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Thursday, 25 April 2024

Liberland’s Second International Architectural Competition’s results announced – Edinburgh Student receives prestigious second place

Competition comes on the heels Liberland announcing an initial investment commitment of EUR 140 million 

Liberland announced the results of the second international architectural competition. Sergio Bianchi was crowned the winner with Will Bayram, a student from Edinburgh taking second place.

The second Liberland Architectural Competition attracted more than 20 entries from architects, designers and engineers from many countries including teams from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, China, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States.

The competition jury panel was led by President Vit Jedlicka and architect Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, and included citizens, technologists and architects involved with Liberland. The judging took place in May 2021. 

The results of this competition come on the heels of Liberland’s announcement of an initial investment commitment of EUR 140 million from a number of key supporters.  These commitments demonstrate the tremendous interest in investing in Liberland. 

President Vit said “Back in 2015 we held out first Liberland Design Competition and witnessed great passion and architecture combined. This second competition has resulted in even more inspiring results.

“I want to thank Will Bayram for his creativity and strong designs.”

Architectural student Will Bayram says:

“Graduating from University during the pandemic created additional delays and hurdles for finding a job. Liberland’s competition instantly stood out as a unique creative opportunity that would allow me to continue enhancing my skills and creativity whilst looking for future employment.

“The main challenge for me was to bring a contextual design to a place which has a short history but a bright future, which itself brought up specific design challenges. The land itself is dense with nature but has little human interference which offers the most delict of site context but limited creative constraints. I feel architecture offers its most productive and unique possibilities when it is squeezed by its constraints so I took to mapping Liberland’s relationship to other enclaves and city states to mark its unique contextual footprint that was representative of its global ambitions.

“It was interesting to reflect on 100s of years of urban design which is a process of a growing patchwork of ideologies assembled throughout history that makes the urban plans of cities today, and reflecting on how each offers its own unique qualities but also problems. Combining this creativity of a new urban configuration with the set urban design rules about human movement and how we live, created a process that was an exercise of simultaneously respecting lessons that we have already learned whilst projecting ideas for the future.

“I am not sure I would change anything but there are certainly areas I would like to develop further that may result in changes as you explore them in detail. The most fruitful area for this, I think, would be the podium level as it acts as the base plane of the city where unique and specific opportunities can grow into urban interchanges through the movement of people.”

The Design competition was curated and authored by Daniela Ghertovici, Director at ArchAgenda LLC. Launched last year, the competition requirement was “to translate blockchain concepts into urban and architectural design strategies”.

As Ghertovici explains: “The thesis of the Liberland Design Competition agenda posits that the infusion of decentralized blockchain logics into urban and architectural design, with its potential to radically disrupt and innovate social, economic, and political arenas, will ultimately transform the physiognomy and functionality of cities. 

“From a historical standpoint, I theorize blockchain as the 8th mass media after Print (1450), Recordings (1877), Cinema (1900), Radio (1910), Television (1925), Internet (1990) and Mobile phones (2000), with the crucial distinction that it is a decentralized mass media, and this attribute of decentralization is itself a transformative concept for urban design and development.”

When writing the 2015 brief for the first Liberland Design Competition, it was very clear to Ghertovici that “Liberland, the world’s newest micro-nation — a sovereign values-based minarchy — has unprecedented potential to radically disrupt and innovate in every facet of society (governance, economy, jurisprudence, sustainability, education, charity, peace and most importantly freedom), but especially urban and architectural design.”

“In 2021, through Liberland’s extraordinary vision and perseverance, it has evolved into a global phenomenon among emerging models for building new societies (charter cities, special economic zones, free private cities, seasteading, etc), but unlike other models, Liberland’s sovereignty as a microstate  means that is can build innovative urban systems without the difficulty of having to compromise and adapt to outdated urban planning and zoning restrictions,” she says.

Jillian Godsil
Blockchain Advocate, Founder, Conference Chair, Women in Blockchain Advocate, Keynote Speaker, Crypto Journalist, Broadcaster, CEO, Writer, Homelessness Advocate, Former European Parliament Candidate, Law Changer, Mother, Choir Member, Hill Walker, Dreamer

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