Ramses Square Competition in Cairo

The Egyptian Ministry of Cultural Affairs has announced the launch of an international single-stage competition for the urban design of Ramses Square, situated in the city centre of Cairo. In conformity with the UNESCO-UIA regulations, this competition has received the approval of the International Union of Architect – UIA.


The aim of the competition is the urban redefinition and the rehabilitation of the square and its surroundings in order to resolve the problems encountered by this part of the city, notably in relation to traffic, environmental, noise and visual pollution, of rehabilitation and identification of the spaces.


The international jury is composed of: architect Abdallah A. Attia, Egypt; Abdel Mohsen Barada, Egypt; architect Sameh El-Alaily, Egypt; architect Alexandru Beldiman, Romania, representing the UIA; architect Diana Agrest, USA; architect Eliseo Arredondo, Mexico; and architect Axel Schultes, Germany. Architect Claire Bailly from France will participate as deputy UIA representative.


The deadline for registration is January 1, 2009, and the deadline for dispatching projects is June 21, 2009. The deadline for reception of dispatched projects is July 5, 2009. The jury will meet and announce the results in August 2009.


This competition is open to all architects having the right to practice the profession in their countries and to multidisciplinary teams led by an architect. Registration takes place exclusively online at the competition website at www.urbanharmony.org.


A non-reimbursable registration fee of $500 US shall be paid by bank transfer. The competition language is English.


Total prize money will be $225 000 US to be distributed as follows: 1st prize of $100 000 US; 2nd prize of $75 000 US; and 3rd prize of $50 000 US.


For more information and to register, please visit www.urbanharmony.org, e-mail ramses@urbanharmony.org, or fax +202 2514 5552.