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 four 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 architecture, 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 four 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.
The juror is a professional recognized for his/her strong critical/theoretical and socially aware approach in addressing architectural issues.
SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES
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 (self-publishing method).
I Prize 1.000 EUR
II Prize 700 EUR
III Prize 350 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.
The duration of the whole cycle (annual theme and four “seasonal” competitions) is one calendar year.
Each single competition lasts for 3 months:
PROMOTION OF THE PROGRAM
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.
The enthusiastic group of Space Thinkers who developed and launched the Think Space in summer 2010.
Their intent is to provide the platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas and to create the network of progressive thinkers beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders.
Damir Ljutic, Chairman
President of the Zagreb Society of Architects at mandate 2009 - 2011. Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb in 1996. Co-founder of the award winning NGO dedicated to the conservation of architectural heritage ‘Kontrafor – Flying Butresses’ with the Henry Ford Foundation grant for the Best Croatian Environmental Project of the Year in 1999.
Founding partner of the architectural studio ‘Dva plus’ in Zagreb in 1998, with the winning tradition of numerous architectural competitions in Croatia, along with the international Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Merit Award by the juror Jun Aoki in 2009. Graduated at the Academy for political Development under the patronage of the Council of Europe. Member of the Executive Board of Zagreb Society of Architects at mandate 2005 -2007. Member of the Committee for architectural Excellence of the City of Zagreb, teaching assistant at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, active member of the Green Building Council of Croatia.
Luka Korlaet, Deputy Chairman
Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. During his studies, he attended several architectural workshops. Awarded with Prize for the best 2nd grade student project and Chancellor’s Award. He has attended PhD studies in Urbanism, focusing on social housing issues. Works as a lecturer teaching courses dealing with housing. Guest teacher at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Split. Works as a practicing architect. Took part in numerous competitions and won several prizes. Member of the Executive Committee of Zagreb Society of Architects since 2009.
Ana Dana Beros, Programme Co-ordinator
Graduated cum laude at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb in 2007. Winner of Dean’s and Rector’s Awards during her studies. She gained architectural expertise in Finland, Brazil and Croatia. Co-founder of the NGO Archisquad – group for the architecture of conscience - in Zagreb in 2006, which deals with topics of socially aware architecture, where she works as programme director of its educational curriculum – Out of Focus: Architecture of Giving. She is a practicing architect and head designer of studio ‘Dva Plus’ Creative Department in Zagreb. Winner of the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Merit Award by the juror Jun Aoki in 2009. Editor of the Croatian architectural cultural magazine Oris.
Kata Marunica, Promotion of the Programme
Head of Zagreb Society of Architects Youth section. Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb in 2006. The same year begins her practice as an architect in Workshop for Architecture. In 2007 she involves in PhD programme “Arhitektura” at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb. Soon after, in 2008, she is a founding partner of the architectural studio NFO in Zagreb with her colleague Nenad Ravnic. She is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb and head of ZSA Youth section where she deals with projects of significance for the architectural practice that involve young architects and students. She participates in many architectural competitions where she receives several awards.
Vesna Vrga Perovic, Member
Gained her degree in engineering at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, MBA at IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia and specialized education at the J.F.Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in USA and in Management Centre Europe in Brussels. She has more than 10 years of experience in Croatian Academic and Research Network-CARNet where she worked on implementation of ICT projects, creation of digital contents and internet portals. Additionally, she was participating in organizing committees of many international conferences and has organized many educational and promotional events. She is a secretary general of Zagreb Society of Architects since 2009.
The programme is initiated and implemented by Zagreb Society of Architects (ZSA).
Damir Ljutić, Chairman
Luka Korlaet, Deputy Chairman
Ana Dana Beroš, Programme Co-ordinator
Kata Marunica, Promotion of the Programme
Vesna Vrga Perović
Interview Mr. Roche
Leandro Britto de Oliveira
New York team
Interviews Ms. Franch I Gilabert & Mr. Shigematsu & Mr. Cruz
OMA New York
Digital Media Studio
Drustvo arhitekata Zagreba (DAZ) /
Zagreb Society of Architects (ZAS)
Trg bana Jelacica 3/I
HR - 10 000 Zagreb Croatia