In January 2008, during the run-up to the election of the 44th President of the United States, Storefront for Art and Architecture and Control Group sent out an open call for ideas: What would the White House, the ultimate architectural embodiment of power, look like if it were to be designed today?
Over 850 participants from 42 countries around the world signed up to participate, and almost 500 proposals were received. Some are visionary, others polemical; some tap into themes related to current electoral politics, others into the remarkable potential of the building’s iconic status. All are investigations of architecture’s opportunities and obligations in relation to political power.
On October 2 at 7pm, Storefront will inaugurate an exhibition presenting 150 ideas and proposals submitted for White House Redux. At 7.30pm, awards will be presented to the authors of the best projects as selected by a distinguished panel of judges.