Bering Strait Project International Ideas Competition

Bering Strait Project International Ideas Competition

Sponsor: The Foundation for Peace and Unification, UIA

Type: Open, International

Eligibility: Open to all

Entry Fee: US 150 Professional, US 50 Student

Awards: US 150,000 Professional, US 50,000 Student

Jury: Sungjung Chough, Moongyu Choi, Craig Dykers, Andrei Bokov, Luciano Lazzari, Andrei Kaftanov, and a deputy member representing UIA

Design Challenge: This project is a dream project attempting to connect two continents. In a wide sense, it includes building a tunnel or a bridge at both ends of the strait, extending an existing railways of the United States and Russia, and laying a world highway around the coasts of the world, which require a massive amount of construction.

Once the connection is made, the railway will go through both Uelen of Russia and Cape Prince of Wales of the United States linking the North American Rail System. A new highway will link the existing coastal highway of Uelen – Dezhnev – Tunytlino at Russia and Wales – Tin City – York at the United States.

The scope of the competition includes: A design proposal of a peace park with a bridging structure using the two islands, Big Diomede and Little Diomede at the Bering Strait to symbolize the continuation of two continents. An idea proposal of how to connect two continents.

The design proposal should stress out the fact that two continents are to be connected. Force of Nature divided the continent into two and the disjunction of people and nation due to this separation has been maintained for a long time.

Now two continents will be connected once again. Therefore, an entrant should express this meaning of connection in his/her work. In other words, a work should show visually and physically the link of these two Diomedes which represent the overcome of time gap and nation’s border set by human.

The Promoter also encourages two Diomede Islands (American one in the front and Russian one in the back) various ideas for the connection and its means and method. The Promoter does not anticipate a technically and realistically perfect solution, however, certain level of a technical clarification for building a tunnel or a bridge in an extreme condition and harsh weather of the Bering Strait is recommended to be included in the design proposal.

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