HOW TO ARCHITECTURE!
Welcome to The Future of Architecture, Created by The Inspired Minds and Voices of The Now.
Jurors: Laura Allen (Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, Smout Allen), Robert Krulwich, (NPR, Radiolab), John McMorrough (U. of Michigan, StudioApt), Jono Sturt (U. of Michigan, Section Cut), Robert Yuen (Section Cut, Monograph.io), & How To! CFOs: Patty Hazle, Alyssa Kargl, Yurong Wu
The 2016 How To Architecture! competition challenged architecture students from around the world to design a Beacon which connects architecture to the state of cultural interactions today.
Designed for a hypothetical festival in New York City, each student’s Beacon design offered it’s own voice about architecture’s role, relevance, and impact in our daily lives.
Drawing both international and national entries, the competition reveals architecture’s capacity to imagine and cultivate intimacy, while coalescing omnipresent cultures in our contemporary age.
How does pop culture--the listicle, the headline, the meme, or the snapshot—come alive through architecture?
The participants of How To Architecture! divulge...
We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners of the first annual How To Architecture!:
Paul Mosley, Juan Andrés Suarez (The University of Illinois at Chicago)
THAT CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING
Intensely grounded and present, The Beacon is a monolith of black marble amidst a circumnavigatory arcade of squares, offering visitors an architecture that both takes a position in space and actively becomes a force for digital media. Flattening subject matter with authorship, it is a reflective platform with which images are created and proliferated.
“It is abhorred and adored. It is everything and nothing. Its permanence contradicts the emphermarility of digital reproduction through #memes and media feeds--but through this reproduction--it reflects and perpetuates us in an infinite string of updates surrounded by black marble. Take a #selfie with it.”
Fauzia Evanindya (University of Michigan)
BUZZFEED, LIKE LITERALLY
The Beacon--a wall of outlets each with its own emoticon face--is the life source of the Festival. Feeding gadgets and addictions alike, it is an architecture of necessity, changing continuously with use, and drawing people into a state of intersection and interaction.
“...Excuse for a minute, I want to take a selfie with that sad looking power outlet, next to my sad face, and post it on Instagram”
Stefanie Goldsborough, Aeron Regalado (University of Manitoba)
Distributing earth to entrench the “Dead Zone,” The Beacon is a designated, tech-free area flanked by a bench ring, where varying colors on the ground highlight human interactions and create lasting impressions.
“The Beacon challenges the fragmented interactions generated by over-investment in social media. It proposes an analogue experience that disengages from the constant stream of digital interactions and offers a space for congregation where tangible interactions, passions, and curiosities are shared”
Thank you to all who supported How To Architecture! 2016!
And a very special thank you to
Jane and Greg Hazle,
and Joseph Schlim!
How To Architecture! is a design competition which invites students to reflect on contemporary culture and to do it with architecture. Leafing through headlines, lists, captions, zooming in and out of feeds, bold fonts, and articles made of images: we participate in the age of the listicle. Culture flashes before us—an extension of ourselves: the superabundant reel. As the cycle of consumption whirs on, architecture still stands. What does architecture say; how does it feed you? Tell us what you think! Tell us How To Architecture!