League Prize 2000: Second Nature


Architecture, like many of the other arts, was once understood as mimetic of 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 with a “second nature” affect your work?

2000 Winners:
Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha
Terry Surjan
Cho Slade Architecture: Minsuk Cho & James Slade
Julia Czerniak
Jeremy Edmiston
Douglas Gauthier/SYSTEMarchitects
Rhett Russo

2000 League Prize Committee:
Edward Mitchell
Shih-Fu Peng 

2000 Jurors:
Keller Easterling
Julie Eizenberg
Frank Lupo
William MacDonald