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territories

juror


Architect David A. Garcia is founder and owner of MAP Architects, a design platform based in Copenhagen, active internationally and engaged mostly with projects in challenging environments. From flood prone areas, to arctic regions, from the challenges of desertification or abandoned infrastructure, our methodology aims to turn hazards into assets and believe that what exists is only a small part of what is possible. Designs span through various scales and spheres of action, characterized by a close association with the scientific community, as with our collaboration with UNESCO’s water resilience department, or NASA’s JSC. Their methodology engages with the natural and artificial via expeditions, where they survey and record the environment, often with devices of their design, in an effort reveal the hidden, connect the disperse, and speculate on the future to reflect on the “now”.

David Garcia is editor and publisher of the international publication MAP, now in it’s sixth issue and is founder of The Institute of Architecture and the Extreme Environment. He is a Degree Course director at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Unit 3, since 2010 and Master Course director at Lund’s School of Architecture (AAD Course), LTH, Sweden since 2010, having taught at LTH since 2002. He lectures regularly and is a guest jury at international architecture schools, and exhibits worldwide. Garcia is a graduate from The Bartlett School of Architecture. He worked at Foster and Partners, London, and has been an Associate Partner at Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen. In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious 3-year bursary grant from the Danish Art Council, and was the Frits Schlegel Architectural Prize winner in 2013. He was selected to represent the Danish Pavilion in the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

theme by guest curators

MONEY has been one of the main issues [if not the most important] to define the creation of territories and space. Borders created for economical purposes and financial markets in many ways are guiding how cities evolve. The new virtual territories created by economic exchange between rich and poor countries, creating new economic spaces at the same time than dissolving other ones somehow makes difficult to understand how money moves from one place to another place and envision the currency's relationship to the production of space. In this context we can also mention local exchange trading systems which emerged on the basis “from the community for the community”. As its easy to understand how money and currency drives the expansion of empires and states and how new local currencies are trying to avoid the idea of power and control always related with traditional economic models.

The relationship between countries basically depends on debt: creditor/debtor relation. Territorial claims in the Arctic, invisible economic flows such as immigration, free ports, free economic zones, and tax havens can be part of this topic.

Keywords: Arctic claims, free-ports, borders, currency, space, local currency, unclaimed money, tax havens.

Territories competition juror is David Garcia. Complete competition details and brief by juror will be available upon the competition launch 24 September 2013. Registration will be open from 1 October 2013. 

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Cuture & Society

JUROR


Pedro Gadanho is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since he joined MoMA in 2012, he curated the exhibition 9+1 Ways of Being Political and is responsible for the Young Architects Program. Previously, he divided his activity between architecture, teaching, writing and curating. Gadanho holds an MA in art and architecture and PhD in architecture and mass media. He is the author of Interiores 01-­010 and of Arquitetura em Público,a recipient of the FAD Prize for Thought and Criticism in 2012. He was the editor of BEYOND bookazine, writes the ShrapnelContemporary blog, and contributes regularly to international publications. He curated Metaflux at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibitions such as Post.Rotterdam, Space Invaders, and Pancho Guedes, An Alternative Modernist. He was also a chief curator of ExperimentaDesign between 2001 and 2003. Amongst exhibition layouts, galleries and refurbishments, his designs included the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon, and the widely published Orange House, in Carreço, Family Home, in Oporto, and GMG House in Torres Vedras. 

Theme by guest curators

Now, there is a need for a redefinition of the practice insofar as the financial crisis has an effect of questioning our social and cultural approach. Architects, designers and artists are conscious again of their political implication and how they can use this knowledge to create a disruptive new reality, far away from the established in the past recent years. The subversion of market values and the renewed interestin theraison d'être of different cultural projects can be helpful to define a new viewpoint, based in our current social contradictions but at the same time with the fascinating possibility of [re]constructing the system from the basis. How this changes affect daily cultural life in our cities? How are cities and citizens adapting these new economic models and reacting to the constant changes we’re living?

MONEY deals with society by transforming the notion of collectivity and connectivity among other issues. The relationship between money and society is strong; and clearly it also deals with education and the way we exchange knowledge.  The emergence of new tools as MOOCs, on-line courses, etc. allow free access to education in order to have so-called “better societies”, but what have when also this new ways of learning and exchanging are part of a bigger monopoly? Are we repeating the same old models with new names?

Keywords: Social money, culture, bitcoin, education, informal exchange, technology.

Culture & Society competition juror is Pedro Gadanho. Complete competition details and brief by juror will be available upon the competition launch 9 December 2013 .

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Environment

juror


Keller Easterling is an architect and writer from New York City and a professor at Yale University. Her book, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) researches familiar spatial products  in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. A previous book Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999) applies network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure and development formats. A forthcoming book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Matrix Space (Verso, 2014)examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. An excerpt from Extrastatecraft can be found on Design Observer (http://places.designobserver.com/feature/zone-the-spatial-softwares-of-extrastatecraft/34528/). An ebook excerpt from ExtrastatecraftThe Action is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk, was also recently published by Strelka Press. Easterling has lectured, published and exhibited her work in the United States and internationally.

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Alain Pilote wrote on an article published in 1994 that reality – the environment – is sacrificed for the symbol – money. And what about all the artificial needs created for the sole purpose of keeping people employed? What about all the paper work and red tape that requires the need for a lot of people, packed in office buildings? What about goods manufactured in order to last as short as possible, in the aim of selling more of them? All that leads to the useless waste and destruction of the natural environment.

Searching alternatives to the ongoing capitalist system, it’s impossible no to think on how it leads and affects environmental issues. Oil energy, water and waste are conducted by economical forces beyond its geopolitical, social, economic and infrastructural implications. The cycle of extraction, production and recycling has demonstrated to be a failed system and some of the worst environmental disasters in the past years are related with industrial models and the micro-politics of economic power. At this point and with the access to information and digital tools, the response to environmental issues have reached the masses to enable new models, ideas and innovative proposals. Thus, it’s worth to think which can be the architectural response to the emerging conditions presented by climate-changed terrains?

Keywords: Waste, water, ships graveyards, environment, post-oil city, environmental disasters.

Environment competition juror is Keller Easterling. Complete competition details and brief by juror will be available upon the competition launch 28 February 2014.

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