Lauba, People and Art House
Under the Auspices:
The President of Croatia
prof.dr.sc. Ivo Josipović
Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Science, Education and Sport
Embassy of France in Croatia
French Institute Zagreb
Oris Kuća Arhitekture
What do we do when we don’t know what to do? What do we think about when there is too much in our minds? In the most recent cycle of competitions and conferences, Think-Space, the annual program organized by the Zagreb College of Architects, proposed the answer of studying our history. But in our age of uncertainty, what does this mean?
Review of the 2nd Think Space Unconference held in Zagreb in February as written by Nick Axel.+ more
*Think Space Team with Frist Prize Winners / Blur Competition / Cloud as an Archive* / Authors: Anna Gulinska, Elena Romagnoli, Andrei Olaru & Pablo Roman
In architecture, as in many other things, the right project can make the wrong entrance, resting until archivists retrieve it from obscurity. In architecture as in comedy, timing is almost everything. Only rarely do certain projects manage to build their own time, retroactively shaping their own history and that of others. The three projects selected for Think Space last year: The Peak, Yokohama Port Terminal and Blur Building are examples of the later, each managing the rather difficult challenge of posing a new problem to the field and leaving that field transformed in its wake. In turn, the explicit question this competition posed to its entrants was where to stand in relation to these singular moments of transformation.
Dear architects, students of architecture and related experts in design, landscape architecture and arts!
We invite you to be a part of the Second Think Space Unconference that will take place at Lauba in Zagreb, and those of you who joined us in the very first edition in 2011, know what a remarkable place it is. An Austro-Hungarian military riding arena transformed into a gallery of contemporary art is just a perfect setting for the highly interactive sessions and exploration of the Past Forward theme in the quest for disciplinary transformations witnessed in the last three decades of architecture's past. We invite you to be a part of this interesting international gathering of architects and alike!
To register right now click the registration link.
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, working with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. She was was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.
Hadid's interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies.
by Adrian Lahoud
Guest Curator of THINK SPACE 2012
The last three decades saw significant change across social, political, and environmental registers. The conjunction of capital flows, mass urbanization and increasingly interconnected cultural and financial networks have reshaped the way we understand, produce and discuss architecture resulting in a breathless cycle of formal and aesthetic transformations. This restless appearance of change conceals an increasing sense of inertia or perhaps even of confusion, in that an intellectual project has yet to accompany the overiding sense of technical virtuosity.
This cycle of competitions aims to hold a mirror to the discipline to reflect the changes of the last thirty years by re-visiting three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (1994) and Blur Building (1999). All three winning entries emerged under unique conditions to take up critical positions on the predominant tendencies of their time. Though they have radically different ambitions, these three projects continue to reverberate throughout contemporary architectural culture in some way, introducing new attitudes to the ground, surface and atmosphere.
Exhibition: January 22 - February 15, 2013
Venue: Lauba, People and Art House, Zagreb, CROATIA
Exhibtion Opening: February 22 - March 12, 2013
Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an architect, theorist, lecturer and founder of London and Barcelona-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture (AZPA). Together with Farshid Moussavi he founded in London Foreign Office Architects in 1995. Following FOA's demerger, he started AZPA in May 2011, whose practice has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale.
He favours a pragmatic approach, embracing technical rigor in a search towards a complex and organic architecture which unfolds through a broad variety of locations and typologies.
Each competition starts and ends on the same date, so competitors may make their choice and decide on participating in a single or more competitions.
Launching of the Cycle April 27, 2012.
Registration starts on May 5, 2012.
EARLY REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
June 26, 2012 at12:00 CET
Deadline for entry submission CLOSED
July 17, 2012 at 12:00 CET
Awards Announcement in October, 2012
During the Unconference we have presented a first draft of Think Space Pamphlets. Papers were distributed among the participants as part of the Unconference Proceedings.The hard copy edition is yet to be published, but here's an issuu version of the document available for the interested audience to read.
We encourage you to have a closer look into theskilfully woven materials by very diverse collage of practicioning architects, researchers, and scholars. For the first call for papers of the Think Space Pamphlets, 29 pieces holding several intriguing topics that have been filtered out. The selected papers were published on Unconference Proceedings CD accompanying the 2nd Unconference brochure and will see to its hard copy edition in summer 2013.
Complete list of published authors and papers, please find here.
Charles Renfro & Ricardo Scofidio are partners at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary studio that integrates architecture, publishing, visual and stage arts. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofifio founded the studio in 1979, while Charles Renfro joined in 1998 and became a partner in 2004. Their influence stems as much from their contributions to the theory and criticism of architecture as from their built works,.
These are sometimes expressed in the form of written work, but more often are in the form of installation art, video art or electronic art.
1st Award: 5. 000 EUR
2nd Award: 1. 000 EUR
3rd Award: 500 EUR
Possible changes in the awards, honourable and merit prizes will be defined upon the fundraising activities and at the discretionary right of the jurors.