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Daegu Gosan Public Library - UIA approved international architectural ideas competition
Register: Monday, July 30, 2012
Submit: Monday, September 10, 2012


Competition Assignment Outline

- Location: 571-1, Shinmae-dong, Suseong-gu Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea
- Site Area: 2,080 ㎡
- Construction Size : Maximum 1 floor underground, 4 floors above-ground Total floor area 3,100 ㎡
- Building Cost: KRW \7,800,000,000

*Total floor area may be increased or decreased up to around 5% according to the designer.

download : www.dacb-competition.kr

1.1  Purpose of the Competition

This competition is an architectural design competition for the realization of the Gosan Library in Suseong-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City Library which is expected to start construction in 2013. The purpose of the competition is to seek a wide range of ideas from experts from both Korea and overseas along with student groups in order to build a sustainable public library that can accommodate the recent changes in various knowledge transmission media as well as changes in library user demographics. This is in keeping with Daegu Metropolitan City's new policy direction, which the city is aiming toward, of becoming a knowledge based economy from its past as a distribution based city. We expect that it will develop the quality of the small-scale community for local residents who are based in the regional community of Daegu, and ultimately we hope that through this, prospective discussion on the nature of building local community public libraries in Korea will have the chance to grow.

1.2  Host Organization

- Client

 Daegu Metropolitan City Suseong-gu Office

 2450 Dalgubeol-daero
 Suseong-gu, Daegu
 706-701, Republic of Korea

- Competition Organizer

 Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC)

 1-8 Beomeo-dong
 Suseong-gu, Daegu
 706-816, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 53 755 8980
E-mail: competition@dacb.kr

1.3  Method of the Competition

-  This competition is being run in accordance with the UNESCO/UIA international regulations for international competitions and with the approval of the UIA (Union International des Architectes).

-  The competition is in a single stage, open and anonymous and the final award winner will be selected through online judging.

-  When online judging is held, all jurors access to online meeting website wherever they are. Jurors can watch the selected entry works on their own screen and they can discuss or evaluate the works while they are seeing other juror faces. At the end of judging they will select the winning entry.

-  Anonymity will be maintained through the entire process until selection of the final award winning entry.

1.4  Competition Background

Recent discussions on the diverse architectural aims for public libraries is becoming a big issue in Korea and the international community, and the cause seems to lie largely in the change of social and cultural environments and change in library knowledge transmission systems.

As for the social and cultural environment, there has been an increase in the importance of knowledge information as a source of national competitiveness which is a knowledge-based society, as well as the rise in the library's role for developing creativity. In addition, there has been a rise in the need for life-long education to fit each stage of the life-cycle according to the changing social structure.
Already, in the international world, knowledge and information are the main factors which determine an individual's quality of life as well as national competitiveness, and it cannot be denied that compared to such international currents the quality standard of Korean knowledge information is lacking. In addition, the role of the library which laid stress on 'possession' in the past, is now functioning as yet another field of research/education for cultivating talents for those who are equipped with creativity and integral thinking ability, and it's role is expanding. In particular, because society is aging, becoming multicultural, and people have more time on their hands for leisurely activities, the desire for culture and refinement-related self-improvement and life-long education is growing. Also, the role of the library is expanding as a local community space in order to cultivate mature civil society and form local community bonds.

If we take a closer look at the change in the library's knowledge transmission system, the library is changing into an intelligent library, according to the development of digital information technology and increase of information media. Also, cooperative library services are increasing through networking, while the knowledge information gap between people is rising due to unequal information access.
The rapidly increasing change in the library environment, such as material being altered into digital material for knowledge information as well as accelerated speed in integration and expanding in new IT based user services, has incurred development of digital information technology and increased in information media. The trait of a ubiquitous computing information space that is open/interactive, is able to overcome the physical and time-wise limitations that a library used to have. Thus, the library is able to evolve into an intelligent library. Therefore, the library supersedes the media storage methods of the past and can change a space into an hybrid environment, possessing u-information resources, searching through u-media, and a u-platform based space.
Like so, the concept of the library as a stocking place has changed from the idea of "possessing" to those of "access" and "sharing," while inter-cooperative library services are increasing thanks to the expansion of library cooperative networks. This kind of information environment change has induced issues such as social inequality of information and information marginalization, and have become a lowering factor in social integration. Therefore, attempts to ease the gap for information access and also the gap between information use is increasing.

