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The Competition
Architecture and conservation students from academic institutes in Israel, as well as architects under 40 years old, in groups or individually, are invited to submit proposals for conservation, design and re-purpose of an existing water tower of their choice. The competition includes 2 separate categories for students and for architects.

The aim of the competition is to re-think the future of these typical landmarks scattered throughout the Israeli rural and urban space, in an attempt to reclaim the social centricity of these disintegrating cultural symbols.

Each proposal submitted by the participants will also include an architectural documentation file, summarizing information retrieved by the applicants on a chosen tower, its history, and its physical, social and cultural context. Upon completion of the competition, this website will serve as a first-of-its-kind database on Israel's water towers for future reference and research, available for public use in a textually and geographically searchable format.

Requirements
  1. Documentation file edited in the attached format (download here Hebrew only), in pdf format not exceeding 10 MBs.
  2. Conceptual or specified design proposal for a water tower including references to its immediate vicinity, its spatial relations and if relevant, relation to other water towers in the area. The proposal should include a short textual introduction not exceeding 500 words, altogether edited in pdf format not exceeding 10 MBs.
  3. Single vertical 100cm x 70cm sheet including the essence of the project and a paragraph summarizing the spirit of the proposal and its contribution to the local community.
  4. Short biography of each participant. Students must attach a scanned certificate from the academic institute.
  5. Submissions will be sent via e-mail to watertowers.competition@gmail.com, or by using an online file sharing service such as Dropbox or Yousendit.
  6. Submissions will be accepted until 10.10.2010, 23:59 PM.
Criteria for Judgment
  • Proposed contribution to the local community
  • Originality
  • Appropriate containment of conservation and innovation values
  • Depth of documentary research

Schedule
Submission deadline - 10.10.2010
First round judgment - Mid October
Announcement on finalists – Mid November
Conference + exhibition, winner announcement - December

Prizes
16 finalists will present their work in an exhibition in Jerusalem, with winners announced towards the end of the year. Winning proposals as well as other works will be passed on to official bodies in order to promote actual re-purpose and conservation activities of the towers.
Student category winners will receive cash prizes from the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence.
Architect category winners will receive prizes from our sponsors.

More details on the prizes will be published soon.

Workshops
Participants in the competition are entitled to enroll to professional workshops which will take place during September:

Architectural photography workshop – by Lionel Darmon, architecture photographer
Documentation workshop – by Architect Shmuel Groag, conservation advisor

Further details will be sent to registered participants.

Jury
  • Prof. Mordechai Omer, director and head curator at Tel-Aviv Museum of Art and Tel Aviv University Gallery
  • Bracha Chyutin, architect, Rechter Prize winner 2006
  • Tamar Tuchler, Manager of Intl. affairs and head of Tel Aviv Region for the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS)
  • International professional in the field of conservation – TBA