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NOW OPEN: CPDI Africa Heritage Architecture Competition 2021

Introduction:

Have you ever imagined what the architecture of Africa would look like today, if the great civilizations of Egypt, Timbuktu, Mali, the Dogon, Zulu, Yoruba, and thousands of other African empires had continued to develop and evolve in their own unique identity? Imagine the transformation of the African landscape into sprawling metropolises filled with architectural masterpieces celebrating new interpretations of traditional design elements, portrayed with all the comfort of modern innovations and technique.

The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa) 2021 culture-inspired, research-based design competition aims to promote the development of new architectural languages for the African Diaspora that are culturally and environmentally sustainable. What Africa would you build if given the opportunity to develop African skylines in her own image?

Eligibility:

The CPDI Africa 2021 competition is open to both students and practitioners of architecture and all related professions of the built environment, inclusive of arts & design, engineering, town planning and urban design. Participants may enter the competition as individuals, or may submit their entries as part of a team of designers, artists, engineers, and planners. Teams are limited to a maximum of 3 members.

The competition is open to any race, religion or creed, and encourages collaborative ventures between development professionals in Africa and the Diaspora. Applicants may register from all parts of Africa, the Americas, Caribbean, Europe and Asia and are encouraged to build multicultural/multinational teams in order to harness a multiplicity of creative ideas. Applicants are encouraged to seek inspiration from their African roots for their concepts. Submitted Designs that are obvious copies of existing buildings will be disqualified.

The Challenge:

The CPDI Africa 2021 competition calls for design entries of prototypes for a contemporary Cultural Center inspired by architecture of the African Diaspora.
To design prototypes of African centered or inspired architecture that reflects the culture, aesthetics and sustainability for community design and development in today’s Africa, research must accompany the design. The links between research and design are achieved in three categories:
    • Culture-Lifestyle (floor plan & functionality)
    • Aesthetics (finishing & furnishing)
    • Sustainability (materials, climate & cost)
Participants of the CPDI Africa design competition must first conduct research into the traditional architecture of their selected ethnic groups to understand the impact of climate, lifestyle, social norms, cultural philosophies and spiritual beliefs on space utilization and location within the community. Sources for research are available on our links:
Research Sites
Participants must explore the aesthetics and artistic languages of their selected ethnic groups or African regions to gain inspiration from their decorative and symbolic patterns, motifs, textures, colours, forms and finishes.

Participants must also understand the use of particular materials and building techniques, paying special attention to sustainability, availability and affordability of local materials in their selected African region. It is critical to utilize such materials and techniques in a way that proves their relevance in a contemporary built environment for Africa.

Participants are encouraged to acquire additional inspiration from the evolution of other African arts, such as music, fashion, visual arts, cuisine, film and theater, for more intricate expressions of African creativity, but most importantly how African life is lived. It is the architectural translation of these elements of daily life that will strengthen your design concept. 

Finally, participants must harmonize their research findings to develop their designs according to the CPDI Africa 2021 design brief. Through this process, collaborating architects, artists, designers and allied built environment professionals will create stimulating and successful design prototypes for a culturally appropriate and sustainable Cultural Center for Africa and the Diaspora.

Entry Requirements:

All individuals and team members participating in the competition must register to participate on the CPDI Africa website and submit the participation waiver. Registration, payment of the entry fee, and submission of your design will also serve as an official participation waiver.
Early bird registration/discounted registration fees are available on the website as of January 1st, 2021. Participation waivers and payment validations will be required (during the submission phase) for the design entries to be accepted. 

Upon registering, participants will receive the CPDI Africa 2021 design brief and one pager submission template. Participants may submit more than one entry, but each entry requires its own identification, registration and fee payment.
The submission portal opens April 1st, 2021 and the deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2021. Winners will be announced in November 2021.

Design Brief Preview:

The Cultural Community Center - A cultural center inspired by African origins.

Guidelines:
Create a design concept for the Cultural Center that:
    1. Is unique and iconic, preserving the architectural heritage of the culture.
    2. Draws functional inspiration from 1 (one) specific Ethnic Group or Region in Africa
    3. Occupies a minimum built-up area of 600m2
    4. Occupies a culturally appropriate context that is reflective of the functionality of urban African spaces
    5. Utilizes a spatial program that elaborates on the building’s use as a museum & cultural center
    6. Reflects elements of African culture, lifestyle and philosophy in its functionality
    7. Celebrates the African identity in its interior design, aesthetics and visual imagery
    8. Is built with materials that are locally available, sustainable and affordable
    9. Is realistic, buildable and can be replicated easily by both skilled and unskilled laborer.
    10. Can be constructed successfully given issues of cost, materiality and regional economic factors.

