International competition of urban photo projects

SPACES OF
POTENTIAL

15 MARCH - 1 JUNE 2021
VOLGOGRAD

Send: 5 photos + an idea for the place development.
Get: valuable prizes and the opportunity to realize your vision of Volgograd's future!

RELEVANCE

The urban environment of Volgograd is extremely contrasting. A paradoxical combination of historical town-planning ensembles and modern landscaped territories is located in close proximity to abandoned buildings and industrial zones, a kind of white spots in people’s life and on the city map. This situation provides ample opportunities for analysis and rethinking of such urban spaces, many of which have become an integral part of the everyday life for Volgograd residents, but remain unused and unnoticed. These spaces of potential live with us, accompany us, crave attention and transformation. But are we, citizens, ready to interact?

 

In world practice, there are two approaches to urban and architectural planning. The Top-down approach assumes strategic planning and solution of all problems exclusively at the level of the authorities. In this case, the townspeople have no choice but to follow the accepted system requirements, without any possibility of independent participation in the fate of the city. The Bottom-up approach assumes active intervention of citizens in the transformation of the city and the architectural environment, promotion of their own local initiatives, and communication with the authorities, business, and all stakeholders, in order to implement positive changes with their own hands, here and now, and yet according to the strategic urban development plan.
 

Look around. How many spaces of potential do you personally encount while walking through a neighborhood or driving through a city every day? At first glance, their transformation may seem unrealistic, too large-scale, or meaningless. However, when there is basic knowledge and a willingness to act, when ideas are supported by a team of associates and professionals from various fields, even the most difficult tasks are realized.


This competition is one of those small but complex steps that each of us can take to develop Volgograd. Your opinion will be heard, your spaces of potential will be seen. Volgograd will be developed by our own hands!

SCHEDULE

Registration starts
15 MARCH 2021

Deadline for questions
7 MAY 2021

Publication of answers
10 MAY 2021

Deadline for registration
28 MAY 2021, 23.59 MSC

Deadline for submission
01 JUNE 2021, 23.59 MSC

Announcement of results
JULY 2021

Awards ceremony and exhibition
JULY-AUGUST 2021

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

The following categories of citizens are invited to participate:
• students of the faculties of architecture, design and arts,
environmental psychology, sociology, urban management;
• practicing architects, designers, urbanists, planners, project
developers;
• artists and painters;
• urban and social activists.


Potential participants who do not refer themselves to any of the above-mentioned categories can also take part in the competition by indicating their field of activity in the “Other” column in the registration form. The age of participants at the time of submission of materials should not be younger than 14 years old.

Participation in the competition is free of charge. Online registration required. Detailed competition materials are sent only to registered participants. Information about the competition is published on the website
www.keka-space.org,
as well as on social networks of the Organizer and Partners.

jury

Sasha Karpova

Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Curator, journalist, critic
Founder of the communication agency NAKED CARP

Balint Kadar

Budapest, Hungary

Architect
President of the Center for Contemporary Architecture
Professor at the University of Technology and Economics

Ina Ivanceanu

Vienna, Austria

Film director
Co-founder of the OIKODROM Institute for Sustainable Development

Denis Shilikhin

Volgograd, Russia

Businessman
Founder of the cultural space
LOFT 1890

Edvin Petrov

Volgograd, Russia

Architect

Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture of the City Administration
Board Chairmanof the Volgograd branch of the Union of Russian Architects

Zhanna Bozhko

Volgograd, Russia

Business lady
General Director of the investment and construction company VASH VYBOR

Evert Verhagen

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Developer of urban projects, Lecturer Skolkovo
Founder of CREATIVE CITIES

Yulia Panyukova

Moscow, Russia

Professor, Researcher of Psychology of Space
Leading Researcher in the
Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education

AWARDS

The winners of the competition will receive a series of consultations by a professional psychologist and coach on the determination of personal values, motivation, and project leadership; a thematic educational English course for the practice of international communication in the field of architecture and urbanism; valuable prizes from the organizers and partners of the competition; as well as the opportunity to present their vision to international experts and participate in the implementation of the idea.

FIRST RPIZE

SECOND PRIZE

THIRD PRIZE

PRIZE FUND

30 000 RUB

THE WINNING AND HONORABLE MENTION PROJECTS WILL BE PUBLISHED.
THE BEST PROJECTS OF THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE FINAL EXHIBITION.

MAJOR PARTNER

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PARTNERS

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Администрация Волгограда

EXPERT BOARD

Ekaterina Kochergina

Budapest, Hungary

Architect, space researcher

Competition Curator

Maryana Murzina

Moscow, Russia

Psychologist,

personal growth coach

Lyubov Rener

Volgograd, Russia

Architect, photographer

Competition organizer

Tatiana Kochergina

Volgograd, Russia

Linguist, methodologist