Thursday, November 5————————Competition Launch
Tuesday, December 1————————-Deadline for Submission of Questions
Tuesday, December 22———————–Publication of Questions and Answers
Tuesday, January 12————————–Registration Deadline
Wednesday, January 20———————-Digital Submission Deadline
Thursday, January 21————————-Physical Submission Deadline
February——————————————Results Announced

What does it mean to build? Traditionally, building has been defined as the assembly of parts or materials toward the creation of a whole. While to build is often perceived as an Apollonian pursuit, to destroy appears to be its Dionysian counterpart. Understanding that our built environment is the product of many forces, it can dialectically be reduced to the tensions between creation and destruction, addition and subtraction, and erection and demolition.

In a design culture focused on the superlative (the tallest, the newest, the priciest), in which destruction is often perceived of or produced by an act of violence, the processes of removal appear as secondary concerns or collateral damage. However, if we are to better understand the life cycles of our built environment, we must explore the possibilities and implications of Taking Buildings Down.

This competition of ideas is simultaneously a political act, a means of criticism, and a method of speculation.

Taking Buildings Down asks proposals for the production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act. Removal is all that is allowed.

This call is open to anyone interested in articulating visions for the future of our built environment.

Each proposal should consider and present three items:

1) A pre-existing current condition
2) A process of removal
3) A resultant condition of removal

Proposals should consider contemporary contexts. There are no limitations in scale or scope. The focus of the proposal may be on the process of removal, the resultant condition, or both.

Projects will be judged on their ambition, vision, methodology, and clarity.

Three monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners of Taking Buildings Down. These include:

1st Prize: $2000
2nd Prize: $1000
3rd Prize: $500

Winning entries and any additional entries deemed to be worthy of publication will be included in a printed competition compendium released by Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Questions can be emailed to by December 1st, 2015. Relevant questions and answers will be posted on this webpage on or before December 22nd, 2015.

The jury will be announced on November 23rd, 2015.

Winning entries will be announced in February 2016.

Entrants are required to register for the competition in advance of the submission date. Registrations must be received by January 12th, 2016 before midnight.

Applicants can register online at

There is a $50 registration fee ($25 for Storefront members). Projects that have not registered by the January 12th deadline will not be reviewed.

Applicants will submit an application package. The package should be in 8 1/2″ x 11″ page portrait layout, with no more than 20 single-sided pages. It should be delivered in the following formats:

– A digital PDF (15 MB or less), uploaded to the competition platform no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 20th, 2016.

– A bound proposal documentation book, delivered no later than January 21st, 2016 at 6 pm to Storefront’s office at 611 Broadway, Suite 634, New York, NY 10012. Proposals received after this date and time will not be accepted. (Note that Storefront’s office is located at a different address from its gallery space).

Physical applications must be packaged in a sealed envelope with registration number written clearly and legibly on the outside. The package should contain the following contents:

Please fill out and include the attached cover sheet as the first page of your submission.

Please include the following materials in a bound letter-size booklet (maximum 20 pages, including supplemental material):

Application Cover (with proposal title and registration number)
Mission Statement (500 words or less)
Three images/plans/diagrams depicting:
The current condition
The process and methodology of removal
The resultant condition

Participants can submit support material in the following formats:

Videos (maximum 3 minutes in length)
Models (maximum size 10”x10”x10”)
Additional documentation material as considered essential by the applicants (maximum 10 pages)

Entrants may not communicate with members of the Jury about the competition in any way or form until there is a public announcement of the winner.

No partner, associate, or employee of any Jury member may participate in the competition.

Any entrant who violates these rules will be disqualified.

Digital submissions must be entered through the competition platform by January 20th, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Physical submissions must be delivered to the Storefront for Art and Architecture office on or before January 21st, 2016 between 11 am and 6 pm EST.

Please note the office address below:

Storefront for Art and Architecture
611 Broadway, Suite 634
New York, NY 10012

Mailed submissions must arrive at the office by the submission deadline (note that the deadline is the date of receipt, not a postmark date).

Go to competition website for more details. 

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