2004 Young Architects Forum:
If…Then

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The 2004 Young Architects are:

Gail Peter Borden, Borden Partnership, Raleigh
Tobias Lundquist, Miloby Ideasystem, New York City
Keith Mitnick, Mireille Roddier, Stewart Hicks
Anthony Piermarini & Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz, Boston
Fernando Romero, LCM, Mexico City
Tom Wiscombe, Emergent, Los Angeles

To view the website for the 2004 Young Architects Forum, click on the image above.


IF…THEN:
Recently, the public’s imagination has been stimulated by ambitious building and redevelopment proposals which offer a rereading of cities and their public institutions. Architecture has reemerged as a channel for the hopes and aspirations of society to provide symbols of cultural value and spaces for cultural production. These new visions challenge social and political assumptions about architectural production and offer an opportunity for re-thinking site, program, form, technology, and materials. Architectural invention relies on the presentation of a story, or speculative fiction. The projection of what will happen, and how it will transform the urban experience is often a “social fiction” that imagines new relationships and social structures.

Every architectural project, at any scale, is preceded by an act of imagination, an architectural fiction that speculates on future events in a space that does not yet exist. This fiction starts with program and site and it drives project development by translating ideas into built form. How do we anticipate the results? Is it possible for our speculations to prompt certain effects of is architecture a produce of its own social fiction? What effects do our speculations generate? What are the relationships between the broader social conditions and our individual fictions, between fiction and construction? What possibilities can architecture present within the framework of the built environment in writing these social fictions?


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.