Tenancingo Square Mediascape

Invisible and incomprehensible to most, the issues of modern day slavery are real and widespread.  The Polaris Project, a leading organization in the battle against human trafficking, reports nearly 20.9 million victims worldwide fueling an obscene, yet lucrative, multi-billion dollar industry.

Encompassing both labor and sex, human trafficking denies basic freedoms and degrades life to mere commodification.  Traffickers prey on vulnerable populations, employing a multitude of sophisticated strategies to lure or coerce individuals into lives of forced service.  An eradication of trafficking demands stringent and absolute global enforcement of human rights.  A solution further entails concentrated effort to reform areas where illicit behaviors have become normalized.  In source communities, such as Tenancingo Municipality, Mexico, human trafficking has become industry, sustaining both the wealth of its citizens and international networks of illegal human exchange.  Positioning itself in such a context, arch out loud seeks to investigate architecture’s capacity to challenge entrenched exploitation.

arch out loud challenges designers to reimagine the town square of Tenancingo, Mexico in response to the prevalent issues of sex trafficking existing in the area. Designers should explore the catalytic potentials of architectural intervention, inciting positive change through the introduction of a transformative mediascape.  The proposed conversion should aim to both educate and empower, reforming entrenched behavior.  How might a modified square reshape communal mindset and motivation, reconstituting the image of a town where exploitation has become normalized?

Prizes total to $8,000
OVERALL WINNER – $5,000 + Publications & Certificate
Runnerup 1 – $1,000 + Publications & Certificate
Runnerup 2 – $1,000 + Publications & Certificate
Runnerup 3 – $1,000 + Publications & Certificate
10 Honorable Mentions – Publications & Certificate
Directors Choice – Publications & Certificate

Hilary Sample – Founder/Principal, MOS Architects | Columbia University GSAPP
Ashley Schafer – Founder, PRAXIS Journal | Harvard GSD | Knowlton School
César Guerrero – Founder/Partner, S-AR
Ana Cecilia Garza – Founder/Partner, S-AR
People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Anouk Legendre – Founder/Principal, XTU
Nicholas Desmazieres – Founder/Principal, XTU

+ More to be Announced

Advanced Registration – February 20th
Early Registration – March 19th
Regular Registration – April 18th
Submission Deadline – May 15th Contact arch out loud at

Sunbrella® and Architizer™ Future of Shade Competition

Open call for projects and ideas that explore the possibilities of what fabric architecture can be. Look at last year’s entries (through this link) and start thinking of ideas as this fifth annual competition opens March 13!

Each entry should challenge conventional notions of how fabric can be used, and how it can make exciting, emotionally connected and functional spaces. The grand prize winner in each category will receive $10,000. Competition rules and deadlines coming soon!