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LOBBY No.4 ‘Abundance’

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Deadline: 15 January

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LOBBY No.4 ‘Abundance’
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In the 18th Century, the English cleric and scholar Robert Malthus upheld that we live in a world of restricted resources. While he was certainly right in many ways, 21st Century social, economic and technological innovation have shifted our realities, pushed boundaries and opened our eyes to new possibilities, leaving us wondering, are we capable of constantly reinventing our world and recreating tomorrow’s abundance out of today’s shortages?


The fourth issue of LOBBY seeks to generate discussions looking at the world through the lens of ‘Abundance’. Technological progress is set to render energy shortage a thing of the past, while the historical accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few (countries and people) means that some are still more equal than others. At the same time, conservative opinion stresses on austerity for the masses, while turning a blind eye to the opulence of the rich and famous.


What changes and transformations are triggered by an abundance of possessions, resources or ideals? Similarly, is abundance less of a catalyst in social, formal and spatial changes than scarcity is? When does abundance become a manifestation of greed? When is it ethical to indulge and unethical to abstain, and vice versa?


Baroque, Art Nouveau and today's formal frameworks produced by the extended use of parametric tools can be seen as an architecture of blossoming, formal power and generator of multiple meanings, but sometimes also as the product of excess and the existence of an abundance of elements that have come to being like an invasive specie. So what does ‘Abundance’ mean in an age dominated by the rhetoric of austerity? What kind of ideas would that alternative vantage point generate, and where could they possibly lead our conceptions of our current architectural, urban and social contexts? What discussions does the word trigger in reference to ecological concerns and responsibilities, and how does it relate to densities and populations? LOBBY No. 4 aims to find fresh and intelligent answers to these questions and socio-spatial conditions.

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*We highly encourage submissions from within and outside of the Bartlett in the form of essays, articles, designs, architecture, photographs, illustrations, drawings, sculptures, installations, poems and other relevant mediums.
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*All entries must be emailed to submissions@bartlettlobby.com no later than 15 JANUARY 2016, along with our submission form, which can be downloaded here. Any questions should be directed to info[AT]bartlettlobby[DOT]com.

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PURCHASE LOBBY No.2 and No.3 here.