CALL FOR MATERIALS - Non Architecture Competitions




Non Architecture is an initiative pointed at finding and bringing forward unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. It practically consists of 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.

After the completion of each competition, Non Architecture organizes the material in combination with new texts and visual essays, that are compiled as one publication focused on the topic, aiming to function as collective research to create an ongoing conversation.

Call for materials

With the “Buying – Alternative designs for shops” competition Non Architecture sought to investigate the effective actions of what the shop typology is today and what is becoming. The aim of the “Buying” competition was to develop design proposals for the shop typology, in the broader understanding of the term as a space where goods and services are available to the public. It asked the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the shop.

This central thematic was reflected upon through a weekly series of newsletters that proposed articles, infographics, schemes and ideas based upon studies and personal outlooks, which aimed to offer wider perspectives and uncommon alternative ideas to the participants.

Picking up on the various topics discussed in the newsletter, we would like to open up a call for material to be included in the forthcoming book. We are looking for articles, visual essays, and projects that narrate the fundamental changes that are happening in the spaces of commerce, by reporting, describing, analyzing and challenging the core elements of it.


Materials guidelines

The call for materials defines the field of interest of unconventional shops 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 21th of May and the 15th of August 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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