Emergency Operations Centre
Competition aimed to design an architecture that will house an EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and that can help to facilitate the humanitarian operations of international organisations.
Kaira Looro is one of the most important international architecture competitions for students and young architects, focusing on the themes of humanitarian architecture for emergencies and development. The words “kaira looro” are in the language of the Mandinka people, an African culture which comprises the majority of the population in the area where our humanitarian projects are developed. The words mean “architecture for peace”.
The aim of the competition is to launch young architect talents in the professional world, thanks to prestigious prizes, publications, contructions and internships in international studios including Kengo Kuma & Associates. Kengo Kuma is the president of the jury since 2016. The competition is open to student and young archtiect individually or in a team with at least one member under 30 years old.
Kaira Looro was established also the objectives of raising awareness in the international scientific community regarding the topics of humanitarian architeture, while at the same time raising funds for the development of humanitarian projects to which the entire proceeds (registration fee) of the competition are donated. The event is organised by the Balouo Salo humanitarian organisation which operates in Africa and focuses on charitable projects which provide support to disadvantaged communities.
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Sedhiou, Senegal, Africa
Hundred-years old cultures give birth to Communities, being transmitted through rhymes of those who are narrating it and interpretating tha past through wisdom. One's accomplishments result from rituals and metamorphosis, bonding the human being to its own roots.
Catania, Italy, Europa
The event represented an international architecture workshop organized in september 2016 together with In/arch Sicilia and CA2Lab from University of Catania, aimed to support the Dam-Bridge project.