Based on such definitive/environmental factors of change for libraries, public libraries must share and expand their digital based information services and knowledge information, strengthen accessibility in the future. Also, building a library policy is crucial to build the public library's role as a local community through networking must be reinforced as well as secure competitiveness for cultural, social, educational, and economical fields.

1.5  Eligibility

- All registered architects and multidisciplinary teams led by an architect around the world.
- All students of architecture around the world.
- Although there is no limit to the number of team members in a team, duplicate registration is not allowed.
- If participating as a team, each team must appoint a representative.
- In order to ensure fairness in the competition, anyone who is a member of or is directly in association to the competition (e.g. hosts, judges, competition process committee, or advisory committee) cannot apply.

1.6  Registration

- Registration period: From May 31, 2012 to July 30, 2012

- Registration procedure:
 1. After completing the participation registration form, send by e-mail to competition@dacb.kr
 2. Participation fee is sent through wire transfer.
 3. Organizer sends registration confirmation e-mail.

-    Registration fee: USD $80 (KRW \90,000)
Bank charges will be paid by the participant.

- Bank Account Information:
 Account holder : Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC)
 Bank name : Hana Bank Dongdaegu Branch
 Bank address : 2-1 Beomeo-dong, Suseong-gu, Dague, South Korea
 Bank Phone number : +82 53 743 1111
 Account number : 515-910002-05332
 International code (SWIFT CODE) : HNBNKRSE

1.7  Jury and Committee

- Jury
 Waro Kishi (Professor, Kyoto University, Japan)
 Peter Berner (Managing Associate, ASTOC Architects & Planner, Germany)
 Young Sub Kim (Professor, Sungkyunkwan Univ., Korea)
 Jeong Ho Lee (Professor, Kyeongbuk Univ., School of Architecture, Korea)
Kjetil Thorson (Partner, Snøhetta, Norway, UIA representative)

- Alternate juror
 Ulf Meyer (Director, Ingenhoven Architects, Germany)

- Competition Porcess Committee
 Hyeon Hak Do (Professor, Yeungnam Univ. School of Architecture, Korea)
 Myeong Shik Han (Professor, Daegu Hanny Univ. School of Interior Architecture, Korea)
 Bong Gi Choi (Professor, Kyungil Univ. School of Architecture, Korea)
 Gi Seok Kim (Principal, Gidan Architecture, Korea)
 Kang Hee Seok (Principal, ATF Architects, Korea/Germany)

1.8  Criteria for Evaluation

For submissions that violate these requirements or do not satisfy them, those submissions will be reported to the jury by Technical committee.

• Works must be submitted in compliance with the formalities clearly stated in the submission guidelines
• Works submitted must be in compliance with the submission requirements
• Works that have arrived according to the submission deadline
• Submissions must not violate the anonymity conditions in any way whatsoever
• Submissions must satisfy the specific indications indicated in the design guidelines

- Judging criteria

• Design concept and purpose
Whether the whole design concept has a realistic possibility and sustainability.
Do the contents have consistency from the original concept through the final product?
• Urban planning
Did the participant check legal matters on urban planning arrangement, mass planning, site planning, exterior space planning?
• Architectural planning
Architectural expression of the design concept
Consistency of the space composition
Innovative architectural concept
Material and detail composition
Planning that is suitable for the provided building cost
Consideration of building operation cost
• Exterior space design
Consistency of the exterior space composition
Innovative exterior space planning
Material and detail composition
• Structural and technical concept
Should propose a structure that is appropriate to the overall design concept.
Should be constructed in proper method and have appropriate material selection

1.9  Scheduled dates and Deadlines

- May 2012      : Competition opens
- June 30    : Deadline for inquiry receipt
- July 15     : Answers to inquiries (homepage and e-mail)
- July 30     : Deadline for Registration
- Sept 10    : Deadline for submission of works
(The postal seal date should be no later than September 10 AND the works should arrive until September 20)
- Sept 24-28     : Jury
- Sept 29     : Announcement of results
- Oct 10     : Award ceremony
- Oct 10-16     : Exhibition

1.10  Questions and Answers

 Inquiries related to the competition will only be possible through e-mail. Inquiries that have been received by June 15, 2012 will be processed by the hosting organization and afterward will be responded to by June 30, 2012. Matters that are answered through the inquiries will be acknowledged as amendments/reinforcements to the design guidelines and therefore will be considered in precedence to the guidelines.

