Check out their project proposals HERE.
If you are a university student or you just graduated in architecture, design or art, you are very welcome to hand in your application as a participant until 22 May 2016.
For details and open call see our applicaton page!
PROJECT VILLAGE 2016
In the Old Testament God gave a very precise manual on how to build a tabernacle, the portable dwelling space of divine presence, a meeting point between God and his people. It symbolised the cosmology of its community as well as marking the new station in their wandering.
Project Village 2016 is asking its community to define and construct their own place of ritual for its nomadic members. A place of arrival, permanence, connection… followed by disintegration and final disappearance.
The fanfare of Project Village 2015 came to be a portable settlement celebrating its provisional state as it joined various festivals. Wherever it travelled, it became a catalyst for interaction, activity and pleasure of its temporary communities.
THIS YEAR WE WILL TEST THE PROCESS OF SETTLING
Project Village explores the reciprocal relationship between communities and their built environment using the rural terrain as its canvas.
Continuing our investigations in the countryside, Project Village 2016 calls you to join our glomad community, to migrate and claim our territory of Csoromfolde, and transform its surface of trees, grass, ruins, and left behind artefacts into our rural settlement.
A settlement to be constructed on the border of a sedentary and a nomadic state, a place for the cyclical revival of Hello Wood’s rural campus.
A settlement that will become the temporary home of its builders.
What would you build first to mark your base by your neighbour’s side?
Can this first station become the foundation in the making of our village? How will the site alter our preconceived, visionary or revolutionary ideas of a community settlement? And vice versa: how will our ideas revive the remaining walls of the previous hamlet? How will we write the new chapter in
the story of Csoromfolde where we are the protagonists?
Can a week-long exercise in real-time master planning, practicing the craft and politics of building, partying and constructing our own community lead to a new form of village?
We invite professionals, academics and students from around the globe to shape the horizon of Csoromfolde and lay down the foundation of our rural campus, constructing the threshold between permanent and temporary, ephemeral and grounded, familiar and foreign, a place for discussion
and physical realisation.
Join us in our continuing debate on the future of the countryside while realising our collective fantasy of a village designed, built, and inhabited by its architects.
WHEN: JULY 14/22 2016
CO-CURATED BY: Johanna Muszbek architect (University of Liverpool)
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2016 PROGRAMME AND APPLICATION DETAILS
PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR OPEN CALL HERE!
registration deadline: April 15
final application deadline: May 1
Open call for students who wish to participate will also be out soon, in late April.
Let it Snow! - London
On London’s Granary Square at King’s Cross, Hello Wood cooperated with London-based visual-artist group Creatmosphere to create an 11-metre-tall Christmas tree made from 365 illuminated wooden sledges, representing each day of the year. The artists created the unique mixture of light and architecture to mark the Lumiere London festival that is coming to King’s Cross and the West End during 14 - 17 January 2016. While Hello Wood designed and built the structure, Creatmosphere animated it with light and sound. To represent the four seasons, a cycle of colour-changing motion and sound will invite people to imagine the Christmas tree in different ways. Therefore, even in the earliest phases, architects and light artists worked together to create the tree, named Let it Snow. The name was chosen to call for snow at Christmas, and seeks to highlight the impact of climate change that has prevented sledging on London hills during this festive time for many years. The 100 sledges used to build the installation will be given away to local schools in the area, and the remaining will be available to the public for purchase on 7th January when the Christmas tree will be dismantled; 10% of the income from this will go to charity. “We wanted to create a temporary installation, which is not only spectacular, but with primary elements that remain usable so they can be distributed among kids. For us, this is the point of social awareness: you don’t only show something, but at the same time you give something unique,” says András Huszár, co-founding architect of Hello Wood, about the installation.
Pilcrow Project - Manchester
As part of The Pilcrow Project in Manchester, Hello Wood was commissioned to build an 11-metre-tall tree on Sadler’s Yard. The tree was created with the hope that it would become a symbol of the power of community-building during the Christmas holidays, and later on 100% of the building material will be recycled to build the Pilcrow Pub’s workshop space. Some of the materials will be used as work benches, while other parts will be used for furniture, flooring, wall coverings, and traditional pub games. The Pilcrow Pub, which itself will be a temporary structure, has been designed to move around the NOMA neighbourhood as it develops, and is expected to fast become a local attraction and topic of conversation, giving people the chance to take part in the building process and learn new skills. A series of free-to-attend workshops will encourage groups of volunteers to spend time learning a new skill by constructing part of the pub themselves. The branches of the Christmas Tree with a Difference are spiral-like and built on a basic structure, using pine and oak, in a variety of sizes and cross sections in order to provide the maximum number of possibilities for future use. The installation – which includes approximately 8m3 of wood and 4.5 tonnes of metal plates – took three weeks to prepare in Hungary, and five days to construct in Manchester. According to David Raday, co-founder of Hello Wood, “It was an inspiring challenge to design and build a Christmas installation that is not only visually attractive and comprehensible for the wider public, but that also connects to a complex architectural and cultural project by re-using every element of the installation for the Pilcrow Pub project. We hope that this tree will become a symbol for the power of community-building during the Christmas holidays, and later on in its new form when used in the pub.”
