Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eiffel Architecture Competition

This highly successful competition, open to students of French schools of architecture, and with prizes totaling 45,000 Euros, held its award ceremony on March 31, 2009, to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

Students were invited to 'design a high-rise structure on the Champs de Mars in Paris, within the proximity, alongside, or on the existing site of the Eiffel Tower." A total of 91 inventive, creative, and unlikely projects were submitted to an esteemed panel of judges.

Students adopted diverse approaches and used the competition as a platform to make statements on topical issues, urban density, raising the Paris skyline, and environmental concerns.

Organized by the Société de la Tour Eiffel Foundation and its partner, the Abvent Group, the goal of the competition was to encourage, stimulate, reward and promote the creativity of architecture students.

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