Re-imagining the Artefact

The 2021 AHRA conference will question what ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architectural cultures past and present, and will speculate on the different forms and formulations they might take in the future.

In addition to the academic debate, this year we are excited to announce a student design competition for provocative and speculative design proposals that reimagine a regional artefact into an architectural proposition.

We invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to analyse their regional identity and its complexities. You have the opportunity to consider any regional artefact that you may relate to your understanding of ‘region’ – we encourage critical, creative and reflective readings and translations. 

We accept ‘artefact’ in the broadest sense: it might be man-made or natural…an object, setting, memory, dream, story, poem, drawing, conflict or border. Your response should address four key questions:
  1. How do you critically define the meaning of ‘region’?
  2. How is that definition/perspective embodied in a regional artefact?
  3. How can you deconstruct, translate and reimagine this regional artefact into a spatial environment?
  4. What new purpose will your reconstructed artefact serve?
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