Last month we launched the Complicity and Defiance in Architecture Charrette which asked participants to create an architectural image that communicates a clear and provocative message of critique and/or defiance towards any one of President Trump’s authoritarian legislation measures. The responses were overwhelming. Now is the time for architects to act. In this era of interactive digital and social media, creating high-powered visuals (our specialty) is the only way to communicate. Within this mashup culture where reposting, reblogging, and retweeting meet fake news and alternative facts is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. These dynamics can be harnessed for the worse, but these entries show how we can use them for the better.
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!
“Drawing on a large array of political, contemporary and historical references, the submitted images tend to offer criticisms and provocations more than solutions – proof that the architectural imagination is still very much alive and is being used as a productive tool for political intervention. Each image asserts architecture as a political act. We are skipping the middle man. Instead of architecture responding to a brief (that is responding to contemporary conditions left unquestioned), architecture is now responding directly. In this way, architecture has the possibility for significant influence or disruption in popular culture, and the image as provocateur seems to be the most viral candidate for the job.” – Kyle May – Founder, Kyle May, Architect | Editor in Chief, CLOG
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