Public competitions and competition briefs: Implementing welfare goals for dependent seniors in the architecture competition context
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In western society, the homelike architecture is acknowledged as the ideal space for a dependent and older person. The realization of this space can be achieved by use of guidelines. These can be precise requirements to realize generally or conceptual criteria to reinvent individually. The open guideline creates a dilemma when an architecture competition is organized: The writing of a competition brief forces the organizer to define a preliminary set of goals for the participating architects to contemplate, but it equips this actor with preconceived views on what to be accomplished. In the competition situation, the main objective of the brief is to generate design solutions that go beyond the organizer’s expectation. Sweden uses open guidelines for space intended for dependent and frail people.
This paper has three purposes: I) to investigate how three public stakeholders prepare and structure their competition briefs for use in competitions focusing on the habitat for the older frail people and housing for senior citizens; II) to explore the participating architects’use of the competition brief; and III) to study the link between the brief and the jury assessment report. During the period 2000 to 2009, three public stakeholders organized architecture competitions that focused either on housing for dependent older frail people or on residential architecture for senior citizens with few frailties. These competitions constitute three case studies.
This paper draws seven preliminary conclusions: The successful competition brief conveys the organizer’s intentions; supplies ideas necessary for creative thinking, and fuels the subsequent assessment process. In addition, the competition brief is the key element for the execution of the architecture competition. It defines the design task and its parameters, the jury and assessment criteria, and the need of secondary referential consultation. This is a shared responsibility between the organizer and the national association of architects.
competition brief, public organizer, assessment process, competition jury, appropriate housing for senior citizens
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-40809DiVA: diva2:442216
QC 201109202011-09-202011-09-202016-05-23Bibliographically approved