International Collection of Potential Architecture

The Architecture Foundation is collaborating with Oslo-based art and architecture organisation 0047 on a call for submissions to 0047's International Collection of Potential Architecture.

An online user based database of architectural efforts and designs which remain unrealised, the Collection gives visibility to alternative, speculative futures through projects that for a variety of reasons have never seen the light of day. The International Collection of Potential Architecture, established in 2007,  features unrealised work by Snøhetta, Vito Acconci, Zaha Hadid, Jensen and Skodvin, JDS, Juan Herreros arquitectos and Spacegroup amongst many others.

The AF and 0047 invite you to submit your projects to the Collection, informing a public event and exhibition of selected new entries at the AF Project Space in October 2010.

Visit the collection online at

Mapping the Unrealised: The International Collection of Potential Architecture

Thousands of hours are spent on the unrealised every year, both in the professional sphere and in the academic context. An enormous amount of work is produced presenting a future never to be. This work is often inaccessible, hidden and forgotten in the archives or servers of offices and architecture schools. To have an effect, these unbuilt works need to be made visible. If examining the unbuilt, can one find other ideas and values?

Archigram’s Walking Cities, Koolhaas’s Parc de la Villette, Mies van der Rohe’s Project for an Office Building in Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Boullée’s Newton’s Cenotaph, Le Courbusier’s Contemporary City for Three Million Inhabitants and Sverre Fehn’s Royal Theatre in Copenhagen are all examples of unrealised projects that have influenced the world in different ways. Never built, but still representing significant contributions to the development of the discipline, of cities and of society. This is the background for the Interational Collection of Potential Architecture, an online collection of the half-baked, the promising, the raw and the invisible architecture; Projects that miscarried, went over the top, were turned down by clients or for other reasons never became realised. To have an effect, these unbuilt works need to be made visible. To reach its fullest potential they must be seen, discussed and valued. They must surface and become part of our awareness. The idea is to create a database of this collective knowledge, designed as a user-generated web platform with continuously added projects. The collection will be a gathering of visions, ideas that will forever remain unrealized, but hopefully not made in vain. Together these projects can show a hidden potential and intelligence, and hence create a better and more complete understanding of the current state of architectural production.

Øystein Rø and Espen Røyseland, Directors, 0047

How to Join

To join please visit and create a user account.
This allows you to upload own projects to the site. To register we simply ask for one or more images, and brief information on the added project.  It only takes a few minutes to register your project and become part of the International Collection of Potential Architecture.

0047 and The Architecture Foundation search for a varied selection of projects, in different scales and situations, to ensure a varied mapping of the potent power of unrealised architectural ideas.  New entries will be presented and exhibited at The Architecture Foundation, London in October 2010.

For questions or technical difficulties uploading projects please do not hesitate to contact:  Phone:+47 24 20 11 47

About 0047

is an independent organization for projects, exhibitions, publications and events in and in between the fields of art and architecture. Founded in Berlin in 2004, 0047 was originally an exhibition space for Norwegian art and architecture but it soon became an internationally based project involving artist, architects and curators from all over the world. 0047 is currently based in Oslo, Norway.

The event in London is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs