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Blank Space Blank Space is an online platform for architecture, founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman. See more at: blankspaceproject.com

Blank Space is an online platform for architecture, founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman. Matthew is an architect who believes architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social. Francesca is a journalist who believes that communication is omnipresent, and that good communication helps great ideas change the world. We like to think of Blank Space as an office for thought provocation, challenging architecture to rethink its role in society by speaking about things everybody can relate to, in a language understandable to all. Every endeavor that we initiate takes fun very seriously and strives to be audacious enough to ignite imaginations. Through competitions, publications, and projects, we uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.

Blank Space's cover photo
05/28/2020

Blank Space's cover photo

🚀Let’s head to Outer Space...
05/27/2020

🚀Let’s head to Outer Space...

I wondered if there had ever been a year without a summer. I found out it was in 1816. Clouds from a huge volcano plunge...
04/27/2020

I wondered if there had ever been a year without a summer. I found out it was in 1816. Clouds from a huge volcano plunged the world into endless winter. Crops failed, famine and disease spread – and great poets and composers of the day responded with works of gloomy genius. Fragmental volcanic materials in the atmosphere led to spectacular, mesmerizing sunsets, colors never seen before appeared in the sky, and painters like William Turner were unconsciously influenced in the choice of tints and shades. The terrible lack of oats to feed animals and especially horses inspired Karl Drais, a German inventor, to research a new way of transportation : the velocipede ( the first bicycle).

That missing summer, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Jhon Polidori, met each other in Switzerland, beside lake Geneva where, confined indoors by the bad weather, they passed their time playing games and writing scary stories by the fireside. Their contributions were to create the uncontrollable monster of Frankenstein; or the modern Prometheus, and The Vampire, precursor of Dracula.

It took me almost two weeks to pack all my books and stuff. I left the city on a sunny windy day. Once back to colours and silence I traded my Pripyat for a surfboard.

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Part 5 of 5 of "The Year Without Winter" by TAMÁS FISCHER AND CARLOTTA COMINETTI OF VIRGINLEMON - Winner in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition
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Phones started ringing again. The press went back to work. Everyone went back to work but me. I didn’t return to the off...
04/26/2020

Phones started ringing again. The press went back to work. Everyone went back to work but me. I didn’t return to the office even when my case on biodegradable chips was reopened.

Then on March 20th, a bolt from the blue. Wind and fresh air. As soon as the temperature had returned to the seasonal average, suddenly the buzz stopped. I thought about the cicadas again. It was Spring. It caught us unprepared. The immediate damage was considerable, flooding, loss of electricity, structural failures.

They called it “the year without a winter”.

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Part 4 of 5 of "The Year Without Winter" by TAMÁS FISCHER AND CARLOTTA COMINETTI OF VIRGINLEMON - Winner in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition
#fairytales2020 #fairytalescompetition #architecture #architizer #architect #archinect #designboom #koozarch #soarch #archicage #critday #imadethat #superarchitects #storytelling #technology #competition #showitbetter #littleblackbox #archdaily #instaarchitecture #drawing #superarchitects #thearchitecturestudentblog #archilovers #architecturestudent #next_top_architects

On hotter days my headache exploded, I stayed lying on my back for hours looking at the ceiling. There were no other sme...
04/25/2020

On hotter days my headache exploded, I stayed lying on my back for hours looking at the ceiling. There were no other smells but those of moist and ionized air. There was no noise other than the fans, uncoordinated and persistent. Sometimes I thought about the south of France and cicadas. Everything became slow, temporary and postponed. Maintenance works ceased.

On cooler days I took advantage of the more human decibels to read the last chapters of all those books I had never finished.

February gave us a break, the wait was replaced by organisation and mobilisation. slowly, and with unexpected, grace people returned communication.

