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Call for Ideas

Present your newest work and ideas at the events that form the core of the 2021 European Architecture Program.

Future Architecture Call for Ideas is more than a competition; it’s a platform, providing practitioners and conceptual thinkers with the opportunity to express their ideas and to be both seen and heard. A successful application would mean the opportunity to begin exchanging your projects and proposals with peers from all over the world, as well as with high-profile institutions including museums, galleries, publishing houses, biennials and festivals, all to assist you with finding avenues toward international recognition. Apply, and let the Future Architecture platform support you in elevating and sharpening your practice.

This year, we are inviting multi-disciplinary emerging professionals from all over the globe to apply with transformative projects related to our built environments. Send us your completed projects, your theoretical or conceptual propositions for spatial, social or cultural innovation, and join our discussion about the Landscapes of Care.

We welcome projects that address systemic change (prototypes and systems), site-specific cases (projects customized and adapted for certain contexts and tasks) and new alliances (cross-, trans- and multi-disciplinary projects exploring new design processes and methodologies).


Landscapes of Care

Contemporary societies face dynamically changing challenges. The extractive and consumptive logics of the system create globalised issues, impacting different regions in real time. Geopolitical boundaries protect economic returns above and beyond protecting social interests while the recent pandemic spreads, and new territories and ecologies are rearranged according to logics of migration which are inextricably connected to the flow of financial wealth. Confronting this scenario, new regional initiatives question political divisions and corporate interests. Fluid boundaries traced by local organisers and citizens emerge to fill  the spaces as yet un-commodified by the free market; spaces of exception free from the control of policy. The flow of persons generates new modes of neighbourhood living and political commitments that demand care, empathy and awareness of the other. The recent health crisis has challenged entire societies, demonstrating how they can effectively, rapidly and mostly peacefully take action. Designers, architects and urbanists see themselves handling social and political issues, rather than simply the spatial and formal aspects of a project; facing up to the challenge of transforming decades of self-complacency into active practices dealing with the politics of relations, of local communities, of energy flows, and of ever-changing urban dynamics.

“Landscapes of Care”, the theme proposed by dpr-barcelona, chosen by the members of FA platform and further developed with CAFx, for the 2021 edition of Future Architecture Platform will explore the dynamics of solidarity and collective self-organisation, the networks of trust working at the neighbourhood scale, and transitional common spaces and activities. The edition aims to trigger dialogues around the challenges of a society facing up to the myths of endless growth, the glorification of borders and national identity, and the hardships labelled as austerity by capitalism.


2021 European Architecture Program

Become part of the Landscapes of Care, 2021 European Architecture Program, and see how Future Architecture can help you to develop your practice. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in one or more of the following activities:

Film x Architecture: Exploring relationships
Summer School 15 Jul – 20 Sep 2021 Copenhagen Architecture Festival

Film x Architecture: If this walls could talk
Summer School 01 – 30 Sep 2021 Belgrade International Architecture Week

The House We Need
Workshop and Lecture Series 01 Sep – 31 Oct 2021 Estonian Museum of Architecture, Tallinn

Invisible Perspective: Women in the Space of Architecture
Workshop and Lecture Series 16 Sep – 14 Nov 2021 Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw

Tirana Design Week 2021: Beyond
Festival 27 Sep – 08 Oct 2021 POLIS University, Tirana

Revisiting Future Architecture Collections
Exhibition 14 Oct – 11 Dec 2021 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Driving the Human
Conference 15 – 17 Oct 2021 Forecast, Berlin

Future Architecture’s board will invite selected applicants to present their projects at the annual Creative Exchange event in February 2021. The CEx2021 will take place via the online format of the Future Architecture Rooms within the Common Room – an unconventional virtual environment for presentations, lectures and matchmaking. The platform will cover the cost of the preparation and delivery of video content for 25 selected applicants. Selected applicants will then be invited to participate in activities within the European Architecture Program, implemented by the institution members of the platform across Europe. The platform will cover the costs of travel (from within Europe) and accommodation needed for engagement in public events, or production costs for online events, and will provide an honorarium to the participants that they invite to contribute to their events.

All applications will be published on the website of the Future Architecture platform. The applications will be judged by the Future Architecture board of members, the Future Architecture alumni, and members of the public through online voting.


Timetable and Deadlines

Publication of the Call for Ideas: 17 November 2020
Deadline for submitting applications: 6 January 2021
Announcement of the selected 25 ideas: 15 January 2021
Creative Exchange: 17 – 19 February 2021
European Architecture Program: 1 March – 31 October 2021



The call is open to emerging architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, artists, curators, people involved in architectural communication and anyone whose professional work is focused on the future of architecture and living environments.

To be eligible as an emerging creative for the Future Architecture Platform, applicants must meet the following criteria:

– The applicant’s independent work(s) related to architecture or city development must have been created after graduation and within the last two years;
– The applicant must have publicly presented or published their independent work(s);
– The applicant must not yet have attained recognition through the publication of a body of critically recognized work, or through the work of major and/or established institutions;
– The applicant must not have participated in previous Future Architecture Platform activities;
– The applicant may be an individual or a collective.

The open call starts at 12.00 am CET on 17 November 2020, and all entries must be received by 6 January 2021. Multiple entries are permitted as an individual or as a collective.

Press Release 15 oct

Architecture, responsibility and rethinking the space in which we live: Timișoara Architecture Biennial – Beta 2020 – continues the series of planned events, both in person and online.

Timișoara Architecture Biennial launched on September 25 and is ongoing until October 25 in the Romanian capital city and online. For its third edition, the festival has been designed to inspire the general public as well as professionals in the field of construction and architecture to take care of the planet as we develop and manage our cities. This includes learning to look at what we already have through observing and mapping local resources.

The main exhibit of Beta 2020, “Enough is Enough”, remains open until October 25th and can be viewed at the Public Transport Museum “Corneliu Miklosi” (Bd. Take Ionescu 56), from Monday to Sunday, between 10:00 – 20:00. The show presents dozens of projects—local and international—by architects who have had enough of waiting for “top-down” solutions and who found their own ways of using what already exists: Why use too much when enough will do? A guided tour is scheduled Thursday, October 15, to present the current trends in the practice of environmentally responsible architecture. A guided tour by the curators of the exhibition will close the biennial on October 25.

Meanwhile, the exhibition “Forgotten E L E M E N T S. About the architecture of Nicolae Porumbescu”, can be viewed at Palatul Poștelor, until October 25, between 15:00 – 21:00. There, the entire work of the architect is brought into the present through modern photography, in an attempt to generate new and different discussions about a complex, powerful, praised, but also controversial, lifework.

In addition, numerous documentaries on the future of architecture and ongoing discussions on “what should be the role (and responsibilities) of an architect nowadays” keep unfolding: 

October 17: The online conference “Future of Architecture Practice, Today” will aim at raising awareness of the urgent challenges we are facing in today’s world and exploring solutions. The event is part of the Future Architecture program.

October 18: Those who want to discover the history of the oldest neighborhood of Timișoara and its immediate vicinity are invited to an architecture guided tour, through Unirii Square, Sfântul Gheorghe Square, Libertății Square and Victoriei Square. On the same day, Theresia Bastion (Galeria Corp D), will welcome the public for the exhibition opening of “New Tradition. At a table with architecture and art from South Tyrol”, an exhibit whose concept rests upon the well-known hospitality of South Tyrol by expressing its cultural and multilingual character, suggesting an invitation at the common table.

October 19: Architects and professionals will not want to miss “What One-Planet Prosperity offers to architects”, a webinar about the powerful impact of retrofitting old structures to accelerate the efficient transformation of cities into sustainability paradigms. The conversation, which will dedicate plenty of time to questions from the audience, will be led by Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint accounting methodology and founder of Global Footprint Network, the think-tank behind the annual Earth Overshoot Day campaign. He will argue that “One Planet” is not a metaphor but a description; not a goal, but rather a recognition of our context which acknowledges the limited ecological budget our planet makes available.

October 24:  The online jury conference of Beta Competition 2020, one of the biennial main events. The Competition was open to participants from three neighboring countries (Romania – Hungary – Serbia) and was addressed to all those who contribute to the generation of quality architecture within the Euroregion. The exhibition can be found in Libertății Square, until October 21st. 

