We can design that disruption.
Climate of Dissent is a
For a disruption to be effective, it must be rigorously designed. Significant acts of protest may appear to spontaneously erupt, but the reality involves months of brainstorming, planning, organizing and training. Similarly, acts of architecture require immense coordination of moving parts, attention to detail and choreography of people. This overlap suggests that architectural designers can make powerful facilitators of successful dissent. As protest becomes an increasingly vital tool for expression, it offers architects and designers a new role to serve public interest.
Who’s streets? Our streets!
Radical acts of protest redefine the rules of the space they inhabit. They can challenge the ownership of city spaces by reclaiming public space. A march can challenge the conventional use of city streets. Banners and projections can transform building façades into messages. An occupation can reprogram spaces beyond their originally designed intent. With the right amount of coordination, there is no end to the possibilities. Any of the elements that affect the experience of a space are at play, but achieving impact is not simple, nor incidental. As a design problem, the challenge is to understand power and control in a space, who wields it and how can those forces can be rearranged to achieve a goal.
For the competition, participants will design an act of protest centered on climate change.
The action can be performed on a single site, or coordinate across several sites. As an architecture and design competition, the action should exist spatially - whether by transforming city plazas into occupation sites, redesigning building facades through guerrilla banners or projections, reorganizing circulation routes through creative blockades, etc. Examples of tools and methodologies used by creative activists can be explored in the Toolbox section below. Be bold, be strategic, and cause some trouble.
Climate change is here.
Business as usual
will not solve it.
Business as usual
must be disrupted.
Developed by the creative activists at BEAUTIFUL RISING, the following are tools that pertain to a spatially oriented action.
Use the tools only as they are useful to the design.
3 - 11x17's, PORTRAIT
Include any images and writing necessary to communicate design intent.
Images may be plans, sections, illustrations, diagrams,
timelines, sketches, cartoons, etc.
11x17 layout should be accompanied by a PROJECT DESCRIPTION,
the format of which will be provided by studio BLEAK upon registration.
THE YES MEN
A single submission that is realistic, achievable, and thoroughly planned.
Have a real world impact on climate change by working with studioBLEAK and partners to plan, organize, and execute the design.
Strategic mentoring and connections to resources from:
Center for Artistic Activism
Consultation on potential legal issues from the Climate Defense Project
Submissions that are poignant, bombastic, provocative and imaginative.
1st PLACE: 50% of all collected entry fees.
2nd PLACE: 20% of entry fees.
3rd PLACE: 5% of entry fees.
Winners and honorable mentions will be published via studioBLEAK, Beautiful Rising, Center for Artistic Activism, Backbone Campaign, and more TBA
Bill McKibben, “Winning Slowly is the Same as Losing”, Rolling Stone, December 2017.
Shannon Hall, “Exxon Knew about Climate Change Almost 40 years ago,” Scientific American, October 26, 2015.
Mark and Paul Engler, This is an Uprising (New York: Nation Books, 2016).