2007 Young Architects Forum:
Proof

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The 2007 Young Architects are:

Benjamin Aranda & Chris Lasch, Aranda/Lasch, New York City
Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, & Abel Perles, PRODUCTORA, Mexico City
Ivan Hernandez Quintela, ludens, Mexico City
Chaewon Kim & Beat Schenk, UNI, Cambridge, MA
Dominic Leong, Jonathan Lott, & Brian Price, PARA, New York City
Jinhee Park, SINGLE speed DESIGN, Cambridge, MA

To view the website for the 2007 Young Architects Forum, click on the image above.

PROOF
As new building technologies and systems open up fresh possibilities, and as the scope of architecture expands, the unknown territory we occupy calls for proof.

Proof is process, not product. Architecture starts with a speculation — a conceptual hypothesis — but gains traction through the subsequent testing, confirming, checking and rechecking that happens when work meets world.

Here hypothesis, experiment and demonstration weigh as much as the creation of form. Proof calls for creativity at a conceptual level, but also demands innovation in the ways we activate and employ our concepts. Young architects must show evidence, demonstrate proof-of-concept, and weave conceptual and material factors into a coherent and convincing whole. We work on proofs, put proof to work, witness the results, then rework the proofs.

Architectural projects are thus trial sheets subject to constant review and change, transcripts of dialogues among multiple parties that record our forward, backward and lateral movement across the territory of the proof.

So how do we carry out a proof within such a complex network? Which sources and proof texts do we use? What are the known and unknown variables? How do we screen, select, and interpret information? How do we tackle sub-proofs such as conceptual proof, material proof, technological proof and structural proof? How do we balance innovation and independence with partnership and consensus? How do we anticipate an unknown future? As the work is open-ended, how do we know when to stop? When do we consider a project finished?


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.