The objective of the current International Gastronomic Center competition for architecture students is the creation of a space for cultural exchange through gastronomy.
As the great philosopher of science Michael Polanyi said, the free and honest exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of scientific research. In this spirit, the International Gastronomic Center (IGC) will be a space for chefs from all around the world to exchange knowledge and share their experience in order to promote gastronomic research and for their own personal and professional enrichment.
Coming to the IGC will be an intense personal and professional experience for the chefs, because during their four-month stay they will have the opportunity to live in the centre itself and become part of a genuine idea factory that includes spaces dedicated to gastronomic training and research, as well as others promoting creativity, which will facilitate the free exchange of knowledge and encourage experimentation.
In addition, because another objective of the IGC is to provide a great deal of gastronomic activity to the city, it is essential to maintain good relations with it by providing spaces open to the public, courses and conferences and numerous activities that will completely integrate it into the city's life. The ultimate goal is for the experience of the centre to be transferred to society at large through the professional work of participating chefs when they return to their home countries.
The location of IGC is Place Eugène Flagey in Bruxelles, the capital and largest city of Belgium, one of the most dynamic cities in the world, with an intense social and cultural life, in the broadest sense of the term: music, gastronomy, art, etc.
This competition is open to international undergraduate and graduate students of architecture, individually or in teams made up of a maximum of four members. The call is also open to students studying other degrees related to architecture as part of multidisciplinary teams; in such cases it is recommendable that the team's representative be a student of architecture.
Ferran Adrià Chef and owner of "El Bulli" / Joxe Mari Aizega General Manager of the Basque Culinary Center / José María de Churtichaga Associate Dean at the IE School of Architecture and Design Co-founder of Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo Arqchitects / Edgar González Professor at the "Universidad Europea de Madrid" Chief Editor of www.edgargonzalez.com / Jon Muniategiandikoetxea Markiegi Architect (VAUMM) / Javier Ureña Carazo Winner of the Landscape, Architecture & Wine arquideas competition
1st prize: 3.750 euros + publication in famous magazines
2nd prize: 1.500 euros + publication in famous magazines
3rd prize: 625 euros + publication in famous magazines
The arquideas special prize will be given, awarded with 500 euros, to the proposal with more votes from arquideas community users, among winners, honorable mentions and the finalist projects.
April 5, 2013 | Early registration deadline
April 6, 2013 | Regular registration period open
May 24, 2013 | Regular registration period deadline
May 24, 2013 | Deadline for consultations
June 14, 2013 | Deadline for submissions of proposals