Access to the events of the biennial is free of charge, but participation requires registration. Details about the program and participation requirements, can be found at:


About the Timișoara Architecture Biennial Beta 2020 

The festival is organized by the Romanian Order of Architects – Timiș Territorial Branch and The City Hall of the Municipality of Timișoara – the Culture House of the Municipality of Timișoara.

Organizing team / Beta Team 2020: Alexandra Maria Rigler, Alexandru Todirică, Alexandra Trofin, Anamaria Goie, Dariana Pau, David Alexandru Dumitrescu, Dragoș Nistor, Emanuela Cristescu, Nicoleta Postolache, Romina Popescu

Funders: Romanian Order of Architects – Architecture Stamp, Administration of the National Cultural Fund, The City Hall of the Municipality of Timișoara – the Culture House of the Municipality of Timișoara.

With the support of: Public Transport Museum “Corneliu Miklosi”, RETIM Ecologic Service SA, Lipoplast, Romanian Design Week, , Cemacon, Xella | Ytong, Timiș County Council,  Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Mihai I of Romania”

Media partners: Agerpres, Epiteszforum, Igloo, IQads, Modernism, Radio Guerrilla, SMARK, Zeppelin, Tvr Timișoara

A cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN).

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Press Release: Beta2020

4 weeks about responsibility, in Timișoara, on the occasion of The Architecture Biennial – Beta 2020

How do we want to live in the future? This is one of the questions that Timișoara Architecture Biennial invites us to think about and offers us answers.
We have announced the official programme of the third edition, that will take place in Timișoara, from September 25 th until October 25 th 2020 and will include over 30 events, dedicated and build around the theme of responsibility – towards the built and yet unbuilt environment, the final purpose being that of improving the processes through which we build our cities.

The opening event of Beta 2020 will take place on the 25 th of September, starting at 18.30, at the Public Transport Museum “Corneliu Miklosi” (Bd. Take Ionescu 56), with the exhibition opening of the biennial main event – Enough is Enough exhibition, curated by architects Ilka Ruby, Anca Cioarec and Brînduşa Tudor. The exhibition presents dozens of projects – local and international – made by architects who have had enough of waiting for “top-down” solutions and have found their own ways of using what already exists: Why use too much, when
enough will do? Their works highlight the ways in which our planet can be treated with respect and responsibility – toward the environment, toward the economy and toward the society as a whole.

Beta 2020 wants to become a platform for knowledge and dialogue for everyone. It addresses not only professionals in the field (architects, urbanists, landscape designers, restorers, construction engineers, artists, architecture / construction / art students), but it also acts as a “call” for the citizens, that reminds them to be more careful and more responsible for their city.

Therefore, among the multitude of events from the programme, those interested will find movie screenings, architecture guided tours, exhibitions, art installations, architecture conferences dedicated to the professional body, debates and workshops for children and teenagers.

The entire programme can be found at:

Timișoara Architecture Biennial Beta 2020 is organized by the Romanian Order of Architects – Timiș Territorial Branch and The City Hall of the Municipality of Timișoara – the Culture House of the Municipality of Timișoara.

The organizing team / Beta Team 2020
Alexandra Maria Rigler, Alexandru Todirică, Alexandra Trofin, Dariana Pau, David Alexandru Dumitrescu, Dragoș Nistor, Emanuela Cristescu, Nicoleta Postolache, Romina Popescu

Romanian Order of Architects – Architecture Stamp, Administration of the National Cultural Fund, The City Hall of the Municipality of Timișoara – the Culture House of the Municipality of Timișoara.

With the support of
Public Transport Museum „Corneliu Miklosi“, RETIM Ecologic Service SA, Lipoplast, Romanian Design Week

Media Partners
Agerpres, Epiteszforum, Igloo, IQads, Modernism, Radio Guerrilla, Smark, Zeppelin, TVR Timișoara

Enough IS Enough


Enough IS Enough

It’s time for architects to step up and assume greater responsibility for the fate of our planet and fully recognize the environmental impact of their work. The construction industry consumes about half of all resources extracted from the earth and is responsible for more than a third of global energy use and emissions, with cement production alone accounting for roughly 7% of CO2 output. Reducing this environmental toll will require a radical new approach to construction—starting with the way we architects approach design.

