UNESCO Launches Design Competition for Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan


UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, with the generous financial support of the Republic of Korea, are implementing a project to build the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. The Centre will be located near the boundary of the World Heritage property, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.

Towards this end, UNESCO is administering an international design competition to select a winning design entry for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. The international Design Competition for this project started November 15, 2014 and ends on January 22, 2015. It will draw submissions from a wide range of individual architects, engineers and students from around the world.

It may also be added that, the SAARC Cultural Centre has declared the historic city of Bamiyan as the First SAARC CULTURAL CAPITAL for 2015. Towards this end, a series of year-long cultural events with a national but with an overall South Asian dimension will be organized at Bamiyan to celebrate its status as the First SAARC CULTURAL CAPITAL for the whole of South Asian region.

Organizers: UNESCO Afghanistan, in coordination with The Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan.
Last Date for Accepting Submissions: 22 January, 2015

Awards: One winning entry will be given 25,000.00 (USD) and four runner-ups 8,000.00 (USD)

For more information visit the competition website and the short video below.