The Covid-19 outbreak completely changed the landscape of the everyday throughout the entire world. we’ve seen striking images of the foremost famous and delightful cities completely emptied of human life. we’ve seen surreal images of booming nature and felt as surplus within the world that’s our home. we’ve began to recognize what’s already named “a visual landscape of Covid-19” consisted of sanitarian and disciplinarian techniques that impose new orders of everyday functioning – the “two-metre rule” is that the new architect that pulls queues and grids on public space layouts. we’ve become faceless figures that practice distancing.

The Student Architectural Competition The pis aller – Remembering Spatial Patterns of Togetherness aims to motivate an inverse imaginative response to the present new visual landscape as an action of inner rebellion that we must not forget the intrinsic character of architecture – to compile , to connect! What we would like to impress and compile is homage to togetherness!

We invite students to recollect , to explore, to learn, to consider spatial patterns that promote the socially interactive, the inclusive, the integrative, the playful, the empathetic, the interstitial. the scholars are expected to style small-scale, low-tech projects supported the abovementioned intentions.

The word “resort” features a double meaning, one being “a place where people can continue vacation to relax or for an activity they enjoy” and therefore the other (especially when used with ‘the last’) is “the fact of doing something during a particular situation because there’s no other way of achieving something.” This collective imaginative resort, compiled of each student’s individual, small-scale project supported their own idea of togetherness at the top of the competition, will represent a crucial message that architecture can resist, instead of reflect, this temporal external reality of social distancing.

Task Description

The students are expected to master and demonstrate level of understanding of the means by which architecture situates togetherness through the design process of a small-scale, low-tech architecture in the Macedonian village of Lazaropole.


The programme should regard the notion of leisure time and the activities people enjoy doing together – relaxing, cultivating through art, learning, enjoying the city and nature, reflecting the values of local culture and anything else we are deprived from right now. We encourage students to get personally involved and to design taking account of the activities they miss and to envision situation of togetherness through the scope of their age and inner experience.


The village/rural settlement of Lazaropole is situated on a plateau at Mount Bistra at 1,350 m altitude, making it one of the highest settlements in North Macedonia. Lazaropole, etymologically comes from an Old Slavic word (lazorъ) meaning a large area without forest, a depiction that really fits the natural structure of the village. There are about 400 houses in the village. The older ones reveal the traces of the Mijaci highland building style.

Competition Location

The entering road of Lazaropole leads directly to the front façade of the Kalin Hotel. There, it expands into a triangular vernacular “piazza” that functions as a social core of the village. The road is characterized with very low traffic intensity and is perceived as a safe pedestrian venture.
The north side of this “piazza” is the south façade of the Kalin Hotel. There are public functions on its east side, such as the local store and the community club. The competition location is an empty plot that forms an angle of greenery between the west side of this “piazza” and the extension of the road towards the west, in a block with residential houses. There is a temporary structure that functions as a bakery at the very angle. There is a public faucet at the western edge of the competition location.

The international competition is the lead activity of the 29th Session Summer School of Architecture, the Faculty of Architecture, Ss. Cyril and Methodius organizes traditionally for 29 years in a row.

Please check the official link of the open call to acquire all information and the necessary documentation which is not attached to this listing due to size.

  • Title

    Open Call: Homage to Togetherness | Small-scale Low-tech Architecture in Lazaropole
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Student Competitions)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    July 27, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    August 17, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Lazaropole, North Macedonia
  • Price


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