Do we really have to build? We always should consider “no” as a possible answer. We must think of our cities as mines ripe for exploitation, re-using, maintaining, and transforming what already exists rather than demolishing and building anew. But with the world’s population growing by 2.6 people per second, it’s also clear that we need to build for more people, with fewer resources. We already have materials that are less harmful to the environment—wood, bamboo, earth. We must make greater use of those and develop new, greener materials and methods that can be produced without fossil fuels, cause zero CO2 emissions, are fully recyclable, and create no waste through a building’s entire lifecycle.

To achieve this we need to reconsider our approach to consumption, shifting away from our traditional linear pattern of extracting resources that we use briefly before they reach their ultimate destination: the landfill or incinerator. Instead, we must forge a circular economy where every product becomes raw material for another, decoupling economic growth from resource consumption.

There’s scant incentive today for the building industry to think about the environmental toll of its work as the “cost” of a structure is typically understood as only the bill for construction. Instead, developers and builders should be required to consider the environmental costs incurred during the entire lifespan of a project. But shifting this highly efficient and competitive industry away from “business as usual” and toward a more holistic approach won’t be easy. Our political leadership must establish more sustainable standards, and do so in a way that’s socially acceptable and just—and fast enough to avert the environmental crisis we’re facing.

The pandemic we are experiencing at the moment is proof that radical change is possible, offering the hope that the ecological crisis we face can be prevented by radical measures—if we truly choose to act and our political leaders are willing to embrace the necessary sacrifices.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the coming decade will be crucial in limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, and that anything we do afterwards will be less effective. For many architects and planners—and simply users of space—it’s no longer acceptable to wait for governments to take action. They want to work, build, and live more sustainably today, and they’re proactively searching for new ways to design and produce space.

This exhibition presents dozens of projects—local and international—by architects who say “Enough is Enough.” They’ve had enough of waiting for top-down solutions, and they’re finding ways to make do with what we have: why use too much when enough will do? Their work highlights methods for treating our planet with respect and responsibility—toward the environment, toward the economy, toward society as a whole.

Exhibition structure:

As a prelude the exhibition starts with the question that should be the starting point of any building project, followed by eight strategies how to reduce the ecological footprint of the built environment.


Do we really have to build?

The impact of human activity on climate and ecosystems threatens severe consequences for all of us. Roughly 1 million animal and plant species are approaching extinction, more than ever before in human history. And the No. 1 driver of change in nature is shifts in land and sea use. Urban areas have more than doubled since 1992, and 5 million km of new paved roads are likely to be built by 2050. Planners, architects, and engineers will wield massive influence in that development and its impact on our planet. So every project should start with the question, “Do we really have to build?” And “No” should always be considered an acceptable answer.

Mapping local resources

There is no tabula rasa. When we start a design, we work within a context that provides us with resources, both tangible and intangible. We must observe and map what’s already there: the natural environment, social and economic networks, available materials, local habits and cultures etc. Respecting the natural metabolism and including the laws of ecology into our designs will create healthier and more pleasant environments. To maintain biodiversity, our cities should allow for cohabitation with other species. Using locally sourced materials can deliver social and economic benefits, reduce emissions and transportation costs, and support local industries. To gather information about our surroundings we can team up with experts from fields such as biology, geology, geography, and sociology.

Reusing what is abandoned

The decline of industry has yielded a vast abandoned built heritage. Although these buildings were constructed for very different purposes, they are often surprisingly flexible and can be adapted to contemporary needs. Protecting these structures and inventing new ways of inhabiting them is an important part of architecture today, and demolishing them should be our last option. If we consider them to be material and cultural resources that we can reuse and transform, we can draw lessons for the design of new buildings that take adaptation into account from the beginning.

