Register: JAN/15/2018, Submit: JAN/16/2018, Eligibility: Everyone; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: 50 EUR (until NOV/20/2017), 60 EUR (NOV/21 – DEC/18/2017), 70 EUR (DEC/19/2017 – JAN/15/2018), Awards: Grand Prix 4,000 EUR, 1st Prize 500 EUR, 2nd Prize 300 EUR, 3rd Prize 200 EUR, 5 Honorable Mentions
The idea is to create an urban and architectural platform for the study, research, and exploration of issues and questions tied to borders. The exercise consists of getting hold of the subject of borders as a symbolic representation of the political arena, be it real, imaginary, or claimed, and to compare it to different levels of the territory and to urban and architectural questions and issues. By analyzing the USA / Mexico border, the idea is to formulate hypotheses and to attempt to solve spatial equations of territories that isolate themselves and that turn their back to each other.
The border offers a concealed potential site on standby, which relates to a true space of negotiation in gestation, an in-between fixed by collective rituals and by power struggles. Through a speculative and prospective approach, the idea is to test constraints starting from conflicting economic, social, and political parameters that arise from the context based on a sample of the territory. Through this approach, we aim to determine its capability to consume, absorb, and digest cyclic ruptures. The participants have all the freedom to bring an architectural and/or urban response to the issues that are contemplated and raised by the problem of the USA/ Mexico border, be it at a specific location, a portion of it, or its entirety. The participants will have the freedom to determine which scale is the most relevant to answer the raised issues or the questions that they will have asked themselves, or that actually occur on site.
PROGRAM – ARCHITECTURE MANIFESTO
Exacerbation, exaggeration of recurrent figures, of architectural archetypes (museum, concert hall, university, housing, detention center, prison, transportation infrastructure …), that are seen as so many urban instruments or devices that each raises the question of limit, of the urban/territorial transition and of the social control of its users/inhabitants, and that have a tendency to renovate, catalyze, and hybridize the different layers that make the density of the city in order to enact strategies of urban local appropriation and insertion that are incorporated in urban scenarios of metropolitan and regional integration.
Reality is the foundation of the imaginary. Borders offer so many fictional projection interfaces and transpositions of urban problems on a piece of land, open to new ways of the use or the weakening of the city.
The object must transform the rest. Can a monument spatialize a collectively lived space around it?
Architectural retranscription, spatial transposition of public policy. Simulation of real situations, diagnostics and verification of the functioning of the territory.