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72 Hour Urban Action Stuttgart 2012 Competition

Kunstverein Wagenhallen and 72 Hour Urban Action International proudly present the 72 Hour Urban Action Stuttgart 2012 Competition. 72 Hour Urban Action, the world’s first real-time architecture competition gives selected teams only three days & three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs.

This competition will be the kick-off of a series of major urban interventions around Stuttgart 21, site of the largest urban redevelopment in Europe and the center of a heated 30-year-old public debate.

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The competition is defined by an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space and will challenge participants to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city’s urban fabric. They will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions and each other to dream and realize projects in response to the spatial and social challenges the sites and missions offer.

The international teams will include residents, architects, designers, artists, craftspeople, students and generally nice people. Teams will come to Stuttgart armed with a passion for action, and ready to give their time and expertise to help with community needs.

All participants will live together on site, in an old disused locomotive repair hangar converted into a sleep-work camp, thus enriching the neighborhood with a multi-cultural and intense experience.

Participating teams will receive a budget for materials, a central prefabrication camp, a team of ‘Angels’ (construction and safety engineers) and a truck (!).

The missions and sites will be assigned randomly on take off day. An international panel of jury will include prominent leaders, architects and curators. The winning team will receive a prize of $4000.

The first 72 Hour Urban Action competition took place in September 2010 as part of the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism. The Bat-Yam Biennale is a unique civic action model that encourages bottom-up change in public space in collaboration with the local authorities.

The first event drew 100 participants from 20 nationalities and received major press coverage from the New York Times, Domus Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Pruned, Abitare, Architizer, Dexinger, Designboom, ArchDaily, Worldchanging and many more.