Repairing what is broken

The most sustainable building is the one that never gets demolished, since its materials never turn into waste and no additional emissions will be produced in erecting a replacement. We must invest time and resources in repairs so every structure can reach its maximum lifespan and new ones don’t need to be built. Maintenance is a craft in itself and must be considered an integral part of the design process, which can generate important features of the architecture. Besides designing for durability, anticipating the aging of a building also means creating projects that can transform or grow or shrink.

Recovering materials

When it comes time to demolish a building, we must learn to use its leftovers. We can recover its pieces, store them, protect them, repair them, and, finally, put them back on the market. By reusing materials and components we already have, we can save resources and reduce waste. To achieve this, we must understand architecture to be the design of processes rather than objects, and create buildings in a way that they can easily be disassembled so all parts can be reused or recycled. That means avoiding composite materials and specialized products that are difficult to recycle: Gluing things together, for instance, makes it difficult to take them apart later, so it’s better to use screws, magnets—even Velcro. If we think of our cities and buildings as mines that can provide us with resources, we can shift to a circular economy that produces no waste.

Remembering crafts

To reduce waste and emissions we must rethink not only what we build, but also how we build. In an increasingly digitized world we must value the social importance of labor and manual fabrication. Looking beyond the boundaries of building-as-usual can reveal alternative construction techniques, materials, and typologies. And sometimes a look back into the rich history of techniques that have either been forgotten or deliberately suppressed in the name of “progress” can offer smart solutions. By rediscovering, learning from, and adapting methods that evolved over centuries, we can make smart use of local resources––both in terms of materials and human knowhow.

Discovering new materials

We must find alternatives to building supplies that harm the environment by creating emissions, consuming fossil fuels, and producing waste. Instead, we should embrace a cradle-to-cradle design approach, with products that are biodegradable or loop back into other cycles of production: construction components can become packaging or agricultural nutrients, and industrial or agricultural byproducts can be used in building. Renewable materials such as wood, bamboo and hemp can be exploited even further. And architects should collaborate with biologists, ecologists, and chemists to cultivate new biomaterials made from fungi or bacteria. Digital tools can help us more efficiently deploy conventional construction supplies by more accurately determining exactly how much concrete, steel, or wood is needed in a given structure. And prefabrication can optimize the building process, since mixing or cutting materials on location often produces construction-site waste.

Caring for community

Over the past decade we have witnessed a growing social movement of collectivity, sharing, and participation. In the wake of the global real estate and financial crisis, a new generation sought alternative ways of life based on sharing, calling into question some fundamental economic constructs. Why buy a car if you can share one? Why pay for a hotel if you can swap flats? This shift in values can be also seen in architecture. Grassroots initiatives are developing new models of co-ownership, co-production, and co-management, and the concept of the cooperative is experiencing a renaissance. With the traditional family model waning in importance, we need new constellations of cohabitation. As digitization increases, we need spaces in the real world where people can meet, socialize, and experience a larger community. These new typologies range from co-living and co-working to urban gardening, public spaces, and temporary events that bring people together.

Sharing knowledge

Maintaining a livable planet for future generations will require dramatic changes in the way we build and live. But a shift to a more responsible lifestyle can only succeed if it gains wide acceptance. Therefore, raising awareness and education are key when it comes to establishing new ideas and habits. Scientific knowledge and experiences from best practices have to be easily available online for people in the field, and we must communicate those ideas to policy-makers and the public at large. This might be done via trans-disciplinary networks of citizens and experts that bring together knowledge and lessons from a broad range of disciplines. And we should establish laboratories for collective, experimental learning, where people can get hands-on experience with newly developed methods and materials.

Exhibition scenography:

A centerpiece of the exhibition is a garden intended to highlight the subtle dialogue between architecture and nature, which are two components of a single ecosystem. The Biennale examines this relationship and the importance of architects working within the context of the natural conditions of their projects. The garden includes what we call the “kitchen,” an experimental place for production, where we exhibit new, greener building materials and where participants may gather for workshops, lectures, and debates. After the exhibition, the garden will be moved to a public place in Timișoara.


