Celebration of the Cities: Maxmix Cities
Subject / Improvement of the living conditions in our cities
Theme / Urbanism
The first Celebration of Cities international consultation, launched in 2004 by Jaime Lerner, then UIA President, invited the architects and architecture students of the world to imagine “urban acupuncture” operations to repair the imbalances and fractures in cities around the world. In 2006, the UIA launched a second call to the community of professionals and students inviting them to participate in an urban democracy, a process for the improvement of the living conditions in our cities.
The third edition of Celebration of Cities, CC3, was launched during the UIA Congress in Turin in July 2008. CC3 was organised by the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects (FIKA) with the collaboration of the UIA Member Sections. Space Group in Korea took charge of the management and defined the theme: MAXMIX Cities: activities, built elements, spaces, may all be mingled, “mixed”, to allow cities attain maximum quality of life.
MAXMIX CITIES is a response to the multiple contradictions of contemporary cities: high density and anonymity; man’s distance from nature and his desire to retrieve it; opposition between the urban world and the rural world, between the past and the present. How can we mix the elements of this urban reality to improve the quality of life in cities today and respond to the citizens’ aspirations ? This is the objective of the competition for which the projects should be set in a real situation.
The jury met in Kyoto on 3 October 2009. Chaired by Mauricio Rivero Borrell, UIA 1st Vice President it was composed of Lisa Siola, Patricia Emmett, Kazuo Iwamura and Albert Dubler, UIA Vice-Presidents and Bae Byung Ki, Vice-President of the Institute of Korean Architects. Jae Yong Lim, President, KIA Committee for international Affairs, participated as jury co-ordinator.
Three prizes were awarded to the projects of the following architects : Mario Tvrtkovic (Germany), Nikita Sergienko (Russian Federation), Jung Woo, Oh (Republic of Korea).
Three prizes were awarded in the category for student projects to: Davinia Fuentes Cabrera (Spain); Sena Dogan (Turkey); Hyobin Jung (Republic of Korea).