in order to activate a possible further meaning for this possibly naive 'idea competition', merely based on poetics, this competition will be positioned within mvrdv's research into the dense 3 dimensional city: km3. this research program wants to investigate the reaction of the city and the individual with the upcoming demand for densified mixed use zones on the globe. it would be published in 2002.
how does, in the case of this competition, the house play a role on city planning? how does city planning influence the planning of the small house? what 'data' interfere?
this ambition reacts on the classical western position and therefore the very definition of the house: its solitude position in the landscape, that has been the ultimate dream for many families, architects and magazines, has brought designs that are derived only from highly private and exclusive parameters.
-what happens now as these spaces become unpayable and unreachable?
-what houses, or homes will be made under superdense circumstances?
-what demands does the private domain claim in an overwhelming, dense and endless surrounding?
-what intimacy does it require?
-how does one survive within this endless world?
-at what moment does the house start to react, to resist?
-what happens to the house when it is directly surrounded by others?
-what data intrude on the domestic?
-for instance the house could be surrounded by a water plant on top, a highway on the right, a cemetery underneath, a neighbor on the left, an electric city line in front, an ikea at the back.
-what homes can we expect when it becomes a 'niche' in a wider format?
-how should we include 'life' within those, from a classical perspective, seemingly characterless conditions?
-can it make an alliance with this surrounding world and thus induce character?
-what alliances can then be found between the domestic and the outerworld?
-does the waterplant give a new meaning and maybe new usage for the house for instance?
-how can other professions [water engineers, sewage designers, road designers, demographic engineers] become part of the operation?
-what benefits can be expected from these new alliances?
-is it really impossible to live next to a nuclear power plant?
construct [or find] therefore a dense mixed use surrounding. analyze the intruding data. define the house, including demographical applications [this is not a house for an artist. it is for an 'average' even generic occupancy]. and/or construct [or find] a house with a demographical meaning [this is not a house for an artist. it is for an 'average' even generic occupancy]. define its dense mixed use surrounding, based on systemized data. can it formulate a new idealism under these circumstances? -winy maas, rotterdam, 16 february 2001.
winy maas was born in schijndel in the netherlands in 1959. studied at rhstl boskoop [landscape architecture] and at technical university delft, department of architecture and urbanism. worked at bureau bakker en bleeker; d.r.o., amsterdam; kuiper compagnons, rotterdam; unesco, nairobi; dhv, amersfoot; oma, rotterdam. mvrdv[office for architecture and urbanism] was founded in 1991 by winy maas, jacob van rijs and nathalie de vries. major works include europan 2, the design of 280 dwellings in berlin; open air theater, delft; 100 houses for elderly people, amsterdam; dutch pavilion for expo 2000 in hannover. reference url: http://www.berlage-institute.nl
data for application and entry;
contents: site plan, floor plan, elevation, section, projections, or perspective drawings, and an axonometric drawing. if you like, you may add a brief verbal explanation of your intentions, but this must fit on the specified pieces of paper. representational scales are left to the discretion of the entrant.
paper: two sheets of any kind of paper each measuring 594 by 841 millimeters. do not use panels.
media: pencil, ink, blueprints, photostats, photographs, colored drawings, and so on are acceptable, but, electronic media such as videotapes, cd-roms, etc. are unacceptable.
identification: the rear side of each of the two sheets of paper, must show the entrant's name, occupation, age, address [or business address] and telephone number [home or office]. all of these should be typed for the sake of legibility. cover this information with a strip of opaque paper that may be easily removed later.
send your entries by mail only. do not use parcel post or air cargo. mail to the address listed below.
announcement of winners: winners will be announced in vol. 44, 2002, quarterly issue of ja.
miscellaneous: entries must never have been made public in any form previously. shinkenchiku-sha co.,ltd. reserves publication rights on all entries. questions will not be answered by the sponsor. all matters not covered in these regulations are left to the discretion of the entrant. no entries will be returned.
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