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Thursday, 25 April 2024

Sergio Bianchi Wins Liberland’s Second International Architectural Competition

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

 Liberland today announced that Sergio Bianchi won its second international architectural competition with an innovative raised megastructure raised from the ground, leaving the ground below free for other species. This design embodied Liberland’s desire to create innovative and progressive green urban environments that rethinks how cities’ ecosystems work and function, while employing new sustainable practices including  bioenergy and  urban agriculture. 

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 Sergio entered and won the first Liberland Design Competition. His joy and passion for our country is obvious in his vision of a hilltop village, like medieval Italian structure. We are delighted his vision came to the fore again.”

Patrik Schmacher said: “The fact that Sergio was apprenticed to the legendary Luigi Pellegrin, an organic architect of some distinction in his university days, has clearly and positively informed his design, free approach and typological innovation of design. This is a well-deserved win.”

Sergio Bianchi said: “Liberland is a very important love affair for me. When I entered the first competition back in 2015 I was hooked. The chance to imagine new ideas on how to set up a new way to inhabit the land was appealing to my deeper self. Liberland’s motto ‘Live and let live’ applies to humanity, but it should also apply to all different species in this world. This is where I drew my inspiration to allow other creatures to roam freely below the city.

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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