Architecture is everything


CAMPO and Black Square are looking for student contributors for their upcoming exhibition and publication.

Workshop in Rome, September 7-14, 2018

The architecture of our time is emerging, and is both redefining itself as a medium and expanding its field. Many field beyond traditional building are taking over architecture, just as architecture and architects are moving into fields that were once remote. Everyone is an architect. Everything is Architecture.

– Hans Hollein

In 1968, with just a thousand words and over 90 images Hans Hollein demolishes the boundaries of architecture with its famous manifesto Everything is Architecture. Borrowing the language of photography, journalism and advertisement and using artworks, objects and images of celebrities, Hollein collages anything from industrial design to astrophysics. 50 years after Hollein’s iconoclastic prophecy is fully realised. Architecture is completely dissolved into the dematerializing overflow of information. Yet, seen from the fast and precarious contemporary condition the collages of the Viennese master open another horizon of liberation: what matters are not the objects but the space in between them, not the speed but the time between bits of information, not the data but the frame that gives meaning to experience and knowledge. What is left to design is the landscape which turns the commodities into totems of a spiritual, magic, erotic, collaborative, individual, ordinary, abstract and dirty life. Architecture is Everything.

This year CAMPO and Black Square join forces with Modelab and invites a group of contributors to select an object and describe, through a photograph and a text, the world, real or imaginary, that has produced it. The participants to the workshop will depart from these objects, their images and their stories, to develop a narrative and to construct a physical model of the landscape that frames and gives them meaning. For a week we will gather in Rome, imagining the material translation of imaginary worlds, learning model-making techniques and exploring the city with its stratified and contradictory landscapes. Texts, models, and images, as well as the documentation of the fieldwork and of the model-making processes, will be featured in an exhibition opening in Rome in September 2018 and further collected in a publication.

Architecture is everything is the fourth instalment of a project started in 2015. The first book of the series, The Supreme Achievement, is already out and distributed worldwide by Koenig Books; the second publication, based on the 2016 workshop and exhibition Nothing Left to Design will be presented at the opening of the workshop this fall.


The project
Exploring the current potential of Hans Hollein collages and manifesto, a group of invited architects, designers and thinkers will select an object, photograph it and write a text to describe the world that has produced it. Starting from these contributions the students will work in small groups to translate a selected number of objects in a landscape or an architecture, using the model as a form of collage to be described with a narrative text, an image and a physical model.

The workshop
During the week the student will have access to the professional model making studio of Modelab in Rome, where they will be able to experiment with a variety of techniques, from 3d printing and laser cutting to silicon moulding and resin casting. Beyond the intensive design and model making charette the students will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in Rome with unique visits and specialised lectures. Some of the architect contributors will join us for crits and fieldwork during the workshop; we will find opportunities for debate and discussion with the others either at a later date or via web.

The workshop will be curated by CAMPO, Black Square and Modelab and led by tutors Luca Galofaro (Unicam), Marco Galofaro ( Modelab).

September 6 – arrival at the accommodation of your choice
September 7 – workshop starts at CAMPO
September 14 – set up and opening of exhibition

Eligibility, Applications and Deadlines
The workshop is open to up to maximum 21 participants. The work will be developed in small groups or individually, depending on the final structure of the exhibition. We are looking for individuals with a strong personal take on space and the city. Students of any level as well as recent graduates are welcome. Apply at before 26 July 2018 by sending a pdf document containing a cv, brief motivation letter, and 3 images of your work, making sure to include the following mandatory information: name, surname, date of birth, educational background, email address. Please send a maximum 10 MB file named “name_surname.pdf”.

The selected participants will be noticed before 31 July 2018.

Costs and equipment
The workshop will be hosted in the spaces of 2A+P/A office. Participants should bring a laptop with standard software (Rhino/Cad and Adobe Suite) and, if they have one, a good quality camera. The workshop costs are 180€ and cover all the expenses to participate to the workshop including prints and exhibition + 50 euro dedicated to models materials, it is requested also to become ordinary members of CAMPO supporting it as “Friend”. Each applicant will have to arrange travel and accommodation in Rome; we can suggest contacts with local B&Bs and Hostels, which will offer a discount rate.