A proposal for the demise of open architectural competitions

The com­pe­ti­tion is mostly seen as a free and egal­i­tar­ian way of express­ing diverse ideas. How­ever, what often hap­pens is that open archi­tec­tural com­pe­ti­tions place stress upon the frag­ile economies of small archi­tec­tural firms.
What is even worse is that such com­pe­ti­tions favor the exploita­tion of interns because, if the entry is unsuc­cess­ful, no reim­burse­ment is given to the participants.

When a small prac­tice wants to enter a com­pe­ti­tion, it will have to use interns to reduce the costs of the pro­duc­tion needed for the sub­mis­sion, trig­ger­ing a sit­u­a­tion of exploita­tion when interns are forced to work up to 80 or 90 hours per week. In gen­eral, an open com­pe­ti­tion should not require too much time and effort from its par­tic­i­pants, nor should it impose intri­cate restrictions.

Some open com­pe­ti­tions have become lottery-like events, receiv­ing thou­sands of entries.

In addi­tion, many com­pe­ti­tions impose rules which deprive the archi­tects of any intel­lec­tual copy­right on their own sub­mis­sion. This is the ulti­mate con­tra­dic­tion, espe­cially when the archi­tect has to pay a fee to par­tic­i­pate. Too many neg­a­tive aspects are over­shad­ow­ing open com­pe­ti­tions despite the excite­ment and good will of many architects.

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2015-03-23 18:10:56

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Colt Sievers

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2015-03-23 16:58:10

@Conrad having worked in one of those offices that you mention, I have found your post as much provocative as naive and simplistic. I should make an entire post to explain why... will leave that for later. Thanks, anyway, to keep the discussion alive