Year: 2017
Project Title: How NOT to Win an Architectural Competition
Place: Novi Sad, Serbia
Type: International exhibition
Organiser: Ephemera Collective
Support: The City of Novi Sad; The Association of Novi Sad Architects; Department of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

How NOT to win an architectural competition was an international exhibition, conceived and organised by Ephemera Collective, which aimed to take a critical look at the values unrecognized by architectural competitions.

With a firm believe that a design process through which competition entries are created is a unique creative endeavour that always teaches its creators lessons that are universally applicable, this project was articulated through Instructions on how not to win an architectural competition.

“Heaven will surely descend upon earth when everybody in the world learns how NOT to win competitions.”

Jorge Palinhos,
writer, dramaturg, and researcher, working mostly with questions of space and storytelling (Portugal).

Architects and spatial designers were invited to remember their most memorable attempts at entering architectural design competitions, and to submit those entries that were valuable to them as creators, but that have not received formal recognition.

The project was realised through an international exhibition and the printed catalogue in Serbian and English, with 84 participants who exhibited work.

It was supported by The City of Novi Sad, the Association of Novi Sad Architects and the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

“Victory in architectural competition is not about its winning – it‘s about making the most of your creative powers, efforts and innovations at any cost.”

Eglė Navickienė,
educator, researcher, thinker and administrator in the field of architecture, professor at Faculty of Architecture, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania).

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