There are plenty of prizes for building, but two architects have inaugurated a competition for the most creative way of demolishing a building – in the hope that the results will improve the urban environnment
When David Bench was a child in suburban Houston, he harboured a peculiar fantasy. “I used to ride in the back of the car and imagine I had a huge bat,” says the young, New York-based architect, “and I could swat down every ugly roadside building.”
These daydreams may not have helped him win his place at Yale’s graduate school, or his position at the prestigious Manhattan practice, Selldorf Architects. Yet Bench thinks his destructive side assisted him and his colleague Jonathan Chesley triumph in one of his profession’s most challenging contests.
Back in April 2014 Bench and Chesley won the special prize in the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Competition of Competitions. This open-call from a venerable New York non-profit organisation was staged to find inventive, new architectural challenges. Storefront believed that the quotidian architectural competition, which usually asked for a new shopping mall or opera house proposals, had stymied the discipline’s development and narrowed its purview.
Bench and Chesley’s winning entry, Taking Buildings Down, was as ingenious as it was simple: rather than ask for new architectural developments, the pair wondered what kind of submissions they might receive if they called for architects to dream-up a demolition scheme?
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