The call of the A101 Block City competition to address the issue of standardization in is a rather difficult but very inspiring endeavour.
“The A101 Block City competition, organized for the Masshtab corporation in Moscow, envisioned the creation of a new city of 200.000 inhabitants near Moscow. The masterplan brief demanded that 80% of blocks have standard sizes. An open competition for the design of the blocks was organized. 210 architects from 20 countries took part – 147 projects are shown in this exhibition. They are presented here in the form of a catalogue from which and endless number of different cities can be built by simple replacing blocks with others”. Bart Goldhoorn
Our entry was not very successful; according to the jury report our proposal didn’t even make it among the best 100… But it is now on display in the exhibition LIVING Frontiers of Architecture in the Louisiana Art Museum near Copenhagen. Guus brought home some pictures…
In spite of the apparent failure we were still very excited with potential of our project. We realized that the design could be improved so we decided to invest some more time to redevelop the diagram. You can see the result on our wwwebsite.