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Architecture competition announcement

Sham Spiritual Oasis Competition for Architectural Concepts

The competition aims at developing a concept of a place of hospitality for travelers and pilgrims through Sham Region (Sham is the old name for Damascus), a place to be called Sham Spiritual Oasis. It will serve as a visitor center, a place of spiritual growth and an occasion of initiation to accept the other, and will be located in the Visitors’ Center or Deir Mar Musa’s Protected Area, near the town of Nebek, Syria.

Sponsor: European Commission

Organisers: COSV: Italy, Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi: Syria, Tanween Arabian Cultural Center: Czech Republic

Location: Syria

Langauges: English, Arabic

Jury: Detailed on website

Awards: $1,000 for first three winners, exhibitions

Fee: None

Timetable: 30 April 2008 – Questions Deadline. 15 May 2008 – Registration Deadline. 15 June 2008 – Submission Deadline. 1 August 2008 – Results Announced. September 2008- First Exhibition in Damascus. October 2008- Second Exhibition in Deir Mar Musa

Eligibility: Art and architecture students, from a European or Mediterranean country, under 30 years. Architects and artists, who do not qualify may contribute ideas. Details are available on website

Additional Information: http://www.shamspiritualoasis.org / [email protected]