It’s going to be “yuge”. It’s an inflated descriptor thrown around a lot these days, but architects have always been trained to think big, whether laying out bathroom plumbing or master planning cities. Sometimes those ideas get built; sometimes others build on those ideas. This October on Archinect, we’re exploring the many ways architects go big, with XXL.
Our open call for submissions under XXL focuses on one of the biggest strokes of architectural expression: infrastructure.
》PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Map It
Transportation infrastructure is getting an unanticipated overhaul. As new networks like on-demand or ride-sharing services begin to intermesh with older, more static ones, updated expectations of living and getting around have emerged. Speed, access, and sustainability are obvious concerns, as are how they’ll encourage (or prohibit) future urban development.
Whatever your chosen mode of transportation, create a fantasy transportation map in the city (or country, or planet) of your choice. The network can be for any mode(s) of transit you like, and can be realistic or not.
》EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: White Paper
When Elon Musk proposed the Hyperloop, he didn’t have a concrete plan for how it would work, or how to actually make it happen. Now, multiple corporations are bringing it to life, in cahoots with BIG and AECOM. Musk initially proposed the Hyperloop as a faster, cheaper, and therefore better alternative to prevailing norms in transportation infrastructure—namely, California's High Speed Rail. What problems do you see in today’s infrastructures, and what are your "white paper" ideas to improve them?
The deadline for submitting is Sunday, October 16 at 11:59 pm Pacific.
The open call is not a contest. We’ll review submissions for publication as we receive them, and feature as many as we deem worthy. Due to the volume of inquiries received, we can only respond to your submission if we decide to feature it.
For more information, and to submit, fill out this form.
Still have questions? Ask Amelia.
Check out some featured work from prior open calls below:
↑ August Games: Win ECO-MONOPOLY by playing for sustainability, not profit
↑ July Domesticity: A home that molds itself to your memories
↑ April Sex: Tectr: Tinder for architecture?