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Launch of the Online Exhibition of the Bamiyan Culture Center Design Competition Entries

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Launch of the Online Exhibition of the Bamiyan Culture Center Design Competition Entries

An online exhibition of all the submissions for the Bamiyan Culture Centre Design Competition is posted on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the duration of three months.

Thousands of architects, engineers, designer and students dedicated weeks of work to preparing a design proposal for the Bamiyan Cultural Center.

The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan.

This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition.

Administered by the UNESCO Office in Kabul, and in partnership with the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Bamiyan Culture Center Design Competition was launched in November 2014, as an equal opportunity for a wide range of individual architects, engineers and students from around the world to submit a design proposal. The Competition resulted in 1,070 design entries, from 117 countries, each unique in design and innovation.

A group of seven professional and experienced Jury members examined each of the designs and voted for an Argentina-based architecture team as the winning entry and for four runners-up from Turkey, Cyprus, France and the Netherlands. The assessment of the applications was made in accordance with the pre-defined criteria, and the selections were made anonymously by a unique user code that was given to each of the entries at the time of the submission. In making its selection, the jury applied design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.

With the generous financial aid of the Republic of Korea, UNESCO and the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture will build the Center on a land donated by the Government of Afghanistan and close to the boundaries of the World Heritage property. The Center will serve as a platform to promote art, history, music, and community interaction. In addition, the Bamiyan Culture Centre will focus on community economic development by providing training programs both on cultural heritage related expertise and in various sectors of the culture industry.

The Bamiyan Culture Center is an initiative to promote culture, the creative industries and heritage education to advance reconciliation and nation-building in Afghanistan.

Please click here to visit the online exhibition.


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