Architecture competitions are important because they allow architects of all levels to communicate and solve problems together. However, architecture competitions ask too much, give too little and promote formats that do not acknowledge the brevity, speed and riffability required for mass exposure/communication today. The goal of Charrettes is simple: redirect our creative energy towards saying a lot with a little and being compensated for our ideas. The work done here should not only showcase your talents, but should inspire. We want to ask questions more than produce answers. We want to create imagery that we can easily repost on social media outlets to disseminate ideas outside of the architecture community.
Donald Trump’s proposal for a wall separating Mexico from the United States is a purportedly simple solution to a dubiously framed problem. The genius here is the exploitation of a universally recognized symbol of division and public exhaustion from complicated global politicking. The straightforward idea of building a wall – though preposterous – provides a sense of power in a time when many of us feel powerless. Along these lines, I propose a similar solution to an arguably much more threatening actor: a wall separating Donald Trump from the United States.
Use one of the provided images here of a Trump property and redefine the architectural content or insert architecture of your own to separate it from the rest of the country. For inspiration visit The !!!!!!!!!!!! Competition and Le Cor(nudie)r Competition.
+ All entries will be posted on the Reality Cues website
+ All entries will receive a Mini Lego Trump Wall (+ Reality Cues swag)
+ Prize for the best overall image will receive a Mega Lego Trump Wall (+ Reality Cues swag)
Charrette announced: August 08, 2016
Submissions due: September 08, 2016
Winners will be announced: October 08, 2016
Election Day – Go vote! : November 08, 2016
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan – Deputy Editor, Fast Company Design
Emily Gaynor Porto – CCO, Reality Cues
Luis Galán – Zulomex
Jordan Hruska – Arch writer
Pei-Ru Keh – New York Editor, Wallpaper*
Kelsey Keith – EIC, Curbed
Samuel Medina – Associate Editor, Metropolis
Minche Mena-Deferme – Founder, Shine Architecture
Luis Manuel Ochoa – Directivo, JAPI
Antonio Torres – Beast Master, The Bittertang Farm
Registration is a flat fee of $20. One entry will be accepted per registration. Group and individual entries are accepted, but only one entry prize will be awarded per each valid registration.
Please email your submissions to the Reality Cues Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org) in jpeg or gif format, at least 1000px wide. Include the title and text in the body along with your name as you would like it published.
- No entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment as a result of a submission or for granting the promoters any right here in or associated with the competition except an award pursuant to the rules herein.
- Ineligible entrants include any staff or directives of Reality Cues, any jury members and direct employees or relatives.
- Reality Cues has the right to publish without prior consent all materials submitted to this competition.
- Submissions shall not be published or made public until after the final submission date.
- By entering the competition, any and all entrants, agree in full to these rules.
- All work submitted for the competition must be the entrant’s original work. It is the entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure that the work submitted does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including, but not limited to copyright, trademark and design right.
- The decision of the jury shall be final and binding on all parties, and no disputes shall be entertained.
- The jury might declare the competition deserted and reject any and all proposals received in response to this competition. Competitors must not communicate with the jury about the competition in any way until a public announcement of the winners is made.
Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the ‘share’ button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between the so-called virtual and real. The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump Competition looks to accelerate this process to see just how fuzzy we can get.
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