Competition :: Next 7

Submission Deadline
February 16, 2014

Entry Fees
$30 (Through Jan 15, 2014) Early registration
$50 (Jan 16, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014) Late registration

Architects, artists, urban planners, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals are challenged to envision the Next- by conceiving of a proposed [set of] condition(s) which is (are) fundamentally different from the present. The future is going to be different. How so, for this competition, is completely plastic and up to individual entries to decide and define.

Each entry should specify at least one MAJOR difference that makes the future in which the competition is set, unique from the present day. This condition should be understood to fundamentally alter what and how everything is.

The future presents problems that cannot be solved 1 or even 2 dimensionally. Any solutions must therefore incorporate an amalgam of disparate, cooperating and new approaches. Humanity solves its modern day problems with its modern day methods, currently this is technology. Entries are encouraged to solve problems occurring in their defined futures with post-contemporary technologies or methods. Failing this, there should be a clear demonstration of advancement in techniques; either advancement towards the positive, or the negative.

The competition will encompass two categories: Architecture & Design.

The site is foremost in importance pertaining to submissions. It will be composed of two elements.
1. A physical location, real or otherwise, is to be chosen by entrants. Occupied sites and proposed demolitions are allowed.
2. This location is to be set in a future in which the context is dramatically altered. The applicant is asked to
clearly define and consider one major aspect that makes this so.

An analysis of this twofold site must be developed and presented as one of two A1 boards. Any analysis must address social, geophysical and environmental contexts and unveil one major problem which exists in or for this future site. If a site is invented (physically or contextually), these contexts must too be invented.

The second A1 board should propose a built response to the problem identified within the analysis of the first board. Here there is immense leeway as well as strict confinement. The possibilities for future conditions and technologies are limitless, yet they must be reproducible in the way that scientific experiments must be reproducible. Entrants must be capable of translating and communicating their visions of their future, their problem and their solution to others who have never conceived of or envisioned the possibility for these things.

The fundamentals of the architecture category remain the same with several alterations.

Entries must also consist of two A1 boards. The first board will consist of an identification of a future and its contexts plus analysis and identification of a need, problem, or possibility.

The second A1 board will consist of an item, product, contraption, machine... anything, that addresses the condition identified on the first board.

Judging Criteria
Two questions should be answered by submissions:

1. How does the proposed Next- confront and solve [problems] posed by the defined difference and how does it relate to the context/site chosen?

2. Is this merely a ___________as it is known today but with necessary alterations, or does the ________ transcend the current day's existing objects? Both conditions are suitable entries, but this is not merely a competition of new things. This is a competition of what's Next: The new and the conditions for why they're needed. As such, which of the two types is chosen and how it addresses the chosen future is of importance.

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