Finally, A Chance For Students To Show Off Their Literacy


We weren’t very good at studio, or design, or drawing, or drafting, or modeling, or really in any way visually representing an idea. So we suffered, in silence, with our crap-tastic models that various professors would kick out of the way, the whole while raging at their value only as symbolism of an architectural education gone horribly awry (in retrospect, we can’t really disagree). So it is with nothing but the fondest memories of hope, hope that we could finally turn to our fellow students and say “suck it!” that we saw this morning that this year’s Berkeley Prize essay competition is underway. It’s open to undergraduate architecture majors at accredited schools, throughout the world, and requires only that these majors answer a question in a well-written manner.

Shockingly, this is difficult for most architecture students. That’s how they grow up to write like this, or this.

This year’s subject is Children and the City. The question:

You believe that there are special ways that would allow children to uniquely benefit from the richness of the city in which you live. What is your best idea? Describe your thoughts in the form of a proposal that would persuade the city to agree to accept and help pay for the idea.

They’re always so socially conscious over there.

And no, we didn’t even make it past the first round. They’ll just have to suck it, TK.