The Architectural League of New York has issued a call for entries to its annual competition, the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (formerly known as the Young Architects Forum). Established to recognize works of high quality and to encourage young practitioners to exchange ideas, the prize includes a series of lectures and an exhibition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers committee.
This year's competition theme, "ReSource," seeks to examine the ways in which architectural practice relies on a variety of disciplinary, physical, and practical resources and how access to those resources has changed as a result of the recent financial and environmental crises, and, furthermore, how architects are rethinking resources and developing new approaches, techniques, and terminologies. For the competition, young architects and designers are asked to reflect upon and reevaluate their work to answer these questions:
In what ways is the discipline proving itself resourceful in the face of these challenges?
How have young practices redefined themselves, from new models of professional practice to emergent theoretical approaches or techniques of construction?
Are architects and designers by necessity becoming better at sourcing materials and techniques to meet both a heightened environmental consciousness and the current economic sobriety?
Or are they turning to models outside of the discipline for sources of inspiration, novelty, and change? Young architects and designers within 10 years of graduation from an undergraduate or graduate program are eligible. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 8, 2010. For entry information, visit the call for entries webpage.