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  • Vote for labRAD

    By Wayne Congar
    Sep 23, '08 3:14 AM EST

    Today, The Storefront for Art & Architecture released the much-anticipated results for the White House Redux Competition. White House 2.0, a labRAD entry collaboratively produced by co-founders Arielle Assouline-Lichten and myself, was awarded 3rd prize out of 500 or so entries from 42 nations. The entry will be featured in an exhibition at The Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York opening October 2nd and published in White House Redux: The Book, chronicling 123 submissions to the call for ideas. Needless to say, we're ecstatic!

    However, we need the help of the Archinect community! With the competition jury having made its final decision, we're hoping that you, the in-the-know architecture crowd, will wield your collective voice, voting White House 2.0 as your favorite project out of the 40+ shortlisted entries.

    There is a benevolent side to what might be misunderstood as a shameless campaigning--the competition organizers at The Storefront for Art & Architecture, by adding a popular vote to the Jury's decision, are advancing the aims of our proposal for altering the White House of the future, namely open-source government dictated by citizen input, legislation and decisions informed by statistical majority and real-time large-sample polling. Help us propel White House 2.0 towards winning the competition's popular vote and championing the argument for a user-friendly, globally-oriented vernacular U.S. government architecture .

    Click here to cast your ballot!

    Polls close November 3rd with the winner announced the following day as the Presidential election is decided. With your help, whether it is Obama or McCain, The White House will be made aware of your desire for the building to be reconfigured according to the plans of White House 2.0, bringing the President's mansion into the 21st century information age and creating a global symbol of democratic transparency rather than cloistered cronyism.

    Perhaps your personal judging criteria are apolitical. That's understandable and probably a common ground with the jury. Please follow this link to Greg J. Smith's blog, SerialConsign, to read his review regarding the project's graphical effectiveness. Our submission, an infographic project about infographics, owes considerably to the Dutch firm CatalogTree and, of course, Edward Tufte.

    Tell your friends to vote!


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  • Studio Lottery: Before & After

    By Wayne Congar
    Sep 7, '08 5:40 AM EST

    Before (I wrote this first part on Wednesday, during Palin's speech): It's another night watching the American political circus/soap opera unfold and instead of wasting more time bickering on politi-blogs with other chronic comment posters, I figured I'd instead spend the energy writing on an... View full entry

  • Allow me to re-introduce myself, my name is Wayne

    By Wayne Congar
    Sep 1, '08 1:12 PM EST

    I suspect the litigious Jay-Z management team doesn't read the Archinect school blog project, so I'm probably free from any intellectual property suit. (Don't sue me Jay, thanks) Anyway, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself (after my first blog post), frame this blog and give a... View full entry

  • Architourism!

    By Wayne Congar
    Aug 27, '08 1:39 AM EST

    For most of us school begins next week after Labor Day weekend. For some of us, that means we'll spend the next week grasping onto the waning days of summer in a futile attempt to delay school's start and the hours basking in the eerie glow of a computer monitor. You could head to the beach to... View full entry

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