A few days ago the Croatian architecture scene amazed us with their pavilion for the Venice Biennale. And there’s more coming from this country: House of Tolerance, a 4 week international workshop at the School of Architecture in Split, Croatia, has been announced. The workshop is open to students and young professionals (up to 35 years old), and will result in the new House of Tolerance for the city. The winning proposal from the workshop will be proposed to the city mayor, to build the first stage of the project.
The workshop directed and taught by Hvroje Njiric (watch his interview with ArchDaily) and Emil Sverko.
More info after the break:
Crits: Ante Tomic, a famous croatian novelist, journalist and screenplay author Zlatko Gall, a music critic and nouvelle cuisine promotor and writer Damir Rako, local architect Gibonni, regional pop star
Tolerance as a positive approach provokes cultural diversity and proliferation of non-dominant lines of development. Danger lies in its negative implications that embrace conformism, racial and gender discrimination, homophobia and xenophobia as inevitable burden of our times.
The challenge issued to students by the School of Architecture in Split – where the Roman emperor built the Diocletian Palace – is to design a House of Tolerance, which should be designed as a complex organism – attentive to the contemporary building conditions as to the very local brew of cultures and subcultures.
How to articulate such a composite, yet fundamental human behaviour and multicultural issues with the restrictive means of architecture? How to say ‘love’ in architecture? How to express the acceptance of minorities? How to set up the program and find a meaningful site for its placement in Split? How to use the legacy of The Palace as a source of inspiration? How to include the Mediterranean aspects such as improvisation, adaptability, laissez-faire, unobtrusion, and hedonism?
The deadline for applications is September 24th 2010, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org