ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION
PREMISE | INTENT
Shifting Contexts | Accelerated Change:
The past year has seen us witness a deep shift in our living patterns. Social interaction in the Digital Medium, Physical Distancing and Isolation have taken precedence over in-person interactions. Travel, for work or for pleasure, has been very limited / reduced. In most cases, spaces have been flipped / multi-tasked to accept different activities that were predominantly conducted in discrete boxes.
Travel which was taken for granted as necessary for work and leisure, has not been possible or even necessary. This has raised questions of our notions of mobility. Perhaps we need to formulate new ideas of mobility. Physical and Emotional well-being have never had more mind-space than they do today.
It’s in this radically-shifted context that this competition brief calls for Ideas Towards a New Architecture. One that not only explores, challenges and tackles the new normals, but projects and predicts their impact over the coming years. Designers are called to imagine a new way of life, a Habitat that responds to and challenges the new paradigms.
The competition is centered on the idea of a self-contained, self-sustaining ‘super habitat’. Architects must reclaim their “Right to Program” rather than leave it to the vagaries of pure market forces. Designers are encouraged to conceive new transformative housing prototypes, workspaces, areas for relaxation / recreation etc., programmed to co-exist and function in both pre-imagined / defined and uncertain circumstances. The project should aim to set a new precedent that provides a vibrant, healthy environment for the community, during varying states of normalcy and confinement.