Curators Ilka Ruby, Anca Cioarec, Brîndușa Tudor

Exhibition design stardust architects*

Garden concept Raluca Rusu and Alexandru Ciobotă

Graphic design Ștefan Lucuț

Video Pataki Farkas

Photography Bianca Azap and Dan Purice

Communication Oltea Zambori and Ada Vlad

Web development Fruit Creative

Technical consultancy, production and mounting coordination for the exhibition displays Atelier Vast

Landscape Entrepreneur Millegarden

Print  AZERO

Interactive map design Vlad Albu

Copy editing and Translation Giles Eldridge and Ramona Cociorvă

Contributors / Authors of the projects selected in the exhibition Leo van Broeck, Timișoara verde-albastră, Atelier Ad Hoc, GIC Cișmigiu, Andreea Pătroi, 51N4E, Lacaton & Vassal, Frederic Druot, Christophe Hutin, Sebastian Felix Ernst and Jonas Tratz / FAKT, Rainer Hehl and Something Fantastic / MAS Urban Design ETH Zurich, Creative Community residing in the Cotton Factory, Wolfhouse Productions, Calup, Nod Makerspace, F O R, Planeta Petrila, Asociația pentru patrimoniu activ – PACT, Loredana Gaiță & Miodrag Stoianov, Monumentum Association, Studio Govora and ARCHÉ Association, Locus Association, Harquitectes, Abruptarhitectura, Prodid, I’M UAU, baubüro insitu, Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle, Flores & Prats Arquitectes, Dirk Hebel, Felix Heisel / KIT Karlsruhe, Larix Studio, Pro Patrimonio Foundation, Studio Anna Heringer, Case design, Assemble, KraftMade, TERRApia, Grupul Rural, Idalene Rapp and Natascha Unger / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Paula van Brummelen / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Arhipera, La Col, Flussbad Berlin e.V., Xu Tiantian / DnA Design and Architecture, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Republic of Architects, studioBASAR, Urboteca, Citizen and Resilience Bucharest – Master in Urban Design studio at the University of Sheffield, 2019-2020, Citizens and the City in Ecological Transition, School of Bunești, ARCHAEUS Foundation, We forge the iron at the manor!, raumlabor and Floating University e.V., Ralph Pasel / TU Berlin, Lacol Arquitectura Cooperativa

Organizers Ordinul Arhitecților din România – Filiala Teritorială Timiș, Primăria Municipiului Timișoara – Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Timișoara

Extended organizing team – BETA team Alexandra Maria Rigler, Alexandru Todirică, Alexandra Trofin, Dariana Pau, David Alexandru Dumitrescu, Dragoș Nistor, Emanuela Cristescu, Nicoleta Postolache, Romina Popescu

Volunteers Băilă Cristina, Iagăr Bianca, Daoudi Fatima, Youssef Oussayeh, Goie Anamaria, Abrudan Denisa, Stan Sabrina, Rusen Alexandra, Pîtea Adelin. Husarciuc Ionuț, Mureșan Andreea, Ilașcu Paul, Csukas Balinț, Cîțu Daniela, Sperlea Anca, Micoroi Aurelia, Barbu Bogdan, Andra Dascălu, Dem Anastasia, Țîrlea Denisa, Nedelcu Loredana, Timuț Sergiu, Kis Petra, Cotoara Emanuel Andrei, Borcea Sanela, Adriana Nițu, Păcurar Andreea, Giurșa Cristina, Nistor Bianca, Secăreanu Andreea, Ștețco Tijana, Ilieș Antonia, Elisa Cotan, Naghiu Alexandru

Related events organized in collaboration with Aethernativ, Abruptarhitectura, Art Encounters, Atelier d’Architecture Autogeree, Asociația Maria – Țibănești, AMAIS and Studio Mud, De-a Arhitectura, Heritage of Timișoara, Leo van Broeck, Studiobasar, Terrapia, UrbanEye

Co-financers Ordinul Arhitecților din România – Timbrul de Arhitectură, Administraţia Fondului Cultural Naţional, Primăria Municipiului Timișoara –  Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Timișoara

With the support of Muzeul de Transport Public „Corneliu Miklosi“, RETIM Ecologic Service SA, Lipoplast, Romanian Design Week

Media partners Agerpres, Epiteszforum, Igloo, IQads, Modernism, Radio Guerilla, Smark, Zeppelin