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 the architect, Fernado Mendoza de la Garza from Mexico, gaining an honourable mention.
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.
“The standard of entries was so high we were honoured to present honourable mentions to four teams – this bodes well for the future.”
Fernando Medoza talks about the design process:
“I entered the competition to explore the idea of decentralized Seasteding- village models with political freedom. I wanted to play with the parameters of reality to create a man-made organism capable of utilizing the momentum of water with quality forming shapes.
“My main challenge was starting fresh with the implosion philosophy, which is contrary to explosion (which is currently how we get most of our energy). I studied eco-technologies (Viktor Shauberger’s discoveries) to reimagine the interaction of the Vessel with the ocean as a coexisting one, instead of just the traditional wave-breaking shapes. The output of this challenge is the design of the Wave Imploder.
“For me it was an opportunity to knit the concept of unconquerability into nature’s master plan. To create a bridge parting from the values of the parameters of the present context with an ideal configuration that integrates physical and spiritual freedom (which are the basic requirement of all humans) projected in a decentralized universally applicable model.
“I think the design process, as the evolution of organisms never really stops having feedback from reality. I would like to keep making iterations following nature’s mantra: Iterate till perfection. Always open to comprehending more about the context, improving and adapting to the limitations by elegantly simplifying, shedding all superfluity from the core of impetus and like Darwin’s finches not only coping but thriving Unconquered.”
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.