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 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.
The aim of the “Dancing” competition is to develop design proposals for the club typology, intended as dancing and experiencing music. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the club.
We want to publish a book for each competition where we will insert the best projects but also a series of material that talks about each topic, a collective research to create an ongoing conversation. The sixth competition is closing on April 30th and 50 projects are being 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 clubs.



NON ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS wants to investigate the effective actions of what the club 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 dance, meet people, get inspired and overwhelmed with beats, music and rhythm…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 club, 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 throughout reporting it, describing it, photographing it, and collecting it’s data, in order to meet the productional protagonist of this change.


Topics overview

Club noun [C] An entertainment venue that is open from the evening until early morning, having facilities such as a bar and disco or other entertainment.

A nightclub, music club or simply club is an entertainment venue and bar that usually operates late into the night. A nightclub is generally distinguished from regular bars, pubs or taverns by the inclusion of a stage for live music, one or more dance floor areas and a DJ booth, where a DJ plays recorded music.
A nightclub may also be called a discothèque or disco (these terms were generally used for 1970s and early 1980s-era venues), dance club, dance bar or live music club.

Today the classic view of the club as a venue for dancing is being targeted. Other areas, places, 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 dance and get lost in the music? The questions we are trying to answer come from a long study of the history and the growth of the club 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 a place where bodies move to the tunes but also a mecca for music and music artist to express themselves and make music history.

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: 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 within May 21st 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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