Think Space programme 2012
Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching and doctoral research, he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformation of cities.
Adrian has nine years experience teaching in architecture and urban design programs. A regular contributor to academic and mainstream architectural publications, in 2010 he co-edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled Post-traumatic Urbanism featuring Slavoj Zizek. Forthcoming in 2012 are two books, Project for the Mediterranean and Spatial Organization in Architecture and the City, a diagrammatic analysis of experimental architectural and urban design work.
His professional experience has moved across a broad range of scales and disciplines including architecture, art, urban design and landscape. Most recently his work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial (2011) and in Korea at the Design Biennale Gwanju (2011) co-curated by Ai Weiwei.
Currently, he is teaching at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College London.
The Think Space programme is pleased to announce its 2012 theme: PAST FORWARD
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 overriding 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 four competitions that radically transformed architectural culture. All four 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 four projects continue to reverberate throughout contemporary architectural culture in some way, introducing unstable tectonics, multi-scalar superimpositions, urbanized modes of organization, and new formal genealogies.
Any current condition lacks coherency and the task of this competition is not to assert one, but to begin the work of constructing a passage between the indistinct and the articulated. This competition cycle aims to uncover new possibilities in the recent history of architecture by returning to these singular moments of disciplinary transformation, looking back in order to discern how far we have moved and in what direction.
With abbreviated versions of the original brief, all four competitions will launch simultaneously in March and conclude in August of 2012. The winning architects in the original competition will act as jury in the current competition. Each architect will act as the sole juror for his or her respective competition, with assistance provided by the ThinkSpace curator. The deliverables for the new competition cycle will match as closely as possible the original requirements for each competition. There is no limit to the number of competitions that can be entered.
At the end of the competition phase, a series of events will be organized in order to reflect upon the outcomes of the competitions. In 2013 a travelling exhibition will display the original submissions for each competition, alongside the winning competition entries from this cycle.
Alongside these exhibitions four discussions have been planned around each of one of the original entries. A symposium at the conclusion of the cycle will bring together the four winning architects from the original competition, as well as the four winning architects from the new cycle in a conversation about the shifts and transformations evidenced across the different projects.
As with the previous ThinkSpace competition cycle in 2011, the emphasis within the 2012 cycle of competitions will be on conceptual innovation within the field of architecture.
Curator ThinkSpace 2012
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Unconference, Awards Ceremony and Exhibition in Zagreb, 27-29. 9.2012