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History of Architecture - Winners Announced!

2021

Foreword

History of Architecture, a 2021 Presentation and Writing Competition organised by Archiol. This competition aimed at understanding the importance of architectural history.

Please scroll down to see our winning entries.

 

First prize Winner!

Cultural Coexistence ©Roshni Gera, Darsan Babu, Arun Kumar

Cultural Coexistence ©Roshni Gera, Darsan Babu, Arun Kumar

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Cultural Coexistence

The Ganga, flowing from the Himalayas, gently making its way through stepped paths of the ghats of Varanasi has a weird resemblance to the history and to a scale, the women of India, the agonies, burdens [1], and absorbing whatever people choose to throw at her, after all of the obstacles she had to overcome and still finding her way through all the chaos.


A thousand pilgrims jostle for a spot, to clean themselves and of their sins and grief, with the holy water of Ganga. On the contrary, it has been mentioned in the Vedas, that the purest element of the Pancha-Bhoothas (5 elements of nature) consisting of air, water, earth, fire, and nature is fire. Fire incinerates what is bodily present, leaving behind just ash, without carrying anything with it in the process, maintaining its purity, unlike water.

Roshni Gera, Darsan Babu & Arun Kumar

Roshni Gera is an architect and Computational Designer. Having completed the Master of Architecture program from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.


Darsan B, an architect, dreamer and a storyteller who loves to take on challenges and reform perspectives on some days, but sit by the mountain and quote words of Howard Roark on others. 


Arun Kumar, 26 is an experienced architect based out of Bangalore, India. With a strong passion to innovate and tell unheard, unseen and unimagined stories, he uses his design skills coupled with digital tools to constantly innovate and tell a tale.

Second Prize Winner!

Gothic Architecture | The Era of Cathedrals ©Mahmoud Alkhateeb

Gothic Architecture | The Era of Cathedrals ©Mahmoud Alkhateeb

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Gothic Architecture | The era of Cathedrals

Malbork Castle is the striking interior Gothic details that elevate Malbork above all other Gothic castles. The interior is completely filled with delicate vaulted ceilings, a true trademark of the Gothic style. Malbork is one of the wonders of the medieval world that has miraculously survived to this day. The complex - unmatched by any other Gothic castles - is an elaborate blend of religious architecture, which includes a church, abbey and bell tower, along with dramatic fortifications and pointed battlements.

Mahmoud Mohammed Rabia Hashim Alkhateeb

Mahmoud, 23 years old, Syrian citizen, and lives in Saudi Arabia - Madinah, studies architecture engineering since 2018. Seeking inspiration in ancient architectural history, and analysis. this deep curiosity is what drove me to learn a lot about architecture, from the basement until its existence.

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Third Prize Winner!

Egypt's Legacy ©Disha Bodra

Egypt's Legacy ©Disha Bodra

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Egypt's Legacy

The word Egypt may evoke images of palm trees reflected in the waters of a wide, life-giving river - a long oasis extending along the Nile. But there is another, completely different, Egypt of the desert, fascinating in its isolation. In the modern world, subjected to all the mad speed, noise and vexations, I think of desert as an ideal place for contemplation. Its sublime magnificently pure landscapes beautifully brought to life still bear witness to an unparalleled splendor.

Disha Bodra

I am a second-year architecture student set out to establish myself in the professional field of architecture. As advised by my mentors to begin early in this arena in order to unravel my creativity, I constantly search for opportunities to hone my skills.

Entering architectural design competitions is a means to uncover and evolve one's philosophy and expertise. They test a person’s capability to express ideas both visually and verbally. I perceive competitions as a medium to not only apply my knowledge but also building my knowledge further along the way.

I aspire to become an insightful architect bringing about positive changes in the nation as architecture is of the people, for the people and by the people.

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Honorable Mention

The Radical Refusal to Conform ©Zoe Renwick

The Radical Refusal to Conform ©Zoe Renwick

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The Radical Refusal to Conform

The 1960s and 70s provided a time where the demand for reform began to dominate all members of Italian society. Political, social and economic changes reshaped the lives of those living in Italy and fuelled revolts across workers and students of the time. The “Hot Autumn” of 1969 saw factory workers striking for improved pay and working conditions, and class divisions were prevalent across the country as well as the rest of Europe. Amongst these moments of cultural reformation, a group of budding students emerged, “revolting against the rules”[1] of architecture. The radical design period was born, created by those who could no longer conform to the social norms of the time and found a burning desire to confront the socio-political issues through means of design. The ideas of these students gained huge momentum, eventually bringing to light some of the most memorable radical groups we reference to this day: Superstudio, 9999, Archizoom and Studio65 amongst many.

Zoe Renwick

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Honorable Mention

Medieval Period: Arrival of Gothic Architecture and Black Death ©Smriti Sharma & Rashi Karkoon

Medieval Period: Arrival of Gothic Architecture and Black Death ©Smriti Sharma & Rashi Karkoon

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Medieval Period: Arrival of Gothic Architecture and Black Death

Contrary to the modern association of the word “Gothic” to dark and haunted houses or people with black wardrobe and nail-paint wearing ripped fishnets, the Gothic architecture actually introduced sunshine as a major element to the existing architecture. Developed out of Romanesque architecture, it originated in 12th century France and lasted till Renaissance (late 16th CE). Various buildings from the churches to castles and commercial buildings to universities were built during the time period (Chillon Castle in Switzerland, Norwich Guildhall, Hall of Knights, Syria).

Smriti Sharma & Rashi Karkoon

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TOP 20 (SHORTLISTED)

YAKIN KINGER | META-MICRO HISTORIC NARRATIVE OF BENGAL


YUNI WULANDARI RANI, DIANDRA APRILIA JUDIONO, & SITTI AWALIA DEWI | JENGKI ARCHITECTURE


AYMAN HASSANEN | SUNRISE FROM THE WEST: THE ORIGINS, INFLUENCES, AND LEGACY OF MOORISH ARCHITECTURE


RADHIKA AGARWAL + TRIPTI SONI | A MELTING POT OF CULTURES: MEDIEVAL INDIAN TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE


WAFA'A TAWALBEH + MAHA ALTAKI + SALAM ALADAILEH + SARA ALZGHOUL|ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE


RANA SAMIR| ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ARCHITECTURE


AGNESA THACI | HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE - GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE


ANKITA GUPTA+ PIYALI DEBNATH | PANCHARATHAS: STOREYS IN STONE


YASHI GARG + KASHISH GARG + NITIN SINGH NEGI | ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE:SEEN AND THE UNSEEN


HAYA AHMED + AMNAH BEDEERI | OTTOMAN ERA


SANDRA JIN | THE DANCE OF THE HAN HOUSE


LAXAREE SAWANT + NIDHI KHOT | INCA – THE NAVEL OF LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION


ZIYAD HASANIN | DISENCHANTED ARCHITECTURE: MODERNISM AND THE HUMANE


ISHA TORNE + SUSHANT JADHAV | THE TEMPLES OF INDIA- 10TH AND 11TH CENTURY


OSCAR GOEGER | 1960S ARCHITECTURAL RADICALITY, BUT TODAY...?


FARHANA CHOWDHURY + NAILA ALAM | ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE: THE LATER PERIOD


JAWAAD ISSOOP |  MODERNISM: OPERATING WITHIN THE BINARY

 

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