White House Redux: Call for Ideas


Two hundred and sixteen years ago this July, the emerging United States held an architectural competition for the President’s House, won by James Hoban. The extent to which the White House has evolved and expanded while retaining its original facade is particularly unique in the annals of architecture and engineering.

“What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today?”

Press Release

“On occasion of the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in association with Control Group, challenge you to design a new residence for the world’s most powerful individual. The best ideas, designs, descriptions, images, and videos will be selected by some of the world’s most distinguished designers and critics and featured in a month-long exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture in July 2008. All three winners will be flown to New York to collect their prizes at the opening party. Register now at whitehouseredux.org and submit your ideas for the Presidential Palace of the future!”


Stefano Boeri (Editor-in-chief, Abitare magazine, Milan)
Beatriz Colomina (Director of the Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University)
Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York)
John Maeda (President Elect, Rhode Island School of Design RISD)
Geoff Manaugh (BLDGblog and Dwell magazine, San Francisco)
Mark Wigley (Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University)
Laetitia Wolff (Editorial director, Surface magazine, New York)


The best competition entries from around the world will be exhibited in the Storefront Gallery (New York) in July 2008, and in a special page on the gallery’s website. They will also be published in Surface magazine. The authors of the three best projects, as chosen by the jury, will be flown to New York and given three day’s free accommodation in The White House Hotel on the Bowery.

First Prize $5,000
Second Prize $3,000
Third Prize $1,500


January 15, 2008 Competition launched
March 1, 2008 Online submissions accepted
April 20, 2008 Registration and submissions deadline
May 2008 Jury selects winners
May 2008 Winners announced
July 2008 Exhibition and prizegiving at Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC


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