1.11  Anonymity

Each participant chooses a PIN code that must consist of 6 different numbers.

The PIN must be indicated on the upper right of each piece submitted with dimensions of length and width: 1cm X 6cm including on the identification envelope.

1.12  Submissions

- Type of submission

a. Form of submission list (attachment)
b. Participation application form: Insert into a non-transparent envelope, indicate PIN number, seal and submit. (Will be opened after final judgment is made.)
c. Exhibition panel: 3 panels of A1 size (see 1.13 for panel layout)
d. Miniature panel: 3 panels of A3 size (5 copies for jury)
e. Project description: about 2 pages (A4 size, 5 copies for jury)
f. Space program table (attachment)
f. CD or DVD submission: Should contain image files of panel, perspective drawing, sketch, diagram, Project description etc. (each panel and image file : jpg format, CMYK 300dpi)

* English is the official language of this competition.
* None of the submissions should be folded nor should there be any indication of the participant's personal information.
* Submission package tube/box should have a label "Daegu Gosan Public Library International Architectural ideas Competition” and “PIN nummber".

- The submitted panels should have the followings.

a. Site plan, scale 1:500
Include urban context and open space plan)
b. Floor plans, scale 1:200
Show the relation of 1st floor and exterior space, and necessary levels compared to the entrance level (±0.00m)
c. Sections and Elevations, 1:200
d. Façade wall sections (with partial elevations), scale 1:50
Express exterior materials, colors etc.
e. Perspectives (exterior and interior)

- Submission location

 Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC)

 1-8, Beomeo-dong, 3rd Floor
 Suseong-gu, Daegu 706-816
 Republic of Korea

- Work submission deadline

By rule, works will be accepted until September 10, 2012. (The postal seal date should be no later than September 10 AND the works should be arrived until September 15)

1.14  Prizes and Awards

- Prizes
1st Place (1 person or team):     USD $30,000 + plaque
2nd Place (1 person or team):     USD $10,000 + plaque
3rd Place (1 person or team):     USD $5,000 + plaque
Honorable mentions (10 person or teams): plaque

•Prize money may be subjected to a tax in accordance with Korean tax laws.
•The winner can join the further design development of the library and the winning entry will not be used without the agreement of the author.

- Award Ceremony
Date: October 10, 2012
Location: 2012 Daegu Architecture Culture Biennale main events hall
9-1 Hyangchon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

1.15  Exhibition

The competing entries will be exhibited during the 2012 Daegu Architecture Culture Biennale and will be returned by notice after the biennale is over.

Date: October 10 - 16, 2012
Location: 2012 Daegu Architecture Culture Biennale main events hall
9-1 Hyangchon-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

1.16  Copyright and Return of the Work

The author of the submitted designs shall retain the copyright of his/her work. The organizer reserves the right to exhibit all designs submitted publicly, to publish them, and to make them available for cultural promotion without additional compensation.

The UIA will also publish the winning entries on tis web site and in its newsletter.

Following adjudication and public exhibition of all entries, non-prize winning entries will be returned. By rule, the works will be returned by way of delivery of the pieces in person, and works that remain after the returning period will be processed at the discretion of the organization.

Date of return will be informed by website or email.
Location of return:
 Office of Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC)
 1-8, Beomeo-dong, 3rd Floor
 Suseong-gu, Daegu 706-816
 Republic of Korea

Tags for this entry:
asia, korea, library, ideas, daegu gosan
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
competition website not working

b Choi
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
For the last couple of days, our website had not been working properly because of the overwhelming number of access. We apologize for your inconvenience. Now we extended the server capacity to avoid this problem.


Many people sent us the question about eligibility. All registered or unregistered architects can participate in this competition. We also allow all students from the undergraduate or graduate school of architecture to join this competition. The registration part in ‘Registration Form’ is only for the registered architects. If you are a student or unregistered architect, leave it blank.

Friday, July 13, 2012
what are the program requirements?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Let say that about 1000 draft arrives in South Korea, and the jury knows that only 500 have registered and pay the fee. Evaluation starts and it turns out that the winner 1st prize forgot to pay the fee and registration form, what will happen? Will 500 teams be billed in afterwords?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012
is this a SCAM?
paid the fee, and since yesterday (day after the registration period ended), competition website is down

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