Art+Architecture Design Competition for Ghana, Africa

Deadline: 13 November 2010
Open to: all architects, eco-community designers, structural engineers and imaginative others
Prize: the grand prize will be $1000, + full board residency to build the design on location; the second: $500 and the third: $300


(International art+architecture Design Competition)


In West Africa, from the cities to the low-income villages, earth architecture is fast giving way to modern dwellings (made of cement-blocks and corrugated zinc-roof that are expensive and thermally and acoustically problematic).  On the fringes of environmental issues and Open Source concept, we are developing a model arts village in the Ashanti Region of Ghana for replication in other parts of West Africa.  The challenge is to design and build units, such as a Multipurpose Arts Center, Residential Courtyard that sleeps 21 persons, Community Kitchen, Courtyard for arts studios and a Recreational Sports Ground on a 10-acre lot and with a budget of $42,000-$62,000 and earth under the feet. We are interested in design solutions that integrate art into architecture for a more sustainable future.  We emphasize that the design should provide a comfortable, and multi-use of space and should be easily built from local materials and local labor at low cost for use by the international arts community.

* Competition Starts: April 7, 2010.
* Deadline for all Entries: November 13, 2010
* Date Results will be Published: January 7, 2011
* Winning Project Execution: Between August 2011 and August 2012.


+ $1000 cash prize
+ Full board residency to build the design on location.
+ Lavish press coverage in and out of Africa
Out of the twenty top finalists, one grand prize winner will be chosen by the judges to receive the grand prize and the highest honor of the competition. In addition to the grand prize, 2 Runners Up (Second and Third Place) will be selected to receive cash prize of $500 and $300 respectively, based on the popular vote online. All who participated in the competition from start to finish will be allowed a two-week free stay at the arts village. All submissions must be work that is original from the designer. The winners will be determined by a jury of architecture and art professionals.
The grand prize winning project must be executed between August 2011 and August 2012.


Enter the competition by first by sending JPEG* images of your conceptual drawings that you plan to develop, in order to avail the design process to all prospective users of the space for questions and contributions to resolve any production concerns. Second, send the final images, one-page CV/ Résumé, and a statement about your design proposal
Web Sites: and
(includes time budget, materials and the financial component). E-mail entries to,

More info in the Competition Flyer.

The official website.

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