A House for Lebbeus Woods

Submission: December 18, 2022
Registration: December 11, 2022
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Who was Lebbeus Woods ?

We have his drawings.

And we have his thinking.

They are actually the same thing: He thought through drawings and he drew through thinking.

A most unusual North American, if we consider just his first business card, if we can call it so… who would place a skull on a “business card ?”

No one… but he did.

And we feel this anti-business card is the Volume 0 of any attempt to understand Lebbeus Woods.

So let’s start… like any creator, he was aware of Death. And the proof is the above mentioned “business card.”

He was naïve… like most romantic spirits are… after all, who would try to seduce the scientific community with a skull ? He probably scared away even those otherwise appreciative of his obvious graphic skills.

Let’s design A HOUSE FOR LEBBEUS WOODS, now that there are 10 years since he died.

How would it be ?

Maybe it would be just like the business card, in its spirit. The worm is waiting for all of us, but contrary to what some might think, this very awareness of the worm should not depress us, but make us live as intensely as possible, here and now.
Carpe Diem!

But one would say: wait a minute, Lebbeus was concerned about the future. He was, but he was also concerned about what we call “the past.” Otherwise how to explain the presence of a book like “Searching for Wholeness – The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture” on his shelf, many years ago ?

He was widely curious… avid… avid of ideas, of clashing ideas, of the turbulence of the spirit that would make William Blake and Piranesi smile.

Let’s smile together with them and let’s create A HOUSE FOR LEBBEUS WOODS that would push forward his very thinking and feeling.

Let’s continue with Lebbeus Woods 2.0, although he probably would have protested, since he believed in the unique singularity of the true creator. But even if he would have protested, we feel he would have understood. On Vico’s spiral, under the watchful eyes of Chronos and Kairos, we want to continue… upwards and downwards, to the left and to the right, to the very center of the VORTEX.



Christoph a. Kumpusch (chair); Head Forward-slash ( / ) Architektur; Co-Founder Mutating Cities; Director Extraction Lab + Faculty Columbia GSAPP
Devanshi Agarwal; Speculative Architect and Theorist
Amina Blacksher; Principal, ATELIER AMINA; Faculty Columbia GSAPP
Remi Connolly-Taylor; Founder REMI.C.T. Studio; Co-Founder Kit London
Yolande Daniels; Co-founding Principal studioSUMO NY+LA; Faculty MIT
Phillip Denny; Editor-at-Large, New York Review of Architecture
Jovani Furlan; Principal New York City Ballet
Salomon Frausto; Architectural Theorist, Editor, Curator and Educator; Director The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design
Andrew Holder; Co-Principal The LADG; Director MArch and Faculty Harvard GSD
Ivan L. Munuera; Critic and Curator at the intersection of culture, technology, politics, and bodily practices; Faculty Bard College
Rachely Rotem; Co-Founder MODU Architecture; Faculty Yale University
Praditi Dinesh Singh; Urbanist, Disaster + Resilience Researcher
Nada Taryam; Founder Architecture + Other Things; BEEAH Group Sharjah UAE
Anthony Titus; Principal, TITUS Studio; Faculty and Coordinator, RPI Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Hrag Vartanian; Decolonial Curator; Art Critic Futurist; EIC/Co-Founder Hyperallergic


Lebbeus Woods departed with Hurrican Sandy, October 30, 3:20AM

Be Incandescent and create One Image / One Model / One Clip

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December 11, 2022 Register for Competition
December 18, 2022 Submission of Work

January, 2023 ICARCH posts Work Online.


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