Ve Vídni se chystá sympozium a výstava o architektonických soutěžích

Martin Rosa
10. 06. 09. 12:05
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Platforma pro architekturu wonderland organizuje ve čtvrtek 18. června 2009 v prostorách vídeňského Architekturzentra sympozium Making competitions: Within the limits / Beyond the limits. V rámci sympozia budou diskutovat účastníci architektonických soutěží, porotci, organizátoři a národní členové wonderlandu  o nejvhodnějším rozsahu a typu evropských architektonických soutěží. Organizátoři sympozia si od diskuse především slibují odpvěď na otázku, zda je při práci na soutěži lepší přísně respektovat zadané podmínky, anebo raději riskovat a zadané mantinely překračovat.

Na sympozium naváže taktéž v Architekturzentrum Wien výstava Deadline Today! 99 stories on making architectural competitions. Výstava představí na příkladu mnoha evropských architektonických kanceláří, jakou roli a smysl mají  soutěže v dnešní architektonické praxe. Ve středu 17. června 2009 v 19 hodin výstavu symbolicky otevřou přednáškou architekti Róisín Heneghan a Shih-Fu Peng, autoři vítězného návrhu Velkého egyptského muzea, jenž v roce 2003 zvítězil v konkurenci dalších patnácti stovek návrhů v mezinárodní soutěži a pro autory znamenal zásadní zlom v jejich začínající kariéře. Výstava potrvá do 20. července letošního roku.

The architectural platform wonderland invites to the exhibition opening of „Deadline Today!“ on June 17, and talks competition trends over on June 18 at the symposium „Making Competitions“ at Architekturzentrum Vienna.

On the role of competitions in architecture, the European architectural platform wonderland presents the results of an Europe-wide call for models from June 18th to July 20th at the Architekturzentrum Vienna (Az W), entitled „Deadline Today! 99 + stories on making architectural competitions“. The platform is based in Vienna, but positions itself as clearly European. wonderland’s exhibition concept rests upon a study of competitions’ influence on current architectural practice. Models and individual stories of architect’s offices from all over Europe are displayed, as is their experimental and innovative handling of competition calls.
Silvia Forlati of SHARE architects and chairwoman of wonderland emphasises the potential of competitions: “A win can turn an architect’s office into a success story overnight. Winning a competition does not only mean new assignments in the end. It is also a chance to snowball within a day, to become part of a completely different national context, or to evolve into a specialist.”
A good example are Irish architects Róisín Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng, who successfully concluded the competition for the Grand Egyptian Museum Kairo as one out of over 1.500 submissions in 2003. With an introductory lecture, heneghan.peng.architects will open the exhibition at Az W on June 17th at 7 p.m.
The effort put in the competitive practice by architect’s offices is generally very high. Therefore it is necessary to reflect on the realities of the system. That is what wonderland is trying to do with „Deadline Today! 99 stories on making architectural competitions“. The exhibition offers a snap-shot of the role and purpose of competitions within the current European architectural practice.
Georg Pendl, President of the Federal Chamber of Architects and Engineers and chairman of the work group competitions at ACE (Architects’ Council of Europe), expressly underlines the international aspect: “This project is unique because of its first-time thematic European-wide collection of examples and experiences in the area of architectural competitions. It is excellent to have received submissions from almost every country. This project achieved something that we, as trade association on a European level, have not yet accomplished. A scientific treatment ought to follow as a next step, but these interesting highlights are already a basic contribution to the future of competition systems.”
Roland Gruber from the office nonconform architektur vor ort and wonderland board member describes the individual experiences in European competition practice, and thus the background of the exhibition: “For many young offices competitions are the only way to receive bigger assignments. Many stories of ‘Deadline Today!’ show that a won competition is reason enough to launch an office of one’s own. But that is not the bottom line. The way to the realisation is a long and hard one, again and again, if finally reached at all. It is yet another, completely different thing to have won a competition in another country.”

At the English-speaking symposium “Making Competitions: Within the limits / Beyond the limits” on June 18th, likewise at Az W, international competition participants, jurors, organisations issuing the invitation to bid, and wonderland team members report and discuss to what extent competitions can secure assignments, which competition should be favoured, and what framework is provided for architects in a Europe-wide comparison. Anne Isopp, architecture journalist, points out the topicality of the symposium: “The spectrum of competition types in Europe is wide: it reaches from open to closed, from single-level to multi-level, and requires various qualifications of the participants. Cross-border projects can additionally open up potential markets and help architect’s offices to reach a new dimension and publicity. These aspects will be discussed at the symposium, as well as the questions: How open are those systems anyway? When, or in which competitions should small start-up offices participate?”
wonderland especially examines the strategic decisions undertaken in practice: Have the competition rules been respected, or is it ultimately more promising to disobey the barriers and guidelines a little.

wonderland Exhibition
“Deadline Today! 99 stories on making architectural competitions”

Duration: June 18th – July 20th, 2009
Place: Architekturzentrum Wien - Alte Halle
Opening Hours: daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: EUR 5,00 / EUR 3,50 concessions
Opening: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, 7 p.m. with opening event by heneghan.peng.architects: “Transparency”, subsequent summer party

wonderland Symposium
“Making competitions: Within the limits / Beyond the limits”

Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Place: Architekturzentrum Wien
Admission: free – including free exhibition access
Course of Events:   
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Competition systems: Searching for the right one…
2:30 – 4 p.m.: European visions - Is the European system a chance for new-comers?
4:30 – 6 p.m.: Winning strategies: What is needed to make a winner?       

  • Thomas Maibaum (DE), lawyer and legal adviser for Federal Chamber of German Architects.
  • Georg Pendl (AT), Chairman of the work group competitions at ACE (Architects’ Council of Europe).
  • Beatrice Manzoni (IT), scientist, project management for cultural institutions, Bocconi University Milano.
  • Walter Chramosta (AT), architecture critic and consultant for competition matters.
  • Yvette Masson Zanussi (FR), European Forum for Architectural Policies.
  • Zsolt Gunther (HU), architect and member of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre.
  • Wolfdieter Dreibholz (AT), architect, CEO Coop Himmelb(l)au.
  • Hans Ibelings (NL), author and publisher of A10 magazine.
  • Mark Gilbert (AT/US), architektur / trans_city ZT gmbH.
  • Silvia Forlati (AT), architect, SAHRE architects, chairwoman wonderland.
as well as numerous ambassadors of European wonderland teams
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