Busy as we are, we can easily forget that prospective monsters could lurk in unexpected places... as it is well known, the tempest could easily start from a seemingly blue sky.
We human beings are unable to control our destiny as scientifically and as righteously as we would like.
It seems surreal to read, almost daily, about the atrocities so very much present, still, in the human affairs.
Crimes of all kinds, terrorism, war, etc... the list is endless.
How to explain this...?!
Why is it that despite unending suffering, human life is still trapped in a persistent inability to avoid the very mistakes it vowed to avoid, the very mistakes that provoked so much bleeding...?!
Quite often we read on the "news" about the prospect of a Third World War.
How could this be...?!
Did we forget the horrors of the Second World War...?!
Indeed, it seems we cannot learn.
But we must never stop TRYING to learn.
We read recently that the Austrian government and the town of Braunau am Inn don't quite know what to do with the house where Adolf Hitler was born... that very house that brought "unwanted attention" to Braunau am Inn... please read through the link below and please watch the video:
So we thought of inviting you to conceive a house that would bring a WANTED attention to Braunau am Inn... through the very house mentioned before.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF ADOLF HITLER.
THE HOUSE WHERE ADOLF HITLER WAS BORN.
LET'S SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE WAYS TO TRANSFORM THIS HOUSE IN THE MOST POWERFUL ANTI-WAR STATEMENT POSSIBLE.
LET'S TRY, WITHOUT UNWARRANTED OPTIMISM, TO MAKE THIS HOUSE A SYMBOL OF OUR STRUGGLE TO KEEP FUTURE "WORLD WARS" AWAY FROM HUMAN LIFE.
Is it possible...?
WE HAVE TO TRY.
This house, while in itself "just a house," because Hitler was born there it is invested, symbolically, with unusual characteristics.
And we feel that we can make these characteristics visible and comprehensible, if we have the courage to show their truth as much as possible.
WE SIMPLY CANNOT ALLOW ANOTHER WAR TO DEVASTATE LIFE ON EARTH THE WAY THE SECOND WORLD WAR DID. The estimates are: between 60 million and 100 million people died, of whom around 11 million died because of the Holocaust.
What is a person...? A single person...?! And what are 100 persons...?! What about 1,000...?? What about 10,000...?? What about 100,000...?! And what about 1,000,000...?!? And what about 100,000,000...?!?!?
Do these numbers mean anything...?!?!
We feel that if we don't appreciate one single life, we don't appreciate one million lives. The two are correlative.
We invite you to reflect with all the seriousness possible, with all the gravity you are capable of, on the issue of war. Just imagine that someone very dear to you died in this war, uselessly.
Let's transform the House where Adolf Hitler was born in the most powerful ANTI-WAR statement possible.
Let's make it, architecturally, as relevant as, let's say, Goya's "Disasters of War" or Dali's "Face of War".
Can we do it...?!
This competition will take place in two phases: the first phase will start now and the deadline will be the 1st of November, 2016. Please write to us in order to receive a registration number with which to anonymously identify your work, and also the CAD drawing of the site plan and the building. The second phase will take place between the 1st of December and January 15th, when the best works will have a chance to be developed. In between the two phases we want to send a portfolio with all the works received to the City Hall of Braunau am Inn and other governmental Austrian agencies to ask for their support to develop this enterprise and to actually implement the winning project. If you have any questions, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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