2001 Young Architects Forum:
City Limits


The 2001 Young Architects are:

Thaddeus Briner
Eric Bunge & Mimi Hoang, nARCHITECTS
Teddy Cruz
David Erdman, Marcelyn Gow, Ulrika Karlsson & Chris Perry, SERVO
Petra Kempf
Eric Worcester, MANIFOLD

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Cities provoke a multiplicity of readings that correspond to different points of view and locations. Architects continue to be faced with the task of reading and projecting and building cities. Practices may be simultaneously local and/or global, and/or tactical and/or strategic.

In contrast to the age of the Industrial Revolution, the immense scope of recent technological advances in DNA mapping and data flows originates at the compressed scale of the particles and elements involved. How is the relevance of such “minutiae” affecting conception of urban forms?

If urban conditions of proximity and density are no longer necessary to exchange information, products, ideas and beliefs, what is the relevance of the city as a center of exchange? and, if historic conceptions of cities have in part been a definition of limits, how does a re-conception of boundaries due to contemporary modes of exchange alter the limits of cities?

The urban street has resisted co-option by private interests as a site to reinvent and air imaginings, for profane pleasures, and of survival. It has historically been the frame for our metropolitan imaginings. Cites continue to be both physical and psychological constructs. In what ways do current modes of architectural production address cities as artifacts and cities as visions? What are we imagining now?

Invisible divisions and orders obstruct the optimistic goal-efficient distribution of infrastructure–a plethora of noise streams onto the hard drive–a diverse distraction enhanced and contrasted, testing the limits of cities, states, and nations. The urban promise of social promiscuity and momentary intimacies mocks those who would write the obliteration of cities–Have we reached the city’s limits?

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.