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September 1, 2012

4th Annual Visionary Design Competition

BluPrint 4th Annual Visionary Design Competition (AViD 2012) Theme: Destination Pit Stop
The competition honors both the National Tourism Development Plan and the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage List by asking for the design of a tourism visitor center at any one of our World Heritage sites. Solutions should foster the dialogue between old and new, past and present, natural and manmade, in a manner that is most sensitive to these fragile gifts.

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About the competition:
  1. The competition is to design a contemporary and site-sensitive Pit Stop/Visitor Center to be located at any one of the Philippine World Heritage Sites:
  2. The size of the Pit Stop, as well as its precise location within or on the edge of the site Buffer Zone, is up to the participant.
  3. The Pit Stop will be a visitor/tourist information center providing information on the World Heritage Site’s significance. The precise program of facilities such as toilets, restaurants, retail outlets/convenience store, refueling station, etc. is up to the participant.
There is no restriction on the construction materials to be used. There is also no budget constraint. However, the design must be sensitive to environmental, cultural and socio-economic realities of the UNESCO World Heritage site (e.g.: a fragile environment facing pressures from large visitor numbers; meager operations and maintenance budgets, etc.), and must respect the World Heritage criteria that were used to select the site. Refer to
Relevant documents, such as the Venice Charter, are also to be found on the ICOMOS website and include:
  1. International Cultural Tourism Charter , pertinent passages of which are:
    • Tourism development and infrastructure projects should take account of the aesthetic, social and cultural dimensions, natural and cultural landscapes, bio-diversity characteristics and the broader visual context of heritage places. Preference should be given to using local materials and take account of local architectural styles or vernacular traditions.
    • Planning for tourism activities should provide appropriate facilities for the comfort, safety and well being of the visitor, that enhance the enjoyment of the visit but do not adversely impact on the significant features or ecological characteristics.
    • Tourism programmes should encourage the training and employment of guides and site interpreters from the host community to enhance the skills of local people in the presentation and interpretation of their cultural values.
    • Places and collections of heritage significance should be promoted and managed in ways which protect their authenticity and enhance the visitor experience by minimizing fluctuations in arrivals and avoiding excessive numbers of visitors at any one time.
  2. Charter for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Areas, also known as the Washington Charter of 1987 which states:
    • When it is necessary to construct new buildings or adapt existing ones, the existing spatial layout should be respected, especially in terms of scale and lot size. The introduction of contemporary elements in harmony with the surroundings should not be discouraged since such features can contribute to the enrichment of an area.
  3. International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, also known as the Venice Charter of 1964 which states:
    • Article 13.Additions cannot be allowed except in so far as they do not detract from the interesting parts of the building (or site), its traditional setting, the balance of its composition and its relation with its surroundings.
Also refer to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10066, the Heritage Law of the Philippines , in particular, Section 9 pertaining to World Heritage Sites.
  1. The competition is open to all Filipino citizens based in the Philippines or abroad.
  2. The competition has three categories:
    • Architects – licensed in the Philippines or in the country where they are practicing
    • Students and Graduates – currently enrolled students or graduates of Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, and other allied disciplines such as Fine Arts, etc.
    • General Public
  3. There is no age limit in any of the categories.
  4. Participants may join as individuals or as teams, with a maximum of three in a team.

Entry Submissions:

  1. Categories A and B (Architects and Students)
    • A minimum of 1 site plan, 1 plan for each floor, 1 elevation, 1 section and 1 perspective (maximum of 1MB each in jpeg format, maximum total of 10 images)
    • A written concept (in English, minimum of 200 words, maximum of 500)
    Category C (General Public)
    • A minimum of 1 site plan, 1 plan for each floor, and 1 perspective (maximum total of 10 images) A written concept (in English, minimum of 200 words, maximum of 500)
  2. All entries must be original designs. Plagiarized content from existing works shall be automatically disqualified, and participants shall be held responsible for any problems arising as to questions of ownership or intellectual property rights.
  3. Completely filled-out entry forms along with all the requirements must be sent electronically by clicking the “submit” button in the submission page of the competition website. A confirmation email that we have received your entry will be sent to you within 3 days.
  4. Deadline for submission is on Saturday, the 15th of September 2012 at 5:00 in the afternoon.
  5. Incomplete entries based on the competition parameters will be automatically disqualified.

Criteria for Judging:
  1. Criteria for judging are as follows:
    • Creativity and Originality 50%
    • Practicability and Sustainability 50%
  2. Five Semi-Finalists in each category will be chosen in an initial screening by a panel of judges comprised of professionals and representatives from BluPrint/One Mega Group.
  3. A Grand Prize winner and a Runner-Up from each category will be chosen by the panel.
  4. The judges’ decision is final and irrevocable. 


Grand Prize: P50,000 Cash + a trophy by Ramon Orlina
Runner-up: P30,000

Students & Graduates:
Grand Prize: P30,000 + a trophy by Ramon Orlina
Runner-up: P15,000

General Public:
Grand Prize: P20,000 + a trophy by Ramon Orlina
Runner-up: P10,000

  1. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
  2. One Mega Group reserves the right to withdraw any award and/or cash prize at any time should the participant violate any of the guidelines and mechanics of the competition.
  3. Prizes not claimed within 60 days after the awards night on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 shall be forfeited in favor of One Mega Group.
Other guidelines:
  1. All participants agree to the inclusion of their names and designs,free of charge, in BluPrint magazine and in any One Mega Group event, publication, website or any other medium.
  2. The owners, management and employees of One Mega Group up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this competition.
  3. All national architectural and naval construction codes apply. Visit and for more details.

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