Pamphlet Architecture 37
Theme: Visions and Experiments in Architecture

“When we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Today, the science and art of architecture merge as we aim for a transformation of consciousness following the global pandemic. A list of reconsiderations include:

Global shift to renewable energy: elimination of fossil fuels; transformation of transportation industry.

Shift the food chain: localize food production; farm-to-table replace flown-in, shipped-in, trucked-in foods (shipping jobs transformed to local growth jobs); waste treatment.

Reduction of global flying: eliminate non-essential redundant flying.

Tourism reduction: in overrun tourist destinations—Hawaiian islands, Venice, and many others—majority of locals want tourism reduced as it is destructive and disrespectful.

Shift workplace to home office and live/work: supported by the digital revolution; replace the need for new office towers; re-work existing office buildings to residential hybrid buildings; eliminate commuting.

Urban rezoning for hybrid live/work future: require more public greenspace, ecological balance and biodiversity in urban designs.

Design new architecture for walkable communities: re-work abandoned shopping malls and parking lots into greenspaces; new future towns with living, working, recreational, and cultural programs, all with net-zero energy designs.

Nature awareness and action via science and collaboration: pandemic urban exodus caused millions of people to become more aware of nature; launch new actions for protection of natural landscapes and ecosystems in balance with new architectures.

Transformation of consciousness propelled by arts and culture: future poetry, painting, sculpture, music, and architecture created in a spirit of new balance, full of hope and future potential.

Revolution in bio-science: new health futures opened by CRISPR and other recent discoveries, like the discovery of one trillion galaxies in the universe, open us to unknown potential.

Lebbeus Woods

Pamphlet Architecture 37 seeks innovative architectural visions and experiments that explore the future and a transformation of consciousness.

Ask how to:
Look into the future while preserving the landscape?
Respect the power of nature while envisioning future architectures?
Imagine new light, air, and spatial energy?
Design new architecture for a new consciousness?

Entries should possess the rigor and excitement found throughout the rich history of Pamphlet Architecture—aspire to thought experiments. Pamphlet Architecture 37 to be published in 2022 in both digital and print formats.

Kenneth Frampton  Architect and Historian, Ware Professor Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP
Steven Holl  Principal, Steven Holl Architects
Kevin Lippert  Founder, Princeton Architectural Press; Publisher, Design Arts Press
Ioannis Oikonomou  Founder, oiio studio
Jennifer Olshin  Partner, Friedman Benda
Andrea Lee Simitch  Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell Department of Art, Architecture, and Planning
Eirini Tsachrelia  Int’l Assoc. AIA, Professor of Architecture

The winning proposal will receive a $5,500 honorarium to develop Pamphlet Architecture 37, which will be published by Design Arts Press / Pamphlet Architecture, Ltd. in association with SMHF / ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck. The jury will also award a second prize of $2,000, a third prize of $1,000, and a fourth prize of $500.

Registration deadlines:
Early Bird registration ($50): Sunday, October 24 by 11:59pm EST
Late registration ($75): Sunday, December 12 by 11:59pm EST
Fees are non-refundable. All fees and awards are USD.

Submission deadline:
Sunday, December 12 by 11:59pm EST


Competition results:
Winners will be announced here the second week of December. Entrants will be notified by email.