Ulysse Zehnlé / France
Honorable Mention – Extended Citadel
322825 / Giacomo Caputo / Italy
Honorable Mention – Top-Down Regeneration
482429 / Aleksandar Stanicic, Andrea Jelic / Italy
Honorable Mention – Phoenix
498464 / Petar Tomas, Tijana Perović, Jelica Babić / Montenegro
Honorable Mention – Typical Block / Lemon
548242 / Gordana Vujovic , Elzana Husovic, Nina Culafic / Montenegro
Honorable Mention – El Pati
631440 / Lukas Fertig, Matthias Knab / Spain and Germany
Honorable Mention – Therapeutic Decay
762865 / Hancheng Chen, Hsing-O Chiang / Taiwan
Honorable Mention – Gabion Block
770355 / Aleksandr Kelkh, Dmitrii Kupressov, Tatiana Kan, Vladimir Sorokin / Russia
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