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UPDATE

The Jury of the LX Campus Ideas Competition as selected the five (5) top-rated entries, according to the evaluation criteria:

765 S1G | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

EDI 034 | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

MGR 835 | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

SHE 016 | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

TIN 843 | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

As stated in the competition guidelines these five selected entries will be presented during the conference Landscape and Life. A voting session will be opened for the attendees to select their favourite proposal during the course of the conference. Both the jury’s and the public’s selected proposal will be announced at the end of the conference.

The Lx Campus Ideas Competition is part of the Landscape and Life conference, which will take place May 3 – 5, 2017 at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal. The focus of both the ideas competition and the international conference is to examine and discuss the relationship between outdoor spaces and what they offer to people, in terms of well-being, throughout the different phases of life.

* * Note1: Aimed to contribute to a theoretical discussion on the future of the campus of the University of Lisbon, this competition will not be followed by any type of contract. It is merely an ideas competition * *

* * Note2: The deadlines for registration and submission have been extended* *

The Lx Campus Ideas Competition asks competitors to examine the City of Lisbon University campus in Portugal, a space associated with a single user group: young and middle-aged adults. Competitors should consider how new uses and affordances — that is, anything in the environment that makes an offer of use or action to its user — could be created to enhance the experience for current users, such as students, faculty, and staff members, but also previously excluded users such as neighbouring families and elderly residents, visitors, and general citizens.

Coined in the late 1970s by the American psychologist, James J. Gibson, affordances in the outdoor environment offer different uses to people in different life phases. A hard flat surface of 40-60cm could serve as an excellent seat for an adult, a climbing feature for a child, etc. Likewise, a blank wall could be an impromptu playspace for children bouncing a ball, the siting of a war memorial recognising elderly members of a community, or a canvas for graffiti. Scale and time also play critical roles in the development and affordance of uses within the university campus. Could changes to the scale of outdoor spaces offer unexpected new uses, including: small, intimate spaces for individual study or chance encounters; large open fields for physical recreation, campus-wide social events, or ceremonial occasions; shaded patios between neighbouring buildings encourage multi-disciplinary synergies between faculties? Furthermore, how might these same spaces consider non-university users as well as diurnal, weekly, and annual uses? Could an outdoor amphitheatre be used for community concerts and festivals during summer holidays? Might a library garden be a place of study for students during the week and a community vegetable garden (horta) at weekends?

Finally, the Lx Campus Ideas Competition asks competitors to consider the role of placemaking in the re-envisioning of the university campus environment. Placemaking is a term used in the 1960s by the urbanists Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte who wrote about how cities should be designed for people, not for cars or architecture. What design ideas might create memorable, high quality spaces throughout the City of Lisbon University, strengthening it as an urban institute of educational excellence? How can these ideas and interventions firmly ground the campus in a Portuguese or European tradition, in the way that many American and British academic institutes have done in such a culturally specific way?
Opportunities for re-envisioning existing outdoor spaces and engaging users in new and unexpected ways abound.

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