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 Subtext Studio from the US taking third place.
Subtext Studio is a collobatorive organisation consisting of Mahyar Mostafavy, Technical designer, Shahram Arashzad, Lead designer and Fatemeh Kazemi, Lead designer.
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 all the teams and congratultations to Subtext Studio for their third place.”
Mahyar Mostafavy and his team relected on their achievement and journey:
“Liberland competition presented a unique problem, which intrigued us from day one and, we knew it was going to be an exceptional chance for us to challenge a problem at such scale with such program.
“As we know metropolises grow and expand over time; so the history of cities build up over time. Although in the more modern cities master planning happens first then followed by development; in Liberland’s case it all had to come together with one stroke. Thus, planning and predicting the growth and the potential of the city over time was the most challenging part.
“Any time you have a chance to design a city/capital from tabula rasa, it is a challenging, exiting, and idiosyncratic experience. We feel we have gained a lot designing such a multifaceted project with all different aspects and tangents that were intertwined with it.
“Graphic wise showing the growth of the city at different stages would be something if there was more time we would have tried to illustrate.”
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.