Fairy Tales challenges participants to develop visionary proposals that take fun seriously and are audacious enough to ignite imaginations. The proposals will combine text-based architectural fairy tales with innovative graphic representations, and in doing so, seek to unlock the power of architecture by improving the way that it is shared, digested, and communicated.
To assess the entrants to the competition, Blank Space curated a team of experts who are each redefining their respective professions. The jury includes: Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram; Will Alsop, Director at All Design; Mitchell Joachim, Co-President of Terreform ONE; Nigel Coates, Founder of Nigel Coates Studio; Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota; and Francesco Lipari, Co-founder of Cityvision.
“Since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, fairy tales have been a means to confront and conquer the anxieties and hardships of humankind through metaphor,” says Professor Jack Zipes, a jury member for the competition. “Similarly, good architecture can tell stories and give structure to the chaos that surrounds us. Examining architecture through the lens of fairy tales, as this competition does, will unleash the fantastic potential that architecture possesses.”
The success of contemporary animated movies and the resurgence of the fantasy literary genre testify that fairy tales are very much alive, potentially more so with former children than with actual children. Even in the news, the element of fantasy plays a key role in selecting what stories go viral. It’s a great time to be a storyteller.
Whether or not we realize it, stories form the foundation of architectural proposals, and it is through various narrative tools that a project’s general constraints are outlined, and an architectural strategy is put in place. If narrative tells a story in time, architecture builds a story in space.
“Imagination transcends professional boundaries. It was crucial to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and JK Rowling, and it’s important to my Terreform ONE group as well,” says Dr. Mitchell Joachim, Co-President of Terreform ONE. “The Fairy Tales competition encourages designers to explore the creative potential of their imagination, and it will be exciting to see how the projects push past the boundaries of architecture into uncharted territories.”
The early registration deadline is December 6, and the deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014. The jury will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and a selection of Honorable Mentions.
To register for the competition, or for more detailed information, please visit: www.blankspaceproject.com
ABOUT BLANK SPACE
Blank Space is a new online platform for architecture founded in New York City. We believe architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social. Communication is omnipresent, and good communication helps great ideas change the world.
Early on we recognized a split between architecture and the rest of the world by observing how architects only talk to each other, and we set out to change that. Every endeavor that we initiate takes fun very seriously and strives to be audacious enough to ignite imaginations. Through competitions, publications, and projects, we uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.
We have media partnerships with some of the most influential design and architecture websites around the world, including Design-Milk (US), KNSTRCT (US), Archilovers (Europe), Archiportale (Europe), Cityvision (Italy), Europaconcorsi (Italy), E-Architect (UK), Arquimaster (Brazil), Metalocus (Spain), Archi-Ninja (Australia), Arcoweb (Argentina) and ArchStudent. Additionally, the Fairy Tales competition is supported by Vicente Morillo, Graphic Artist.
Architects, engineers, designers, illustrators, writers, storytellers, students and creatives worldwide are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage multidisciplinary teams to enter.
Deadline: January 17, 2014
Deadline for Questions: January 10, 2014
Results Announced: February 2014
The scale, location, and program of the project is up to each team. A successful submission will craft a unique narrative that is communicated through a combination of visuals and text in the most spectacular way. This includes renderings, typical architectural drawings (plans, sections, elevations), diagrams, and a text-based narrative, that combine together to form a unique architectural fairy tale.
This is a digital competition and hard copy proposals will not be accepted. All entries are to be submitted via email to the following email address: competitions@
1ST PLACE: 1,250 USD
2ND PLACE: 600 USD
3RD PLACE: 400 USD
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions.
The life of the submissions doesn’t stop at the conclusion of the competition. Subsequent to the competition, Blank Space is launching the inaugural issue of Blank Space Magazine. Select entries will be included in the magazine, as well as featured prominently on the Blank Space website, and published by our media partners and other outlets around the world.