The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill and people are taking a hard look at their surroundings. With priorities shifting along with the situation, ways to pass time in a safer environment have become a need. Prioritization of physical health is key, but mental health is taking a hit as an after-effect of being isolated at home.
Not having a balanced lifestyle has been hitting people late into the lockdown. With everything going online and people getting used to these new lifestyles, the balance has now become a luxury. Inexpensive activities like going for a walk in the park, or hitting the theatres or restaurants in town, have all been deemed unsafe, leaving online books and movies on demand as the only choice.
These remedies are effective for a while, but over time, the frustration pushes people to get out of their prisons, abandoning all safety concerns to catch a quick breath outside. But such unsafe impulses of people to get back into the public with the pandemic still at large needs to be addressed.
Entertainment is a competitive industry that tries to adapt to every obstacle that comes it’s way. It also relies on consumers to embrace these as a way to escape the limitations of today’s times. How will outdoor entertainment reinvent itself by drawing parallels from the past?
Brief: The challenge of the competition is to design an open-air theatre on a cliffside, for an occupancy of 500 people that can serve various activities like drama, cinema, or even concerts.
Space is a safer alternative as compared to recreation activities that take place indoors. But space, despite being able to bring people out into an open space, would have to tackle environmental factors like sun and ventilation. Space must offer comfort to all its visitors while following the rules of social distancing. The site is located along the slope of a cliff facing the sea.
This has to be used in the design, without disrupting the functionality of the spaces within. The seating and staging place is the main attraction of the place, but auxiliary spaces can be added to the project to improve the convenience and access of the audience and visitors.
Concept – creativity must be used to design the ambiance of the theatre, blending it in the surrounding landscape
Responsive – the design must respond to the sensitive location features without causing harm to the environment or the existing importance of the location
Safety – the safety standards must ensure that the design helps to provide enough space to accommodate all visitors with social distancing guidelines
Layout – comfortable seating and circulation around the theatre, with good visual access and soundscape
Balance – the functional and visual aspects are equally important. Balance in design to avoid overwhelming the activity on-site while maintaining the engaging design in its absence.
Prize pool of worth 24000$
The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.
Entry Fees:- Registration starts: 35.00 USD Free with UNI Membership