Submission Requirements:

Apart from uploading the submission poster (JPEG/PNG file format) on the CPDI Africa website, participants will also be required to provide a link to a separate folder on their online drive (google drive/dropbox) with the title format: Participant’s name_Prototype name_CPDI 2021Each folder should contain the following information:

A name for the prototype:
A name should be chosen from the primary ethnic group that inspired the design. It should be a female or feminine name and the meaning of the name should be provided.
Inspirational & conceptual narrative:
This should be a 1500 word narrative submitted in Word doc format that details the unique features of your design and how it reflects the African design elements you researched. Details of the ethnic group or region of Africa, traditional aesthetics and elements that inspired the prototype design should be provided. Original images, of the motifs or patterns used in the design, alongside their names and meanings if available, should be provided. Sustainable building materials for the foundation, frame, interior walls, roofing, fenestration and other structural elements should be specified. It should also answer the questions:
    • How does your design translate traditional architecture elements in new and innovative ways, through cultural and aesthetic elements in your design concept?
    • How does your design address issues of heat, cooling, ventilation and airflow within the building?
    • What are the reasons a prospective developer would choose to buy your design?
    • Which of the unique features of your design are worthy of becoming a building code requirement for construction in Africa?
    • What built environment challenges have you resolved through your use of indigenous science and technology?
  • Floor plans, elevations and sections:
Should be represented in schematic form only (construction/working drawings are not required) and should be submitted as Jpeg format. Every room should be labeled with its function (use) and room size and dimensions should be in the Metric system only (sqm/square meters).
  • 3D Renders:
Minimum of two 3D perspectives of the building façade should be provided in JPEG format only. There should be no texts or labels in the renders. The renders may be articulated with landscaping or waterbodies but be devoid of vehicles, people or animals.
  • Waiver acknowledgements:
The populated waiver form serves as evidence of you agreeing to the terms and conditions of the design competition.

Jury:

The jury panel consists of professional architects, designers and professors of Afrocentric architecture & design. The competition entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Design originality
  • Design innovation
  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Contextual relevance
  • Architectural preservation
  • Community participation
  • Form
  • Function
  • Impact
  • Sustainability

Awards & Honors:

Award categories include:
  • Six Regional Winners (West Africa, East, Central, North, South, Diaspora)
  • Five Honorable Mentions per region

Benefits:

  • Promote your favorite African architecture to the world
  • Winners earn paid internships with CPDI Africa & Associates
  • Become an ambassador in your country for CPDI Africa initiatives
  • Showcase your resume and design portfolio internationally
  • Feature in CPDI Africa Heritage Compendium & Exhibitions
Alongside award certificates, winners and honorable mentions will be featured on the CPDI Africa website and social media platforms and will also be invited to virtually present their designs to the jurors during the award ceremony. They will also gain a free placement in any CPDI Africa Global Studio certified short course of their choice. Their designs will be featured on the CPDI Africa website and will be showcased as part of the CPDI Africa publications and travelling exhibitions. Winners and honorable mentions will be the face of CPDI Africa in their respective regions/countries.

To participate in the CPDI African Architecture Heritage Competition, register at

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Comments

  1. Hello, the entry fee of $100, is steep in my opinion, considering this would mostly be applied for by students

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    1. Yes indeed, if it were only for students, this offers real job opportunities for the competition winners in firms Currently affiliating with CPDI AFRICA.

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  2. What a great idea! Charge people their time and money for free drawings and content for your website.

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    1. The content to be submitted is surely valuable for the website, and preserving the narrative of telling your story by yourself.

      This competition also offers you job opportunities with CPDI AFRICA affiliates which are established firms championing the course of AFRICAN ARCHITECTURE.

      Goodluck Bro.

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  4. $100 just to intern under CPDA hmm.
    Not sure how reasonable that is.

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    2. The benefits also includes jobs opportunities.

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  5. Thanks for your questions! CPDI Africa promotes the languages of African cultures that otherwise will never have been heard of. We dont operate with grant funds, we dont beg others to promote African culture and design, we ask global and African designers themselves to proudly create modern African design and contribute to the narrative and body of knowledge. There is more dignity in that approach. Funds generated from registrations pay staff, promote marketing, and promote winning architects so they can get great jobs as afrocentric architects, just ask some of our previous winners! We look forward to your Masterpiece and celebrating your Culture at CPDI Africa! 💥💥💥

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