2006 Young Architects Forum:
Instability

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The 2006 Young Architects are:

Julie Beckman & Keith Kaseman, KBAS, Alexandria
David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang, The Living, New York City
Craig Borum & Karl Daubmann, PLY Architecture, Ann Arbor
Yansong Ma & Yosuke Hayano, MAD Office, Ann Arbor
Julio Salcedo, New York City and Madrid
Betsy Williamson and Shane Williamson, WilliamsonWilliamson, Toronto

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INSTABILITY:
Whether a cyclical recurrence or a phenomenal outburst, instability agitates the normative groundings underlying current economic, political, ethical and climatic paradigms. In the midst of shaken institutions, weakened states of normalcy and defunct analytical models, how do young architects define their practice?

Are flexible methods a necessary response to unstable conditions and an essential component of design practice? Have borrowed terminologies, ad hoc techniques and structural improvisations become legitimate tactics evolving askew from prescribed methodologies and familiar forms? Are the project circumstances and methodologies developed in association thus privileged over the aesthetic?

Are other forms, cultures or efficiencies uncovered through a strategic engagement of instability? What might emerge when autonomous disciplines permeate one another opportunistically, to act and react to instability? How do young architects tap in to new temporal alliances, challenge preset programs and reimagine well-established forms to situate their architectural practice within the new tolerances of a context yet to be defined?


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.