International Competitions in Architecture
A HOUSE FOR A WORKER
Nothing is as unglamorous as a worker.
Indeed, what is a “worker”…?
One could say that we are all “workers,” since it seems it is the human predicament to “work.”
But the problem with the “worker” is that he / she has the stigma of romantic suffering imprinted in the very weakened muscles of his / her arms. Something not quite fashionable, now.
Of course, muscles are glorified, muscles of the Schwarzenegger type. Photogenic muscles. Muscles that sell for their very aesthetics, in Hollywood and “the art world.”
But factories and fields need a different kind of muscles. Muscles that are less narcissistic and less bombastically “aesthetic.”
The worker is the opposite of Lindsay Lohan, or any other “star,” infamous or not.
A true worker is the opposite of Hollywood and Disney, that is, the “fun mentality.”
A worker, essentially, is someone who works to earn a bread, under a sky that is not, necessarily, empty.
A worker can be silent and stern, since a worker is not concerned with, or seduced by, “special effects.”
A worker, in our idealized though not necessarily pleasant definition, is someone whose efforts are never “chic.”
A worker works.
A worker does not cheat on life.
A worker has a seriousness that we wish would be more present in today’s world.
We invite you to imagine A HOUSE FOR A WORKER.
That is, for someone most often neglected by today’s architect.
A “mere” worker. With, or without his or her family.
A silent worker.
A worker who works hard to earn a bread.
This will have to be THE HOUSE OF TRUTH.
And THE HOUSE OF NO GLAMOUR.
We just celebrated the 1st of May, the International Day of the Workers, those very “workers” whose name, this very word itself, is kind of cryptic, now. We forgot, or almost forgot, its meaning.
We ask you to try to remember it.
And to build for it.
For a seriousness in living that we wish, again, we will all have.
Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format and we will be happy to publish it.