The future of Competitions - TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED

The essential idea is to explore the potential of the architectural competition – it is up to you how to communicate it.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Essay
Country Oslo, Norway
Registration Deadline 1 November 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 1 November 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Description
Historically the architectural competition has been a testing ground for new ideas. It was understood as a space in which research and development, as well as the creation of critical architectural proposals, were possible. Today, competition architecture has increasingly become a service provision for the jury and a fulfillment of the technical requirements of the brief – in other words, simply what is needed to win the competition. Needs are generating ideas whereas ideas should be generating needs. The outcome is often predictable and conventional, stripping competitions of their significance as a critical tool.
This competition attempts to instigate change by challenging the established in a critical but constructive manner. Join us by contributing the questions not yet asked! There are no fixed requirements regarding submitted material. Entries could be in the form of a text, manifesto, collage, illustration, SMS, image, fax, diagram, installation, paper architecture, runners up, brief, historical material, etc. The essential idea is to explore the potential of the architectural competition – it is up to you how to communicate it. Please address the principle question of how to return to a condition where competitions generate ideas rather than simply deliver solutions. The format and material should be in relation to the concept of your submission.
We challenge experienced architects to take part and share their perspective on the matter.

Jury
Boris Brorman Jensen (DK), architect, associate professor Århus, Ph.D, Harvard fellow
Gary Bates (NO / USA), architect, teacher and curator, founding partner of Spacegroup
Markus Miessen (GE / GBR), professor, architect, writer, curator, founding partner of nOffice and Studio Miessen

Prize
1st prize: 2,500 euro
Runner-ups: Publication and Exhibition

Entry Fee
None

Entries
A text, manifesto, collage, illustration, SMS, image, fax, diagram, installation, paper architecture, runners up, brief, historical material, etc.

Organizer
Conditions Magazine

Official Website
http://www.conditionsmagazine.com/index.php?/competition/