International Competition - Guanajuato, Messico

international competition
Government of the state of Guanajuato ­ FCARM-UIA


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The International Union of Architects (UIA) ­ the UNESCO and the Federation of 
Architects Associations of the Mexican Republic (FCARM) integrated by 70 Arquitects Associations, under the sponsorship of the Government of the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, have decided to carry out a World Competition “Architecture, Urban Development and Sustainable Housing.”

In today’s Global context in which countries develop, and in search of improvement in the quality of the populations life, the competition is organized, taking into consideration sustainable development. It will be very important to rescue, integrate and strengthen the cultural traditions of the locality, respecting the historical patrimony of its environment.


Two main objectives are aimed. One is to create a new and ingenious architectural design, appropriate to the project requirements in accordance to the local regulations with the concept of sustainability and bio-climatic design. In order to accomplish this, the climatic advantages and physical conditions of the locality should be taken into consideration. 
On the other hand, it is of vital importance to conceive the urban design, with the same conditions and criteria.

It is vital to clearly identify the stages proposed to carry out the progressive construction of each unit. From the technical perspective, it is recommended to explore a type of urbanization taking into consideration: sustainability and rationality in the use of energy, recycling, reusing of water resources and final disposal of waste.

From the social standpoint, new forms of social interaction and community coexistence should be proposed in order to strengthen the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the inhabitants that could be use as a model for future developments elsewhere in the country.

The results of this project will be highly appreciated by the community of Guanajuato and in Mexico in general, due to the fact that it will contribute new concepts of architectural and urban design, and will allow the development of technical and scientific avant-garde experiences which could also be used in future developments.

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