CARPARK FUTURES COMPETITION 2022
DPA-X, Dominique Perrault Architecture’s research department, is partnering with Indigo Group to launch this international architecture competition, open to young architects!
January 19, 2022 - Registration opens
April 17, 2022 - 11:59 PM - Registration closes
72 Hours Competition
May 20, 2022 - 00:01 AM - Publication of complete rules and opening of applications
May 22, 2022 - 11:59 PM - Closing of applications
June 2022 - Jury and announcement of winners
• Indigo Grand Prize: 5,000 euros
• 2nd Prize: 2.000 euros
• 3rd Prize: 1.000 euros
3 Honourable mentions
3 Special prizes
AN INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION IN 72 HOURS
Open to young architects under 40 years of age, registered alone or in a team, “Carpark Futures Competition” invites architecture professionals to question the architectural, urban, technical and environmental potential of a revalorization of underground parking lots, through the study of the Euralille site in northern France.
The candidates will have to propose a series of architectural interventions in response to new practices related to mobility, urban logistics and, more broadly, to changes in lifestyles and consumer habits.
The jury, made up of experts from the world of architecture and urban planning, is co-chaired by Dominique Perrault, architect and urban planner and member of the French Academy of Arts, and Serge Clemente, Chairman of the Indigo Group.
INVENTING THE CAR PARK OF THE FUTURE
How can underground parking spaces be transformed to adapt them to contemporary societal changes? How can architecture respond to the challenges of future mobility and urban density in the broad sense?
Today, sometimes underused, underground parking lots represent important reserves of surface, volume and land, and their potential is immense. It is now necessary to go beyond a vision of the underground parking lot as a simple inert storage space, in order to allow its integration into major metropolitan developments, by introducing new programs, new uses, and new architectural qualities. The idea of an underground real estate development, or “Sub-estate”, can now be considered as a strategy for an optimized, resilient urbanism, imagining the city as a system rooted in the ground.
The « Carpark Futures Competition" will focus on a specific area of a vast district developed in the 1990s to realize the ambitions of a regional metropolis with European vocation: Euralille.
The city of Lille, in northern France, strategically located at the center of the European triangle formed by the cities of Brussels, London and Paris, was determined to seize the opportunity to become a major business and transportation hub with the imminent creation of its Lille-Europe TGV station. The designer of Euralille, Rem Koolhaas, has planned an international business center on some 120 hectares of former military land a few steps away from the historic center, extending to a European territory of 70 million inhabitants. On this huge area, 800'000 m2 of activities have been developed as well as a complex superposition of architectures and infrastructures, designed by many renowned architects: Jean Nouvel, OMA, Claude Vasconi, Christian de Portzamparc, etc.
At the heart of this area is the Euralille car park, study area for this competition.
A 72-HOURS CHALLENGE
Details of the study site and program will be provided to applicants at the 72-hour competition launch on May 20. Register now!
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