The theme for this year is “LIVING upon the HISTORY”.
A long history underlies in every place that we reside and live. Our lives are built upon the accumulated history of each place.
In the 20th century when the economy and industry developed rapidly, we tried to put the conventional history behind us to build a new world. However, we have learned and told that the humankind cannot break off history and that we stand upon history. This is how we live today.
History of humankind, history of nations, history of society, history of cities, history of towns, history of locations, history of living, history of houses, history of families...history is extremely diverse.
In each type of history, experiences of humankind is overlapped and woven together with space.
What does it mean to live today upon history? How can it be expressed in terms of space and time in the present day?
We look forward to your proposals.
In Europe, buildings that commemorate great persons and events associated with a town withstand the test of time. A city is an aggregation of a wide variety of memorials including large estates, plazas and churches. Therefore you can understand the history and the origin of that town by living there. We live not only in the present space but also in time. Homes, public baths, railway stations – take anything that is near you and think about a way of living which is connected with the history and future of your town and architecture as part of time and space.
― Ryue Nishizawa
The English word “History” not only means history that represents human pursuits but also implies irreversible engravings in the stream of time – such as the stream of biological evolution and archival records. What kind of proposals would emerge when history is looked upon as a word that expresses the traces of time?
― Akihisa Hirata
We architects made commitments to “history” numerous times in the past – for example to the Renaissance in the 15th century, Neoclassicism in the 18th century and Postmodernism in the 20th century. However, all of them were rooted in Euro-centric perspective on history. I want to see architecture which is not based on such perspective. There is no need to mention the bestseller “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” to know that the concept of history itself is expanding. You are encouraged to think about how we should face the “New History” in the present day.
― Yasutaka Yoshimura
Temperament represents the style of making value judgements and character. It is the history of a person formed as a result, a series of judgements that he or she made. History is also generated by a series of value judgements and interpretations, and determines the personality of the target. Living upon the history is a fundamental problem that raises questions on how to deal with series of interpretations, and how to determine the temperament of future living and deciding on its style. I look forward to proposals that reaches in to the root of such questions.
― Tatsuya Hatori
While it is generally thought that visualization of history is something good, but it could lead to friction if such visualization is created for the convenience of a particular person. Some history is only available in books, some are not and recently discussions are taking place to relativize the human history within history that transcends human history. What kind of history can be visualized with architecture? I look forward to encountering with rich imagination.
― Ryuji Fujimura
Under normal circumstances we are not conscious of the fact that we stand upon accumulation of the past. However, cast your eyes on the past and the future. Maybe the missions of those engaged in architecture is remembering the old things and weaving history of lands and people for the future. I look forward to the passionate proposals.
― Kimitaka Sohdai
|Registration Period||Apr. 2nd (Mon) – Oct. 1st (Mon), 2018|
|Submission Period||Aug. 20th (Mon) – Oct. 5th (Fri), 2018
Submissions must arrive in the competition office by Oct. 5th (Fri) 2018, 5:00pm (Japan standard time)
|Result||Prize-winners will be individually informed of the judging results.|
|Award Ceremony||Nov. 14th (Wed), 2018
Award Ceremony will be held in Japan for the winners of the competition.
|Announcement||Public announcements will be made in the 2019 January issue of SHINKENCHIKU.|
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