Rebuilding Iraq’s Liberated Areas: Mosul’s Housing Competition

Tamayouz Excellence Award is delighted to announce the winners of the Rifat Chadirji Prize and its 2017 theme “Rebuilding Iraq’s Liberated Areas:  Mosul’s Housing Competition”.  The competition organised by Tamayouz, an excellence award dedicated to supporting aspirational and transformative projects tackling local and global challenges, informed by a holistic understanding of context.The prize is named after Dr Rifat Chadirji, a great Iraqi Architect, theorist and author whose influence and importance is far beyond built work.   The Rifat Chadirji Prize is a thematic open international prize focuses on proposing designs responding to local challenges in Iraq.  This prize aims to introduce Iraq and its challenges to the world and invite them to submit their ideas and to establish an uncompromising open source of ideas tackling social issues in Iraq through design.In its inaugural year, The Rifat Chadirji Prize received 223 entries submitted by firms, practitioners and students from 42 countries.  Tamayouz Excellence Award will present the winning entries to the Ministry of housing and reconstruction in Iraq, in addition to other governmental organisations responsible for the rebuilding of Iraq's liberated areas.   The organisers planned Six exhibitions showcasing the Top 20 entries selected by the judging panel; these exhibitions will be held in Amman, Baghdad, Boston, Beirut, Milan and London.Participants were asked to design a prototype for affordable housing for the post-Daesh Mosul, which can be easily replicated with the objective of increasing the capacity of housing in the city and providing a practical and inspiring solution for returnees.  Around 900,000 internally displaced returned/will be returning to their homes following the liberation of the city, many of those returnees will find nothing but complete desolation.