Arquine celebrates 25 years calling the Contest with the aim of promoting competition as part of architectural culture. From the first editions, ideas were summoned and rewarded. Today, the contest invites you to design, build and activate a pavilion in the Historic Center of Mexico City within the framework of the MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival; a pavilion that, temporarily inserted in the city, manages to generate, from its own discourse, an innovative and sustainable proposal; that allows the development of an open public program and that builds a place for interaction between architecture and citizenship.
Contestants must project a piece that meets the conditions specified in the rules of this contest in terms of time, costs and characteristics, considering the ability to provoke and attract the public, which will be a fundamental part of the evaluation of the proposal.
2. Legal regime of the competition
This Contest is open, anonymous and international in nature and is carried out in a single phase. It is governed by the provisions established in the administrative bases and technical bases.
From the moment the contestant formalizes his participation, he/she/it undertakes to accept all the parts of the Contest without appeal to its regulatory, technical and procedural provisions established in the administrative bases and in the technical bases.
3. Organization of the competition
The Competition for the MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion is organized by Arquine, who will have the responsibility for organizing the technical-administrative information before and after the development of the contest, as well as attending to the queries made by the participants and giving the corresponding answers. Likewise, Arquine will write the minutes of the plenary meeting of the Jury and the Award Minutes, as well as all the actions for the proper development of this contest.
Correspondence of all kinds related to this Competition will be sent to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Convene, with a universal character, to present ideas for the development and construction of a Pavilion, recyclable and reusable, without exception, complying with the requirements established in these bases.
• Turn the Pavilion into a reference space within the framework of the MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival, which manages to provide the festival with a space for reflection and discussion around architecture and the city.
Architects, designers, urban planners, sociologists, students and/or the like, from all over the world, individually or as a team, can participate. The proposals must be unpublished and not have been presented or awarded in previous contests.
It is suggested that one of the members be an architect, however it is not required.
Each contestant or team may submit only one proposal.
In no case the member of a team can be part of another.
They will not be able to participate:
• Members of the Jury of this contest, members of Arquine or MEXTRÓPOLI.
• People with blood ties to the members of the Jury; the spouses or people linked to any relationship of affective cohabitation or demonstrable affinity, nor those with whom direct and stable professional relationships are maintained (employee/employer or partners).
6. Information and consultation
Participants may make inquiries in writing to the address email@example.com, through the email with which they register to the system.
A complete and anonymous list of questions and answers will be sent and will be shared with all participants. The list of questions and answers, along with the complete rules, will be provided to the contest jury.
The considerations that derive from these consultations will be mandatory for all parties, since they constitute an integral part of the terms and conditions that govern the contest.
To make your registration effective, you must pay a single fee (the cost will vary depending on the registration phase in which you decide to make the payment):
First registration phase $ 1,250.00 MXN or
65 USD From October 17th till December 5th, 2022
Second registration phase $ 1,500.00 MXN or
75 USD From December 6th, 2022, till February 27th, 2023
Only one payment must be made. The amount depends on the phase in which the registration for the contest becomes effective. There is no additional cost to registration, since the entire process of participation and submission of proposals will be through the internet.
8. Contribution Methods
To formalize the registration for the Competition it will be necessary to make the payment by means of a credit or debit card, via Stripe, Paypal or Mercado Pago. These last modalities require entering the data of any VISA or Mastercard credit or debit card.
Bank transfer (only from Mexico) Arquine
Banco: BBVA Bancomer
Clave: 012180 001443769433 (transferencia)
Bank deposit (only from Mexico) Arquine
Banco: BBVA Bancomer
Once the contribution has been made, the contestant must send an email with the image of the proof of deposit or bank transfer, with the data of said proof. Subsequently, you will receive a registration key with which you can create a user and access the system.
The cost of the fee is per team and not per participant.
9. Confirmation of contestants to participate
Once the payment has been made and credited, each participant will receive an email with the username and password within a maximum period of 72 hours. With these data you can enter the Arquine Contest system and follow the indicated instructions.
When accessing the system, contestants must edit and complete the team data. You can also download all the complementary information provided for the development of the proposal.
The email with which the registration is made must be from the person who appears as a representative, who will be the only interlocutor throughout the development of the contest.
The works will be presented under the code generated by the system in the registration process, which must be placed in the upper right corner of the sheet and identify the file only with that code [ARQ-25C-XXXX].
Those proposals that are submitted after the deadline or violate the anonymity requirement will be automatically excluded.
11. Documentation to present
A digital image containing the proposal must be delivered for the correct understanding of the project. This image should include:
• Overall plan, plans and sections of the proposal with a duly specified scale that is suitable for reading and understanding.
• Diagrams, views, sketches, collages or any other representation of free technique that helps to express the idea of the project.
