What is a prison? Prison is a place where inmates are confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state as punishment for various crimes.
But is this all to a prison? Can’t prison serve to be more than just a set up to punish the convicts?
Recidivism is not a very rare occurrence. It’s time to put out the question, why? Why do convicts go back to their old means as soon as they are released from the prison? Why are prisons failing to contribute to society?
Overcrowding prisons with poor living conditions and little opportunity for rehabilitation has resulted in high rates of recidivism. But is that all?
Prisons not only affect the lives of convicts, it affects the lives of victims, the lives of officers working their shifts day and night and it affects the society as a whole.
Can they be used as a facility to right the morals of the inmates? What can be done to lower recidivism number? How can architecture be used to solve this problem?
For a long time, these questions have been neglected. But it’s time to answer these questions. And hence, ARCH8 wants to encourage architects and designers to think in this aspect and to come up with a solution for the same. It encourages them to understand the true purpose of a prison and the impact it can have on people’s life with the help of architecture.
The goal is to design a medium security prison for a maximum capacity of 50 inmates. The concept should address recidivism, life of inmates and society overall. Participants are encouraged to explore how architecture of a place affects the behavior of people under its influence. Participants have to choose a site of their choice because the site will greatly affect the architecture of the prison.
Choose a site with respect to any one of the below mentioned category:
- In a densely populated area,
- In the outskirts of a city/town,
- In a completely distant area.
Submit in .jpeg format of file size not more than 5Mb.
Submit your entry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The subject of the mail: Your UCI (XXXXX)
Name of the file uploaded: Your UCI (XXXXX)
LOCK-UNLOCK is an open idea design competition challenge for students, professionals and any individual with a creative mind. You can participate individually or in a team (maximum of 3 members).
Total cash prize worth 15,000 INR.
Winner: Cash prize of INR 7500 + Acknowledgement on our website and social media + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 40% discount on your next architecture competition + certificate of achievement
1st Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 4500 + Acknowledgement on our website + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 30% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement
2nd Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 3000 + Acknowledgement on our website + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 20% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement
10 Honorable mentions: Acknowledgement on our website + 10% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement
Participation certificate for all the participants.