2013 Competition

HERE AND NOW: A CALL TO ACTION

Emily Pilloton, Matthew Miller, and
Thomas Gardner - Co-authors

While some of the design profession drifts towards media, commodity and fashion, another portion is trying to understand what we can contribute to substantive questions, and not merely through self-sacrificing “service” or clinical problem solving, condescension or pseudo-populism. As architects, what are we supposed to do and how do we do it honestly? How can we be part of a critique of our modern way of life that is post-ideological and constructive? Architecture is not a way to distance ourselves from the arbitrary forces that shape the contemporary landscape, but a way to re-imagine and harness them.

Participating Schools:

  • Boston Architectural College
  • The Cooper Union
  • McGill University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • North Carolina State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Miami
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Oregon
  • Woodbury University