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Part 3 of 5 of "The Year Without Winter" by TAMÁS FISCHER AND CARLOTTA COMINETTI OF VIRGINLEMON - Winner in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition
#fairytales2020 #fairytalescompetition #architecture #architizer #architect #archinect #designboom #koozarch #soarch #archicage #critday #imadethat #superarchitects #storytelling #technology #competition #showitbetter #littleblackbox #archdaily #instaarchitecture #drawing #superarchitects #thearchitecturestudentblog #archilovers #architecturestudent #next_top_architects

Every night around midnight I zipped the tent. Silence. From time to time just the breaths of a couple making love in th...
04/24/2020

Every night around midnight I zipped the tent. Silence. From time to time just the breaths of a couple making love in the dark, on the sand.

In November the temperatures were still 10 degrees above the seasonal averages. I started thinking differently about those nights, with a sense of regret. Sometimes almost with anger.

Like many others, I was spending my days wondering why I’d come back to the city.

People were lazy and sweaty. At work, production fell by 45 percent and every provision was postponed to a date to be defined.

On December 8th the state of national emergency had been declared.

Christmas was the longest day ever recorded. Since Natural Christmas trees and light decorations had been banned, my mother just put a beautiful red tablecloth on the table. I drank two or three liters of vodka and lemon sorbet, I tasted just a bite of turkey. I spent almost an hour at the window picturing the building in front of mine : #Sergio Leone #Civil War #Christmas In The Far West #Clint #A Fistful of Dollars #family time #no filter #like for like, then I fell asleep, exhausted, before sunset.

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Part 2 of 5 of "The Year Without Winter" by TAMÁS FISCHER AND CARLOTTA COMINETTI OF VIRGINLEMON - Winner in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition
#fairytales2020 #fairytalescompetition #architecture #architizer #architect #archinect #designboom #koozarch #soarch #archicage #critday #imadethat #superarchitects #storytelling #technology #competition #showitbetter #littleblackbox #archdaily #instaarchitecture #drawing #superarchitects

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Purgatory" by Suada Dema.Read the full story and check out all the winners and hono...
04/23/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Purgatory" by Suada Dema.
Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

Blank Space's cover photo
04/23/2020

Blank Space's cover photo

I had decided to leave alone for the summer holidays that year, it would have been the last journey of my old orange Pri...
04/23/2020

I had decided to leave alone for the summer holidays that year, it would have been the last journey of my old orange Pripyat, a Soviet-style three-door car, produced until 1972 at the Kommunor plant, today in Ukraine.

It was not a family inheritance but rather a typical nostalgic caprice, something that frequently happens to people in their thirties, a smart investment that after ten years would have yielded up to four hundred percent of profits, much more than any bank deposit or pension fund. I always think about my future.

A month later, my town was exactly as I had left it. At 9pm on September 14th, the sun was setting on the horizon and I checked, as scheduled, the last point of my summer program: “remember to take the East road with the sun behind you”. It could be dangerous, my glasses weren’t polarized.

Thinking about my journey, it was a special one, maybe even a little nostalgic, but beautiful and international. I had pushed myself (in fact I literally pushed my car) to reach the ocean. Wonderful! Colourful! Powerful! I was camping in the wild, right behind the official surf camp where people were young and beautiful, blond, tonic, smiling and tanned. Never had the chance to approach them.

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Part 1 of 5 of "The Year Without Winter" by TAMÁS FISCHER AND CARLOTTA COMINETTI OF VIRGINLEMON - Winner in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition

#fairytales2020 #fairytalescompetition #architecture #architizer #architect #archinect #designboom #koozarch #soarch #archicage #critday #imadethat #superarchitects #storytelling #technology #competition #showitbetter #littleblackbox #archdaily #instaarchitecture #drawing #superarchitects #thearchitecturestudentblog #archilovers #architecturestudent #next_top_architects