• Construction details that they consider necessary for the description of the project with a scale duly specified and adequate for reading the project.
• Descriptive text of a maximum of 250 words. The descriptions or texts may only be in Spanish or English.
The image must be rectangular, horizontal, 90 cm (width) x 60 cm (height) in 72 DPI, JPG and no larger than 5 MB so that it can be uploaded into the system. The file name must match the user code assigned at the time of registration [ARQ-25C-XXXX].
No other formats or other forms of delivery of the material will be accepted. Only projects that are uploaded through the system within the established times will be evaluated.
Once the Arquine team has downloaded the project after the deadline established in the calendar, the contestants will receive an email confirming the download of the file within a period not exceeding 72 hours.
The selection of the members of the Jury is very important. Their experience in the subject to be competed must be valued in order to ensure a high level of demand in the review of proposals. The Jury reserves the right to choose as the winner a proposal that, without exactly complying with all the bases, manages to propose a solution that is considered superior to the others.
The documents or comments generated in the plenary session of the Jury may be published in the various Arquine channels.
13. Composition of the Jury*
It will be announced on November 14th, 2022.
*Date subject to possible changes.
14. Duties of the Jury
The Jury must freely and autonomously select a single proposal from among all those delivered in a timely manner, which complies with the guidelines established in the Competition rules.
The Jury and the organizers may exclude the works for the following reasons:
• Delivery after the deadline or that does not comply with what is established in the bases.
• Violation of anonymity, either by having revealed the authorship by any means, or by presenting graphic elements identifying the identity of the author of the proposal.
• Any attempt to communicate or pressure the members of the Jury, duly demonstrated.
15. Judgment Procedure
The Jury will meet in a plenary session to evaluate the selected proposals. In said meeting, all the works delivered in a timely manner will be projected. In this way, the face-to-face discussion will proceed to issue the verdict.
Prior to any consideration, the admission or non-admission of proposals will be approved.
The Jury will evaluate the proposals according to the criteria stipulated in the bases and any criteria that it considers necessary to add. It will also agree on a selection procedure according to the quantity and quality of the proposals. In the event of a tie, a new discussion will take place.
The Jury is forced to choose a winner and for no reason may declare the prizes of the contest as void. The decision of the jury is final, so the organizers of the contest cannot change it.
The results of the contest will be published on the Arquine website on the day indicated in the calendar contained in these rules. All the minutes and documents derived from the procedure for the ruling are the property of Arquine.
The explanatory graphic documents of the winning and mentioned proposals, as well as the names of all the contestants who have not requested to remain anonymous, may be disseminated through the different Arquine channels.
$ 100,000.00 mexican peso – Construction of the proposal for the MEXTRÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion*
– Access to MEXTRÓPOLI for team members (2**) and delivery of a package of Arquine books
Second place $ 50,000.00 mexican peso – Access to MEXTRÓPOLI for team members (2**) and delivery of a package of Arquine books
Third place $ 25,000.00 mexican peso – Access to MEXTRÓPOLI for team members (2**) and delivery of a package of Arquine books
Honorific Mention The Jury may agree to mention as many projects as it deems worthy of such a distinction.
*The winning team must follow up on the development of the work, provide Arquine with the plans of the executive project for the construction of the MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion and follow up on its construction through the channels agreed after the moment of failure with the team of Archine.
** 2 accesses to MEXTRÓPOLI will be given per team, with prior request from the winners.
The economic prizes are with taxes included.
17. Competition calendar
2022 17 October Announcement and start of the registration process
14 November Jury members announcement
5 December End of first registration stage
2023 6 January End of Question and Answers (FAQ) period
9 January FAQ publication
27 February End of registration process
6 March Proposal upload deadline
13 March Jury’s veredict
16 March Announcement of results
May Executive development of the project
September Installation and inauguration
The proposals may be reproduced for dissemination by the organizers of the contest for any other purpose than the promotion of the same.
Contestants may choose not to authorize the exhibition of their proposals if they are not awarded, which must be expressly indicated.
19. Intellectual Property Rights
The contestants will retain the intellectual property of the works presented, but will transfer to the organizers of the contest the rights of exhibition, reproduction and publication that correspond to the object of the contest, who are obliged to disseminate the name of their authors in each publication, exhibition or activity in which the proposal is incorporated. Likewise, the authors undertake to refer to the convening bodies of the contest in any subsequent publication in which their proposal appears.
The works presented may not be used for the development of projects by architects, engineers or technicians other than the respective authors.
The works presented may only be developed within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI 2023.
In case of publishing or disseminating the built project in other media, it should be mentioned that it arises from the Arquine Competition No.25 and that it is carried out within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI 2023.