Submission: May 22, 2016
Registration: May 22, 2016
Location: Governor’s Island – NY, USA
Prizes: 1st Place: 50% HOW-TO $$!, 2nd Place: 30% How-To $$!, 3rd Place: 20% How-To $$!
Type: Architecture Student
HOW TO ARCHITECTURE! is a design competition which invites students to reflect on contemporary culture and to do it with architecture. Leafing through headlines, lists, captions, zooming in and out of feeds, bold fonts, and articles made of images: we participate in the age of the listicle. Culture flashes before us–an extension of ourselves: the superabundant reel. As the cycle of consumption whirs on, architecture still stands. What does architecture say; how does it feed you? Tell us what you think. Tell usHow To Architecture!
How To Architecture! proposes a hypothetical festival designed to reflect on the shared cultural moment. Provided with a how-to list of design guidelines, participants are tasked with designing a meeting place at the festival. Participants may connect, assemble, translate, synthesize, or simply utilize the design guidelines to create their own version of what architecture is in 2016.
+ How does the use [and abuse] of contemporary cultural phenomena relate to architecture?
+ How can architecture maximize on everyday culture to reach a larger audience?
+ In a culture of instantaneous feedback, where does architecture position itself in time and space?
Regular registration / April 25-May 13 / 20 USD
Late registration / May 13-May 22 / 25 USD
Submission deadline: 11:59 PM May 22, 2016
1st Place / 50% How-To $$!
2nd Place / 30% How-To $$!
3rd Place / 20% How-To $$!
100% of registration fees make up 100% of prize money aka “How-To $$”
So the more participants, the bigger the prizes.
In quest of a place where we regain our footing and assess identity within the current time and setting, How To Architecture! presents The Festival. It is a festival designed for us to join together to reflect on our shared cultural moment and to celebrate not just the headlines, but also the whole stories. However, The Festival needs architecture to help facilitate it.
Paramount to The Festival is The Beacon—a meeting place on the festival grounds.
We invite you to participate as architect of The Beacon.
1. 250 word Max Project Description
Name, Address, Email, Registration Code
.DOC or . DOCX Format
2. Two Boards
11 x 17 300 DPI ANY ORIENTATION
Any Content Representation
3. (Optional ) Video
< 1 min Any Orientation Any Ratio
Here is everything you need to know about The Festival; please read and consider:
• The Festival happens mid-summer 2016. 72 consecutive hours. Day+Night. 00:00-24:00 (x3).
• The site is an 8 acre plot of land on Governor’s Island, New York City. Refer to map.
• Guests include thinkers, doers, celebrities, politicians, activists, survivors, mediators, contrarians, pretenders, sleepers, watchers, worshippers, reflector …controversial politicians, travelers, vegans, selfie masters, starter-uppers, grass rooters, hackers, bloggers, lumbersexuals, and celiacs alike are invited
• Activities include collecting and distributing, celebrating and protesting, conversing and contemplating, mourning and rejoicing ..silent discos, funerals for conflicts, complimentary DJ lessons, hackathons
• Resources include spectacular wifi + cell service, nature, decoration, food trucks
…charging hubs, outdoor air-conditioning, unlimited pastel spray paint, cold brew on tap, bacon-wrapped dates
We arm you with a How-To list of design guidelines for creating The Beacon—a meeting place at The Festival. The Beacon can be situated anywhere on the given site. Connect, assemble, translate, synthesize, or simply utilize these eight design guidelines to create your version of architecture, manifested through The Beacon.
1. CROSSROADS [ TYPOLOGY]
an intersection, a marker, a meeting place. or perhaps it’s a difficult time in one’s life, a turning point.
2. MARBLE [MATERIAL]
marble is hip everywhere these days. it forms over time, it’s harvested from specific locations, it looks good on your phone case.
3. CAFFEINE [TASTE]
the ultimate designer drug. how does The Beacon stay awake past 3AM?
4. … [ICON]
…the dreaded ellipses…the anxiety and anticipation…the assumptions made about that person on the other end as they think, type, erase, retype, and respond to…you.
5. HIGH-LOW COLLABORATION [FASHION]
i.e. Balmain x H&M. sneakers hitting the runway. run-down is the new norm.
6. COMPLICATED FIGURE [PERSON]
i.e. Zaha Hadid, Kanye West. highly inspirational, highly controversial.
7. HOTLINE BLING [SOUND]
catchy song, catchier video. intentionally designed for reproduction
8. “AN ARCHITECTURAL QUESTION:
IF THERE IS NO RIGHT, WHAT’S LEFT?” [QUOTE] —Jeffrey Kipnis