Architecture Competition: REGENERATION

Regeneration is the process of replacing or restoring damaged or missing components in a system i.e. spiritual renewal or revival; which can be seen in nature inspiring contemporary artists, architects in their works. For example, the Millennium Dome and the 2012 Olympic Park were developed to stimulate growth and bring back into use vacant, brownfield, and contaminated sites that were seen as holding back the development of their surrounding areas. Such projects contributed in particular to the radical reshaping of East London‘s physical landscape.

We often see an abandoned historic building, an abandoned bridge, an abandoned railway, an abandoned industry existing as lonely reminders of an era that has passed, never to return. These functionless voids are empty shells inappropriately occupied as warehouses, press, shops, visited by tourists who don’t quite know how to occupy them. They are lost in space and lost in time. Is there any better solution to conserving these sites than by “freezing” them in time as lonely reminders of an era? This competition encourages designers to review and redesign these promising abandoned sites through a regenerative lens. The proposed design should consider the speed of changes and development that influence that particular site. The scale of intervention, programs, and site is up to participants.

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