Submission: May 22, 2016
Registration: March 31, 2016
Language: English, Ukrainian
Location: Babyn Yar, Ukraine
Prizes: 1st Prize: 17000$, 2nd Prize: 12000$, 3rd Prize: 7000$
Type: Open


The competition client has a motivation to see the projects arising from the competition materialize. However, the client is not the owner of the territory and is not legally entitled to implement the projects independently. Therefore, the only course of action are consistent efforts aimed at persuading the land owners and authorized land users, as well other stakeholders and the wider public of the necessity of having this project realized. The competition is envisioned as the first step toward that.

In the context of the politics of memory, the competition objective is to present to the public, the government institutions, and the professional community ideas of creating an integrated memorial space as an alternative to installing pompous memorial structures or installing standalone memorial signs.

In the humanitarian context, the competition objective is to create a space of reconciliation, to remove contradictions between different views of historical events, and to unite the society through the idea of a common land with a common tragic history.

In the spatial context, the competition objective is to create a modern holistic public memorial space integrated with the city structure through the means of landscape design.

In the educational context, the competition objective is to employ the means of landscape design to create a space capable of conveying the ideas of humanism, tolerance, democracy, civil society, human rights defense, as well as natural and spiritual ecology, to visitors, including those who have no connection to this place either through personal or through familial memory.

In the social context, the competition objective is to present to the public a model of quality holistic structuring and integration of an urban recreational area that is a historical-memorial site of global significance.


Competition participants must take into account the following principles:

  • the site must remain a public space, accessible to individuals with disabilities;
  • participants should avoid gigantomania;
  • participants should comply with the current land zoning regulations of both historical- memorial reserves and the territory of protected areas of the historical-memorial reserve “Babyn Yar” and the landmark of national significance “Kyrylivska Church”;
  • all the existing objects of cultural heritage as well as memorial objects and other buildings/structures must be preserved;
  • the existing natural landscape must be preserved to the greatest possible extent and presented in the context set forth by the competition brief;

• participants should provide proposals for the memorialization of space outside the competition site (e. g., the path which Jews took on September 29, 1941; monuments; former Zenit stadium (currently Start stadium); former garages of a tank repair shop; part of the area where executions took place in Babyn Yar; territory of the former Syrets concentration camp with its burial sites; cemetery of German prisoners-of-war, former streetcar maintenance depot named after Krasin (currently, the Podil streetcar depot) as parts of a joint memorial space.

It is recommended that design projects:

  • do not call for construction of new buildings and large structures;
  • do not design new monuments;
  • minimize emphasized use of national, religious or political symbols;
  • do not include fences or separated areas on the territory under design;
  • provide proposals for the guidelines of the territory development, including parameters for possible new monuments and place(s) where they could be installed;
  • use economically sound solutions;


Participants in the competition are expected to be professional architects, landscape architects, and urban planners who have the right to provide professional design services according to the laws of the country where they are based. Design teams headed by a professional architect, landscape architect, or urban planner who have the right to provide professional design services can also participate. Participants may be citizens of any country.


The competition is held as an open international architectural ideas competition. The Competition will be conducted according to the UNESCO/UIA Standard Regulations for international competitions in architecture and town planning. The competition is a single-stage competition, with the requirement that the authors of winning designs submit materials for the exhibition.

The registration fee for participants is 35 USD. The language of the competition is English.


Within one month of the date that the competition results are announced, authors of seven (7) best projects will be awarded the following prizes:

  • 1st prize – 17,000 USD;
  • 2nd prize – 12,000 USD;
  • 3rd prize – 7,000 USD;
  • 4 runner-up prizes, at 3,000 USD each.Authors of seven (7) best proposals will also receive an honorarium for submitting materials for the exhibition in the amount of 3,000 USD each, within one month of receipt of exhibition materials by the Promoter.All winning participants/teams will be notified of the jury decision via email.Please note that some countries have taxation laws that may impose taxes on prize money awarded to designers. These laws differ from country to country.In case the exhibition materials are not submitted, or submitted in an incomplete state, or arrive after the specified deadline, or do not conform to the requirements laid out in the competition brief (see A.12.), the Promoter reserves the right to:
  • withhold payment of the honorarium for submission of exhibition materials;
  • refuse to display the entry in the exhibition;
  • omit any mentions of the project in upcoming publications and when disseminating information about the competition;
  • exclude the entry and its author(s) from the follow-up stages of the project and its eventual implementation.

Go to the competition’s website