CALL FOR PROJECTS EME3_2012. Deadline for submissions: 15th April 2012
Open the period for the submission of projects to take part in the 7th edition of eme3 Festival that will be held in Barcelona from June 28th to July 1st 2012 in COAC (Official Catalan Chamber of Architects) while the exposition will remain open until July 15th.
Thematic of 2012 : introducing the concept of Bottom-up
The topic of the 7th edition of the International Festival of Architecture EME3 starts from an exploratory analysis of the application of the concept “BOTTOM-UP” in architecture and its relationship with society. When we talk about a bottom-up approach, counterposing it to the top-down, as the name suggests, it means starting with the detailed design of the individual parts, to afterwards link them to form larger components who will end up conforming a complete system. Strategies based on bottom-up information flows are potentially necessary as they are based on the extensive knowledge of all variables that may affect the elements of the system.
In a changing environment like the current, where the foundations of our system are constantly questioned and challenged, a series of actions, which to date had a fairly minor implementation in developed societies, emerge now strongly, relying on creativity and innovation to fight this moment of crisis and uncertainty.
What is the objective of the call for projects:
Following the philosophy of eme3 to give visibility to emergent creatives and innovative proposals, we are launching a call for already built, in process or to-be-built projects that go in the line with the theme of 2012 BOTTOM-UP, and that might be presented under two modalities and in different formats:
We are opening a call for ideas where participants can submit proposals for the use of abandoned or degraded sites in the District of Ciutat Vella in Barcelona. The purpose of the call for ideas is to encourage the creation of spaces that give character and singularity to the neighborhood and facilitate the appropriation by the neighbors of the vacant lots in a participative bottom-up process, in order to allow the spaces recover their utility and maintain a certain dynamism and evolution over time. We have located several sites and/or corners in the District of Ciutat Vella in which it would be possible to work (see some examples of the sites in the annex (pdf)). Projects can be either focused like a direct intervention in any of the detected spaces or be presented through the realization of methodological proposals: workshops or construction of participatory processes.
Applicants: who can participate
To the call for projects eme3 invites to participate architects, designers, multidisciplinary groups, artists and other professionals or citizen who have a proactive attitude when approaching inherent problems to contemporary cities and architecture, understanding that the necessities of the actual metropolis go beyond a merely buildable approach.
What type of projects can participate:
We are searching for projects that are product of a critical reflection to reality, with an eye on the political, economic and social context. These projects may address issues that revolve around society, ecology, politics, the transmission of knowledge or even the own architectural and urbanistic discipline. There is no specific format that defines the type of proposals, therefore publications, strategies and systems of work, prototypes of building materials, artifacts, mappings and/or architectural and urban projects are accepted.
Registration is free of cost.
Presentation of the projects:
Projects have to be presented in English or Spanish.
SHARE-IT: the projects will be presented in a maximum of 3 dinA3, with images and texts using a typography not smaller than 8. They’ll have to include the description of the concept and the intention of the project without surpassing the 500 words. Images, renders, photographs or plans that help explaining the project can sum up to 8 images. The names of the team and the project should appear on all sheets.
BUILD-IT: projects will be presented in a maximum of 3dinA3, with images and texts using a typography not smaller than 8. They’ll have to include the description of the concept and the intention of the project without surpassing the 500 words. Images, renders, photographs or plans (at scale) that help explaining the project can sum up to 8 images. An accompanying document shall contain an explanation of the assemblage of the proposal, the estimed time of montage, and a detailed budget. The names of the team and the project should appear on all sheets.
Deadline for submissions:
The last day to send the proposals is 15th April 2012
Process of selection:
The teams and/or pre-selected people will be contacted by the organization to clarify any doubts before the confirmation of their selection.
The Jury will be composed by:
Monday 19th March: opening of the call for projects
SHARE-IT: During the Festival eme3, the Foundation Jesús Serra will reward three projects selected by the Jury. All the participants of the modality SHARE-IT, regardless the format of their participation, will be eligible for the Award.
BUILD-IT: the prize consists in the financing of a maximum of 2.000 euro (VAT included) to carry out the chosen proposal. From the listed 6 spots, three proposals will be selected to be implemented. If the chosen proposals excede the budget of 2.000 euro, the additional costs will be provided by the participants, either through sponsorship, materials transfer or through own funding.