More photos HERE
Budapest - Charity Tree
In Budapest’s Erzsébet Square, Hello Wood built a giant Christmas tree to support the campaign of Hungarian Interchurch Aid. The tree, built for an entire week with the help of alpinists, is 16 metres high, 6.5 metres wide, and was made of 10,000 pieces of firewood that weigh a total of 40 tonnes. The goal was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community, symbolizing the importance of caring about each other. Therefore, all the firewood used to build it will be given to families in need during January. The installation is called Charity Tree, representing the importance of the community and social awareness: not only because people traditionally gather around Christmas trees to celebrate together, but also because at this time of the year, it is particularly important to think of the thousands of Hungarian families who have daily problems with heating during wintertime. Hello Wood launched the project to raise awareness of these burning social problems that we have to find a solution to as a community. Hello Wood’s symbolic answer was to create a temporary installation, which can be used to heat homes during wintertime. The Charity Tree has a 4-metre-tall entrance, and the creator made sure that the inside is accessible with wheelchairs and buggies. Thanks to the special lighting effects, the round-shaped windows on the structure look like classic Christmas-tree decorations from the outside. Meanwhile visitors can get a view of the city looking out of the windows from the inside via a staircase leading up to 4 metres high.
Technika - our open wood workshop finally opened!
Founded by Hello Wood and the Economic Polytechnics High School, Technika #1 is Budapest's first public DIY workshop for undergraduates, carpenters, non-professionals and children.
Our aim is to give everybody an opportunity to get familiar with the again popular and fascinating world of timbering and DIYing.
address: 1096 Budapest, Vendel utca 3.
opening hours: Tuesday/Saturday 1-8pm
MORE PHOTOS, DETAILS, EVENTS:
IF YOU ARE IN BUDAPEST AND NEED A SPACE TO WORK, COME AND JOIN US!
A debate on whether or not contemporary architectural discourse should shift its attention to rural settlements, rather than only focusing on the city, has recently been echoed by many architects including Rem Koolhaas. Entering this conversation, Hello Wood has invited 150 practicing architects, academics and students to take part in Project Village: an architectural experiment that redefines the concept of the village. Although the village is an outgrowth of its own socio-political, historical and environmental context over a long period of time, Project Village asked the question whether this process can be addressed differently: Can settlements generate their own context over a relatively short period of time?
Participants were searching for new methods in real-time masterplanning; practiced the craft and politics of actual building and constructed a community that established its own, possibly a new type, of village. Project Village became an instant settlement of 150 people during the one week in which it was built. Units of a traditional village where approached from a community perspective in a contemporary form: Among the 15 installations were a Migrant House, a Rolling Pub, a Village Cinema, and even a residential building depicting the cycle of birth and death. As a result, Project Village in its first year became a catalyst of events and social interaction. It is a manifold community space ready to be occupied by and engage various groups of public.
In the past ten years numerous art projects have focused on the topic of community settlements: from the experimental settlement of AVL Ville built by Joep Van Lieshout in Rotterdam, through Yael Bartana’s propagandistic art work Wall and Tower, to Thomas Hirshhorn’s Gramsci Monument. These works all raise questions on the role of community settlements, their reciprocal relation to their environment, and their urban, cultural, socio-political context. Starting in 2015, Project Village joined this debate. Continuing the tradition of the 6 years old Hello Wood, participants were invited to build a one–to-one model of their collective vision of a village: after designing the different components, they have built a settlement in one week, and set it on its way to occupy various environments and to be occupied by different communities and multiple activities.
Team leaders of Hello Wood, arriving from various parts of the world and from diverse academic and professional environments, came with entirely different references for what an ideal village should look like or should be. While the traditional village in Hungary is usually built along one street, in Mexico - for instance - it is based on a circular-structure. Since the creators of Project Village worked without the cultural and architectural heritage of any existing village, this creative freedom resulted in a settlement based on the needs and desires of a team of multinational thinkers. The installations do not seek to provide a general solution to the problems of villages around the world. The creators did, however, search for new ways of addressing social architecture and the use of public space. The installations reflect certain problems of contemporary society such as immigration, multifaith communities and the issues of private property. The creators also reimagined the institutions of any well-established village: The Cinema, the Pub and and the Community Places.
Project Village 2015 is the first phase of a 3-year-long architectural endeavor. During the first phase the creators have established a Village that’s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a public space. In the next chapter in 2016, the Village will expand, evolve, find its borders, and defend itself if needed. In the final year of the Project Village cycle, parts of the settlement will be conserved, reused, revitalized, deconstructed. Rather than manipulating and scrutinizing the architectural construct of an existing village, Project Village establishes its own settlement and examines the relationship between communities and their built environment through partaking in the politics and process of building, while challenging student-teacher-client-designer synergies at work, in search of innovative methods in participatory design processes.
The Village made its debut as an event space in the Valley of Art festival, after which it became a travelling circus related to the theme and nuanced by the context of the Sziget Festival and Budapest Design Week.
MOOD PHOTOS - LIFE AT HELLO WOOD 2015 - CLICK HERE
PROJECT PHOTOS - 15 PROJECTS - CLICK HERE
PROJECT VILLAGE @ VALLEY OF ARTS FESTIVAL - CLICK HERE
PROJECT VILLAGE @ SZIGET FESTIVAL BUDAPEST - CLICK HERE
We are looking for team leaders in Project Village 2015,