Competition Brief + Submission Req's:

*** last update: September 18, 2017

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. "Total area of the Site Theatre to be determined by each participant’s proposal." Does it mean, that all given spaces could be bigger or smaller, or that there could be additional spaces (for example transitional spaces)?

A5. Yes, depending on the design proposal, the distribution of the program area is to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.  Total area of the Site Theatre to be determined by each participant’s proposal.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q6. Should I design the paths outside the competition intervention area?

A6. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area.

Q7. Is it possible to submit a digital file with more than 5 Megabytes?

A7. 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.

Q8. Can the intervention be outside of the intervention area?

A8. 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.

Q9. Is it possible to increase / decrease the square meters of the Site Theatre spaces described on the program?

A9. Yes, the area of the Site Theatre spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Theatre 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.

Q10. What is the relevance of the graffiti block shown near the areas marked with ruins on the site map? And is it the only remnants or leftovers listed as ruins or is there anything more which fits better in the category of Architectural ruins?

A10.  The ‘Ruins’ shown on the Site Plan of the Site Theatre competition are traces of existing structures on the ground (see Photo P21). No reference is made to the ‘graffiti block’ on the Site Plan.

Q11. Can we drill to make an underground room (such as the dressing area ....)?

A11. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges. 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.

Q12.  Should we take into consideration handicap accessibility?

A12. 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.

Q13. Young professional you mean young architect right?

A13. 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.

Q14. Should we make parking and car accessibility to the storage room?

A14. The program does not include parking and / or car accessibility to the storage room; however, depending on the design proposal, teams may reinterpret the program description.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q15. Can the performance space change, I mean like at one moment it is a theater and then it can transform into a dancing area.... ?

A15. Yes.

Q16. Will the file size of 5 Megabytes minimize the quality on an A1 paper with a 300 dpi?

A16. 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.

Q17. What is the graffiti block’s diameter and height?

A17. No additional documentation regarding the graffiti block 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. www.arkxsite.com/downloads/

 

 

Registration Process + Payment Methods:

*** last update: August 31, 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.

Q4. 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?

A4. 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.

Q5. Can I join the competition as a student even if a member of my team is now a graduate but waiting to start a master degree?

A5. 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.

Q6. 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?

A6. 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.

Q7. My partner and I are architects and we started our Architectural firm 1 year ago, we are so interested in participating but we are 41 and 42 respectively, my question is: despite that we are 1 and 2 years older, could we enroll in the competition?

A7. No. 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. I am based in the city of Quito, Ecuador. I am 36 years old and am an architect from Venezuela. Can I participate in the competition?

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. We are a team of 3 people. 2 of us are under 40 and one is a bit more (around 42). Are we still eligible to register?

A9. 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.

Q10. I'm 49 but I'm a student, I went back to School and I will graduate in Architecture next year, is it ok?

A10. 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.