The past, present, and future of the "Preservation as provocation" architectural design competition
Design competitions are an integral part of the architectural profession and architectural education. They are a means for students and professionals to engage in a specific design problem geared toward a well-defined result. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in conjunction with the American Insitute of Architects' Historic Resources Committee has sponsored three competitions over the past decade that have dealt with the subject of historic preservation. This competition, the "Preservation as Provocation" competition, asks students to consider an architectural work of historic significance and add a new architectural intervention. This competition was the capstone project for ARCH 401, which the authors entered as a team. This paper broadens the understanding of the work already completed by analyzing it in the context of the larger framework of the "Preservation as Provocation" competition. We discuss the history of the competition, its importance to students and professionals, our project and what we learned, and we end by suggesting a location and program for the next "Preservation as Provocation" competition.
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