everything out the door

CAMPO and Black Square are looking for student contributors for their upcoming exhibition and publication

Workshop in Rome, September 7-14, 2017 / www.campo.space 


 Apple bombs, venomous caramels, daily lies, false information; ultimately, Trojan throws, beds or horses that when inside a house destroy everything that surrounds them. We want to introduce to you everything that remains out of the door: the fabricated banality, intentional vulgarity, urban furniture, voracious dogs: with their 1967 Dream Beds, Archizoom wanted to contaminate domestic space with all the aspects of life that modern culture had rejected

This year, we ask a selection of contemporary architecture collectives to put forward their own idea for a Dream Bed. In 10 images commented with 10 short texts, our architect contributors will communicate their take on the ideal bedroom, intended as the minimum space through which we can construct an idea of architecture. Objets trouvés, personal cabinets of curiosities, speculative projects: these ten images construct visual essays of sorts on what we left out the door - and what we wish to bring back in to challenge our lives and conventions.

The images will represent objects, people, textures, materials, elements of furniture, surfaces, atmospheres, other architectures, other places, other rooms.

Our student contributors will realize 1:10 models of these ideal rooms; the models will not be shown to the public, but only used as stage set to be photographed. For a week in September we'll discuss, design, and build together; we will use Rome and its territory as source of inspiration, starting by diving into the world of Emperor Hadrian, who translated his personal obsessions into the idiosyncratic choreography of spaces of his Villa.

All of the visual essays contributed by the participating architects, as well as the photos of the models, will be on show at CAMPO in September 2017 and published in a Black Square book in 2018.

Everything Out the Door is the third instalment of a project started in 2015. The first book of the series, The Supreme Achievement, is already out and distributed worldwide by Koenig Books; the second publication, based on the 2016 workshop and exhibition Nothing Left to Design will be presented at the opening of the workshop this fall.

...To scientific progress, born out of the intelligence that explains it all, and the elegance that saves it all (disabling the fuses and laying out a radiant future), we prefer a postcard-like horizon complete with rainbow. Like the fake pacifists, in the evenings we take away the beards and moustaches, meditating the most violent treason. We also want to say: we can't be found where you are looking for us, don't trust the way we greet you. And then, the air smells of dead roses, a smell which we don't like that much... (Archizoom, in Domus, 1967)



The project

A group of architectural collectives are asked to contribute a visual essay of 10 images captioned by accompanying texts. Students will use this material to build 1:10 models of a Dream Room to be photographed. On show, we will exhibit the photos and the visual essays - yet not the models, as the actual object will remain a secret shared between us.

The workshop

The workshop will be curated by CAMPO and Black Square and led by tutors Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A) and Maria S. Giudici (Architectural Association). The participants will be assigned one of the visual essays and develop their model starting from the vision of the architect contributor. During the week, our work will not only consist of an intensive design and modelmaking charette, but also of field visits to the Rome that has been left 'out the door'. Some of the architect contributors will join us for crits and fieldwork during the workshop; we will find opportunities for debate and discussion with the others either at a later date or via web.


Wednesday, September 6 – arrival at the accommodation of your choice

Thursday, September 7 – workshop starts at CAMPO

Thursday, September 14 – set up and opening of exhibition

Eligibility, Applications and Deadlines

The workshop is open to up to maximum 18 participants. The work will be developed in pairs or individually, depending on the final structure of the exhibition. We are looking for individuals with a strong personal take on space, imagination, and new forms of life.  Students of any level as well as recent graduates are welcome.

Apply at info@campo.space before 16 July 2017 by sending a pdf document containing a cv, brief motivation letter, and 3 images of your work, making sure to include the following mandatory information: name, surname, date of birth, educational background, email address.

Please send a maximum 10 MB file named “name_surname.pdf”

The selected participants will be noticed before 20 July 2017.

Costs and equipment

The workshop will be hosted in the spaces of 2A+P/A office. Participants should bring a laptop with standard software (Rhino/Cad and Adobe Suite) and, if they have one, a good quality camera. We will provide all needed modelmaking equipment.

The workshop cost is 170€ and covers all the expenses to participate to the workshop including prints and exhibition. It is requested also to become ordinary members of CAMPO supporting it as Friend. Each applicant will have to arrange travel and accommodation in Rome; we can suggest contacts with local B&Bs, which will offer a discount rate.