Women’s House in Africa

1st prize : Internship at Kengo Kuma + Construction + 5.000 €

The “Kaira Looro Competition” is a world architecture competition for college kids and young architects, the target of which is to launch the careers of latest architectural talent, raise awareness within the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

Partners of the 2021 edition include international institutions from the “Gender Equality” sector, among which: WGDD of Africa Union Commission, UN Women West and Central African Republic e il Ministry of girls of the Republic of Senegal. Architects, designers, engineers, and students from round the world may participate within the competition. it’s possible to participate within the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of people under 35 years aged on the team.

The entries received are going to be evaluated by a jury made from prominent architects and institutions, among which:

  • Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates),
  • Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue),
  • Urko Sanchez ( Urko Sanchez Architects)
  • Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA)
  • Oulimata Sarr (Regional Director of UN Women West and Central Africa)
  • Lehau Victoria Maloka ( Director of girls Gender and Development Directorate of African Union Commission )
  • Salimata Diop Dieng ( Minister of girls , Family, Gender and Child Protection of Senegal),
  • Azzurra Muzzonigro (Sex and therefore the City).

Awards are going to be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honourable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50. The winning project will receive a cash prize (5.000 €) and an internship at Kengo Kuma & Associates studio in Japan, also because the construction of the project and its adoption on the a part of the Ministry at the national level. the opposite internships are going to be awarded to the 2nd place team at the EMBT Miralles Tagliabue studio in Spain and to the 3rd place at the SBGA Blengini Ghiradelli Archtiects in Italy.

Furthermore, all of the projects are going to be published on the competition’s website and in its official book, transmitted to 30 of the competition’s global media partners, and shared with institutional partners.

The WOMEN’S HOUSE, the thing of this remake , are going to be inbuilt alittle village in southern Senegal so as to market gender equality as a key think about rural development. This structure must be symbolic, environmentally friendly, inspired by local traditions, and capable of accommodating training events, seminars, and laboratories that raise awareness within the rural community regarding human rights and gender equality because the fifth fundamental objective of the “Sustainable Development Goals” established by the United Nations for the aim of guaranteeing that everybody receive equal access to education, medical aid , and employment, also as a say in deciding processes, thereby promoting sustainable economies which are a benefit to society and humanity and as an entire .

The challenge which participants will need to face is that of designing a humanitarian structure during which the varied members of society are going to be ready to meet and discuss the topics of equality and human rights:a space measuring a maximum of 200 square meters, with only a ground floor, built with natural materials and using sustainable technologies during a process of self-construction with the benefiting community itself.

The competition is organised by the Balouo Salo Non Profit Organisation, engaged in charitable projects in Africa, and every one proceeds (obtained from the participation fees) are going to be donated to the development of the winning project during a village in southern Senegal, where the organisation itself operates.

Info and registration: www.kairalooro.com

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