GVS: Guggenheim Visibility Study

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    A discretionary research group for Vilnius’ Guggenheim project / Gugenheimo tyrimo ir palaikymo grupė
    OPEN CALL for hands-on workshop February 24th, 2010

    Shelter design transformations for the Guggenheim in Vilnius
    OPEN CALL for hands-on workshop

    For students and professionals in art, architecture and design,
    as well as ecology, gastronomy and fashion

    March 19-21, 2010 Trondheim, KIT/NTNU

    This open call, issued by members of an artistic community in Vilnius, seeks contributions to re-imagine the Guggenheim museum project currently planned for Vilnius, Lithuania.

    The artistic community started Guggenheim Visibility Study (GVS) as an independent educational experiment in 2008, during heated discussions regarding the development of the Guggenheim Museum project. During the summer of 2008, three architectural models for the museum proposed by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas were redesigned by the GVS group to respond to social issues absent in the original architectural competition, such as the need for social housing and equal distribution of space.

    This particular social housing project is an invitation to imagine and develop alternative habitats on the proposed Guggenheim Vilnius project site, on behalf of those disempowered and excluded from the planning of modernist cultural projects. The aim of the study is to develop a hybrid social model and proposal for temporary housing (specifically, tents) as well as more dignified conditions for those in need of shelter.

    The workshop seeks to generate models that exemplify self-sustainable architecture. Performative quality will be taken into account as well—the GVS will look at existing proposals that also spur discussion.

    Part of the workshop will also be devoted to research on the use of edible materials for shelter design. Applying local materials, such as traditional Scandinavian waffles, to modular use is one way to develop shelter architecture sustainability. The planned structures will be erected on-site in collaboration with local bakeries as an opening event during the Trondheim Biennial.

    The citizens of Vilnius need your help developing and transforming proposed models for Guggenheim into three viable prototypes for social housing and one edible museum that are all planned to be exhibited at the Manufacturing Today exhibition in Trondheim opening from April 16.

    for workshop registration please send e-mail to:

    Registration deadline March 7, 2010.

    for questions and more information please contact GVS at:

    Manufacturing Today Production Workshop: Outline

    Re-enactment of three architectural proposals & waffle architecture performance

    “A real engine of change; a catalyst for optimism”

    1. Presentation and analysis of three architectural proposals by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas:
    ·    The architectural competition’s context and guidelines and how they are implemented in the proposals.
    ·    Their projected impact: the spatial reconfigurations that the Guggenheim project implies and the project’s definition of “success”
    ·    The means by which the city is engineered to be a destination of consumption; specifically, who will consume and what will be consumed?

    2. Presentation of three subsidized housing project sketches created at the 2008 GVS workshop and an analysis of counter-proposals
    ·    The original proposals’ problematics as reflected in social housing models; their possible improvement and possible methods for responding to problems using shelter design.
    ·    An alteration of the Guggenheim-Hermitage project brief, including mapping, values articulation and additionally amended objectives
    ·    Research and needs definition with regard to the target group shelters, noting what functions must be included and addressed by the new proposals.
    ·    Execution strategies for the new proposals

    3. Group brainstorm on technological challenges and solutions.

    4. Production planning and meetings with necessary partners, including production companies, bakeries, etc.

    5. Installation and performance plan development.

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