BRIEF The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism. Representing the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team of curators, artists, designers, and historians, the Museum strives to broaden public understanding of capitalism through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts related to capitalism; commemorations, reenactments, and other events; and a variety of public programming. As part of an initiative to build a more permanent public presence, the planning committee seeks bold proposals that answer the question: What should a Museum of Capitalism look like?
Proposals may address questions beyond the visual appearance of the Museum’s design. How will it be built, where will it be located, and how will it interface with its surroundings? How might visitors be drawn to experience capitalism, to think it and to feel it, through interaction with museum spaces? The committee seeks answers to these questions in the form of strong architectural ideas and images.
The Museum of Capitalism’s curatorial vision includes consideration of the close historical ties between museums and capitalism. How might museum spaces reference the role of museums in projects of colonialism, modernization, and industrialization, the social and ecological impacts of the museum’s traditional function in preservation of cultural materials, or the role of museums as ritual spaces for the performance and production of citizenship, identity, and other subjectivities? Entrants are encouraged, though not required, to reflect upon these questions. Who inhabits museum spaces, and why? Who or what is on display, and how does it come to be there? What were the origins and implications of its ordering and classification, its constructed narratives and experiences, its participation and interactivity? And how do the answers to these questions change in a museum that memorializes the era of capitalism? There are no restrictions on scale or scope of proposals—site, square footage, height, materials, budget, etc.—as long as submissions follow competition rules and meet the criteria for entry.
This public competition is the first stage of a design process intended to help guide the thinking behind an eventual building project without imposing any constraints. Designs may be proposed for specific sites or surroundings, may be of reworkings or recontextualizations of existing buildings or sites, and may consist of entire buildings or specific rooms, galleries, or parts of the museum. Though we encourage proposals that are highly conceptual or speculative, the written part of the proposal and its accompanying visual materials should be clear and powerful.
GUIDELINES Please read the full guidelines on this page carefully before registering and submitting. Then fill out the registration form.
ELIGIBILITY This competition is open to anyone whose life has been affected by capitalism. Architects, students, engineers, artists, and designers are encouraged to participate, either individually or in multidisciplinary teams. There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. This is an international competition, but all submissions must be in English.
CONTENT AND CRITERIA Projects will be judged on their concept, ambition, methodology, and clarity.
There are no restrictions on scale or scope of proposals — site, square footage, height, materials, budget, etc. — as long as submissions address one or more questions put forward in the competition brief, follow all competition rules, and fall within specified word counts, image resolutions, file sizes, and page limits.
AWARD 1st Prize: $500 USD
JURY Chip Lord (lead juror) is a media artist and was a co-founder of the alternative architecture and art collective Ant Farm 1968 – 1978. His work in video and installation has been widely exhibited and is in many Museum collections. Trained as an architect, his interest in design and urban public space has led to a series of works that engage with urban geography via video studies of Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris, New York, and the International Airport network. A recent collaboration with the firm WORKac was shown in the 2015 Chicago Architectural Biennial.
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher is the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA, where she heads the Department of Architecture and Design, setting the overall vision for the department and overseeing acquisitions, exhibitions and publications. She takes a curatorial approach to collecting and exhibiting design as it intersects with technology, and she engages in important collaborations with living designers as part of a the Artist Initiative, a major conservation-based research project.
C. Greig Crysler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment at the University of California at Berkeley. He is author of Writing Spaces. Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960-2000 (Routledge, 2003), and co-editor, with Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen, of the Handbook of Architectural Theory (Sage 2012). He is completing a co-authored book with the cultural geographer Shiloh Krupar entitled Museum of Waste: Capital/Ecology/Sovereignty, that explores the intersections of contemporary financial, environmental, and juridical urban crises.
SCHEDULE December 1, 2015: Competition Launch & Announcement January 15, 2016: Deadline for Submission of Questions February 1st, 2016: Registration Deadline February 15, 2016: Submission Deadline March 2016: Winner Announced
All applicants must register by the February 1st registration deadline. This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification. After your registration has been approved, you will be sent a unique registration number (within 48 hours) which will be necessary for application materials. Only one project may be represented by each unique registration number. Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry separately. Submissions received without a registration number will not be reviewed.
Registered applicants will submit an application package with registration number appearing at the top right corner of every page.
Digital submissions: Email your application cover sheet and digital files as separate attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15th, 2016. If your submission is larger than 15 MB, please use WeTransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com/) to send your files to email@example.com.
Printed submissions: Printed submissions should be mailed to Museum of Capitalism, 1675 7th Street #24738, Oakland, CA 94623. Note that submissions must be received by February 15th, 2016 for consideration – this deadline is the date of receipt, not a postmark date. Envelopes should be clearly marked “DO NOT BEND”.
APPLICATION PACKAGE CONTENTS Physical applications must be packaged in a sealed envelope. Digital submissions must contain separate files as attachments. Applicant’s personal information should only appear on cover sheet. The package should contain the following contents:
A: COVER SHEET Please fill out and include the cover sheet as the first page of your submission. Download cover sheet here: museumofcapitalism.org/architecture-competition-cover-sheet.pdf. Digital files must be named after the Registration ID Number followed by “info”. For example: 0101-info.pdf.
B: PROJECT PACKAGE Between 1 – 3 pages of images/plans/diagrams. Project Statement (500 words or less, typed, single-sided) Sources page (OPTIONAL)
Between 1 – 3 pages of visual project documentation are required, sized 8.5 x 11 inches, or one 11”x17” board and one additional 8.5”x11” page. We strongly recommend that applicants include a project board sized US ANSI B or “tabloid” size (11 x 17 inches, or 279 × 432 millimeters), horizontal orientation at 300 dpi. Board may include diagrams, sitemaps, collages, photographs, plans, sections, elevations, renderings and any other visualizations or information necessary to convey your ideas. Each page must include your Registration ID Number in the upper right hand corner. Digital files must be a high-resolution TIFF, PDF, or JPEG file, named after the Registration ID Number followed by the Image number. For example: 0101_Image_01.tif and 0101_Image_2.tif.
A project statement that coincides with the graphic materials, no more than 500 words, in English, written as a text-based document sized 8.5” x 11” in .doc or .pdf format. Project title should appear in the first paragraph of statement. The text file must also include the unique Registration ID Number in the upper right hand corner. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. Digital statement files must be be a .doc, .pdf, or .odt file, named after the registration number followed by the word “statement”. For example: 0101_statement.doc.
The source of any third-party materials incorporated in the entry must also be included; this source information may be listed on an additional page if necessary, with Registration ID Number appearing at upper rights of the page, saved as a .doc, .pdf, or .odt file, named after the registration number followed by the word “sources”. For example: 0101_sources.doc.
Application package should not exceed 5 pages total. Applicant’s name and any identifying information should not appear on any page except cover sheet.
RESTRICTIONS Entrants are prohibited from communicating with members of the Jury about this competition until the announcement of the winning entry has been made. Partners and employees of any Jury member may not participate in the competition. Any entrant who violates these rules will be disqualified.
This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification. Feel free to contact the competition organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification on your eligibility.
QUESTIONS Questions can be emailed to email@example.com by January 15th, 2015. Relevant questions and answers will be posted on this webpage on or before February 1st, 2016.
DEADLINE Digital submissions must be received by February 15th, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST.
Mailed submissions must arrive by the submission deadline, February 15th, 2016, for consideration. Note that the deadline is the date of receipt, not a postmark date. Please mark clearly “DO NOT BEND” on the exterior of the envelope.
Museum of Capitalism 1675 7th Street #24738 Oakland, CA 94623
NOTIFICATION Winner will be announced in March 2016.
PUBLICATION Winning entry and any additional entries deemed worthy of publication will be included in a printed catalog to be released by the Museum of Capitalism as part of its inaugural exhibition, planned for 2016. Selected entries may also be displayed as part of the exhibition.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Copyrights for project submissions shall remain the property of the author.
Submitted materials shall not be released nor exposed to the public, press, or other media before the announcement of a winning entry or the cancellation of the Competition. Applicants who violate this will be disqualified.
Participants agree to permit The Museum of Capitalism to use the submitted materials in public posts, publications, or exhibitions, or for archival, promotional, educational, and other purposes at its discretion. The Jury and/or The Museum of Capitalism reserve the right to cancel or suspend the Competition for any reason, including those causes beyond the organizer’s control that could corrupt the administration, security, or proper participation in the Competition.
The Museum of Capitalism assumes no responsibility for postal, email, electronic, technical, or natural conditions that prevent the receipt or judging of a Competition submission or any part thereof.
The Museum of Capitalism reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time without notice.
No information contained in submissions shall be deemed confidential and such information may be shared with other governmental entities. Therefore, please do not submit any information that may be deemed proprietary in nature. Competition sponsors shall not be liable for any costs incurred by any respondent in the preparation, submittal, presentation, or revision of its submission. Competition sponsors shall not be obligated to pay and shall not pay any costs in connection with the preparation of such submissions.