Reality Cues is conducting a series of competitions that will investigate tropes in architectural representation. We will explore the techniques and conventions that architects rely on to communicate ideas concerning space, form and use, with a special concentration on the visualization of contemporary social values systems. By conducting competitions we hope to amass a collection of exemplary tropes, analyze their value, and disseminate them back to be exploited smartly and with precision.
The first competition will explore the phenomenon commonly known as Eco-Porn.
One of the foremost responsibilities of architects today is to address the issue of sustainability. For some, this expectation has inspired the design of ingenious biological and renewable energy systems; for others, it has created pressure to make architecture that merely looks sustainable, aka eco-porn. Both categories use the same representational tropes to proclaim a message of greenness and social responsibility, allowing the latter to proliferate unchecked. What is it about these tropes that allow us to trick others and ourselves into believing that what looks sustainable is sustainable? Is there value in delusion?
Reality Cues wants your help in identifying these tropes and exploring what makes them tick. Be cynical yet reverent. This exercise requires a critical mind, but only those that truly delight in the possibilities of architecture will win the day. Good luck!
Competition launch/ Registration Opens: August 11, 2013
Final Submission Deadline: September 21, 2013
Announcement of Winning Entries: October 31, 2013
1st place: $300 USD
2nd place: $200 USD
3rd Place: $100 USD
All winners and plenty of honorable mentions will be included in Reality Cues' new quarterly: Tropes!
See The Eco-Porn Competition page for details!
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