Created in 1905, the Department of the Atlantic is one of the 32 departments that politically divide the Republic of Colombia. Located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and delimited by the Magdalena river on the west and on the north by Caribbean Sea, its capital is the City of Barranquilla, constitutionally designated as a Special Industrial and Port District in 1933.
The city is an important commercial, industrial and university center in the Caribbean Region, and serves as a principle point of entry to Colombia. Pioneer in the cultural advancement of aviation, radio, telephony and sports, Barranquilla also hosts the Carnaval of Barranquilla, declared Oral and Immaterial Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.
The Caribbean Region, and each of its territories and localities, holds its own identity, both individual and collective in nature. Sensual qualities abound in the appearance of its people, the sounds of their musical notes, the aromas of their cuisine and the panoply of colors covering its landscapes. The constant relationship of artistic and spatial creations with the region’s surreal tropical world projects a unique character deeply conformed by it its mestizo heritage, its dynamic and colorful surroundings, and devotion to organic and vernacular materials.
Organized by the Government of the Atlantic Department, and the School of Architecture, Art and Design and the Architecture program at the Autonomous University of the Caribbean, the National Convocation for the Design of the Entrance to Barranquilla hopes to draw a wide range of creative projects in the areas of Urbanism, Sculpting and Spatiality.
The Competition invites architects, urbanists, plastic artists, and interior designers to participate. Entries can be submitted on behalf of individuals, groups or legal entities (e.g. private offices or academic institutions).
The Competition for the Entrance to Barranquilla offers the event winner a prize of $3,000 US dollars.
The Jury will also award Honorable Mentions to the second and third place participants.
With their registration, participants accept the partial and/or total reproduction of their works, via any medium, for the purposes of divulging and promoting the event, citing due credits to the Concurso Puerta de Barranquilla.
- Originality and viability
- Strength and quality of the proposal
- Clarity in planning and conveying objectives
- Expected impact and projection
- Social and cultural benefits
- Urban component
- Theoretic component
- Spatial component
- Technological component
- Aesthetic component
The project must be presented in one or two sheets* of 1.00 m by 0.70 m covering
- Localization Plan
- Accessibility Plan
- Architectural Plan
- Structural Plan
- Longitudinal and Transversal cross-sections
- All four (4) facades
- Descriptive memory analyzing the previously mentioned components
The board must be marked with:
- Title of the project
- Author(s) of the project
- Contents of the board
- Telephone and Cell Phone
- E-mail Address
Projects must be submitted with a CD containing a digitalized copy of the project, as well as a brief biography of the author(s) (including a recent photograph and a reference to any previous projects of importance).
* Submittal may be mounted on light foamcore board, or submitted rolled in a tube.
The event organizers will verify compliance with all the aforementioned requisites, thus pre-selecting the proposals that qualify for final Jury evaluation.
Registration, Submissions fees and Deadlines
All projects must be sent to the following address:
275 University Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33134, USA
Att. Jaime Canaves FAIA, IIDA
Registration fee for each entry.
Payments should be made with through the Paypal link below with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Novus, American Express, or Diners Credit Cards. Please pay attention to the timeline below in order to determine which fee to pay.
There is no limit of the number of works that may be entered.
Reception of work: All works must be received at the same address by October 30, 2009, 5:00PM EST, no exceptions will be made.