International Competitions in Architecture
THE HOUSE OF (broken) WALLS
Even at a time of increased longing and questing for fluidity, a wall is a wall.
And equally undeniable is the desire to break it.
The sculpture by Jean Ipousteguy “Man passing through a door” depicts, essentially, a man breaking a wall. As a door breaks a wall.
Often we forget this tensioned moment, when we cross a threshold that separates one side of a wall from the other.
We pass through many doors, daily, yet rarely, if at all, we reflect on this moment of tension… crossing the threshold.
BREAKING THE WALL.
We ask you to reflect on this moment of tension and to externalize your reflection architecturally.
Peter Eisenman once called the wall a “media.”
Is it so…?
What is a wall…?!?
We need it.
We need its assurance.
It separates us from what we prefer to keep at a distance.
The Wall IS, to paraphrase Louis Kahn.
Equally IS, our desire to break it.
Formulate a wall, or several, dear architect, and then break it / them.
We launch this call for entries today, the 13th of August, when, 51 years earlier, the Berlin Wall started to come into being.
The fascination with (and hatred of) THE WALL.
And please send us your work.
We accept ANY work, ANY size and ANY format that responds to the theme. We will publish all the works received.