Theatre Populaire Idea(l): Call for Proposals

The Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague, Inspireli Awards, and CDC La Termitiere hereby announce “Theatre Populaire Ideal(l)”, an open student competition of architectural, artistic, and design ideas. The competition is centered around the sustainable rehabilitation of the deserted green amphitheatre at the complex of the “Centre de Développement Chorégraphique” La Termitiere in the city centre of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.

The idea to launch Theatre Populaire Idea(l) is based on the eagerness to produce innovative, respectful, courageous visions valorising the local potentials and materials while communicating to the largest public possible. It is believed that a public building with such value and openness as the Theatre Populaire Desiré BONOGO should benefit from openness of ideas, scope of professional discussions, transparency, visibility and media attention.

This project aims to renovate the identity of the area, trying to reach the goal of creating a place of cultural diversity and the plurality of creative practices and disciplines, a space for creation and research, a common place to meet, collaborate and learn; a place where everybody may have the chance to discover alternative perspectives. The CDC expects designs of a new physiognomy accompanying a total refurbishment of the future “smart and sustainable” theater, giving it a new life.

The CDC would like to appeal to students of architecture, design, civil engineering, landscape architecture, theatre, scenography and fine arts from Burkina Faso, the sub-region, Africa or the whole world, to all who have conscious visions for the theatre of tomorrow and want to meaningfully address the respective causes of climate change and anticipate its future impacts.

The subsequent publication and exhibition of selected works will be offered online and in-situ to the population and the municipality of Ouagadougou, to explore, learn, be inspired and experience alternatives of sustainable rehabilitation as a resilient city-constructive tool. The open transdisciplinary approach hopes to foster the local interest in public discussion about architecture.

The competition terms can be found on

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: 15 July 2020
Announcement of results: 1 October 2020

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