The Architecture of Necessity

international triennial for sustainable community building

candidature entro il 15 febbraio 2013

Architecture of Necessity is an international triennial for sustainable community building. During the autumn of 2009, Virserum Art Museum launched the international manifesto on the Architecture of Necessity. 143 entries from 28 countries were submitted for the 2010 exhibition, 42 of which went on display. Now the Architecture of Necessity is set to become an international triennial for sustainable community building.

Architecture responds to the most basic needs of human beings. It provides both protection from the elements of nature as well as spaces for passion and play. Architecture marks the threshold between nature and culture - it is humankind's foothold in the world. Architecture is the story of human lives and the development of society, of economic, social and cultural relationships.

Architecture of Necessity is: Responsible, Diligent, Sustainable, Just and Open.

What can be submitted?
Entries can be buildings or city and community planning projects of all sizes. Submissions have to fall within the scope of the manifesto Architecture of Necessity. Entries are accepted from professionally active individuals or legal persons such as building contractors, architectural bureaus, local government, construction firms or other companies. The submitted projects must be dated between 2010 and 2013, but do not have to be realised.

How should the entries be presented?
Entries should be presented on four A3 pages, landscape format, in one PDF document. Maximum file size 20MB. The submitted material must include a short text in English describing the project in relation to the Architecture of Necessity. The text should be in 12 p Helvetica Neue Light and contain no more than 2,800 characters. The proposal should be illustrated with site plans, plans, section views, perspective/photographs and construction details, where relevant.

Entries should be submitted to Virserum Art Museum no later than 15 February 2013. Entrants chosen for inclusion in the exhibition will be notified no later than 28 March 2013. Successful participants are then required to supply high-resolution material as instructed by Virserum Art Museum. A jury will select three to five winners. Winners will be notified within a reasonable time prior to Wood Summit Småland, 26 to 27 June 2013, where they will be expected to present their entries. Taking part in the first selection process is free of charge. Entrants who are chosen for the exhibition will be required to pay a €250 service charge per chosen project. The service charge is payable to Virserum Art Museum no later than 15 April 2013.

The winners will be announced during WOOD SUMMIT SMÅLAND, 26 to 27 June 2013. Entrants whose projects are chosen for presentation at the summit will be reimbursed with €1200, plus travel expenses to Virserum and WOOD SUMMIT SMÅLAND, as well as accommodation for one person.

Jury and exhibition
An international jury will be responsible for the selection of entries and the winners. The jury will be led by Claes Caldenby, professor of architectural theory and history at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The remaining jury members will be announced at a later date.

The exhibition will be held at Virserum Art Museum between 5 May and 15 September, 2013, as part of WOOD 2013.


For more information, please contact: Maria Thyberg, Project Secretary,
ph. +46 (0) 49 53 15 64 | email:

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