Annual theme


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Lauba, People and Art House

Supported by:

Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Culture

City of Zagreb, City Office for Education, Culture and Sports

Embassy of France in Croatia

Institut Français

Acción Cultural Española

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Croatian architectural scene prides itself on a long-lasting and deep-rooted tradition of open architectural competitions, a tradition that, thanks to its comprehensiveness and versatility, seems almost unparalleled in Europe. Results are to be seen in the exceptional quality of the projects both designed and built, which not only extend the boundaries of architectural discipline, but enrich the our built environment and open up possibilities for promotion of architectural thought well beyond national borders.

In order to foster and further expand the importance and frequency of architectural competitions, it would be necessary to enrich the participants’ pool, as well as the choice of themes. Conventional architectural competitions limit full freedom of architectural thought, which especially hampers young architects and students. The noticed gap between everyday practice and experimental architectural discourse ought to be filled with detected societal and spatial issues adapted to contemporary living conditions. The new field of design and architectural activity would serve in constituting architectural profession’s identity among cultural and political domain creation of built environment, and in raising its civic engagement. It would, furthermore, draw the attention of both professional and general public to the demand of raising overall spatial awareness.

Zagreb Architects Society (DAZ) is launching a series of annual cycles of conceptual architectural competitions, defined by programming tasks proposed by the elected jurors, renowned Croatian and international practicing architects.
The annual cycle consists of several conceptual architectural competitions.
There is an overall annual theme which ties the competitions together. Guest curator determines the annual theme and defines a framework for the tasks of each individual competition. Each competition’s task is defined by its own juror. Each competition is in line with and supportive of the annual theme. Individual competitions are organized as international, open, anonymous; one stage conceptual architectural competitions.

Think Space Competition will aim primarily for architects and students of rchitecture, but others in similar professions all around the world are encouraged to participate. The call extends to the professionals and students in humanities, design, landscape architecture and arts.

The annual theme serves as an input parameter for all conceptual competitions, which will address four different programme tasks aligned with the main theme. The theme is to be determined by the guest curator.

The task is formulated as interdisciplinary, based on theoretical premises questioning spatial architectural issues. Each of the jurors will define their task and present it in the form of a short essay, which will then serve as basis for the participants’ work.
Guest curator is a person primarily working in the field of research, theory and criticism of architecture, acknowledged for progressive approach to the discipline.


-         Devises and proposes the annual theme
-         Proposes the jurors – invites and contacts jurors - in cooperation with organizing
-         Prepares the editorial of the annual cycle/ theme
-         Ensures communication with jurors
-         Prepares general comments of all the competitions(based on the general comments of
          each juror) - brings them in the context of the annual theme
-         Creates a cross-section of the competitions and each individual competition results
-         Produces summary and edits the final annual publication
-         Participates at the annual awards ceremony - Presentation of the annual cycle

The juror is a professional recognized for his/her strong critical/theoretical and socially aware approach in addressing architectural issues.


-         Communicates and coordinates the activities with the guest curator and other jurors
-         Prepares the brief for the single competition in the form of short essay within the
          context of the annual theme
-         Evaluates the entries
-         Prepares the announcement and explanation of results
-         Prepares the General Comments of the single competition (to be published on the web
          and in an annual publication)
-         Participates in the annual awards ceremony - Presentation of the competition

Entries can be submitted only through the Think Space web site. Participants need to register prior to submitting the applications. Applications are in digital form according to propositions of each single competition and files are uploaded on the server.
I Prize               1.000 EUR
II Prize                 700 EUR
III Prize                350 EUR
Possible changes in the awards, honourable and merit prizes will be defined upon the fundraising activities and at the discretionary right of the jurors.
The targeted marketing campaign will ensure the visibility of the program and high response rate to the call of conceptual competitions. The information about the program and about each competition will primarily be distributed through architecturally specialized Internet portals and blogs. Related professional associations and institutions at national, regional, European and global level, as well as higher educational institutions, will regularly receive information about the calls and competition results electronically and by regular air-mail.

Special attention will be paid to the promotion of winning authors and teams through PR activities, on-line presentations and interviews, live streaming of the annual award ceremony and by publishing the annual publication.