Submission: November 15, 2015
Registration: No required
Prizes: Special prizes soon to be announced
The competition invites the participants to reconsider the role of the monuments today and especially the funerary ones. Moving from the white world of modern utopia, the competition is initiated to generate discussion over Modernism and especially LC’s work through a project that would act as an elegy to LC.
At the same time, it attempts to cast the process of memorialization in a critical light. Memorials can be as simple as a potted plant, as intricate as a war memorial, and everything in between (see for example counter-monuments by James E.Young, Il Monumento Continuo by Superstudio or even virtual memorials that are becoming more popular these days). In other words, each project should seek to challenge the principles of Modernism trying to pose sinful questions, while stating «new monuments» in the wake of the 21st century.
Under this regime, the platform archstudies.gr as a member of DeCorbuziers team is launching an international architectural design competition for students under the title «Modernism Memorial: A Funerary Monument for the Death of Modernism». This competition aims to bring together contemporary interpretations concerning multidisciplinary approaches over Modernism and specifically over LC’s work, while explores possible themes and directions of the Memorial representation nowadays. Overall, in the spirit of a commentary rather than a tribute to Corbu, the competition will strive to seek out ideas on conceptual and theoretical levels exploring throughout a memorial monument the death of Modernism in the 21st century.
Moreover, when it comes to death celebration, new issues emerge regarding memorialization. Drawing from LC’s death anniversary, we try to speculate on new ways of celebrating the past. The main question that arises here is: Should we honor and remember or should we forget? In his short story Funes the Memorious, Jorge Luis Borges introduces the act of forgetting as the antithesis of memory. His protagonist, Funes, is a man who remembers everything and, overwhelmed by his memories, he is simply unable to endure any new experiences. The hero’s dilemma makes us realize how important forgetting is and think about the new possibilities that open through forgetting. All these considered, in a search of a new monumentality, should we praise (without forgetting like Borges’s hero) or can we un-remember? Is a contemporary memorial a point of awakening memories or a point of burial, celebrating the new and unexpected?
All competitors are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal (detailed drawings, photographs of models, diagrams, charts and texts). Each competitor should select a six-digit number as a code to represent their entry.
Each project submission must contain the following files:
– One (1) panel in A2 format (PORTRAIT) containing conceptual drawings, technical drawings, sections, plans, renderings, perspective or axonometric drawings in scale that represent the work appropriately, in .PDF file format, high resolution (300dpi).
– The same panel in .PDF file format, web resolution (72dpi).
– One (1) thumb image 900 x 900 pixels in .JPG format.
– A .DOC file containing a textual explanation of the design proposal (500 words max) and the unique six-digid number in the header.
– Contact details (name, six-digid number, email address, university) in .DOC file format.
The material must be compressed into a .RAR file, which will be named after the characteristic six-digit participation code displayed as shown below:
The folder must include five (5) files named after the six-digit participation code as shown below:
OFFICIAL COMPETITION LANGUAGE
Official Competition language is English.
IKER GIL (US) – Director, MAS Studio // Editor-in-chief, MAS Context
ETHEL BARAONA POHL (ES) – Critic, writer and curator // Co-founder of dpr-barcelona
ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS (GR) – Architect, artist, writer
ELINA KARANASTASI (BE) – Architect // director, Ex.S Architects // visiting professor, KULeuven
ARCHSTUDIES TEAM REPRESENTATIVE (GR)
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
Participants are invited to send their proposals online at email@example.com using wetransfer or similar file hosting platforms.
15/09/2015 Competition official launch
30/09/2015 Deadline for questions
05/10/2015 Publication of answers
15/11/2015 Submissions deadline
30/11/2015 Announcement of the competition results
The exhibition of the competition results will take place @ ROMANTSO, in Athens, Greece between 20-27 December 2015.
Opening Day: December 20, 2015, at 21:00.