Babyn Yar Masterplan Open Ideas Competition is held in Kyiv

On February 14, the Babyn Yar Masterplan Open Ideas Competition starts in Kyiv. The competition is held by the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.

The purpose of this competition is to generate ideas for a masterplan which will form a holistic vision of the Memorial complex at Babyn Yar. This Memorial Center will include numerous museums, memorials, artistic interventions, research centers, libraries, archives, and other objects. The masterplan will also connect all of these projects on the 132-hectare site.

From 1941 to 1943, the Nazis shot 70 to 100 thousand people in Babyn Yar in Kyiv, killing almost the entire Jewish population of the city. This tragedy has become a terrible symbol of “Holocaust by Bullets” in Eastern Europe and also the symbol of resistance to the Soviet policy of memory overwriting. The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to bring the history of Babyn Yar closer and make it relevant to current and future generations.

Babyn Yar today is a public park, nature reserve, recreational space, memorial site, and integral part of the city with various distinct ecological zones and heritage structures. The purpose of this competition is to develop a bold and ambitious plan that connects the different projects of the Memorial Center and grounds them in a holistic, polyphonic, and ambulatory experience of the site. The authors of the competitive projects should offer radical ideas and transformative proposals that approach the site in imaginative and unconventional ways. Elements such as navigation, landscaping, planting, and lighting are fundamental to the development of the site, but should not limit participants’ creative visions.

The competition is open to all, including students, young professionals, and established practices from all disciplines.

Up to three winners of the competition will each be awarded US $20,000. Winners will also be awarded a visit to the foundation in Kyiv, and an invitation to further develop their conceptual proposals in collaboration with BYHMC. Up to four honorable mentions will each receive US $5,000.

The jury consists of the Curator of Architecture and Chair of the Architectural Advisory Board of BYHMC, Nick Axel, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ArchDaily David Basulto, the Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands) Aric Chen, the Architect and founder of Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Meira Kowalsky, the Architectural Historian and Holocaust Scholar Robert Jan van Pelt, and more.

Deadline for Inquiries: April 15, 2022. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022

Competition Winners Announced: June, 2022.

To download the full competition brief and register, please visit the competition website.

For all competition-related and media inquiries, please email the Competition Secretary at [email protected].

Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center is a non-governmental charity whose purpose is to preserve and cultivate the memory of the Holocaust and the Babyn Yar tragedy in Ukraine and to contribute to the humanization of society through preserving and studying the history of the Holocaust.