Competition Brief + Submission Req's:

*** last update: February 28, 2018

Q1. All we need to submit is the horizontal A1 panel in digital version, no other document in needed, is it correct?

A1. The competition submission will consist of a single digital panel: (1) A1 sized panel (84,1 cm x 59,4 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout. 
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q2. As an ideas competition can we disregard the program?

A2. The program should not be disregarded; however depending on the design proposal, teams may reinterpret the program description.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q3. Can the intervention be outside of the intervention area?

A3. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasizes, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q4. Should we be familiar with the building regulations in Portugal?

A4. No, this is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q5. Should I design the paths outside the competition intervention area?

A5. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area.

Q6. Is it possible to submit a digital file with more than 5 Megabytes?

A6. No, the file type / size is: JPG (RGB Color) is 5 Megabytes (maximum). Recommended 300 dpi resolution. The JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP or RAR file format. This file type / size ensures a good quality of the digital panel.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q7. Can the intervention be outside of the intervention area?

A7. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this remarkable landscape.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.


Q8. Is it possible to increase / decrease the square meters of the Site Cultural Center spaces described on the program?

A8. Yes, the area of the Site Cultural Center spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Cultural Center to be determined by each participant’s proposal. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q9.  Should we take into consideration handicap accessibility?

A9. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q10. Will the file size of 5 Megabytes minimize the quality on an A1 paper with a 300 dpi?

A10. The competition submission will consist of a single digital panel: (1) A1 sized panel (84,1 cm x 59,4 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout. The file type / size is: JPG (RGB Color) is 5 Megabytes (maximum). Recommended 300 dpi resolution. The JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP or RAR file format. This file type / size ensures a good quality of the digital panel. For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q11. Is there more information available of the Atalaia Magra, whether in images or maps?

A11. No additional documentation regarding the Atalaia Magra is available. All graphic documentation that is available and required to develop the design proposal for an ideas competition are posted on the ArkxSite website.

Q12. Can I place the Cultural Center outside of the proposed site?

A12. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q13. Is it possible to modify the access road? Do our changes (paths, roads, vegetation) have to stay inside of the project intervention area?

A13. Yes. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q14. I want to ask about the trees, can I move them?

A14.  This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q15. Is it necessary to rehabilitate the ruin? If not, is it possible? or should it be left respecting its state? Is it the team’s choice to leave the different floors inaccessible?

A15. The overall design of the Site Cultural Center must be sensitive to the Atalaia Magra remains. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this spectacular landscape.


Q16. If the ruin is left in its current state, should we respect a certain radius around it in order to make an excavation so that the ruin does not suffer any danger of crumbling?

A16. The overall design of the Site Cultural Center must be sensitive to the Atalaia Magra remains. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q17. Should the Cultural Center and the paths be suitable for disable people?

A17. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q18. For visualizations, is it necessary to make renders or can I present hand-sketches?

A18. Yes, hand sketches can be presented. Graphic layout including text, drawings and renderings are to be determined by each team.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q19.  Can I mix some rooms on a single area and create a multi-functional space?

A19. Depending on the design proposal, the distribution of the program area is to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.

 

 

Registration Process + Payment Methods:

*** last update: December 26, 2017

Q1. Is this architecture competition open to students?

A1. Yes, the competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q2. Can we change the team members after the registration period?

A2. No, the team can not change the list of team members nor the team leader after submitting the online registration form and completing the payment process.

Q3. I am now 39 years old, but at the Submission Deadline I will be 40.  Can I still participate in the competition?

A3. Yes.  All members of the team must be 40 years old or younger on the date of the Submission Deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q4. I am 39 years old, but my birthday is December 26th. Can I take part in this competition?

A4. Yes. All members of the team must be 40 years old or younger on the date of the Submission Deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q5. I am a French architect and I would like to be precise about the age limit for participation "≤ 40 years old"  means "include and under 40 years old"?

A5. All members of the team must be 40 years old or younger on the date of the Submission Deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q6. Hi, we are a team of 4 members and are very interested in participating in the current competition and are wondering if it is necessary to register before making the online payment?

A6. Yes.  As stated in the registration process, we ask that the Registration Form is submitted in Step 1, prior to making the Payment in Step 2.

Q7. Can I join the competition as an architecture student even if a member of my team is now a graduate but waiting to start a master degree?

A7. Yes, the competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q8. My friend and I are interested in entering this competition, but we just wanted clarification on the eligibility. We are both in the second year of our undergraduate degree in architecture, so we do not have a degree yet, are we still eligible to submit?

A8. Yes.  The competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q9. Is this architectural competition open to Landscape Architects and Urban Designers?

A9. The competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.
For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.