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The results from the first brief of Think Space‘s MONEY themed cycle of competitions, Territories, have been announced. David Garcia (MAP Architects), juror of the Territories competition, invited participants to send in proposals “that tackle the present economic and territorial challenges in the present and future of the Arctic lands.” See them all, after the break…
First Place: Who Owns The Arctic / Owen Wells (UK)
“The Arctic is home to the world’s largest untapped gas reserves, 13% of the worlds remaining oil, and vast mineral deposits. These commodities, compounded by the effects of climate change, have exposed the Arctic to corporate profiteering and the potential for geopolitical tension caused by unresolved sovereignty claims.
The project proposes “three illicit, fictional money making schemes specifically designed for the unique environmental and political composition of the region. These schemes enable local communities to compete in the financial environment of the arctic by viewing conflict and greed as another of the regions resources. They encourage the manipulation of mineral speculation, and systems of insurance and finance to support local communities through immoral behaviour. The plans for these schemes are deliberately imperfect, simplistic, and crude, but serve to hint at the complex, and increasingly taught relationship between the environment, ecology, politics, and business of the Arctic.”
Second Place: Frozen Fuel Network / Sarah Cree (Canada)
“Now more than ever, the rough-hewn terrain of a landscape unknown has been buffed and polished as developed countries contemplate and speculate above and below its surface. To many, the Arctic North is the next frontier for resource extraction and information storage; a hostile environment now tempered and tamed by a warming climate and infrastructural advancements. But to the few 32,000 inhabitants of Canada’s northern-most territory of Nunavut, the Arctic North is familiarly called home, or in Inuktitut ‘Our Land’.”
“The Frozen Fuel Network, regionally owned and operated, locates methane hydrate fields off-coast of local communities and harvests the naturally releasing methane hydrate bubbles with a low-tech pressurized net. Surface and subsurface rights are not contested as the harvesting of methane hydrate falls in the same category of local fishing privileges. The methane harvester is anchored above fissures in the ocean floor and traps escaping methane hydrate in its pressurized tanks. Upon reaching capacity, the buoyant harvester floats to the surface for collection.”
Third Place: Invisible High Frequency Trader / Gabriel Ruiz-Larrea and Ledo Pérez Vasquéz (Spain)
“The new technological-artificial context which is definitively removing us from the idea of territory as a physical condition, stable and permanent, has already become real. But as the real is increasingly a scenography of the virtual, which has imposed its instant speeds on our way of communicating and operating, we should start thinking how are its new categories redefined. Space time laws have changed completely. The territory has become a delocalized picture of itself. We can even travel without moving, surfing the net from our computers. This new conditions influence completely the way we produce benefit From the geographical sources, so we have to give new answers adapted to the virtual territory.”
“The Invisible High Frequency Trader is an strategic location for internet servers materialized as a series of modules which generate both, a strong data proces sor enabling transactions and a series of variable attached conditioned spaces.The basic configuration needs three modules to operate. Two covered spaces and a refrigeration pool. In both higher spaces is where servers are located and artifitial dimas can be adjusted. The proposal is based on the use of geometry and air – the main material – as a debate about different models of the specific program relations, technology and energy management or consumption.”
Honourable Mention: Interarctica: The Cultural Rezoning of the Arctic Ocean / Natalya Egon and Noel Turgeon (USA)
“The Cultural Rezoning of the Arctic Ocean is a proposal to determine and identify an unprecedented oceanic territory for the purpose of serving the global interests of and for the Arctic. The current territorial outlines of the exclusive economic zone reveals a vast area that has multiple claims and possible uses but no common agreement between the involved nations.”
“Interarctica identifies key land nodes of each nation to be included in a network that transcends political boundaries and instead follows a cultural motivation. The goal is to utilize the current economic inclinations of these nations to support a multinational and cultural presence invested in research and discovery, which in turn would motivate its own economic growth over time. This would result in shifting the heavy resource-based economy to a more diverse model that includes the global dissemination of knowledge, history, and technology. Each site focuses on a step of the typical research process: observation, exploration, evaluation, and communication. The sites have been selected by studying geography, historical expeditions, shipping lanes, inhabitation, economic histories, and territorial ownership.”
To read the juror’s comments in full click here.
MONEY follows in Think Space’s aim of bringing together both world renowned and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities. Organised by the Zagreb Society of Architects, these international, conceptual competitions continue to attract significant worldwide interest.
To learn how to participate in the second brief of the MONEY cycle of Think Space competitions – Culture & Society – click here (deadline: 31st January 2014).
