Call for Proposals: A Landmark for Santiago

Call for Proposals: A Landmark for Santiago

To commemorate its Bicentennial, the Chilean government has launched an initiative called "Bicentennial Legacy" to regenerate, revitalize, and consolidate the public spaces, heritage sites, and urban icons of the country.

As part of this program, Chile's President, Sebastian Piñera, has proposed the “Plan Parque Metropolitano 100 Años”, which outlines projects that are to be developed within the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. This urban park is the principal public space within the city and is located on San Cristobal Hill, the geographical/metaphorical heart of the city.

One of these projects is the construction of a tower that will consolidate the numerous antennas currently located throughout the hill into a single infrastructure. 

Thus, President Piñera, via the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism, is hosting an international competition to receive preliminary proposals for the design of this new, urban element, which will not only be used for the transmission of radio and analog/digital television, but also as an urban landmark and attraction for the city of Santiago.

This new infrastructure ought to have the capacity to accommodate all current antennas as well as those that may be installed in future.

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1. This is an anonymous competition. 
2. The official language of the competition is Spanish, thus the presentation of the proposals as well as all correspondence and related documents must be in Spanish.
3. All Chilean or foreign architects residing in Chile may participate, as long as they are legally qualified to practice architecture, and that at least one member of their team is a member of the "Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile." In the case of international participants, at least one member of the team must be qualified to practice architecture in Chile. 
4. Professional or technical teams from the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, engineering, or construction may apply. In each case, however, the team leader ought to be a certified architect with a minimum of seven years of professional experience. 
5. Inscription will be considered valid only after the payment of the inscription fee. The amount of the fee is $100USD (one-hundred US dollars) or $50.000CLP (fifty thousand Chilean pesos). Any other costs related to shipping or taxes are the responsibility of the participants. 

Courtesy of Organización del Concurso

The following may not participate in the competition:

1. The director of the competition or the members of the jury. 
2. Those who have currently or in the last sixth months had professional or occupational ties to any of the jury members.
3. Relatives of the director or jury members. 
4. Those professionals and officials who participated in the creation of the competition rules.
5. Professionals who have been convicted or sanctioned for breaches of ethical conduct.

Courtesy of Organización del Concurso

The Jury will be made up of the following members: 

1. Sebastián Piñera Echenique, President of the Republic of Chile, or his representative
2. Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna, Minister of Housing and Urbanism, or his representative
3. Loreto Silva Rojas, Minister of Public Works, or her representative
4. Pedro Pablo Errázuriz Domínguez, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, or his representative
5. María Josefa Errázuriz Guilisasti, Mayor of Providencia, or her representative
6. Representative of the Citizens' Organization, designated by the Director of the Competition
7. Sebastián Gray Avins, President of Chile's College of Architects, or his representative
8. Leopoldo Prat Vargas, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad de Chile, or his representative 
9. Mario Ubilla Sanz, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,  o su representante 
10. Iñaki Abalos Vázquez, Director of the Departament of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
11. Luis Izquierdo, winner of the National Prize for Architecture 2004
12. An architect who will represent the participants of the competition

1. Luis Eduardo Bresciani L., Director of the Competition

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This competition will give out three prizes and three honorable mentions: 

FIRST PRIZE: CLP$25.000.000 (about $50,000 USD)
SECOND PRIZE: CLP$15.000.000 (about $30,000 USD)
THIRD PRIZE: CLP$10.000.000 (about $20,000 USD)
THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS: CLP$2.000.000 each (about $4,000 USD each)

The jury can decide not to give any of these prizes. 

27th of November to 27th of December 2013

28th of January 2014


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Cite: Mora, Pola. "Call for Proposals: A Landmark for Santiago" [Convocatoria Concurso Público Internacional – Torre Antena Santiago ] 27 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quirk, Vanessa) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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