DAVID BOWIE - 1947 - 2016 In memoriam we launch the competition: A HOUSE FOR DAVID BOWIE. Please visit the section New Competitions. This is our homage to a great musician and a great artist, who continues to inspire us, to be courageous and to hope! Let's learn from him! Thank you.
New Deadline: March 31st, 2016. Please register before this date, in order to receive a registration number with which to identify your work anonimously, in case you do want to participate! Also, please note that all registrants will receive, from time to time, updates and new information related to the competition, this is why it is preferrable to register rather earlier, than later. Thank you.
To what levels of exaltation and intoxication could architecture arrive...???
Often, all too often, to very low levels, if at all...
Diderot said that "Poetry requires something enormous, barbaric and wild"... true, he was an encyclopedist, thus, probably, quite timid in his otherwise ambitious quest for totality.
But if art teaches anything, it is to have courage, to open our hearts, to embrace the world with all its problems, imperfections and cruelty, but also with all its beauty. And maybe of all arts, music does this best.
Let's allow ourselves to be challenged by music! Let's try to make our architecture musical, that is, let's try to make it sing!
Bowie was a flamboyant musician, but he was able to be modest too, we believe.
Let's be EXPANSIVE!
For A HOUSE FOR DAVID BOWIE we do expect something "enormous, barbaric and wild." This is exactly why we placed no limits of any sort on your expected contribution!
EXPLODE, dear architect... don't be afraid to expand the limits of architecture! If you feel like submitting 100 sheets format A0 and still be unhappy that it wasn't enough, ALL FOR THE BETTER...!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will show all of them.
On the contrary, if you feel like sending an exquisite little book, let's say 4 inches by 4 inches, we would receive it with equal adoration, with that tenderness that love makes possible.
SURPRISE US, DEAR ARCHITECT, SURPRISE US...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You could send a video, a film, a novel, a painting or more, an essay, a sonata, a pop song, a poem, a toy, beautiful line drawings a la Palladio from his magnificent Quattro Libri, you could send us expressionistic explosions of passion and dionysian fury, a tumultuous model, a virile sculpture, or, looking the other way, some indelibly rigorous renderings in black and white, stern and precise, just like Ando made, earlier in his life.
Don't be afraid to contradict yourself, dear architect, for contradictions mean life, and art is its highest expression.
EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR ARCHITECTURE, FOR MUSIC, FOR LIFE, AS INTENSELY AS POSSIBLE!
We will receive everything you send with equal consideration and affection.
SURPRISE US, DEAR ARCHITECT, SURPRISE US!
A HOUSE FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
The University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" in Bucharest, Romania, together with ICARCH Gallery, launches a new international architectural competition, on the occasion of 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Please read below the brief for this competition. For those interested to participate, please write to email@example.com by April 15th, in order to receive a registration number with which to identify, anonymously, your work. Also, please know that we will organize an exhibition with all the works received and we will also publish a book with the best works.
UAUIM + ICARCH
A HOUSE FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Is it possible to imagine A HOUSE FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE…?
Myriad of houses, perhaps… or none.
How to translate into architecture the vastness of his universe…?
To imagine A House for William Shakespeare is as difficult as A House for Ludwig van Beethoven.
But then, shouldn’t we try…?
Maybe A House for William Shakespeare is very, very difficult, if not impossible… but maybe A HOUSE FOR HAMLET, or A HOUSE FOR OTHELLO, or A HOUSE FOR ROMEO AND JULIET is not so improbable.
So yes, by the way of the 400 years since his death, we invite you to imagine / build, for the most challenging “client”: William Shakespeare. We wouldn’t call him though Bill Shakespeare, as The New Yorker magazine did, once… we still prefer the longer, integral form of his first name: William.
Crossing the borders between various arts is not impossible, actually, and proofs are the beautiful Akira Kurosawa interpretations of Shakespeare… who not only transgressed the temporal barriers, but also the spatial / geographical ones.
Art is eternal, and it doesn’t respect national frontiers.
This is why a Japanese Macbeth is perfectly plausible, even dressed in jeans.
So we ask you to imagine A HOUSE FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, for HERE and NOW.
A “contemporary” house, for that “William Shakespeare” residing within ourselves.
Can we do it…?!
Let’s imagine our “clients” were Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchants of Venice, etc… How would we build for them…? Would we ignore their psychological traits…?
Then, why do we ignore the psychological traits of “real clients”, those of the “here and now”…?
To imagine A House for Shakespeare is not an exercise in futility, nor an “academic” one, inasmuch as countless adaptations of his work in theatres worldwide are not.
Why shouldn’t architecture inspire itself from the exceptionally rich Shakespearean universe…? Thus, the result would be a “knowing architecture”, not an unknowing one.
Knowing of what…? – you would ask.
Knowing what matters, knowing first, perhaps, to ask questions, in a very Hamletian way… an architecture that is not happy to erect images of ignorance, but images of inquiring souls and minds. Buildings that know.
Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format that responds to this “simple” theme: A HOUSE FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Deadline: the 26th of April, 2016. To receive a registration number, with which to identify anonymously your work, please contact us by April 15th at: firstname.lastname@example.org.