THINK SPACE- Ecological Borders competition NOW OPEN! 3/4
by THINK SPACE. Deadline, 06/28/2011 [ZAG]
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the third of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. For this year’s annual cycle, the main theme connecting all four competitions is Borders.
The new - third Ecological Borders competition calls for a radical reimagination of the current relationship between humans and the built environment through the establishment of new architectural protocols of coexistence in the search of a new Partial-Total Ecology: “YUmen[eco]tec-pharming”.
The juror of the competition is François Roche, who together with Stéphanie Lavaux runs R&Sie(n) architectural practice based in Paris. His architectural work builds on research as speculation - integrating nature as a protocol. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, focusing on development of technological experiments as forms of natural distortion or environmental mutations.
In the past architecture has always operated as a mediator between humans and the built environment, within an anthropocentric ideological framework with a deterministic approach. This competition seeks to escape this direct relationship and asks for submissions able to produce new socio-ecological scenarios able to reimagine our current ideas and preconceptions, in relation to notions of equilibrium and sustainability within Western Culture.
Going beyond notions of moral ecology or fake sustainability, this competition asks for entries able to envision new architectural scenarios and moments of invention by looking into spaces of residual otherness to reconstitute canonical forms of thinking.
These new socioecological architectural visions will provide a new understanding and a new set of possible relations of humans with the planet. François Roche.
Submission deadline for Ecopolitical Borders is 28 June 2011 (Tue), 12:00, CET - Central European Time.There is an early participation fee of 30 EUR untill 14 June 2011. From 15 June to 28 June 2011 participation fee will be 45 EUR.