The purpose of the competition is to design a Bulgarian pavilion for "Expo 2025" in Osaka. Тhe theme is extremely important, especially after the country's poor performance at the previous expo in Dubai. It is important to achieve a good design fulfilling the functional scheme and representing the themes of the Expo. Participants are provided with three work situations, each in a different thematic area of the expo plan. The competition is open to students from all architecture universities in Bulgaria, as well as young architects.
The competition period is November 25, 2022 - May 24, 2023
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The competition is free and there are the following prizes for the winners:
-1st place: 1500lv
-2en place: 500lv
-3rd place: Certificate
Functional and urban planning task:
- welcome zone 100m2
- temporary exhibitions, two zones, 300m2 and 200m2
- permanent exhibition 300м2
- WC 25m2
- coffee 125m2
- kitchen 10m2
- storage (coffee) 10m2
- waste 10m2
- office 55m2
- staff area 10m2
- dressing room, lockers 10m2
- VIP zone 115m2
- VIP coworking zone 85m2
- kiosk 50m2
- storage (all area) 55m2
- built-up area of the plot 70%
- maximum height, up to 12-15m.
You can choose one of three situations to work on. You can download the dwg file from here:
Designing Future Society for Our Lives The theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” makes individuals think how they want to live and how they can maximise their potential. It is also intended to drive co-creation by the international community in designing a sustainable society that supports individuals’ ideas of how they want to live. In other words, the Expo will ask a straightforward question to everyone, “What is the happy way of life?” for the first time. The Expo will correspond to this time when new social challenges, including expanding economic gaps and heightened conflicts, are emerging while science technologies are evolving, including AI and biotechnologies, that will present changes to humankinds, for example, extended life spans. While values and ways of living have become increasingly diversified in recent years, technological innovations enable everyone to access and communicate a hitherto unimaginable amount of information. Fully considering such progress, Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, will feature health, medical, and other advanced initiatives, including carbon neutrality 4 and digitisation, and collect wisdom and the best practices from around the world to provide solutions to various issues with diverse values considered.
To elaborate further on the discussion of ‘life’ as the central piece of the Expo’s theme, three subthemes have been established: Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, and Connecting Lives. Lives referred to herein as part of subthemes cover not only one’s daily life or one’s life span, but also the life as what makes everybody and everything alive. Japanese culture has long been based on the belief that any material, from all living creatures to even a pebble along the road, have an inherent life in them. With this in mind, the Expo welcomes the consideration of ‘life’ not just for human beings but also in a broader sense of diverse creations and nature that surround humans.
The subtheme of ‘Saving Lives’ focuses on protecting lives. This subtheme may be associated with more specific keywords, such as countermeasures against infectious diseases through improvement in public health, ensuring safety through disaster readiness and disaster risk reduction initiatives, and harmonious coexistence with nature.
Empowering Lives focuses on enriching the lives of individuals and expanding their potential. Exhibitions on this may include, for example, high quality remote education through the use of ICT; theextension of a healthy life span through appropriate exercise and diet; and the maximisation of human potential through the use of AI and robotics.
The subtheme of ‘Connecting Lives’ focuses on getting everyone engaged, building communities and enriching society. This subtheme may be associated with more specific keywords, for example, the power of partnership and co-creation, advanced communications enabled by ICT, and the design of a data-driven society.
People’s Living Lab
The concept of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, is “People's Living Lab.” This concept represents the Expo’s approach toward putting its theme into practice and serves as a guideline for projects to be implemented in this Expo to evolve the Expo’s style into a place for more practical actions. It can be said that the most distinctive characteristic of this Expo will be the endeavour to give a realistic picture of a future society not just through thought but also through action. This endeavour will be being begun before the Expo, by inviting diverse participants to come together with various initiatives (such as health and medical initiatives and initiatives concerning carbon neutrality and digitisation) in their respective positions and tackle challenges whose solution will help achieve the SDGs at or outside the Expo venue. Positioning the Expo venue as a laboratory where new technologies and systems will be verified, we will raise it into a huge apparatus that will trigger the creation of innovations by diverse players and apply those innovations to real society.
The site for the Expo is located in Yumeshima, an artificial island located on the waterfront in Osaka that offers visitors a view of the Seto Inland Sea. We will promote the Expo as the one connected to the world through the surrounding sea and sky, as well as providing programmes taking advantage of the venue’s location. With an area of 1.55 km2 , the venue will have a pavilion area in its centre, with waters in its southern part and greenery in its western part.
you can find more detailed information about the expo here:
The official language of the competition is English. Participants can submit up to "3" A1 boards (portrait), pdf format. Designs must contain all plans, elevations, two sections, exterior and interior renderings. The project must present, in addition to the external appearance, well-developed interior spaces. An explanatory note on the concept of the pavilion must be presented in one of the boards, which must be linked to the selected sub-theme of the EXPO.
Participants will also need to attach an additional fourth file certifying that they are students or young professionals
The competition is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Dr. Arch. Konstantin Boyadzhiev
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