CALL FOR MATERIALS - Non Architecture Competitions




Non Architecture competitions is an initiative pointed at finding and bringing forward unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. It practically consists in a series of nine competitions, organized in a time frame of three years. All competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to a specific architecture topic, always related to a functional issue.
The aim of the “Showing” competition is to develop design proposals for the museum typology, intended as viewing and experiencing art. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the museum.
We want to publish a book for each competition where we will insert the best projects but also a series of material that talk about each topic, a collective research to create an ongoing conversation. The fourth competition was closed on September 1st and 50 projects were selected. This call for materials has the purpose to collect the rest of the elements regarding this topic and necessary for the book on non-conventional museums.



NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS wants to investigate the effective actions of what the museum typology is today and what is becoming. This throughout a series of elements and instruments such as articles, infographics, schemes and ideas based upon studies and personal outlook on the matter. These elements need to investigate the role, not only in one perspective but on many levels such as places to view art, people, get inspired and overwhelmed with beauty…places determined by sensorial elements or by their looks, ever-changing spaces, temporary ones, all the broad range that this element is and represents.
They need to answer the question and arise critics from the history of the museum, to what they have become today and they will be, in order to have a spectrum of ideas that will initiate debates and develop new concepts for this subject. We are looking for a series of elements that narrate the revolution that is happening through out reporting it, describing it, photographing it, and collecting it’s data, in order to meet the productional protagonist of this change.


Topics overview

Museum noun [C] A building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.

A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance. There are many types of museums, including art museums, natural history museums, science museums, war museums, and children’s museums.
Early museums began as the private collections of wealthy individuals, families or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artifacts. These were often displayed in so-called wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities.
Today the classic view of the museum as a venue for art is being targeted. Other areas, places, institutions, venues and so forth have developed and are undermining the typology of this as we all know it.
The question is what is this typology developing to, what is it going to become in the future, will it return to the classical view, will the new systems develop even more or will the scenery change again and create a new perspective and new places to exhibit and view? The questions we are trying to answer come from a long study of the history and the growth of the museum but also from the changing scenery of society…the new typologies could also become more than a spatial quality, fragmented spaces, fleeting enclaves and ever-changing ones. What we are looking for is a view of this subject projected in the nearby and far by future, developed on the basis of feel, study, and emotions.

They need to be key ingredients in a vast study of this ever-changing and socially important element, which not also represents an important loop for the wellbeing of art but also a place where these pieces become an assembly of poetry and changes.

Materials guidelines

The call for materials defines the field of interest of unconventional museums and produces a context in which to situate contributions.

Contributions can be uploaded in the form of:

Essay: a brief compositions that describe, clarifies, argues, or analyzes a subject.
Infographic: a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram.
Photo essay: an account of something told predominantly through photographs, with some accompanying text.
Illustration(s): a visualization or a depiction of a subject, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, or another kind of image, using a graphical representation.


Materials details

>For the ESSAY: Your paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format using the below format: must be between 500-1000 words in A4 papers with a Calibri font of 10 pt. A good reference comes from the Academic Conferences and Publishing International:

>For the INFOGRAPHIC: All the data must have provided sources and proof checked. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. A good reference comes from the Office for National Statistics:

>For the PHOTO ESSAY: A series of photos with title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work of maximum 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each shot, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All photos must be taken by the author. A good reference comes from the Time magazine:,29307,1814377_1723606,00.html

>For the ILLUSTRATION(S): A drawing or a series of drawings with title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work of maximum 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each drawing, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All work must be done by the author.


Submission details

>A draft of the submission should be electronically sent to the editor of NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS between the 16th of September and the 22nd of December at Accepted proposals will then be published in our book by the editorial board.

>Submissions must be written in English.

>Please ensure your materials are carefully proofread and checked before uploading.

>By submitting a document you declare the paternity of the material submitted and you give rights of publication to NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS. All the articles selected will be published indicating the author’s name. Small changes might be operated by the Non Architecture Team to make the submission a better fit for the publication.

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