In april, the world's 'third smallest sovereign state' was established: liberland. established on a small patch of unclaimed land created by the border dispute between croatia and serbia, the new country founded on the principles of libertarianism, is currently battling for international recognition - although as reported by the new york times magazine in august, this remains a steep uphill struggle. in spite of these challenges, the european micronation is seeking ideas through a global design competition on how to masterplan its seven-square-kilometer territory. zaha hadid architects' patrik schumacher is one of the many experts that have been summoned to judge the proposals, of which aim to establish a 'multi-stage' plan that will reflect liberland's libertarian and anarcho-capitalist values.
'rather than purely fantastical or artistic schemes, liberland seeks radically creative, yet mature proposals for a fertile, high-density city-nation of the 21st century, responsive to its advanced contemporary network society,'
'liberland is real. this is not solely a speculative ideas competition. liberland needs architecture. entries must include – but be developed beyond – speculative concepts, into fully visualized, ambitious, flexible design systems demonstrating agility for adaptation and maximum potential for developing a multi-authored fluid built environment on the basis of evolving ‘light touch’ rules'.
'the goal is to achieve an artificial ecosystem of high permeability, fluidity, flexibility, and entrepreneurial potential in a complex variegated urban order that functions as a coherent, unified system yet retains highly adaptive to local conditions, groups, individuals, institutions and organizations by activating light-touch rule-based design networks and symbioses.'
competition website: http://designliberland.splashthat.com/