High-Speed Architecture: 72-Hour Architectural Design

  • What are you up to this July? Want to design and create a piece of architecture over the course of 72 hours? The 72 Hour Urban Action allows you to do just that. 

    Self-dubbed as the “world’s first real-time architecture competition,” teams have a mere 72 hours to design and construct interventions into a hotly contested urban space, Stuttgart 21 in the capital of Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state. The competition obviously forces the competing teams to think outside of the box: limited greatly by time and budget constraints, groups will challenge themselves to swiftly reinvent a neighbourhood that has been at the centre of public debate in Stuttgart since before unification.

    There is a promotional video on YouTube with some background information on the competition, featuring what is perhaps the most awkward double-thumbs-up in the history of the Internet around 1:17. Applications close on 26 May, and the ten-group competition gets underway on 11 July in Stuttgart.