Architecture for Humanity launches graphic design competition

Every other year, Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Challenge brings international attention to issues in the built environment affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of under-served communities. The upcoming 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access: from military space to civic space asks designers to develop imaginative and revolutionary ideas for re-purposing abandoned, closed or decommissioned military sites and structures around the world. From abandoned sites in the Congo to the forthcoming closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

Base closures can have an adverse affect on the surrounding community. In Albania, more than 750,000 bunkers pepper the landscape — a constant reminder of its isolated past. In the U.S. alone, nearly 12 million square feet of leased military space will be vacated resulting in the loss of an estimated 18,000 civilian jobs in the latest round of closures.


The graphic identity for this year’s Open Architecture Challenge — [Un]restricted Access — has not been identified.

Architecture for Humanity’s graphic design competition is looking for a designer to create a logo and website header that will serve as the symbol of the competition.