International Design Competition for the Sites of Jewish History in Lviv, Ukraine



International Design Competition for the Sites of Jewish History in Lviv, Ukraine, announced by the Executive Committee of the Lviv City Council on August 6, 2010.

The competition is for proposals for three separate sites in the city that have important connections to the life of the Jewish community before the Second World War, and to its destruction during the Nazi occupation.

The competition has two interconnected agendas. The first is to support and further encourage the emerging awareness of Lviv's multi-ethnic past by contributing to the rediscovery of the heritage of its almost completely vanished Jewish community. The other is to find solutions for bettering the design and use of these three public open spaces in order to improve their value as amenities for the local inhabitants and visitors, and in doing so, draw attention to the significance of the sites.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for each or all of the following:

Competition for the Synagogue Square

A site in Lviv's UNESCO listed historic center which played an important role in the religious and cultural life of Lviv's Jewish community. It is now used as a public open space. Before the Second World War, here stood: the Great City Synagogue, the Turei Zahav Synagogue (the Golden Rose or Nachmanovych Synagogue), and the community's Beth Hamidrash building.



Competition for the Besojlem Memorial Park

The site, which was once part of an historic Jewish cemetery laid to waste during the Holocaust, now parkland connected to the courtyard of Lviv Municipal Maternity Hospital.

Competition for the Yanivsky Concentration Camp Memorial

The site near the Yanivsky concentration camp, where mass killings took place. The place was known as the Valley of Death (Dolyna smerti), and is now part of the Kortumov Hill nature reserve northeast of Lviv.

The submission deadline is 6 p.m. (EET), December 1, 2010. Prizes are to be awarded for each of the competition sites. Winners are to be announced on December 15, 2010.

There is no entry fee, but to be eligible, competitors must register no later than November 10,  2010 by email to, or by fax to 38 032 275 13 09

All competition materials can be downloaded at (in English and Ukrainian)

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