CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TRANS 34 YOUTH

18.10.2018

INTRO: Throughout its development, the brain produces more emotions than it is able to handle. Therefore, as a young person, life is characterized by this unique intensity of thrill. As young adults one can often be overwhelmed, flickering between the drive of our ideals and the crude hurdles of reality. Being confronted to decision making and paths choosing, one starts to build its own identity and to learn, through errors and trials, through inspiration and appropriation. In the state of youth, doubts and unanswered questions emerge, vulnerability being a fact. Yet still flexible, this state allows moments of rare creativity and freedom (if one dares to embrace it).
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ONE: Our first day at architecture school, we are ceremoniously thrust into a studio with a certain professor. As the years pass, we are accorded greater freedom with which to choose our educational path. Often, we either start to narrow down our search field and study only what we think we want, or we continue to keep searching and challenging our interests. But how does who we study with influence us? Be it with an all-knowing master that imparts knowledge or a critical but encouraging figure that searches with the students, some make a deeper impact on us than others. Once ready to leave the nest, how do we know what we are doing - where does it come from? How do we shape our identity?
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TWO: Being vulnerable means to show weakness. Does it have to remain that way? Couldn’t the expression of ones own vulnerability even lead to a productive attitude? To seem to be vulnerable by making the confession not to know the answer. Impartiality as a mindset is only made possible by lowering ones defenses, the hard armor of prejudices.
Does therefore only the conscious decision of being vulnerable lead to a possible conception?
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THREE: There is a term for the urge to leap which you get standing over an edge looking into the void opening in front of you : ‘l’appel du vide’. Although your preservation instinct would not allow you to satisfy that urge, imagine missing that instinct or behaving so that you could be able to ignore it - and you would leap. It would be naive of you to believe you could survive such a gesture, and the higher the edge the more naive the belief, but if you do survive, would you achieve a new state of being? Would have naivety brought you further than you thought by leaping without looking in a void you didn’t know the depth of?
 
OUTRO: Send us your thesis on the topic of YOUTH and briefly present yourself.
Your contributions can be in your preferred media (text, sound, movie, image) and has to be submitted by mail (trans@arch.ethz.ch) or personal hand-in (HIL D 32, wed/thu, 17.00-19.00) until the deadline on November 11th.