OPEN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for the architectural concept of the symbolic object of city environment dedicated to Russian avant-garde.
Why El lissitzky and Why in novosibirsk?
After the death of El Lissitzky in December of 1941 in Moscow, his family (his wife Sophie Kuppers, an art historian by profession, and his son Jean) was deported to Novosibirsk as «persons of German nationality». In Novosibirsk, Sophie for many years worked on the first monograph about El Lissitzky. This monograph was published in German in Dresden in 1976. Sophie Kuppers was buried in the Zaeltsovsky Cemetery in Novosibirsk. In 1967, at Dom Uchenykh of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Novosibirsk Academgorodok, the exhibition of El Lissitzky opened. The exhibition presented works from the family collection and from The Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). After a long period of prohibition he was forgotten in the Soviet Union until the 1967 exhibition which was the first personal exhibition of the great avant-gardist. The exhibition included all areas of creative work of El Lissitzky, and marked the beginning of the return of his name and his legacy to the world of Russian architecture and art. Lissitzky was born in 1890, while the city of Novosibirsk was built in 1893. Lissitzky’s Project of Confirmation of Novelties (PROUN) brought out Suprematism of Kazimir Malevich from a single plane to three-dimensional space. PROUN was not architecture or painting, but a new approach to life building, as the artist named it himself. For the ideology of a Russian avant-garde, something new is more necessary than the past or even present. For Novosibirsk, the root of the word ‘Novo-‘ means ‘new’, is aimed at the future, which has always been extremely important. Everything that is significant in Novosibirsk is beholden to the ideology of novelty, since the birth of thе settlement near the forward-looking Trans-Siberian bridge over the Ob. One of the major architectural styles of Novosibirsk is Constructionism (the branch of the architectural avant-garde). We can say that Academgorodok – the biggest scientific center, which was built in the forest near Novosibirsk in 1957 – was an avant-garde project too. The Technopark of Novosibirsk Academgorodok is an innovative Avant-garde project. It is not a coincidence that the building of the Center of informative technologies of Technopark looks like the ‘horizontal skyscraper’ projects of El Lissitzky Announcing the project, Worlds of El Lissitzky, we’re not going to engage to the «museumification» his legacy. El Lissitzky is not a «dead classic,» to be deposited in the archives, but a living figure, whose source of ideas and new approaches not only influence art but also the NEW building of life. The avant-garde ideology, has focus on the future, today is more important than ever. For Novosibirsk, for Siberia, and for Russia as a whole.
stage I. architEctural concEpt. 01.09.12 – 20.11.12
Competitors of The first stage offer their concepts of symbolic object dedicated to Russian avant- garde (or to El Lissitzky) in Novosibirsk. CONCEPTS MUST BE REALIZABLE. Several finalists of The First Stage will be recommended by a Jury to participate in The Second Stage. first, second and the third places will get monetary awards.
stage II. architectural projeCt The members of The Second Stage will get additional information for developing the architectural project (including model making, landscape design, engineering evaluation, and cost analysis). At the end of The Second Stage a Jury will select first, second and the third place finalists The first place finalist will be required to enter into an agreement relating to the implementation of the winning project in Novosibirsk and their respective rights and responsibilities. If the Organizing committee and the first place finalist are unable to reach an agreement within a specified time, then The Organizing committee will pursue negotiations with the other finalists in the order designated by the Jury. If the finalist is not a professional architect, the finalist may be required to associate with an architectural firm of his choosing or on the recommendation of The Organizing committee
last day to register: 01.10.12
Projects which will take the first, the second and the third places will get awards: I – 1 000 USD II – 750 USD III– 500 USD