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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

 

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A total of over 200 ideas were sent to Domus in response to Project Heracles, the competition launched by the monthly architecture, art and design magazine to conceive of an imaginary infrastructural work connecting Africa and Europe. The projects, which had to be outlined on a postcard, came from designers and architects from all over the world, suggesting creative, surprising and highly imaginative solutions including a Eurafrican airship, a cableway over the Strait of Gibraltar, a playground and a Eurafrican roundabout.

The most interesting entries can be found in the July-August edition of Domus with comments by the philosophers Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage, authors of the correspondence "The Myth of the Bridge". The cover of the edition is inspired by Andrea Costa and Debora Sanguineti's project, which takes the "Piazza of 200 Columns" in the Algerian Climat de France residential complex and turns it into an inhabited bridge, in reference to Giancarlo De Carlo's notion of the Mediterranean city.

There will be an exhibition of the postcards exhibited in a special show at The Gopher Hole to be inaugurated on 21st July, when the best five proposals selected by Lieven De Cauter will receive a prize. The postcards will be published on DomusWeb.

The deadline for new entries has been extended to 19th July and postcards can be posted directly to
Project Heracles
The Gopher Hole
350-354 Old Street,
London, EC1V 9NQ
UK

"We are very pleased with the interest that Project Heracles has aroused," says Domus's editor Joseph Grima, "and especially with the strong statements that the submitted projects make about the need to rethink relationships between Africa and Europe, starting with those that can symbolically be infrastructures of dialogue rather than separation."

The Gopher Hole is a small exhibition, project space and venue co-founded by aberrant architecture and Beatrice Galilee. Its aim is to explore new ways of curating ideas in contemporary culture and to provide a forum for sharp, critical debate on the arts and society. From December 2010 The Gopher Hole has hosted a rolling programme of exhibitions, events, talks, screenings and continues to provide an open house for ideas that cross cultural boundaries, promote political and sociological thinking and encourage debate and exchange between disciplines.

Above postcard by: Zhiguo Pan (Archimag Design, Shenzhen, China)

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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Reviving a typology with a dark past, two architects propose a subversive new endeavour to address, and critique, the European immigration controversy.

 

Architecture / Alan Rapp

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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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: 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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The Xi'an trident
 

The Xi'an trident

Water, vegetation and architecture converge in the sinous landscape system of the Flowing Gardens, created for the International Horticultural Expo held in Xi'an, China.

 

Architecture / Bert de Muynck

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 #4
 

Project Heracles #4

In the ongoing series of guest-curated entries from Project Heracles, Bruce Sterling selects his favorites.

 

Architecture / Bruce Sterling

Project Heracles #8
 

Project Heracles #8

In the next installment of guest-curated selections for Project Heracles, Salvatore D'Agostino considers places of encounter and exchange.

 

Architecture / Salvatore D'Agostino

Project Heracles #13
 

Project Heracles #13

Fears, desires, tics, perversions, ideological tendencies and fetishes are found by the Triestine researcher in the folds of the proposals submitted for the competition.

 

Architecture / Giovanni Corbellini