COMPETITION FOR BUILDING A COMMUNITY SURVIVAL CABIN: a project on the intersection of art, architecture and social change


Although benefiting a lot from a major redevelopment in the area one wish of the community of Efford is still not fulfilled: the one for a Community Centre to offer a versatile programme from and for the residents.
To support the residents in addressing their wish to the local authorities and to raise awareness to the need for a Community Centre we now seek to install a visual representation in the public: the Community Survival Cabin!

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1. To participate in this competition please email a poster (written concept with drafts and sketches) for a realistic and simple, sustainable cabin to this email address: wk@wochenklausur.at
2. Jury members from an Art and Architecture background as well as local residents will select a project until end of April.
3. Beginning of May young people from Efford will join forces with the creators of the winning project, get materials donated from local building supply stores and actually built the cabin on site.
4. A community coordinator will use the cabin as a nucleus for reaching out to inhabitants and launching activities in the public

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Application Deadline: April 22nd 2011
Cabin Completion Date: beginning of June

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    all submissions will be presented in an exhibition on a prominent location in the center of Plymouth, UK and on display in Vienna, Austria

The rewarded project will receive support to realise the concept.

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The challenge is to develop a concept of how to install a temporary cabin
that meets the following requirements:
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: : BUILT FROM CHEAP, SUSTAINABLE OR FREE MATERIALS
: : EQUIPPED WITH LIGHT AND SOME FORM OF HEATING
: : GIVING ROOM TO MEETING OF 1-10 PEOPLE ALL YEAR ROUND
: : YOU CAN ALSO RE-USE OR ADAPT AN EXISTING STRUCTURE (e.g. a caravan or log cabin)
: : YOUR SUBMISSION CAN CONTAIN SKETCHES, 3-D MODELS AND PHOTOS (MINIMUM TEXT LENGTHS 500 WORDS)

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The cabin is going to serve as a temporary office for Efford’s community coordinator in the time frame of at least a year. The community center of Efford is not build yet, but a free lance community coordinator will work from the cabin as his/her office space.

The cabin should be easy to build, function as an office space and include a little coffee kitchen. The materials it is made of should be sustainable as well as cheap (we encourage recycling and DIY approaches). Students are free to choose how they want to go about this challenge. Our aim is to provide a cabin to Efford’s community that is ready for use from the beginning of June. The most innovative, practical and realistic idea will be selected and built by the winning team with the help of the community during May 2011. The city will allow to place the chosen project at an empty spot on Torridge Way and the new community coordinator will be working part-time in the winning team’s cabin. Building material can be sponsored by Travis Perkins at 178, Rendle Street.
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SCHEDULE:

• Submission deadline is April 22nd, 2011
• There will be a two weeks selection process
• End of April a jury of university staff, residents and artists will announce the winner project
• The winner project will be building their cabin in May 2011 with the help of the Efford Community

CONTACT: wk@wochenklausur.at

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