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The famous opening lines from Charles Dickens’ seminal novel, A Tale of Two Cities “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.” (Dickens, Charles. 2012; A Tale of Two Cities; The Penguin English Library; London, England; Penguin Classics; p. 1) create a perfect framework for our contemporary urban dilemma.
Ours is an age which our ideas on identity, culture, and technology are in constant conflict. We’ve become as dependent on certain aspects of our contemporary condition as we are repelled by them.
On one hand, we are living an age in which innovation, new tools and advanced technologies have provided us with an unprecedented ‘high quality’ of life, connecting us to everyone, everywhere, but at the same time, this way of living, thinking, designing, and producing has put enormous strains on us ‘culturally, and compromised us ‘environmentally’ as well.
Ours is an age in which we live contemporarily two paths, a Tale of Two Cities.
In the competition brief, the Tale of Two Cities, we invite scholarship candidates to depict a response to the timeless question of how do we want our cities to be? Which are the livable cities we imagine?
One of these cities, the City of Re-appropriation, focuses on the necessity to use our natural resources wisely, by reusing or repurposing buildings and our built infrastructures in a strategic response. Beyond the ecological value of recycling our artefacts, we may also consider the cultural value of transforming our buildings, cities and constructs to serve as narrative traces of our collective cultural heritage.
But how do we balance our environmental and culture need for continuity with our endless appetite for innovation?
The provocative “Cronocaos” exhibition by Rem Koolhaas in New York emphasised the problematic agenda of building preservation. Has preservation become a dangerous epidemic he asks? Is it destroying our cities?
The Tale of Two Cities competition brief asks each candidate to create a vision of how we can transform a piece of our collective history to identify and analyse an existing building or construct of their choice, be it functioning or a ruin, and reimagine it.
The competitions primary objective is to award those projects which draw from the tensions and opportunities of these two apparently diametric positions: preservation and contemporary culture.
The selection committee seeks those students who respond to these questions in the form of strong architectural ideas and images.APPLY NOW When you submit your project you will receive an immediate confirmation email that your submission was received. If you do not receive a confirmation, let us know at: email@example.com