Un teatro lontano dai teatri convenzionali: la sfida del concorso di idee bandito da OISTAT

consegna entro il 17 marzo 2017

La Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) organizza il concorso di idee 10th OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2017, indirizzato a professionisti emergenti e studenti di architettura, che vuole sfidare l'idea tradizionale di teatro in una Taiwan impegnata a dedicare molto del suo spazio pubblico all'architettura delle arti e dello spettacolo.

Il teatro in senso convenzionale è parte dell'architettura civile, ma quando l'esecuzione dell'opera inizia, l'edificio si chiude rispetto a quello che lo circonda. I costi di costruzione, inoltre, sono molto elevati in conseguenza alla sofisticazione tecnica degli spazi e degli strumenti. Molti gruppi teatrali, perciò, preferiscono teatri non-teatri o spazi pubblici aperti per presentare le loro performance e la nozione di teatro stabile viene sempre più spesso messa in discussione.

La sfida del concorso è proprio quella di pensare a un teatro che può ospitare anche attività civiche, a un Theatre Village temporaneo, adatto a festival, brevi spettacoli e performance sperimentali. Si deve trattare di un luogo fondato sulla condivisione degli spazi e delle storie, un posto dove incontrare persone, mangiare, bere e godersi lo spettacolo in compagnia. 

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging architecture practitioners, and is organized by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians).

Taiwan is currently constructing several major new performing arts centers, with multiple auditoria, designed by significant international architects, which will be completed in 2017. The aim of the competition is to challenge the conventional typology of the theatre and will be focusing on the design of a temporary theatre (or theaters) in The Public Activity Center, a disused sports stadium in Hsinchu City in Taiwan.

A conventional theatre is exemplified as a piece of civic architecture. It is perceived as an important public facility and a source of civic pride, but it is also a controversial typology. When the performance begins, the theatre closes its doors to its surroundings and is shut off from the urban environment. At the same time, the contemporary problem of the theatre is that the increasing technical sophistication of the performance space leads to ever increasing construction and production costs with consequently high ticket prices, leading to the exclusion of many audiences and artists. As a result many theatre groups are using existing non-theatre buildings and public spaces to present their performances and the notion of the permanent theatre is starting to be challenged. The purpose of the competition is to imagine how a different kind of temporary theatre environment could be created, which like theatre itself is ephemeral and is ‘here today and gone tomorrow'.

Shaped by an existing urban context, the challenge of the theatre design competition is not only to concentrate on the performance space(s) themselves, but to think how the theatre can engage with civic activities. Competitors are asked to conceive a temporary ‘Theatre Village', which can be erected for a short festival of theatre, providing for both conventional performances or something more experimental and which explores the relationship between the performance itself and the public space which it inhabits. A place to participate in the telling of stories, to meet people, to eat and drink and to celebrate a shared experience.

ELIGIBILITY AND FEES

Competition is open to students and emerging architecture practitioners. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, writers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students in those fields, will be welcomed, although it is not an essential requirement. 

The entry fee for the competition is €50 per entry.

SUBMISSION

Competition entries are to be uploaded electronically by sending a .zip file containing all documents and the entry form to archcom@oistat.org.

Entries and payment submission open on 17 February 2017. Entries must be received on or before 17 March 2017. The payment submission can be made on www.oistat.org

PRIZES

The first prize will be €5,000, the second prize will be €2,500 and the third prize will be €1,000.

There will be three additional prizes of €500 each. In addition to these prizes, there will be honorable mentions.

The results of the competition will be announced on www.oistat.org on 28 April 2017. Prizes will be presented at the World Stage Design event in Taipei between 1-9 July 2017and paid electronically to those unable to attend, after the prize-giving.

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email archcom@oistat.org

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