Cristian and Ariel are two young people who share many things in common, including their love for design. The students are in the final year of the architecture career at the University of Tucumán (UNT) and won the prestigious Inspireli Award , a major competition that takes place all over the world and is based in Prague. In addition to 2,000 euros, Cristian and Ariel will be able to see their project turned into a LEGO model and be part of the jury of the next competition. A real argentine pride.
Cristian Fernández Martínez is a native of Cayafate , Salta, while Ariel Fernando Mendez is a Jujeno. Both left their native provinces to study architecture in Tucumán at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. The young people developed the project within the framework of the Combes workshop and with the support of architects Patricia Rodríguez Anido, Miguel Mansueto and Augusto Montes de Oca.
“Origins”, the path to success
It all began during the month of March between the four walls of the faculty workshop. The teachers, like previous years, offered future graduates to participate in the Inpireli Awards contest without even imagining that the two winners would come from there. The development of things changed drastically when the news of the pandemic became known, causing the project to be completed through virtuality.
The idea is otherwise original.The young people devised the refunctionalization of a popular amphitheater for the African country Burkina Faso. In addition to the enhancement of a dance center for Ouagadougou culture. To carry out these renovations, they proposed using local materials, such as wood and earth . In this way, the essence of the space would be preserved and the new reinterpreted. An attempt was made to innovate from the simplicity and the use of simple materials to give a voice to the place.
Last October they learned the welcome news that “Origins” was recognized as the best project. Because of social isolation, the prizes were delivered in a virtual way. The finalists and contestants can be seen through the official Inspireli Awards website, as well as the entire award ceremony.
It is a competition that rewards the creativity and excellence of architecture students. It is based in the Czech Republic and involves students from different parts of the world, from Africa and Asia to Latin America. Being part of this experience is free and open to all students of this career, who can choose to enroll in three categories: urban design, interior design and architecture. In addition, it has the financial support of companies in the field.
In 2020 around 1300 projects were presented among the different categories. After a careful and thorough selection, 25 finalists were left, of which Cristian and Ariel were the winners. The students won 2,000 euros as part of the prize, but not only this: the LEGO company will build a model with its project and will be able to enjoy free licenses for architecture software, and thus continue to innovate and refine their future works.
As if that were not enough , they were invited to take part in the international jury to evaluate the future editions of the competition in the city of Prague. A real achievement for Cristian and Ariel, young promises of Argentine design for the world.
Argentina, nacida en La Plata y criada en Jujuy. Licenciada en Comunicación Social y especialista en Comunicación Digital de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Los últimos años me dediqué a la redacción para medios de alcance nacional, enfocado en noticias locales.