Women's House in Africa

Architecture Competition for students & young architects

by Balouo Salo
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WOMEN'S HOUSE IN AFRICA

An architecture competition that promotes equality and combats discrimination.
The winning project will be built in southern Senegal.

Rural development, the breaking down of barriers, a reduction in inequality, and the creation of a sustainable and stable environment all depend on the hard work which every member of society invests, both directly and indirectly, in the collective. Gender equality is crucial to the construction of an equitable society in which everyone, on the basis of their background and resources, can make a fundamental contribution to sustainable development.

The “Kaira Looro Competition” is an international architecture competition for students and young architects, the objective of which is to launch the careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

Partners of the 2021 edition include international institutions from the “Gender Equality” sector, among which: WGDD of Africa Union Commission, UN Women West and Central Africa e il Ministry of Women of the Republic of Senegal.

Architects, designers, engineers, and students from around the world may participate in the competition. It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of individuals under 35 years of age on the team.


JURY

The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects and institutions, among which: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Urko Sanchez ( Urko Sanchez Architects), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA), Oulimata Sarr (Regional Director of UN Women West and Central Africa), Lehau Victoria Maloka (Director of Women Gender and Development Directorate of African Union Commission), Salimata Diop Dieng (Minister of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection of Senegal), Azzurra Muzzonigro (Sex and the City).

AWARDS

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honourable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50.
The winning project will receive a cash prize (5.000 €) and an internship at Kengo Kuma and associates studio in Japan, as well as the construction of the project and its adoption on the part of the Ministry at the national level.
The other internships will be awarded to the 2nd place team at the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Spain and to the 3rd place at the SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli in Italy.

DESIGN
The WOMEN’S HOUSE, the object of this new edition, will be built in a small village in southern Senegal in order to promote gender equality as a key factor in rural development. This structure must be symbolic, environmentally friendly, inspired by local traditions, and capable of accommodating training events, seminars, and laboratories that raise awareness in the rural community regarding human rights and gender equality as the fifth fundamental objective of the “Sustainable Development Goals” established by the United Nations for the purpose of guaranteeing that everyone receive equal access to education, medical care, and employment, as well as a say in decision making processes, thereby promoting sustainable economies which are a benefit to society and humanity and as a whole.

http://www.kairalooro.com/

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    • Balouo Salo

      Aci Castello / Italy

      alouo Salo comes to reality from the friendship between Raoul Vecchio and Jali Diabate, two co-founder partners. They met each other pushed by the odiern president’s motivation, Raoul, to put his architectural skills at disposal of needy communities , and Jali’s, senegalese musician and interpreter, strong will to help his native community. They met by chance, fortune perhaps, and spent a long time talking about their ambitions, finally sharing values such as friendship, solidarity and brotherhood. The strong bond is moved from a common and spontaneous call for free help , leading to plan a first inspection of Baghere, Jali’s native village. Since from first mission, they came upon several difficulties in terms of nourishing, health and economy, so that the two decided to establish a no profit association starting with an ambitious project such as the building of Bridge between Sanoufily and Sambacounda Santo Villages. Raoul begins the planning of an engeneering work and sets all his skills available, involving professionals and academics from all over the world. At the moment they came back to Senegal to show the humanitarian project, they asked a local elder to help them find a name for their project and association. The man, after a long and silent reflection, looked at sky and said: "Balouo Salo”. Known the meaning, Raoul and Jali decided to adopt the name. Later on the association received the ONLUS state upon Ministerial decision. "Ba”means “sea” and “mom”, while “Salo” means “courtyard”, as for meeting place among communities. “Balouo” means “to live” and “life” at the same time. “Salo” means bridge and prayer. The sentence has twice meaning of both “ pray to live” and “bridge for life” in Mandinga language. Goals Balouo Salo aims to deal with humanitarian and environmental emergencies within developing countries donating projects based on participation, equality and solidarity principles. We don’t receive any money and free operate upon a call for altruism. As a matter of facts, volunteers personally take part in activities, just trying to satisfy general needs of communities and solve problems affecting families within intervention areas. Our multidiscplinary orientation (architecture, engeneering, training, psicology, human rights etc.) allows us a wide intervention and creates transversal processes devoted to the improvement of general life, health and food conditions. Our contribution in societies building’s based on values such as solidarity, freindship, love, peace and cooperation between people and cultures, respecting cutoms, genders and religions. In addtion to our practical intervention with respective projects, we econourage activities on the safeguard of environement, culture and customs as far as preservation of Fundamental Human Rights, focusing the attention of international community through the organization of events.)

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