Competition for Design of Leskopoljska Gorica Forest Park in Podgorica


Sponsor: Capital City Podgorica
Location: Podgorica, Montenegro
Type: International, open, anonymous, one-stage
Language(s) English, Montenegrin
Fee: none
Eligibility: design professionals with a registered office in either Montenegro or a foreign country
22 May 2024 – Q&A deadline
26 May 2024 – Answers to the questions published on competition website
17 July 2024 – Submission of entries deadline
1st prize – EUR 25,000.00
2nd prize – EUR 12,000.00
3rd prize – EUR 6,000.00
Three honourable mentions — EUR 2,000.00 each.
• Vladimir Đurović, landscape architect, expert member
Nenad Ravnić, architect, expert member;
• Jakov Lopušina, architect, representative of the Montenegrin Chamber of Engineers;
• Vuk Marković, landscape architect, expert member;
• Duška Mačić, architect, representative of the competition organizer.
Design Challenge:
The primary objective of the competition is to provide a vision for the transformation of this area into a thriving natural oasis, embodying the aspiration for nature restoration and ecological harmony in an urban setting. This project is intended to serve as a model for contemplating further afforestation projects of urban areas, and preserving existing forests in Podgorica, as well as throughout the entire country.
The project task defines the location as a Forest Park with emphasized natural components, transforming the area into a rich, predominantly forested ecosystem integrated with the surroundings and enriched with appropriate amenities, enabling symbiosis between nature and humans in the urban environment.
The primary task is considered to be the preservation and enhancement of the ecosystem through afforestation. This defines the space’s identity as a forest and prioritizes the natural environment, subordinating interventions to that goal in terms of program and design. The project should provide clear guidelines for the afforestation process, primarily relying on local flora. The list of species is given in the previous part of the task, as well as sources for getting to know the natural conditions of the location. It is recommended to investigate methods of afforestation and establishment of forest ecosystems (Miyawaki method, etc.).
Design intent shall demonstrate knowledge of native plant communities that will sustain climate change and potential shift of climate zones. Show the phasing of the afforestation process in accordance with the programmatic and ecological development of the Gorica Forest Park.

For more information, go to the competition announcement: