Open Fort 400 Ideas Competition

Sponsor: Housing Corporation Ymere, Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI)

Type: open, international, 2-phase

Language: English

Eligibility: registered architects, designers, landscape architects and other cultural practitioners

1st Prize  (maximum of 5) – 10,000EUR each

31 July, 2009 – registration deadline
12 August, 2009 – submission deadline
12 September, 2009 – winners announced

Mels Crouwel, architect at Benthem Crouwel (chairman)
Ronald Rietveld, landscape architect at Rietveld Landscape
Renny Ramakers, co-founder and co-director of Droog Design
Saskia Bos, Dean of the Cooper Union School of Art
Russel Shorto, author and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.
Thijs Asselbergs, architect at Architecturecentrale Thijs Asselbergs
Pieter Klomp, urban designer and supervisor at Noordwaarts

Design Challenge:
Just as in 1609 in the New World, in 2009 there is again a need for a fort that facilitates the development of a society. Such a fort is now planned for Amsterdam North: not a closed bastion but an open operating base and breeding ground for the creation of knowledge and international relations. The 2009 edition of the Ymere NAI Open Ideas Competition focuses on the tip of Grasweg in Amsterdam North. This location next to the IJ is in the heart of a post-industrial area which is undergoing considerable transformation. With the erection of new office and apartment buildings, as well as it being the site of the New Filmmusuem of Amsterdam, the area and its significance for the City of Amsterdam is on the rise. The Open Fort 400 competition is the occasion to add to these developments by means of a strong architectural vision for a place with a strong cultural character and public responsibility.
With respect to the programme, the competition holder assumes a mixed-use development consistingof a maximum 60% residential and minimal 40% workspace. It is the express objective that participants come up with ideas for a programming that relates to the character of the area and the ambition
of the competition holder to use the competition to enhance the cultural, social and economic development of Amsterdam North.

Submission Requirements:
– Two files (all files must include registration number in their name):
1. For printing: all design files in high resolution JPG format
2. For the jury: PDF of maximum two A2-format posters including a site sketch, max. 150 DPI.
(T idea/design/proposal can be presented in any way on this.)
– Project motivation/explanation (maximum 1000 words) as Word document (.doc)
– Copy (or copies) on hardened cardboard, horizontal A2 format (with the registration number on the back)
– Printed project motivation/explanation (maximum 1000 words)

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