CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Closing date: 21 August 2017
The Persuasive Design Agency at The Substation is calling for proposal entries of alternative visions for the Singapore Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2018.
This competition aims to explore the future of the Biennale model, through the particular instance of the Singapore Pavilion. Competitors are encouraged to propose the broadest range of alternative visions: rituals, constructions, engagements, practices, materials, climates, atmospheres.
The competition is open to everyone. Architects, designers, artists, and students in particular are invited to participate, either as individuals or in teams, from Singapore or elsewhere.
Shortlisted entries will be exhibited as part of Discipline the City at The Substation from 23 August to 24 September 2017.
Issue and Challenge
Since 1980, the International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura) of La Biennale di Venezia has served as an exposition of leading ideas in the field of architecture. It is a moment in which an appointed director attempts to read—or, in the recent case of Rem Koolhaas, to go polemically against—the intellectual climate of the discipline. This professional mood is mercurial; variously, directors have promoted topics such as technology, sustainability, historicism, ethics, contextualism, and social engagement. National pavilions have sought to emphasize a particular issue or a facet of industry, all the while being photogenic and press-worthy. The Singapore Pavilion, for its part, has attempted to balance two aims: highlighting a facet of the nation’s socio-physical environment, and making a case for the global relevance of its architects.
This model, however, has started to appear problematic in a moment of global crisis. Ecological disaster, refugee crises, protectionism, and ideological drifts toward political extremism seem to pose a future where the utopian promises of technology and internationalism seem increasingly remote. While pavilions continue their traditional charm offensive—or pay lip-service to urgent global issues—they have failed to pose convincing responses to new technological, political, or climatic concerns. It is time to ask: can the “new” pavilion move away from national advertisement, toward new roles and engagements with the public? Can it question the assumption of “object-ness,” or “room-ness,” toward other ways of being?
August 21, 2017 - First stage entries to be submitted
August 23, 2017 - Shortlisted teams will be announced
September 2 - 3, 2017 - Three shortlisted teams will take part in an open, public workshop at The Substation. Teams will receive a mentor, and will work to develop the potentials of their concept for two full days. An unlimited number of additional participants may join the team for this event. The final submission will be submitted at end of day on 3 September. (International Applicants can Skype in.)
September 9, 2017 - Final presentation and judging round
September 10, 2017 - Announcement of winners
First Prize: S$10,000 and zero official influence over the design of Singapore’s 2018 pavilion.
Runner-ups: S$2,000 each
Jury To be announced.
How to apply
The submission has both a digital and hardcopy component.
- Email the following to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. An application form (Downloadable here.)
2. PDF submission of first stage entry. Including any drawings (plan, section, axonometric, other), perspective views, diagrams, or other images.
- Deliver to The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
1. A1 board in landscape format
The deadline for submissions is Monday, 21 August 2017.
Shortlisting of participants
Shortlisted participants will be informed by 23 August 2017. They will be required to take part in an open, public workshop at The Substation on 2 and 3 September 2017 as well as a final presentation and judging round on 9 September 2017.
For any clarifications or enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
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