2000 Young Architects Forum:
Second Nature


The 2000 Young Architects are:

Julia Czerniak, Czerniak/Linder Studio
Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha, Mathur/da Cunha, Philadelphia
Jeremy Edmiston & Douglas Gauthier, SYSTEMarchitects, New York City
Terry Surjan, X-ING, PHX/LAX, Phoenix
Rhett Russo
James Slade & Minsuk Cho, Cho Slade Architecture, New York City

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In addition to illustrating their work, each competition entrant was asked to analyze how their work responded to today’s environment and its altered or “second nature.” The Young Architects Committee provided the following paragraph and posed the following questions to the entrants: Architecture, like many of the other arts, was once understood as mimetic or a transcendent order manifest in Nature. By looking to Nature as an ideal, rules could be established towards defining disciplinary rigor, criteria for beauty and essential qualities in form. Today, very little in nature remains intact, removing it from its position as a source of metaphysical truths. Much of what one works with or comes in touch with is already some form of altered, second nature-from cultivated landscapes, processed and prefabricated materials to simulated and artificial environments.

How does one define and respond to nature in its altered state? What are the ramifications of the shift away from Nature as an untouched ideal? Does nature in its modified form evoke an alternate set of rules and strategies for good design? At what levels and scales can an idea of nature be constructed and maintained in a world where so much is being programmed, retooled and restructured? How does operating within a “second nature” affect your work?

The Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum is an annual competition and series of lectures and exhibitions organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects Committee. The Forum was established to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum.

Participants in the program are chosen through a portfolio competition that is juried by distinguished architects, artists and critics, and the Young Architects Committee. The committee, a group selected each year from past participants in the Young Architects Forum, is responsible for developing the program’s theme and selecting competition jurors. Open to designers ten years or less out of school, the competition draws entrants from around North America. The lecture series and exhibition by winners of the competition provide a lively public forum for the discussion of their work and ideas. Winners’ designs will also be illustrated in a catalogue to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.