The main purpose of the competition is to draw public attention to multiethnic past of the city and help top preserve its multicultural heritage. The competition has two distinct, but interconnected agendas. One is to find the best projects for the better use of the three open public spaces to improve quality of life for the contemporary inhabitants and visitors of Lviv. The other one is to respond to the emerging awareness of Lviv’s multi-ethnic past by contributing to the rediscovery of the city’s Jewish heritage and to enhance and promote this emerging awareness by through the visualization and creation of spaces that commemorate the heritage of the city’s almost completely vanished Jewish community.

The competition seeks ideas that underline Lviv’s unique history, and calls for visions that go beyond the narrow and sometimes controversial historical debate: a multi-disciplined approach with wide public outreach is therefore required. These ideas are to reflect the history of the site (or sites) through architectural, landscape or other design proposals and help Lviv inhabitants to discover the history of people who lived here before. Submissions should also show how the site (or sites) can be integrated into the contemporary urban context to benefit the life of the city.

The aim of the competition for "Besojlem" Memorial Park is to redefine the site as public space that respects its former use as a cemetery, commemorates those buried here, and provides opportunities for reflecting on Jewish history and its legacy. There are undoubtedly graves in the project area, which, according to the Jewish tradition, are not to be disturbed. Proposals should therefore conform to this cultural requirement as a precondition, and not involve excavations or earthworks. Projects are to foresee the integration of retrieved tombstones. Proposals should also relate to the history of the original Jewish cemetery, which covered a much larger area, including that under the adjacent Krakivsky market, and to the history of the hospital building, once the largest Jewish charitable medical institution in the region. Consideration should be given to reopening the former site entrance in the western boundary wall. Accessibility for people with physical limitations should be further enhanced.