Architizer is once again teaming up with the Municipal Art Society (MAS) to bring you Pitching the City 2015, a signature design competition held in conjunction with the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival. The initiative is open to all architects, designers, and artists who are dreaming up new, revolutionary projects that have the power to change the future of the urban environment. This year’s theme “The Invisible City” encourages entrants to find unique ways to regenerate the most overlooked features of the contemporary city. Read more about the theme below.
The 2013 competition saw inspired applications from the LowLine and +Pool among others – initiatives that are now on their way to becoming realities. Five designers were given the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts that included NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, SHoP Architects’ Christopher Sharples, and Gawker Media founder Nick Denton.
Once again, five new finalists will get the chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of experts and an audience of hundreds of urbanism enthusiasts in Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the evening of Friday, May 29, 2015. After receiving feedback from the panelists, a winner will be selected by a live audience vote.
Please send a brief description (250-500 words) and four to six high resolution images to editorial[AT]architizer.com with the subject line “Pitching the City.” Entrants are encouraged to include renderings, drawings, diagrams, sections, plans and details as necessary to fully explain their designs. All entries must in some way respond to the theme “The Invisible City,” which is described below.
The deadline to submit is Friday, April 24, 2015. Architizer and MAS will notify finalists shortly thereafter and help in preparation for the live pitch event on May 29, 2015. All finalists will be required to attend the event at their own expense.
Welcome to The Invisible City. It is composed of invisible citizens with invisible problems, supported by invisible infrastructures, and run by invisible officials.
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
Invisibility is not a state of being but rather a perception. It is both self-elective blindness and a deliberate escape from a culture of insistent surveillance. Self-imposed invisibility can offer the illusion of privacy but there are levels of invisibility which are absolute and absolutely exclusionary. The desire for invisibility is often driven by a rebellion against victimization, of being reduced to a cipher – of becoming data without privacy or intimacy. However, when invisibility is not a choice, one is alone – unseen and unheard.
Fear is one of invisibility’s most important allies. Anxiety about the invisible creates an atmosphere of paranoia and an unwillingness to provide contexts and names for what we don’t want to think about or be touched by. How do we respond to the INVISIBLE CITY? Expose it. Map it. Question it. Try to understand it. Change it (or not). Interact with it!
IDEAS CITY is a collaborative, civic, and creative enterprise founded by the New Museum in 2011 with the belief that art and culture are essential to their future vitality. It builds on the New Museum’s mission of “New Art, New Ideas” by expanding the Museum beyond its walls into the civic realm. During its relatively short life span, IDEAS CITY has grown into a unique and robust platform that addresses some of the key challenges and opportunities facing cities around the world today. It creates networks, produces cultural capital for economic development, and seeds projects that address concrete ideas.
A biennial IDEAS CITY Festival featuring talks and panels, workshops, street activities, and special projects in collaboration with dozens of local arts, educational, and civic organizations takes place every other May in New York City. The next Festival will be held on May 28-30, 2015. Tens of thousands of visitors have experienced the IDEAS CITY Festivals, and new partnerships and collaborations have been forged among participants.
IDEAS CITY provides an important platform for thinkers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including the arts, design, architecture, urban planning, technology, science, business, sociology, education, and civic and governmental institutions to exchange ideas, locate problems, propose solutions, and engage the public’s participation.
The winner will receive editorial assistance to launch a promotional campaign and the opportunity to present their proposal at the annual MAS Summer for New York City in October. They will also be given media coverage from MAS and on Architizer and their affiliated networks.
The Municipal Art Society is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city. For 120 years, MAS – a nonprofit membership organization – has been committed to promoting New York City’s economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, environmental sustainability and social diversity. Working to protect the best of New York’s existing landscape, from landmarks and historic districts to public open spaces, MAS encourages visionary design, planning and architecture that promote resilience and the livability of New York. www.mas.org
Architizer is the premier online destination for design professionals to explore the world’s best architecture and interiors, and discover the products and people behind them. Launched in 2009, the site has rapidly become the world’s largest platform for architecture and design. Architizer publishes a must-read blog covering industry news, and honors the best architecture, spaces, and products annually with the A+Awards program. www.architizer.com