“Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker...They're fans, but they're not silent, couch-bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.” — Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011

“Herodotus says, ‘Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects’.” — Mark Twain

What would the story line of architecture look like if it was reinvented from scratch? Which starchitects would make up the cast of your dramas? Which buildings would populate the backdrops of your global stage? Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the 'share' button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to retell and reinvent. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between fiction and reality.

*Inspirational reading: Hanging with Zaha and Rem, Chat with a Viral Image Creator

Step 1: Make the most provocative fictional image or GIF animation using architects, buildings or landscapes.
Step 2: Give your image the most provocative title.
Step 3: Email your submissions to the Reality Cues Librarian (librarian@realitycues.com) in JPEG or GIF format, at least 900px wide. Include the title of the piece and your name as you would like it published.

Entrants will be competing for satirical gold! Introducing the Reality Cues Awards:

First Prize: Gold
Second Prize: Silver
Third Prize: Concrete

Competition launch/ Registration Opens: April 01, 2014
Final Submission Deadline: May 01, 2014
Announcement of Winning Entries: June 01, 2014

Registration is FREE.

Alex Mustonen - Snarkitecture
Alexandra Lange - Dezeen
Christopher Barley - Th—ey
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan - Gizmodo
Kelsey Keith - Dwell Magazine
Marc Kushner - HWKN & Architizer
Quilian Riano - DSGN AGNC
Sammy Medina - Metropolis Magazine

See The Fan Fiction Competition page for more details

We’ve all heard of the great islands of floating trash in the oceans, tiny bits of plastics and non-organic particles suspended in the upper water column covering millions of square miles across the surface of the seven seas. Although almost all of the garbage is land based, the trash is pulled far out to sea by ocean currents and set adrift in the slow-moving convergent zones. Better known as the doldrums, these convergent zones are thought to be too far, too vast and the garbage too small to be decontaminated in any meaningful way...until now! We proudly introduce aToll, the world’s first oceanic vacuum cleaning robot for garbage patches and environmental disasters!

See the aToll project page for more!

Tropes: The Eco-Porn Issue is the first in a series of manuals that will investigate tropes in architectural representation. Through open competitions and invited submissions, Reality Cues presses architects to explore the techniques and conventions upon which architects rely to communicate ideas concerning space, form and use, with a special concentration on the visualization of contemporary social values systems. Reality Cues hopes to amass a collection of exemplary tropes, analyze their value, and re-disseminate them to be exploited smartly and with precision.

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 use of eco-porn 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?

(1) Order of Tropes: The Eco-Porn Issue - 25$ (+ shipping)

The Eco-Porn issue includes:

· Interviews with Antonio Torres of Bittertang, Beatriz Ramo of STAR, and Ulf Mejergren & Anders Berensson of visiondivision
· Essays by Sammy Medina, Darien Montañez and Archistophanes
· Special features by GraffitiLab and new work by Reality Cues
· Contributors: BanG studio, Ernest Morgan, Will McMullam, Feliks Bochenek, Charles Lee, Jose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco, Marlenn Siaca, Helene Crusson Ripoche, P.M. Gaynor, Eric Karasek, Cooper Jones, Maureen McGee, Nicole Carlson, Michelle Elbers, Katherine Wiley, Chantale Martin, Travis Tabak, Double D’s, Jonathan M Essary, Kyle Kiser, Yoshihara Hisao, David Hanrahan, Donghyun Kim, Anne Gerharz, Igor Goldstein, Ida Tam, Casey Tucker, Nathan Huette, Juan C. Garduño, Nejc Florjanc, Jareb Parker, Tommi Salmi and Jason Fedors

Your issue of Tropes: Eco-Porn will be a unique, handmade book. Each issue is printed and bound on-demand by Publication Studio and comes complete with a born-on date. On-demand printing means no material waste! Yay environment!

Part magazine, part user manual, part reference book, each issue is a compendium of vividly rendered ideas for architects to indulge in and learn from. Have a look and order your copy today!

See The Eco-Porn Competition page to view the Honorable Mentions, just a taste of the architectural wonders you will see in your issue of TROPES!

The Age of the Architects is coming.

Le Cor(nudie)r Collage Competition

Excess Heights

Graffiti Lab

The !!!!!!!!!!!!! Competition

Bodega of the Future

Soft Mirror