Blasbichlers Twentyone was conceived as an academic art/architecture experiment to investigate the marginalization of the architect, its social role, its role within the “urban-industrial complex”, the product-value architecture is able to achieve, the mass of new architects produced by universities trying to find legitimation, the potentials of role play and last but not least the bold attempt to run an academic course as a temporary profit oriented business model.
At first glance the attempt to plan a bank heist might sound like a post-adolescent prank, stupid, even irresponsible. But it's not. Blasbichlers Twentyone is an endeavour that calls most of the core competences of an architect. i.e. research and value the site, find out weak and strong aspects, think, imagine, anticipate, sense and develop a concept, sketch, think, design, rethink, reimagine etc., prepare action plan documentation, plan the time schedule, the costs. And well,..