Dotting the global landscape, decommissioned military installations are leaving their mark – symbols of triumph, pride, pain and the unforeseen consequences of military aggression. These abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighborhoods and split entire communities.
In 2011-2012, Architecture for Humanity hosted the Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS – a design competition re-envisioning the future of decommissioned military space. An open invite to the global design and construction community to identify retired military installations in their own backyard, the competition encouraged collaboration with local stakeholders to reclaim these spaces for social, economic, and environmental good.
On August 1, 2012, the results were announced–though the Challenge is far from over. With 174 submissions for nearly as many sites, [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS has launched an in-depth international conversation and a suite of resources and ideas for these teams to carry their projects forward in development, and build real, realizable solutions for the communities they are working with.
The Challenge Team at Architecture for Humanity continues to follow developments, liaise and develop resources for these teams.