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City of Zagreb
City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic


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University of Zagreb


City Acupuncture


Oris - House of Architecture




City of Zagreb
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport


Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Culture


Think Space serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas. Each cycle lasts a calendar year and is constituted by competitions under the annual theme. At the end of the cycle, a conference, award ceremony and exhibition will be held in Zagreb.

The first iteration Think Space 2011 - BORDERS cycle finished with 537 participants, architects of younger generation, from 65 countries. Our first guest curator was the Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, Eva Franch i Gilabert. The jurors of the respective competitions were Shohei Shigematsu, Teddy Cruz, Francois Roche and Hrvoje Njirić.

Think Space 2012 - PAST FORWARD cycle, was devised by guest curator Adrian Lahoud, aimed to re-visit three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (1995), and Blur Building (1999), with winning architects of the original competition as jurors in the re-run: Zaha Hadid (The Peak), Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Yokohama Port Terminal) and Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro (Blur Building). Think Space PAST FORWARD cycle included the very first Think Space Call for Papers and Think Space: The Competitive Hypothesis exhibition, premiered at Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery in New York.

Third Think Space 2013/2014 - MONEY cycle, devised by guest curators Ethel Baraona Pohl and Cesar Reyes Najera, dealt with the ubiquitous topic of money and aimed is to find pioneering works at the intersection of architecture, sociology, economics, programming and marketing that radically challenge the fundamental spatial, social and urban relation based on capitalism. Respective jurors of the three new competitions were: David Garcia (Territories), Pedro Gadanho (Culture & Society) and Keller Easterling (Environment). 


Croatian architectural scene prides itself on a long-lasting and deep-rooted tradition of open architectural competitions, a tradition that, thanks to its comprehensiveness and versatility, seems almost unparalleled in Europe. Results are to be seen in the exceptional quality of the projects both designed and built, which not only extend the boundaries of architectural discipline, but enrich the our built environment and open up possibilities for promotion of architectural thought well beyond national borders.

In order to foster and further expand the importance and frequency of architectural competitions, it would be necessary to enrich the participants’ pool, as well as the choice of themes. Conventional architectural competitions limit full freedom of architectural thought, which especially hampers young architects and students. The noticed gap between everyday practice and experimental architectural discourse ought to be filled with detected societal and spatial issues adapted to contemporary living conditions. The new field of design and architectural activity would serve in constituting architectural profession’s identity among cultural and political domain creation of built environment, and in raising its civic engagement. It would, furthermore, draw the attention of both professional and general public to the demand of raising overall spatial awareness.

Zagreb Architects Society (DAZ) is launching a series of annual cycles of conceptual architectural competitions, defined by programming tasks proposed by the elected jurors, renowned Croatian and international practicing architects.
The annual cycle consists of several conceptual architectural competitions.
There is an overall annual theme which ties the competitions together. Guest curator determines the annual theme and defines a framework for the tasks of each individual competition. Each competition’s task is defined by its own juror. Each competition is in line with and supportive of the annual theme. Individual competitions are organized as international, open, anonymous; one stage conceptual architectural competitions.

Think Space Competition will aim primarily for architects and students of rchitecture, but others in similar professions all around the world are encouraged to participate. The call extends to the professionals and students in humanities, design, landscape architecture and arts.

The annual theme serves as an input parameter for all conceptual competitions, which will address four different programme tasks aligned with the main theme. The theme is to be determined by the guest curator.

The task is formulated as interdisciplinary, based on theoretical premises questioning spatial architectural issues. Each of the jurors will define their task and present it in the form of a short essay, which will then serve as basis for the participants’ work.
Guest curator is a person primarily working in the field of research, theory and criticism of architecture, acknowledged for progressive approach to the discipline.


-         Devises and proposes the annual theme
-         Proposes the jurors – invites and contacts jurors - in cooperation with organizing
-         Prepares the editorial of the annual cycle/ theme
-         Ensures communication with jurors
-         Prepares general comments of all the competitions(based on the general comments of
          each juror) - brings them in the context of the annual theme
-         Creates a cross-section of the competitions and each individual competition results
-         Produces summary and edits the final annual publication
-         Participates at the annual awards ceremony - Presentation of the annual cycle

The juror is a professional recognized for his/her strong critical/theoretical and socially aware approach in addressing architectural issues.


-         Communicates and coordinates the activities with the guest curator and other jurors
-         Prepares the brief for the single competition in the form of short essay within the
          context of the annual theme
-         Evaluates the entries
-         Prepares the announcement and explanation of results
-         Prepares the General Comments of the single competition (to be published on the web
          and in an annual publication)
-         Participates in the annual awards ceremony - Presentation of the competition

Entries can be submitted only through the Think Space web site. Participants need to register prior to submitting the applications. Applications are in digital form according to propositions of each single competition and files are uploaded on the server.
The targeted marketing campaign will ensure the visibility of the program and high response rate to the call of conceptual competitions. The information about the program and about each competition will primarily be distributed through architecturally specialized Internet portals and blogs. Related professional associations and institutions at national, regional, European and global level, as well as higher educational institutions, will regularly receive information about the calls and competition results electronically and by regular air-mail.

Special attention will be paid to the promotion of winning authors and teams through PR activities, on-line presentations and interviews, live streaming of the annual award ceremony and by publishing the annual publication.


Ana Dana Beroš 
Emil Jurcan
Luka Korlaet
Kata Gašpar
Klara Gržin
Ana Marendić
Tomislav Pletenac
Damir Sekulić
Marijana Sironić
Vesna Vrga Perović


Sanja Cvjetko Jerković
Damir Ljutić
Kata Marunica


Dominko Blažević
Tamara Brixy
Marko Boško
Tin Čop
Željko Dragosavac
Fani Frković
Matea Gašpar
Matej Korlaet
Zvonimir Rakijašić
Filip Kovačević
Kata Marunica
Antonija Maršić
Lukas Pauer
Ivana Stanić
Ivana Šajn
Ivan Zloušić
Danijel Riđički


Interview Mr. Roche
Leandro Britto de Oliveira
Jonathan Cohen


Interviews Ms. Franch I Gilabert & Mr. Shigematsu & Mr. Cruz
Hoji Fortuna
Ana Mutić


Christine Noblejas
Sarah Dunham


Vanja Žanko
Vanja Jarni
Petra Vidović


CFP Money Proof Reading
Nick Axel

Union Internationale des Architectes(UIA)
Eileen Quinn

Embassy of Japan in Croatia
His Excellency Masaru Tsuji, the Ambassador
Tomislav Mikuljan

City of Yokohama -  Port and Harbor Bureau
Nozomu Matsuzaki

Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur
Mateja Vehovar &  Stefan Jauslin

Hong Kong Institute of Architects(HKIA)
Rita Cheung

Njiric +  arhitekti
Hrvoje Njiric

The Peak(1982)Competition participants
Nicholas Anastasopoulos & Nikos Haritos

French Embassy in Croatia
Mr Frédéric Frapaise, Attaché for Economic and Administrative Cooperation

Alliance Francaise
Ina Pouant, Deputy Director of the Alliance Francaise

Storefront for Art and Architecture
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director
Kara Meyer

Zaha Hadid Architects
Tina Pintev
Manon Janssens

Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture
Manuel Tavora

Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Abigail Stone
Laurel Lange