Winners of Think Space Competition Re-think Arctic Territories originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Jan 2014.
Think Space has now launched the second competition in its MONEY cycle: Culture & Society, to be jurored by Pedro Gadanho, the Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Details about the competition – and how to participate – after the break.
“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 these currency experiments and moneyless service exchanges be harnessed as catalysts for change? Can they be envisaged as an integral part of new forms of practice?”
Deadline:January 21st, 2014.
- 1st Prize – 1000 €
- 2nd Prize – 700 €
- 3rd Prize – 350 €
Awarded authors will also be invited to present their work at the 3rd Think Space Unconference in Lauba, House for People and Art in Zagreb (June 2014) during which an annual exhibition and award ceremony will be held.
About Think Space
Think Space is a platform for spatial experimentation and the exchange of conceptual ideas. Each of Think Space’s cycles is constituted by a number of competitions and a call for papers under the annual theme determined by a guest curator. Each competition brief is formulated by a juror who is proposed by the guest curator and the organizing committee. At the end of the cycle an Unconference is held in Zagreb under the annual theme along with an exhibition and award ceremony. The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities.
Throughout this season of competitions and papers, Think Space is looking for pioneering works at the intersection of architecture, sociology, economics, programming and marketing that radically challenge the fundamental spatial, social and urban relation based on capitalism. The competitions and Call for Papers focus on (1) Territories, (2) Environment and (3) Culture & Society through MONEY lenses, as observed by architects and other visual artists and professionals.
To participate click here.
Think Space Launches Latest Competition: Culture & Society originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 07 Jan 2014.
After two successful cycles, Zagreb Society of Architects organized the 3rd edition of the international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled ‘Think Space‘. So far, the program hosted a number of established architects and curators and it continues to re-think space in the 2013|2014 season.
The new theme Think Space | MONEY [The Echo of Nothing] was devised by Ethel Baraona Pohl and César Reyes Nájera of dpr-barcelona; architects, writers, editors, publishers, bloggers and guest curators of the third cycle.
Throughout the new season of competitions and papers, Think Space will be looking for pioneering works at the intersection of architecture, sociology, economics, programming and marketing that radically challenge the fundamental spatial, social and urban relation based on capitalism. The competitions and Call for Papers will focus on territories, environment, culture and society through MONEY lenses, as observed by architects and other visual artists and professionals.
More information on the first of competitions, Territories, after the break.
MONEY | Territories Competition | MAGNETIC NORTH, the Arctic lands
Devised by David Garcia of MAP Architects, the competition is seeking for a design proposal that tackles the present economic and territorial challenges in the present and future of the Arctic lands.
Jurors of the competitions are David Garcia | Territories, Pedro Gadanho | Culture & Society and Keller Easterling | Environment.
To register and for more information, please click here.
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the third of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. For this year’s annual cycle, the main theme connecting all four competitions is Borders.
The new – third Ecological Borders competition calls for a radical reimagination of the current relationship between humans and the built environment through the establishment of new architectural protocols of coexistence in the search of a new Partial-Total Ecology: “YUmen[eco]tec-pharming”.
The juror of the competition is François Roche, who together with Stéphanie Lavaux runs R&Sie(n) architectural practice based in Paris. His architectural work builds on research as speculation – integrating nature as a protocol. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, focusing on development of technological experiments as forms of natural distortion or environmental mutations.
For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the second of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. This competition calls for critical observations of border regions as laboratories from which to imagine new paradigms of urbanization and democratization. These critical thresholds amplify the politics of migration and citizenship, labor and surveillance, the tensions between sprawl and density, formal and informal urbanisms, wealth and poverty and the collisions between natural systems and political jurisdiction, exposing conflict as operational tool to re-think artistic practices.
They seek other geo-political border ‘hot spots’ in and out of the Political Equator that need to be interpreted and engaged. These geographies of conflict need to be understood through the radicalization of the existing in order to imagine new models of the possible. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.
Zagreb Society of Architects organizes an international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled Think Space starting on 14 December 2010
Think Space serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas. Each cycle lasts a calendar year and is constituted by four competitions under the annual theme determined by a guest curator. Each competition brief is formulated by a juror who is proposed by the guest curator and the organizing committee. At the end of the cycle a conference will be held in Zagreb under the annual theme along with the Award ceremony.
The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities.
The first competition brief developed by juror Mr Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, within the Think Space: Borders program challenges architects, designers and other participants to rethink Urban Borders.
Details of this first competition and complete information on the programme can be found on the official website.
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