What does it mean to build? Traditionally, building has been defined as the assembly of parts or materials toward the creation of a whole. While to build is often perceived as an Apollonian pursuit, to destroy appears to be its Dionysian counterpart. Understanding that our built environment is the product of many forces, it can dialectically be reduced to the tensions between creation and destruction, addition and subtraction, and erection and demolition.
In a design culture focused on the superlative (the tallest, the newest, the priciest), in which destruction is often perceived of or produced by an act of violence, the processes of removal appear as secondary concerns or collateral damage. However, if we are to better understand the life cycles of our built environment, we must explore the possibilities and implications of Taking Buildings Down.
This competition of ideas is simultaneously a political act, a means of criticism, and a method of speculation.
Taking Buildings Down asks proposals for the production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act. Removal is all that is allowed.
TitleCall for Ideas: Taking Buildings Down
TypeCompetition Announcement (Ideas)
Registration DeadlineJanuary 12, 2016 12:00 AM
Submission DeadlineJanuary 20, 2016 11:59 PM
Price$50 ($25 for Storefront members)