Mound Bayou: A Machine in the Field
1993 Competition Overview
The Mississippi Delta is the cradle of America's first authentic music: the Blues. The site: Mound Bayou is comprised mostly of one-story, small scale brick and framed buildings. Many are in poor condition with many altogether abandoned.
Visiting musicians will study, recreate, relax and be housed in facilities managed by Mound Bayou. During their time at the retreat, visiting musicians will be urged to combine their musical discipline and knowledge with the improvisational talents of local Blues players. Delta musicians will provide seminars and field trips to local and gospel gatherings.
Frequent public concerts will be presented in the auditorium or amphitheater. The design is a monument of sorts, something intended to symbolize the affirmation of the community's struggle to exist. The project should be approached as an act of responsibility, an offering to Mound Bayou that provides the community with a symbol of advancement.
Samuel Mockbee, FAIA
Jury Chair & Program Author
Professor of Architecture
Andrea Leers, FAIA
Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Ehrenkrantz & Eckstut Architects
Mark Hutker, AIA
Lyceum Fellowship Committee