CULTURE & SOCIETY
Building Without Money | Create a Space for Cultural Exchange
Juror: Pedro Gadanho, architect, Curator at Contemporary Architecture Department at MoMA New York
Con dinero y sin dinero... yo hago siempre lo que quiero...*
El Rey, popular Mexican song.
Are we able to design without money as we know it? Can we envisage a practice of architecture that finds its rewards through unconventional forms of compensation? As other cultural producers, can architects be seen as initiators of communal projects for which, besides contributing the design skills and problem-solving capacities, they can also research and concoct alternative sources of funding?
In the past years, we have witnessed the emergence of experimental currencies such as the bitcoin, as well as new forms of economical exchange and trade, such as crowdfunding, social money,micropayments, or time banks, all of them based on the trust and support of a given network. Coming from the fields of design and urban transformation, can thesecurrency experiments and moneyless service exchanges be harnessed as catalysts for change? Can they be envisaged as an integral part of new forms of practice?
The way we interact as citizens in this potentially new economic scenario is transforming how we use public space, how we make use of digital tools, and how we create new physical and virtual territories for our own activities and aspirations. Simultaneously, these new forms of interaction can also lead us to explore different forms of compensation for design labor, just as they allow us to find new funding sources for initiating specific architectural projects or broader radical urban interventions.
Given these ideas, the competition asks for conceptual strategies and architectural expressions that may represent a new space for cultural exchange that can be built without money. Proposals are to be design-based and conceived for a location chosen by participants. Proposals must devise innovative financing models supporting the conception and construction of programs that, while based on prototypes of the urban market – from flea markets to produce exchange sites, from specialized bazaars to hacker’s forums –, can also be understood as promoters of cultural exchange.
Launch 9 December 2013
Submission Deadline 31 January 2014
Results Announcement 28 February 2014 (UPDATED!)
Report | Each entry is to submit a text that describes the proposed scenario, location, program and development process of a new space for cultural exchange. Not to exceed 750 words. This text will be pasted in the upload box during the submission process.
Panels | Drawings - 3 panels [format A2 vertical or landscape, in 300 dpi]
Main Board | Representative board - 1board [format A2 vertical or landscape, in 300 dpi]
Thumb image | 1 [900 x 900 px] - jpg
Representation should concern the proposed strategy, space or building, and the economical and territorial implications of the project in time.
Results will be published on 18 February 2014.
1st award | 1.000 EUR
2nd award | 700 EUR
3rd award | 350 EUR
Culture & Society Competition Submission Fee:
Early Bird Fee | 375 HRK | 50 EUR |
Late Bird Fee | 565 HRK | 75 EUR |
Professionals and students in architecture and related fields are eligible to participate in Think Space 2013|2014 MONEY cycle. We are promoting and welcoming interdisciplinary approach and whoever feels capable of submitting the entry that complies with the competition requirements is eligible to apply.
For more information please visit: www.think-space.org
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