Register: MAR/31/2018, Submit: MAR/31/2018, Eligibility: Architects, urban planners, designers, students, artists, thinkers; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 4,000 USD, 2nd Prize 2,000 USD, 3rd Prize 1,000 USD, 3 Honorable Mentions 500 USD each
This year’s ASA International Design Competition aims to upend the typical associations of vernacular architecture and design. The term ‘VEX’ can be approached from a multitude of perspectives, all to challenge, or agitate, the stereotypes of what vernacular should or should not be. One tends to assume that vernacular architecture is in opposition to modern architecture and lifestyle. There is the perception that vernacular is something that is traditional and therefore is considered to be technologically ‘inept’ or ‘crude’. This relegates vernacular design to irrelevance in today’s society and also implies that it is immutable and static, and ‘unimprovable’.
The challenge of the competition is for participants to create a new type of vernacular with characteristics not commonly associated with vernacular design. The competition is looking to showcase new vernacular design that is mutable, inventive and capable of self-renewal.
The goal is to re-think vernacular as something that can assume performative roles and possess generative potentials. The Jury will reward entrants that can demonstrate vernacular design that is dynamic and is particularly suited to innovation, invention and relevance.
VEX asks: How can Vernacular agitate the status quo?
- Can Vernacular be a catalyst, a variable, a process, rather than a static element?
- Can Vernacular be a language from which others can spring from and use?
The participant can select any specific site as the site of their design. The subject can be architecture, urban design or interior design.