Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)

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Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)

Postby Kouign Amann » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:22 am

What’s going on?
Now that NSC is off to the printers, I am very pleased to announce that I have just about finished picking out the answers for Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger, a new side tournament all about architecture.

Jeez man, you’re doing this to us again? How much more material could there possibly be?
A lot, as it turns out. When I came up with the idea for the first iteration of this tournament and wrote most of its questions, I was an idiot high schooler who didn’t really know a lot about architecture and couldn’t really write that well. There were definitely a lot of cool questions in that event that I will stand by and point to as examples for others—particularly the ones written later on in the process—but a lot of it was just boring dreck about endless lists of buildings in random cities. Looking back over AitA 1 the other day, I felt I could do so much better if given the chance to do it over, so I’m giving myself the chance to do it over. This time, I’ll sort of know what I’m talking about in most cases! This time, individual questions will be written according to a coherent vision! This time, I’ll actually have a real distribution and not just a post-hoc toting up of of the first 100 answer lines that popped into my head! This tournament is actually going to talk about things other than modern and contemporary buildings!

So, what’s this new distribution?
There will be seven packets made up of:

2 Classical Mediterranean and environs (in space and time)
2 Medieval-ish
2 Renaissance and Baroque
2 1750-1890
3 "Modernism" in all its flavors
3 "Contemporary" (approximately: stuff built in my lifetime)
2 Non-Western
1 Books and manifestoes (it’s time we start asking about these!)
1 Urbanism/policy/the city as a system (or, “Wassermania”—this category will be guest-written by Jacob Wasserman)
1 The ever-exciting architectural trash category
1 who knows!

How freaking hard is this going to be?
It will probably be a shade harder than the original (which wasn’t really that hard, I don’t think), because some of the easy answers were done the last time, but to make up for that, it will also be much more interesting. Regardless of what parts of history you’re most interested in, I think you’ll be able to enjoy examining that part of the world from an architectural standpoint. Architecture is about much more than just what buildings look like: if all goes according to plan, this tournament is going to get into a lot about function, ritual, patronage, politics, materiality, theory, and a bunch else. It is my hope that the chance to explore all of these angles through quizbowl sounds as appealing to you as it does to me, and it is my hope that this event will have at least a little something for everyone.

When will this happen?
Trying to get this done for Side Event Weekend would probably be a little ambitious, but perhaps it could happen. Summer 2017 is more likely.

So, is this gonna be fun at all?
The first set received positive reviews from those with only the most casual interest in architecture. This tournament is going to be a lot better than that one. Yes, it’s gonna be fun.

EDIT:
As of ____, this tournament is __% complete.
(6/20/16, 10)
(9/20/16, 20)
(11/6/16, 30)
(12/27/16, 40)
(5/14/17, 55)
(6/1/17, 70)
(6/20/17, 75)
(8/7/17, 80)
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Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 20

Postby Kouign Amann » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:47 pm

I know the side event economy is currently dealing with a supply shock of unprecedented severity, so I don’t want to push this event on anyone unduly, but I thought I’d throw out a reminder to hosts that this tournament will indeed be available from early August onward. If you're a host who thinks the players at your site (whether that’s a summer open, a side event weekend, or even a tournament you’re planning for the fall semester) might enjoy hearing 140 fresh and entertaining tossups on almost every aspect of the built environment, I encourage you to get in touch with me.
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Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 20

Postby Kouign Amann » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:29 pm

After various discussions at and after CO, it doesn't seem like this tournament is going to find a slot to run in this summer. Given that, I'm not necessarily gonna push myself to finish it in the next week or two. However, it did seem like the interest in this set was pretty substantial and enthusiastic, at least among those I mentioned it to, so, in order to give myself a new deadline, I wanted to ask when people might want to running it. What does everyone think? Side events can be hard to squeeze into academic year weekends—does anyone have a good idea of how to make this fit somewhere?
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Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 20

Postby Mike Bentley » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:36 pm

I'd personally be very interested in a Skype mirror of this.
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Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 20

Postby Kouign Amann » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:04 pm

There seems to be some interest in attaching this to CMST in some way. If you'd be interested in playing Angels 2 this spring, peer pressure your TD into getting into contact with me and we'll see what we can work out.
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Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 20

Postby Kouign Amann » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:06 am

This thing is done(!!) and is happening at UMN tomorrow—if anyone else would like it for this weekend or some other weekend, just let me know.
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