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 “Sleeping” competition is to develop a design proposals for the hotel typology, intended as a place to sleep. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of hotel. We want to publish a book for each competition were 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 first competition was closed on May 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 hotels

NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS wants to investigate the effective actions of what the hotel typology is today and what is becoming. This through out 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 sleep for students, workers, lovers, friends, 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 question and arise critics from the history of the hotels, 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 hospitable protagonist of this change.

Topics overview
Hotel noun [C] A building where you pay to have a room to sleep in, and where you can sometimes get extra services.. The same word as hospital.

A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost.

We all took advantage of this service one time or another, but today the classic view of staying in a foreign place is not always provided by a classic type of hotel. Other systems have developed that are undermining the typology of this service as we all know it. The question is what is this establishment 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 new perspective and new places to live and feel?

The questions we are trying to answer come from a long study of the history and the growth of the hotels but also from the changing scenery of society and the people of the world…the new typologies could also become more that a spatial quality, fragmented spaces, fleeting enclaves and an ever changing ones.

What we are looking for is for a view of this subject projected in the near by 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 subject, which not also represents an important element for the economy of the world but also a melting pot generator, which combines and collects different cultures and people.

Materials guidelines
The call for materials defines the field of interest of unconventional hotels and produces a context in which to situate contributions.
Contributions can be uploaded in the form of:

– Essay: a brief compositions that describes, clarifies, argues, or analyzes a subject.
– Infographic: a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram. – Photoessay: 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 other 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: style-guidelines-for-conference-papers/

>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: infographic-guidelines-v1-0.pdf

>For the PHOTOESSAY: A series of photos with title and subtitle of the project. An introduction on 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: 0,29307,1814377_1723606,00.html

>For the ILLUSTRATION(S): A drawing or a series of drawings with title and subtitle of the
project. An introduction on 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.

Submissions details
>A draft of the submission should be electronically sent to the editor of NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS between the 15th of May and the 16th of June 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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