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Furniture that tell tales
As our future megacities are defining themselves every day with bustling streets and soaring skyscrapers, a city still craves for many things but mostly - an identity. The 21st century from its onset is rapidly changing how we live and how we perceive the definitions of a city rampantly.
‘Urbanscape’ is the manifestation of the built environment of cities. It not only refers to the configuration of built forms but also the elements that define interstitial spaces. However, what we see today is the progression of ever-increasing skyscrapers that dominate the memories of a city, overpowering smaller elements.
Urbanscape: Symbiosis is a step forward that seeks to bind the concept of urban identity and the furniture that speak for the city. It aims at creating elements that connect the dots to reveal the identity of a city.
The challenge here is creating a family of furniture for the desired city with common features in concept / form / color / design that needs to be derived from the city into consideration. The location of these furnitures also matter by analyzing key spots where not only these could look meaningful but be meaningful as well.
The goal of this competition is to give birth to furniture concepts that sprout from the city’s identity instead of industrial convenience. This would be possible in the following three steps: 1. Choose a town/city, 2. Create a concept family of furniture from the category, 3. Photograph your city spaces and place them to establish a link between them.
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Dr. Markus Jatsch,
Partner, Design Director, Martha Schwartz Partners, New York, USA
Owner, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, New York, USA
Principal, Balmori Associates,
New York, USA
Markus Jatsch is an award winning architect and urban planner with a background in landscape architecture and fine arts and over 20 years of professional experience. He is partner and design director at Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP) where he also oversees all research activities. He has collaborated with Martha Schwartz since over 15 years and has worked with David Chipperfield Architects before joining MSP.
Markus Jatsch teaches frequently at international design schools, most recently as Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of “Debordered Space: Indeterminacy within the Visual Perception of Space” (Stuttgart 2004) and “Landscape Art and Urbanism” (Stuttgart 2018). His work has been widely featured internationally in publications as well as in museum and gallery exhibitions and he lectures frequently on sustainable cities and the public realm.
Markus Jatsch is the recipient of several awards and honors such as the Fulbright Commission Award and the City of Munich Culture Award. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Bavarian Chamber of Architects and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Fernando Mastrangelo Studio is a host for experimentation without boundaries. Through furniture, paintings, sculpture, architecture and interiors, the self-sustaining studio is constantly pushing craft and materials to new levels. FM/S creates a universe in which landscapes, textures, and the human condition are layered and interconnected. Beautiful and complex, raw and refined, the cast sculptural objects entwine art and design.
Javier González-Campaña joined Balmori Associates in 1998 and has had responsibility for managing projects including: Yale Engineering Research Building and Farmington Canal Greenway in New Haven, CT; the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, TX; Campa de los Ingleses park in Bilbao, Spain; the Headquarters for VIOL in São Paulo, Brazil; Beale Street Landing Park in Memphis, TN and the New York Police Academy, in New York City, NY. Javier is also responsible for the plant reviews and elaboration of planting guidelines for multiple projects in the office.
In May 2001, Javier received a research grant from the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology to study and compare the architectural, economic and natural aspects of the High Line in New York City with the Promenade Plantée in Paris. In the summer of 2003 he was an intern in the City Hall of Paris where he had the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams on Parisians projects such as “Quartiers Verts” and “Paris Plage”.
Javier holds a Master of Science in Urban Ecology from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2003) and a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the School of Forest and Agricultural Science at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, in Argentina.
Trophy + Medal + Certificates
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Runner - Up
Medal + Certificate in each category
(Open for Student & Professionals)
Trophy + Medal + Certificate
(1 x Students and 1 x Professionals)
Medal + Certificate
(2 x Student and 2 x Professionals)
Trophy + Certificate + Medal
(For per Institutional Participation)
Early Registration: March 26, 2019
20$ Students, 30$ Professionals, 75$ Institutional Access
Standard Registration: May 10, 2019
30$ Students, 50$ Professionals, 125$ Institutional Access
Late Registration: June 24, 2019
40$ Students, 70$ Professionals, 200$ Institutional Access
Submission Deadline: July 4, 2019
Public Voting begins: July 5, 2019
Public Voting ends: August 5, 2019
Result Announcement: August 15, 2019
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