Social Revolution ‘014

International architectural competition

Every day while crossing the river we don`t even register how the rythmical urban environment is split in a long pause. Series of houses, trees, signs, and traffic lights is replaced by meditative emptiness. Fog and horizon, the distant cloudy sky and the silhouette of the city. You can finally see what is the weather today, what is happing in the sky.

Bridges are tremendously long and our time perception is relative. The space above us and above the bridge is huge. However there is also a space under the bridge. This space is not as high but is just as long. What kind of place is it? What do we know about it? Almost nothing. This is the hidden place of the city, the recondite resource. When have you been under the bridge last time? What were you doing there?

When building a house, first of all, we think about the roof above our head. Of course the walls are needed as a footing for the roof, as a protection from wind and bad weather. Walls are erected easily, «stone upon stone, brick by brick», but the roof usually quite difficult to do. We need beams, rafters, workers and even a hoisting crane. The technology of roof-construction is much more complicated and more expensive than walls. In “the bridge-case” you have the roof already. The architecture under the bridge is upside down. Here we build from the top down, reinventing the architecture. What is the architecture vice versa? How do you imagine it? It creates new anti-gravitation forms in which stretching of structures predominates over compression and the building becomes much more efficient and cost efficient. Structure becomes light and airy. It is like architecture on the Moon — Earth’s gravity is no longer a serious opponent to an architect.

Buildability of the structure is not the only advantage. The space under the bridge is more likely to be inherently embedded in the tissue of the city. No one pays attention on it, it’s just invisible. It is easy to get there, but it is not used. It’s a paradox. The city is looking for new areas for development. They are acquired through the expansion of the city boundaries, or for example, redevelopment of parks and other beautiful unoccupied places. But in bridges case there is no need to destroy anything. We just have to expand our perception of the urban master plan. One can discover a new dimension in it by designing on it as it is not a flat surface but a three dimensional object.

We suggest participants use these unique advantages of the spaces under the bridge, and perhaps find new ones. We expect from them a fundamentally new architecture, or maybe conventional architecture, that would play in a new way by capitalizing on its unique position in space, forcing us all to think.

In general, the idea of your project is anything you`d add to the city, using such unusual, little cosmic place, like space under the bridge.


Participants will need to come up with an architectural object, which will be located in the space under the bridge.

What should be in this place? Or, what would organically complement the bridge?

Deadline: July 14, 2014 (23:59 UTC)


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You can choose 1 of 2 bridges for the project ↑.
— Deadline: July 14 (11:59 pm), 2014
— Participation in the competition is free
— Online pre-registration is required

— Prizes:
•  1st place: 35,000 Rub. (near $1000)
•  all projects: an exhibition, publication on the Festival website
•  best projects: the publication in the Festival catalog and presentation during the Festival.

— Realization: the best projects will be presented to the Department of Architecture of Yaroslavl, sponsors and general public for discussion and further realization in the city.

— Selection of the winners:
•  shortlist and the winner will be selected by the jury.
•  also we will start open online voting among all the inhabitants of Yaroslavl and
those who are interested in the competition. The winner of it will be included to the list of best projects

— Competition is open for:
Architects, designers, civil engineers, landscape architects/designers, structural
engineers/designers, planners, urbanists, students and groups of not more than
7 members.

Number of projects per participant is not limited.

submit a project

content of the project:

At least 1 board 1m × 1m + explanatory note A4 + full registration form (→ download).
/ File requirements: PDF or JPG (300 DPI) — for pictures; PDF or DOC — for materials containing text. You can also include separate picture files for the website and presentation.

project should include:

/ Required materials:
•  At least 3 main pictures / visualizations. At least one of it — in the existing environment.
Pictures can be made in any technique, but strictly reflect the author’s conception and idea.
•  sections, elevations 1:200 or 1:100
•  floor plans 1:200 or 1:100
•  explanatory note (at least 2 sheets of A4)

/ Addition:
•  constructive scheme
•  visualization of the internal space
•  functional scheme
•  video in AVI/MOV format
•  and any additional materials at the discretion of the author
+ Also you can add to the project a drawings of structural or functional unit/cell of your structure, which can be constructed inexpensively and simply by students and volunteers of a Festival. We will try to realize such a module in one of the workshops of the festival.
We accept projects by e-mail: (you can also use file sharing and send the link)

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Social Revolution Festival 2014 invites active participants: organizers of workshops & master classes and lecturers. You can tell us more about your competitive project at the festival.


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