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International Nonprofit Challenges Design Community to Transform Closed Bases

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  • December 21, 2011
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In an effort to generate innovative solutions to the challenge of re-envisioning closed military bases, a San Francisco-based design advocacy nonprofit is hosting an international competition for architects, designers and community groups to collaborate on plans for reusing local installations that have been decommissioned or are scheduled for closure.

[UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS will ask the global design and construction community to identify abandoned military installations in their own backyard, to collaborate with local stakeholders, and to reclaim these spaces for social, economic and environmental good, according to Architecture for Humanity.

“This is an incredible opportunity to transform places of defense into spaces of public good,” said Cameron Sinclair, the group’s co-founder. “Through this competition we have the opportunity to create strong anchors in communities that will generate thousands of jobs and bring economic stability to those who surround these sites.”

The design competition will be judged by an international, interdisciplinary panel of experts in various fields, such as base realignment and real estate, and include former world leaders and community members that have experienced a base closure or demilitarized site.

The first-of-its-kind competition features two U.S. closures — Naval Support Activity New Orleans (East Bank) and Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, Calif. — that teams can work on if they do not live near a closure, according to Epoch Times. Other featured sites are in Japan and Cuba.

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