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ENTRANCE: SoArch Retrospective of Building Entrances from around the World (1914-2014)


Did you ever wonder where everyone from our SoArch community goes over the summer? Do you want to share your experiences? Are you interested in learning more about what’s happening in the broader architectural community?

Submit photos or sketches of building entrances that you visit as you travel this summer! Win prizes!

It’s easy. Just follow these three steps:

1. Identify a public or semi-public building anywhere in the world that was built in the past 100 years (1914-2014).
2. Submit at least two original photographs or sketches of the building’s entrance – one from the city scale showing the building in its context and one from the human scale.
3. Complete a form providing some basic facts and observations about the building and its entrance.

The building can be any public or semi-public building that was built over the past 100 years (1914-2014). Think government building (courthouse, library, embassy), mass transit facility (airport, train terminal), an office building, hospital or hotel--to name a few. Choose a building with an entrance that presents an interesting condition.

Some questions to get you thinking about the project: How does the building--specifically its entrance--relate to the surrounding context? What is the impact of the decisions that the architect made in designing the entrance? How does the entry sequence consider the human experience? What architectural features does the architect incorporate? Are there any identifiable qualities of modernity present in the design of the building’s entrance?

If you are traveling outside of the United States this summer and are looking for ideas of buildings to photograph, check out the exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (which runs from Saturday, June 7 to November 23, 2014). The exhibition, OfficeUS, creates The Repository – documentation of 1000 projects designed by US architecture firms working abroad from the last 100 years.

If you are not traveling outside of the United States this summer, but want to look up some of the buildings from The Repository, you may submit an original sketch of the building’s entrance in lieu of photographs.

This project is open to new and returning students enrolled in the School of Architecture’s undergraduate and graduate programs. There is no limit on how many times you may enter. Prizes will be selected from complete submissions and will include art store supplies, moleskin journals and the OfficeUS Atlas – a publication of The Repository.

Post images to the ENTRANCE Flickr stream!

Full submissions are due by December 15, 2014. Check back for further details about submission procedures and other updates. Download the submission form here.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lucchino. ENTRANCE is a project supported by the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Liceaga Faculty Grant.