Design competition

This competition offers the opportunity to be part of a collaboration, challenging Skopje’s urban realm through design interventions. The results will be publicised through TU Delft as part of a collective research. 





Research trip Skopje 2019


Photographs from a research trip in Skopje

Dining in the Urban: Competition Brief

The City of Skopje has had many contradictory images over the last century: an image of destruction after an earthquake in 1963, a modernist metabolic masterplan in 1965, and the latest image,  Skopje 2014: a government plan to rebrand the city through neo-classical facades and monuments. Skopje is full of tension, those who do not align themselves within the image of the city struggle to find a sense of place. Alongside influential organisations, individuals try to implant their image within the built environment to establish a sense of place. From monumental facades to small everyday appropriation within the public space; the city is a collection of narratives, translated through form, claiming authorship over space.


This competition offers the opportunity to explore domestic rituals outside the home and in the public realm. This brief uses the knowledge gained from domestic rituals to expose the current social and physical forms, unveiling the boundaries between the public, communal, and private spaces within the city. Aiming to reveal social and physical latency the brief is an experiment which acknowledges form as a social commitment in order to mediate the tension in the city.


The brief asks for an intervention within Mother Teresa Park to allow the public to dine in the urban. Through dining, we can explore ingredients from the local landscape,  food preparation, and social gatherings - revealing culture knowledge. 


Site facade model


The garden of earthly delight



The feast of gods






The Sieste

Van Gogh

1. Collaboration

‘Dining in the Urban’ design competition is an invitation to you to join the process of interpretation and collaboration. 

2. Interrogation, experimentation and refinement

The judges will analyse the competition entries based on use, form, technique and communication. After an initial shortlist is drawn up, entrants are welcome to join a collective investigation into all the competition entries, to develop a deeper understanding and reflection on communication, interpretation and collaboration. With this new knowledge, the shortlisted entries will be integrated within the wider research intervention. Experimenting with techniques to create a collaborative democratic architectural intervention, bringing domestic rituals into the public realm.

3. Publication and wider collaboration
The research will be publicised and disseminated through the faculty of Architecture at

TU Delft. Aiming to contribute to contemporary questions as the role of the architect in 2020 and interdisciplinary collaboration within education and practice.

Competition Phases


Competition Specification



To design an intervention for the domestic ritual of dining to take place within the

urban landscape.


Mother Terressa Park, Skopje


Entry and application

Registration deadline, 1st June 2020

Submission deadline, 8th June 2020

Results announced, 3rd July, 2020

Teams of up to four people allowed

Submission requirements (Digital submission) 

Through restriction comes creativity

Plan 1.500, 1.50 (vector drawings, black and white lines only)     

Section 1.50 (vector drawings, black and white lines only)   


(black and white, should explore qualities such as use, form, technique and communication)   

Project description (250 words)  

Personal details

Full name, Email, Educational background

The project is a public competition welcoming the diversity of

both student work and professional practice


All drawings should be laid out on A3 paper in a combined pdf with the file name:


Be mindful of file size

Registration, submission and questions


Site photograph



The garden of earthly delight


Competition Aims

1. Create awareness of common ground

This brief requires domestic rituals to be integrated into the public realm. Exploring the jump between habit and inhabitation through an engagement with a wider context. When we interact with our context our habits may not fit perfectly; through restriction, of context, we are challenged and become aware of our social and physical environment, creating knowledge through inhabitation.


2. Interrogate the boundaries of public - communal - private.

The brief utilise the knowledge gained from domestic rituals to expose the current social and physical forms in the Skopje. Aiming to interrogate the boundaries between the public, communal, and private spaces in the city, allowing the interventions in the city to reveal social and physical latency.

3. Embrace diversity of knowledge and interpretation

Through an understanding that nothing is absolute and promoting the unfinished. The competition aims to explore, reflect and investigate through collaboration; with the ultimate goal to grow social and cultural knowledge through architectural interventions.



The garden of earthly delight


Competition Judges

Andrés Stohlmann de

la Iglesia

Andrés has collaborated in architectural projects in Venezuela, Spain and Germany, through a range of typology and scales, ranging from urban action to urban development. Researching in Skopje for 9 months he has gained in-depth knowledge into performative depth and urban density in the city. 

Holly Dale

Holly has won academic scholarships and a national award for her rigorous architectural research and design projects in Cuba (2014), Ireland (2016), and India (2019). Constantly refining technique to intervene in urban contexts, through themes such as meaningfulness, integration and appropriation. Holly’s latest focus through research at TU Delft lies in ‘open architecture techniques’ and collaboration with the aim of developing democratic interventions in the city.

ir. Jorge Mejia Hernandez

Jorge is interested in how multiple interactions among individuals define architecture as a way of increasing and improving our knowledge. To ensure the productivity of these interactions - he believes -  architects must preserve and protect democratic practices but also adopt a rigorous approach to their discipline.  


Research Collaboration

The competition results will be part of a collaborative research publicised and disseminated through the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. Through architectural interventions, the collective research explores issues such as the public and private thresholds, habit and habitation, and “open architecture”. The city of Skopje serves as a laboratory for research-by design, experimenting with techniques to create democratic architectural interventions, bringing domestic rituals into the public realm.


The competition is part of an MSc Architecture research project at TU Delft, the research questions wider contemporary topics such as the role of the architect and interdisciplinary collaboration within design practice and education.


The aim of the research is to investigate how architectural /urban intervention can be envisioned in more democratic ways. It aims to develop an approach to architecture that allows the sharing of social and cultural knowledge between individuals, creating a cycle of ´knowledge, generosity, knowledge…´.

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Photographers: Andrés Stohlmann, Hilary Yeung, 

Holly Dale, Szuju Chen, Nina Vlasblom,