The winning project will be built by Trimo in a residential district of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city. The winner will also receive a scholarship for the prestigious London School of Architecture, and all finalists will be able to participate in an architectural workshop to be held in Slovenia.
The previous competition, run 2008/2009 attracted nearly 150 submissions from 17 countries. The winner, from Polish students, was a cultural stage, with characteristics of an urban sculpture.
“You design an original urban installation that serves a public purpose. We will build it,” flashes before you when you follow the link “Trimo Urban Crash”.
Miloš Ebner, Trimo’s Chief Innovation Officer, explains: “Trimo Urban Crash presents a rare opportunity for students of architecture and design to not only experience the process of virtual creation of an idea, but also to cooperate in the implementation and construction of their winning creation at an actual location. This allows them to observe the interaction between their idea and the surroundings in real life.” Students can actually test all elements of complete architectural creation in practice, not only its first, “virtual” part. According to previous participants in the competition: “The experience of actively cooperating in creating their own architectural work and watching it come to life, on-site, and interacting with real users, is a once-in a lifetime experience and something every artist wants.
Miloš Ebner comments: “This is what Trimo wants to provide for young architects and designers,” and adds that “The students entering the competition come up with fresh, new ideas and concepts for Trimo that are not merely architecturally and technically correct but also innovative - in the focussed, professional, and wider social field. ”
The last Trimo Urban Crash competition has already demonstrated that students want and expect this type of concept. Students from Bangladesh, Japan, Singapore, and the United States of America also applied, together with many European students.
The designers behind the last winning project, “White dancer”, Jan Ledwoń and Alicja Choła from Poland, said: “Students of architecture often participate in different competitions, but the idea of an individual project designed by a student and then fully implemented, like Trimo's competition, is something new. Creating an idea, developing it, and seeing the final result, was a big challenge for us. We were happy to see our project finished, and we hope it serves the people living in Metelkovo mesto, Ljubljana, well. ”
This year’s theme for the best building competition is “the tribune of life”, in the Fužine district, the expressive multicultural residential part of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. “The building has to connect various topics such as benches for sports and cultural events, a meeting point for different generations, a place where different cultures come together, and an answer to the problem of modern dormitory suburbs in Europe, through its form and intent,” said Miloš Ebner. “As in the past the Trimo Urban Crash competition “crashes” the most intriguing, interesting, different areas in town – the last time it was in Metelkovo mesto, this year it is the Fužine district, and next year – who knows, maybe somewhere near you?” concludes Miloš.
The winning project will be chosen through a two round evaluation by an international jury, followed by the final vote, when the public will be present; at the end of April 2011. It is anticipated that the winning project will be built in the Fužine district autumn 2011. At the official opening of the building finalists will meet members of the jury and be able to participate in architectural workshops in Ljubljana.
International competitions such as Trimo Urban Crash offer students and universities an excellent communication channel for efficiently establishing contacts, an opportunity for knowledge exchange, and comparison of different architectural approaches. Trimo Urban Crash is a competition that encourages creative re-modelling of an urban environment with progressive construction materials and technologies produced by Trimo, as an established European producer. The experience of creating a solution for a potentially realisable project is also very important. Trimo strives to expand connections and cooperation with academia, to ensure diverse content for the syllabuses at Faculties of Architecture, and to encourage constructive cooperation between theory, practice, and economics, in different areas.
Considering the strong tradition of Trimo’s research development department and the focus on a professional approach, Trimo Urban Crash is one of many innovative projects.