New York events. Competition of Competitions

New York events. Competition of Competitions
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New York events. Launching a radical new type of competition at Storefront for art and architecture: Competition of Competitions. Redefining briefs, clients and agents.

New York events. Competition of Competitions

New York events. Competition of Competitions

New York events. Throughout history, competitions have constructed a relationship of servitude between architects and the structures of economic, politic and cultural power.

The competition brief has served as the initial document for the manifestation of desires either through programmatic, economic or formal needs. Often, the role of the architect has been reduced to answer a question that someone else has asked.

This competition claims that the true desires of our present society are outside of the current taxonomy of competition briefs and that architects should be participants in the construction of the questions they are asked to answer.

If a competition is the articulation of society’s desires in space, what new desires should we consider? What are the questions of our time that we should be asking to architects, urban planners and policy makers to redefine the way in which we build our cities and territories? What underrepresented spaces, individuals or collectives need to be explored? And, what are the agents, authorities or organizations from which the competitions should be promoted?

The intention of the “Competition of Competitions” is to provide and deliver new and relevant forms of engagement and content to the economic, politic and social systems that currently act as the voice of authority for the development of our cities.

“Competition of Competitions” asks architects, artists, economists, philosophers, writers, and citizens at large to create interdisciplinary teams to formulate the questions of our time and define the agents that should pursue the task to ask and commission the visions for the future in the form of a competition brief.


Early registration: March 22nd [50 USD]

Late registration: May 22nd [100 USD]

Relevant Questions: Answers will be published periodically

Final Submissions: June 22nd, 2013

Announcement of Winning Entries: September 15th, 2013


First Prize 2,000 USD

Second Prize 1,000 USD

Third Prize 500 USD

7 Honorable Mentions

1 Storefront Special Award

The jury will select 10 projects (3 Prizes and 7 Honorable Mentions) and a Storefront Special Award: “The Competition of Competitions of Competitions Prize.” All selected projects will be publicized and given support to reach the pertinent agents and authorities.

The Special Storefront Award “The Competition of Competitions of Competitions Prize” will be awarded to a Competition Brief that resonates with Storefront’s mission. The recipients of the Special Storefront Award will be commissioned to organize and run the submitted competition as part of the 2014 Storefront for Art and Architecture program calendar.

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