• Think Space: The Competitive Hypothesis
    Adrian Lahoud
    Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
    Jan 22, 2013 to Feb 15, 2013
    Lauba People and Art House, Zagreb
    Feb 22, 2013 to Mar 12, 2013
    Zagreb Society of Architects

Rafaela Drazic, The Competitive Hypothesis, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia. Courtesy of Zagreb Society of Architects.

Think Space: The Competitive Hypothesis is an exhibition resulting from an annual cycle of conceptual architectural competitions that aims to reflect on the significant changes across social, political, and environmental registers in the last thirty years by revisiting three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (1995), and Blur Building (1999). Participating architects in the original competition will act as jury in the current competition: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, and Charles Renfro and Ricardo Scofidio. The exhibition will consist of the display of the original three winning entries of the aforementioned canonical projects next to the winning entries of a 2012 reenactment of the same competition briefs. The exhibition is seen as the initiation of architectural debate, striving to uncover new possibilities in the recent history of architecture by returning to these singular moments of disciplinary transformation.

Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer, and researcher. Through private practice, teaching, and writing he explores the disputed, conflicting, and often paradoxical transformation of cities. In 2010, he guest-edited a special issue of AD, Post-Traumatic Urbanism. His forthcoming work Project for the Mediterranean, explores research on scale and complexity through speculative infrastructure in North Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Europe. He forms one third of the curatorial collective N and has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Gwanju Design Biennale. Currently he is course director of the Urban Design Masters at the Bartlett and lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths.

Ana Dana Beros, program coordinator, is an architect, activist, and educator at ARCHIsquad (a group for the Architecture of Conscience), text writer and editor at Oris magazine, and web editor at Zagreb Society of Architects. She was head designer of Dva Plus’s creative department in Zagreb, where she focused on architectural competitions, and winning the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Merit Award. She graduated with distinction from the School of Architecture at the University of Zagreb, and during her studies she gained architectural expertise in Finland, Brazil, and Croatia.

Kata Gaspar is an architect and urban planner with a master’s degree from the University of Zagreb’s School of Architecture in 2011. During her studies, she spent a year studying art history and French language and literature at the School of Humanities and Social Studies, hence her inclination towards exploring links between the architectural past, present, and future. Her professional experience includes three years of working experience in the Croatian Conservation Institute. Since November 2011, she has served as organizing assistant at the Zagreb Society of Architects.

Sanja Cvjetko Jerkovic is an architect, researcher, and lecturer. She graduated from the School of Architecture, Universita' IUAV di Venezia, under Luciano Semerani, and began working within the Department of Architectural Design. During 2005–06, she was a part-time assistant in the Department of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture in Zagreb. Since 2006, she has worked at the School of Architecture, TU Delft, as PhD candidate and lecturer. Besides focusing on educational and scientific research, she has been dedicated to architectural praxis, publishing, and the organization of professional exhibitions, conferences, and lectures.

Luka Korlaet is an architect and lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Zagreb, and guest teacher at the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Split, Croatia. Korlaet has pursued doctoral studies in urbanism, focusing on social housing issues. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Zagreb Society of Architects since 2009, and has taken part in numerous open competitions and won several prizes. Korlaet graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of Zagreb, where he received the Chancellor's Award.

Damir Ljutic, program chairman, is an architect and president of the Zagreb Society of Architects (2009–13). Ljutic is a founding partner of the award-winning architectural studio Dva Plus in Zagreb, and has over fourteen years of experience. He is a member of the Committee for Architectural Excellence in the City of Zagreb and the Green Building Council of Croatia. Ljutic graduated from the Academy for Political Development under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the School of Architecture at the University of Zagreb.

Ana Marendic graduated from the Police Academy at Zagreb University in 2002, with a master’s degree in criminal science. In 2005, Marendic started working at the Zagreb Society of Architects, as well as at the Croatian Association of Architects. Since 2010, she has worked exclusively at the Zagreb Society of Architects, and is in charge of membership services, organization of professional exhibitions, competitions, conferences, and other programs.

Vesna Vrga Perovic gained her degree in engineering from the University of Zagreb’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing, her MBA from the IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia, and additional specialized education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Management Centre Europe in Brussels. She has more than ten years of experience at the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet), where she has worked on implementing ICT projects, creating digital contents and internet portals. Additionally, she has participated in organizing committees of many international conferences and has organized many educational and promotional events.

Zagreb Society of Architects (ZSA) is a professional association with a long history dating back to 1878. Objectives of the organization are development, conservation, and affirmation of Croatian architecture, urban planning, culture, and protection of the built and natural environment. With active members, prominent architects, urban planners, landscape and interior designers, ZSA/DAZ is the largest society of architects in Croatia. It represents the interests of its members, organizes and conducts competitions in the field of architecture and urban planning, prepares and organizes professional and educational programs, initiates and manages special projects, and participates in the preparation of laws and regulations in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and construction. ZSA/DAZ ‘s website is the most influential architectural portal in Croatia.