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Project Heracles: where the EURO meets the AFRO
 

Project Heracles: where the EURO meets the AFRO

Bjarke Ingels/BIG contributes designs for new EU and African currencies for an exhibition of proposals for a Eurafrican Bridge at London's The Gopher Hole.

 

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As part of the exhibition Project Heracles: 200 Postcards from the Eurafrican Border, launching this Thursday 21 July at London's The Gopher Hole, Bjarke Ingels/BIG makes a unique contribution to Project Heracles.

Ingels created two designs for banknotes commemorating the speculative yet all-too-overdue Eurafrican connection that Domus has dubbed Project Heracles. The highest denomination so far of the Euro—the €1,000 note—accompanies a projected new money, the Afro, depicting Egyptian activist and Arab Spring organizer Wael Ghonim. Like the new Euro bill, this imaginary pan-African currency commemorates the construction of the Eurafrican bridge.

  A limited edition of 100 of each note will be printed and distributed to attendees at Thursday's event at The Gopher Hole, which hosts an exhibition of many of the hundreds of compelling postcard-sized proposals for Project Heracles, with free drinks from 7–9 pm, and a DJ until 11.30. Also starting this week, DomusWeb will reprint selections by guest curators, starting with Geoff Manaugh.

About his currency designs, Ingels says:
In response to Project Heracles, Domus' call for ideas for a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, BIG has designed a 1,000 EURO bill and a corresponding first proposal for a United African Currency—the AFRO—in a denomination of 1,000.
The two bills portray the proposed connection across the Gibraltar Strait linking Europe and Africa. The bridge is conceived as an inhabited overpass uniting Euro-African typologies such as Firenze's Ponte Vecchio and Le Corbusier's Obus Plan for Algiers into an intercontinental hybrid of city and infrastructure. The investment in concrete and steel doubles as load-bearing structure for living and working spaces for the many immigrants anticipated over the next decades, and will help establish the bridge itself as a bicontinental city in its own right.
The EURO bill draws on the current design template emphasizing architecture as the common denominator between the various European cultures. The AFRO combines great African landmarks—in this case the bridge—with great African people of recent history that have contributed significantly to making a free united Africa a possibility.

Thursday, 19 July 2011, 7 pm–late
The Gopher Hole
350–354 Old Street
LONDON

 
In response to Project Heracles, Domus' call for ideas for a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, BIG has designed a 1,000 EURO bill and a corresponding first proposal for a United African Currency—the AFRO—in a denomination of 1,000.
 
Project Heracles: Call for ideas
 

Project Heracles: Call for ideas

Bridge? Tunnel? Cablecar? Dam? Metropolis? Market? Power plant? Museum? Icon? Prison? Park? Airport? Send us a postcard with your ideas for a connection between Africa and Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar.

 

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Project Heracles: A Eurafrican bridge
 

Project Heracles: A Eurafrican bridge

In an epistolary exchange, two European philosophers discuss an imaginary but possible infrastructure—a bridge linking Gibraltar and Ceuta that would eliminate the huge political, economic and geographical gap between Africa and Europe.

 

Architecture / Dieter Lesage,Lieven De Cauter

An open letter to the President of the European Council

After surveying proposals for a Eurafrican bridge, a plea to marshal the Heraclean effort to complete the last great juncture between earth's landmasses.

 

Op-ed / Joseph Grima

Project Heracles. 200 postcards from the Straits
 

Project Heracles. 200 postcards from the Straits

200 ideas, designs and proposals received following Project Heracles, Domus's call for ideas for an imaginary infrastructure connecting Africa and Europe.

 

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200... Ideas to Connect Two Continents
 

200... Ideas to Connect Two Continents

An exhibition at London's Gopher Hole gallery on the results of Project Heracles opens on July 21

 

Past-events

Project Heracles #1
 

Project Heracles #1

Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage comment on selected contributions to Project Heracles.

 

Architecture / Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage

Project Heracles #2
 

Project Heracles #2

Geoff Manaugh initiates a series of guest-curated proposals for Project Heracles, selecting the most intriguing projects among the hundreds received.

 

Architecture / Geoff Manaugh

Project Heracles #3
 

Project Heracles #3

Continuing the series of guest-curated selections from Project Heracles, Saskia Sassen comments on her favorites among the hundreds that Domus received.

 

Architecture / Saskia Sassen

Project Heracles #5
 

Project Heracles #5

In the ongoing series of guest-curated entries from Project Heracles, Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt detail their submission, which creates a radical new spur off London's tube network.

 

Architecture / Asif Khan + Pernilla Ohrstedt

Project Heracles #7
 

Project Heracles #7

The Mediterranean Sea represents an ocean of differences for the people who overlook it. For the next installment of Heracles, Carson Chan reads and responds to the postcard entries.

 

Architecture / Carson Chan

Project Heracles #9
 

Project Heracles #9

Among the postcards received for Project Heracles, Matteo Costanzo [2A + P/A] has selected those which represent the most basic aspect of crossing a border.

 

Architecture / Matteo Costanzo

Project Heracles #10
 

Project Heracles #10

The postcard entries chosen by architecture curator Pippo Ciorra reflect on the mare nostrum theme of the project.

 

Architecture / Pippo Ciorra

Project Heracles #11
 

Project Heracles #11

The Roman curator selected nine proposals that represent the journey of exchange with images that are unrealistic, poetic, or ironic.

 

Architecture / Emilia Giorgi

Project Heracles #12
 

Project Heracles #12

The architect/writer offers his reading on a number of projects submitted to the competition, all united by the idea of a movable bridge that runs between the two continents.

 

Architecture / Davide Vargas

Project Heracles #14
 

Project Heracles #14

The selections by Marco Brizzi drift toward projects bearing less architectural, but not simplistic nor naïve, visions.

 

Architecture / Marco Brizzi