Architecture for Humanity is pleased to announce the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access – a design competition that will re-envision the future of decommissioned military space. This is an open invitation to the global design and construction community to identify retired military installations in their own backyard, to collaborate with local stakeholders, and to reclaim these spaces for social, economic, and environmental good.
Military bases have been identified in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. Even Antarctica is home to at least three military installations. While built in the service of public protection, when these spaces become inactive and no longer serve their intended use, how can they be re-enlisted for civilian purposes? As there are few places on earth devoid of defense infrastructure, decommissioned military sites have tremendous potential if impediments to access can be overcome.
The [un]restricted access competition will be hosted on the Open Architecture Network from Fall 2011 to Summer 2012. See here for more competition details: Open Architecture Challenge 2011