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Active Ornament" by Lindsay Harkema.Read the full story and check out all the winne...
04/22/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Active Ornament" by Lindsay Harkema.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Post-reality Framework" by Stefano Stecchelli, Carlo Occhipinti, Ilaria Caraffi, Fr...
04/21/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Post-reality Framework" by Stefano Stecchelli, Carlo Occhipinti, Ilaria Caraffi, Francesco Bacci, and Carlo Canepa of To Nowhere Studio.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “breath" by Therese Leick and Wilhelm Scheruebl of TAB collective.Read the full stor...
04/20/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “breath" by Therese Leick and Wilhelm Scheruebl of TAB collective.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Mickey’s Mechanical House" by Ioanna Sotiriou & Maria Tsilogianni of Studio MIWI.Re...
04/19/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Mickey’s Mechanical House" by Ioanna Sotiriou & Maria Tsilogianni of Studio MIWI.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Rothiemurchus 2098" by Marie Walker-Smith.Read the full story and check out all the...
04/18/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Rothiemurchus 2098" by Marie Walker-Smith.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Back to Eden" by Amit Avni.Read the full story and check out all the winners and ho...
04/17/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Back to Eden" by Amit Avni.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Ghostly Presence” by Jiawei Liang &Wei Wu.Read the full story and check out all the...
04/16/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “Ghostly Presence” by Jiawei Liang &Wei Wu.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “USO-03 unit A_Upstream Strategic Outposts” by Anton Markus Pasing of Remote Control...
04/15/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “USO-03 unit A_Upstream Strategic Outposts” by Anton Markus Pasing of Remote Controlled Studio.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “7121 Lonzo” by Eric de Broche des Combes and Eva de Broche des Combes.Read the full...
04/14/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: “7121 Lonzo” by Eric de Broche des Combes and Eva de Broche des Combes.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: ““H.A.N.D, I DO”” by Diego Grisaleña Albéniz and James Mitchell.Read the full story ...
04/13/2020

2020 Fairy Tales Honorable Mention: ““H.A.N.D, I DO”” by Diego Grisaleña Albéniz and James Mitchell.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions at www.blankspaceproject.com

Third Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “Lloronas of Juárez” by Albert Orozco and Edward Rivero.Read the...
04/12/2020

Third Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “Lloronas of Juárez” by Albert Orozco and Edward Rivero.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions now at www.blankspaceproject.com

Second Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “SYMBIOSIS” by Aleksandr Čebotariov and Laura Kuršvietytė.Read ...
04/11/2020

Second Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “SYMBIOSIS” by Aleksandr Čebotariov and Laura Kuršvietytė.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions now at www.blankspaceproject.com

First Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “The Year Without a Winter” by Tamás Fischer and Carlotta Comine...
04/10/2020

First Prize in the 2020 Fairy Tales Competition goes to “The Year Without a Winter” by Tamás Fischer and Carlotta Cominetti of VIRGINLEMON.

Read the full story and check out all the winners and honorable mentions now at www.blankspaceproject.com

Fairy Tales 2020 winners explore real and fictional crises through creative storytellinghttps://archinect.com/news/artic...
04/09/2020
Fairy Tales 2020 winners explore real and fictional crises through creative storytelling

Fairy Tales 2020 winners explore real and fictional crises through creative storytelling
https://archinect.com/news/article/150192702/fairy-tales-2020-winners-explore-real-and-fictional-crises-through-creative-storytelling

The seventh edition of the popular 'Fairy Tales' competition just revealed its winning entries. The dominating themes of this year's most gripping illustrated short stories seemed like ominous reflections of the spirit of this age: environmental collapse, existential crisis, violent realities, and.....

12/19/2019

Less than 24 hours left to register and submit to #FairyTales2020 ! Final Deadline tonight, December 19th at 11:59PM EST

12/16/2019

Just a few days left to Register and Submit to Fairy Tales 2020! Final Deadline this Thursday, December 19th at 11:59PM EST

11/21/2019

Less than 24 hours left for Regular Registration for #FairyTales2020!

Thanks AIAS for the share! Some of the best projects we receive are student entries.
11/20/2019
American Institute of Architecture Students - AIAS

Thanks AIAS for the share! Some of the best projects we receive are student entries.

The Blank Space Fairy Tales 2020 competition has officially LAUNCHED! Find out more about this incredible competition by clicking the link below. Get inspired and share with us your #FairyTale today.

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11/19/2019
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FEATURED COMPETITION: Fairy Tales 2020 (regular registration period ends soon!)

11/18/2019

Just three days left for regular registration for #FairyTales2020! Sign up before 11:59PM on Thursday, November 21st

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