INTRODUCTION

This multi-site Design Idea Competition seeks global architectural design concepts to preserve the Africatown community, interpret its unique history and promote its future economic revitalization. The Competition leverages the spectacular discovery of the sunken Clotilda slave ship in the Mobile River Delta to tell the Africatown story on 16 sites in 4 venues across 3 cities.

The result is a major cultural heritage destination system for the Mobile, Alabama, region called
THE AFRICATOWN CULTURAL MILE (TM)

CASH PRIZES AWARDED

The total value of cash prizes to Competition winners will be $100,000.

REGISTRATION JANUARY 19, 2020

Multi-disciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, historians and the public may enter.

CASH PRIZES AWARDED

The total value of cash prizes to Competition winners will be $100,000.

REGISTRATION JANUARY 19, 2020

Multi-disciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, historians and the public may enter.

Sites

Venues per Site

Total Venues

“AfricaTown enshrines and preserves the indomitable spirit of our ancestors. That it continues to exist validates the genius of its builders, the embodiment of their West African spirituality, intelligence, and skills. Thus, AfricaTown is an American ode to Africa, a symbol of resiliency in the face of slavery’s treachery. AfricaTown is an example of community-building in the 19th century, and it is a blueprint for revitalization in the 21st century.”              

Dr. Natalie S. Robertson

Author, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors

Sponsors

AIDIC Coordinators

studio | rotan

studio | rotan

“Africatown was built by the hands of Africans who came to the Americas with thousands of years of science embedded in their DNA, not only the science of tilling the soil for nutrients for our bodies, but scientific knowledge of shaping the soil into architectural monuments”.                  

Nmadili Okwumabua,

Founder, Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CDPI Africa), NOMA