The challenge you are about to embark is the design of the new 2021 Bauhaus Campus. An educational space where the status quo of architecture can be challenged and where new ideas and solutions can be explored.
After putting his career as an architect on hold to fight the first world war between 1914 and 1918, Walter Gropius sensed the world needed a radical change, a change in which arts and architecture would play a fundamental role.
His previous ideas of what architecture should be didn’t quite make sense anymore. His new vision of architecture was one where all arts came together to re-imagine the material world, where craftsmanship would reclaim its leading position in the production process and where artists would find a way to imprint their soul and essence into rational, useful and beautiful objects that could be mass-produced following the ideals of Fordism and Taylorism.
It was 1919 in post-war Weimar, Germany. Walter Gropius had just founded the Bauhaus. One of the most radical evolutions architecture has ever experienced was about to begin.
Immerse yourself in the world of the Bauhaus, their mindset, their ideals, their vision… Take this opportunity to revisit the work of some of the master architects of modern architecture, which helped shape the concept of what we understand as architecture in the modern world.
The new 2021 Bauhaus Campus will be a space of creativity and vanguardism, where new concepts and ideas for the architecture of tomorrow can be debated and explored.
The impact of the new Bauhaus Campus might not come right away, the same way the influence of the original Bauhaus was not obvious until many years after it was dismantled. But one should always trust that, by pushing the limits and challenging the norm, we are helping architecture stay current and move forward, and hopefully, make the world a better place.
The jury will provide individual feedback for each project, in order for participants to understand what they did well and what they could have done better.
All participants will be invited to participate in an ongoing, open and transparent debate both during the competition and once the winners are announced.
Sometimes, when working on a studio project at school, students find themselves not being able to fully express their ideas. The pressure of grades, sometimes pushes students to play it “safe”, and design what they think their teachers want to see, instead of the ideas they would really like to explore.
Academic competitions are a great opportunity to try those design ideas you’ve always loved without the pressure of failing a class.
Many students don’t feel truly represented by their school portfolios. In part because when you are student you are constantly evolving, and a project you worked on just last year might not represent your skills today, and in part as well due to the fact that you might have been working on those projects with grades in mind, without being able to fully show your true colors.
Participating in an academic competition can be an opportunity to finally work on that flagship project that you can really feel proud off and that will make your portfolio stand out amongst the rest.
When the jury looks at a project, they don’t know who’s it’s from, they don’t know who you are, where you are from, how you look or what you’ve designed in the past. They will give you their honest opinion regarding your architectural design alone.
In architecture, unlike math, where 2+2 always equals 4, there is no one single correct solution to a given problem. That is why learning from what has worked in the past in other projects is so important. That is why in architecture schools we see studio classes where everyone gets to see everyone else’s projects, instead of one on one sessions with a tutor, so that students can learn from one another.
Now, if seeing how a handful of classmates approached the same brief you were given can be a powerful learning experience, imagine how enriching it could be to see how hundreds of students, from different schools, countries, cultures and backgrounds, solved a common brief.
You are free to choose the team you want to work with, or to work by yourself. Many times, in studio classes you can be pared with students you don’t necessarily share much in common with, and that can make it complicated to work together. When joining an academic competition you can choose who you want to work with. As long as they are students it doesn’t matter if they are not on your same class or even study at your same school.
Results of academic competitions are picked up by the media. These days, digital media in particular, can help you get noticed by studios around the world, many of which are always looking to hire great talent.
You never know where the next great opportunity might come from, but one thing is for sure, if you don’t get yourself out there, how are these opportunities supposed to find you?
Competitions are how most important projects are awarded in the professional world. Big studios participate in competitions all the time, and if you want to work at well-known firm or want to establish your own, chances are you will be involved in the process.
Being successful in a competition requires a whole set of skills, which many times are not taught at architecture schools. Academic competitions can be a great way to familiarize yourself with what it will take to be successful in professional competitions.
Are you ready to take on the challenge and take your academic experience to the next level?Winners on May 15th