THE HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE
This year we will celebrate 50 years since Woodstock.
The music today only rarely has the societal fervor of 50 years ago. Yes, we can do sophisticated music, well-intentioned and so on, but the vigor of those years seems to be missing.
It was rock and roll, yes, and rock and roll was a rebel music.
Can we bring back the insurgency of art, through a possible resurrection of the contesting prowess of art ?
What if we imagine a symbolically powerful HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE to be built on the grounds of Woodstock, exactly there where, 50 years ago, the young felt they could change the world ?
What if we could reenact that incredible energy ? Is it impossible ?
What if we believe, again, we can “change the world ?”
We invite you to design the quintessential HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE. And perhaps properly to be placed on the grounds of Woodstock.
It seems there is some skepticism, now, related to what was once called RADICAL ARCHITECTURE.
Why is it so ?
We have nothing to fight against ?
We have nothing to fight for ?
What would it mean today to be “radical ?”
And what would it mean to be “counter culture ?”
Should we all wear, for a time, yellow vests ? Yellow is the color of attention, in a way an “aggressive” color… the color that tells you to pay attention. Should we design a stridently yellow building ?
How would THE HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE look like ?
How would THE HOUSE OF ROCK & ROLL look like ?
The idealism of those years might fill our tired hearts again, if we would have again the courage to dream.
Or is it just nostalgia ? Did we lose hope ? Are we too old to dream ?
We ask you, nevertheless, to dream.
We ask you to imagine THE HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE.
A House that refuses to be mellow.
A House that refuses to find solace in being seduced by escape trips the kind "Games of Thrones" might encourage us to take.
In a way, we ask you to design the very opposite of what "Games of Thrones" mean.
Be courageous, dear architect! DREAM!DESIGN THE HOUSE OF COUNTER CULTURE, once again, on the grounds of Woodstock, there where, 50 years ago, 400,000 young people dreamed. Please send us your work digitally to email@example.com by August 18th, 2019. Please be kind and register before the deadline to www.icarch.us / registration in order to receive a registration number with which to anonymously identify your work. You can express your ideas in ANY form, ANY size, ANY format. If you have any questions, please be kind and contact us.
The jury for this competition will be composed of the following architects:
SHAHIRA HAMMAD / United States
GONZALO VAILLO / Austria
KETHAN SANTOSH KUMAR / India
JENSEN LIU / Taiwan
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