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April, 2010

  1. Common of Houses – Redising Democracy

    April 5, 2010 by architectural competitions

    We think its time that some of the issues facing democracy were approached from a completely new angle. What if the people asked to solve some of these problems were not MPs? What if they were designers, artists and architects? What if instead of legal and political solutions, there were creative ones? If we were to start afresh, how would we do things differently?

    In 2009 we setup Common of Houses: No Expense Spared which asked for creative soloutions to the MP’s housing system. During that competition it became clear that most entrants were keen to see other aspects of politics redesigned. Therefore in 2010 we are asking creatives to look at the setup of voting and how elections work. See below links for more info.

    A competition to design creative solutions to the MP’s two home expense problem. [Competition Closed 22.07.2009]

    A competition to redesign the voting system.

    [Competition launches 22 March and runs until 19 April]

  2. TerreFarm 1

    April 2, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Summer Lab for students, architects, scientists, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore the larger framework of urban agriculture and its effects on the architecture and urban design of NYC.

    Set in New York City, TerreFarm Lab seeks to rethink what is salubrious about the city, in both its forms and its life, by reflecting on the consequences of a fundamentally new level of sustainability.  We will base our investigations on one illuminating hypothesis: in the future New York will grow to be self-sufficient in its critical necessities. In particular, we will observe a series of specific technical, urbanistic, and architectural strategies not simply for the food production required to feed the city, but the possibilities of diet, agriculture, and retrofitted facilities that could achieve that level within the constraints of the local climate.

    This summer approximately 35 researchers will gather in New York City for 3 weeks of intense creative exploration. The TerreFarm Lab provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from established professionals in an experimental design/grow urban farm. The Interaction of students, builders, and architects is encouraged by the intense environment of The Metropolitan Exchange (MEx), located in downtown Brooklyn.

    The Lab consists of a Seminar Week (daily workshops lead by Terreform 1 and their collaborators),
    Field Trip Week (guided architectural and exploratory tour of New York City), and Design Charette Week.

    The TerreFarm Lab will take place inside the Metropolitan Exchange Building.  All participants will have individual studio spaces and access to the MEx building. Each person will be responsible for their own housing, food and local transportation. We will provide assistance with finding affordable accommodations in the area.  In addition, we will sponsor an opening and closing reception/exhibition and weekly gatherings.