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Archiol’s Sustainable Architecture Competition
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Sustainable Architecture is a 2021 Architecture Essay Competition, organized by Archiol. Sustainability in architecture is achieved with the use of design strategies in the built environment that reduce the negative environmental impact. Environment that is built based on ecological principles and resource efficiency .The competition, Sustainable Architecture was looking for essay submissions on the topic of sustainability in architecture.
This competition aimed at exploring Sustainability in Architecture.
Scroll down to see our winners and top 20 shortlisted entries:


First prize Winner!

©Mohamad Alamin Younis

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©Mohamad Alamin Younis

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Towards the Metamorphosis of the Landfill: Turning Garbage Dumps into Proactive Parks

Are people truly aware of the serious impactthat the rapidly growing mountains of trash have on the natural and built environment? If we look at how waste is segregated, collected, and finally disposed, we could see how unsustainable this is for the built environment.Most cities around the globe follow a linear model in their operation: a flow of input/supply- be it energy, water, people, food, vehicles, and material - is processed and consumed resulting into an output flow of sewage, garbage, waste, and pollution. Such an unsustainable operation necessitates that every city designates a “backyard” to dispose of its output on a site that is out of its sight. The impact of such statement is seen at the social and urban level of most cities, where the public is totally absent in these highly industrial areas. It is safe to say that when the flow of the public is cut from the waste management sector, people are less likely to know about their anthropic actions.

How could architecture change the way backyards are seen by people, and turn them into anchorsfor environmental awareness?

Mohamad Alamin Younis

I’m an architect first and a collager second. After finishing my Bachelor in Architecture, a year ago, I took a year off to prepare for my Masters Degree. I’ve been mentioned once in the amongst the top 30 in an International Drawing Competition, but it’s until now that I’ve had the time to compete in architecture competitions. My drawings are not any drawings; they carry a message, and belong to a specific time. For each project, I like to adopt the appropriate architecture style to reflect any relevant artistic or architectural grounds.

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Second Prize Winner!

©Raquel Mena

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©Raquel Mena

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Sustainable ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶m̶i̶s̶l̶e̶a̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ architecture

Sustainability. Probably the word we’ve been hearing the most these past few years; yet not everyone seems to understand its meaning. We often come across with misleading affirmations which end up blurring the real meaning of the word. If we add architecture to the topic, things get even fuzzier. How can architecture and sustainability go hand in hand?

Raquel Mena

I am a 3rd-year architecture student in ETSAV-UPC (Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès) in Barcelona. It is something I have always desired to study and explore further.
We still have much more to explore and propose. I would say the vast majority of the things that are being built have no context; they are unattached to its surroundings. If it does not unravel the complexity of the environment, it's nothing but a volume placed in there and therefore should not be treated as architecture.
I aim to work in the rehabilitation area; I genuinely believe that architecture that comes out of pre-existent spaces adds to the whole process some fun while remaining very challenging as well.

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Third Prize Winner!

©Anvi Singh & Samruddhi Shendurnikar

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©Anvi Singh & Samruddhi Shendurnikar

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Approach to Indian Architecture: the Conundrum of Modern and Traditional Sustainability.

The field of architecture is one of the chief harbingers of transformation and transition in several aspects of society. The architecture of a nation whether modern or traditional, is a mirror that reflects the social, economic and cultural conditions of a country. To determine a country’s approach to architecture, it is vital to respond to the challenges that it faces. Hence, the debate of “the old and the new” has now manifested to include the biggest global challenge that people are grappling with - climate change.

• Anvi Singh
• Samruddhi Shendurnikar


Honorable Mention

©Tasbeeh Alaqtum & Manal Elryalat

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©Tasbeeh Alaqtum & Manal Elryalat

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Water Celebrationin the Sonoran Desert: Sustainable Landscapes& Indoor Spaces

Water is essential for sustaining our lives and its quality is identified as one of the nine foundations of healthy buildings . Water harvesting and reuse have been of interest for current and ancient civilizations. Ancient Egyptian civilizations developed around the Nile River while taking advantage of its annual flooding that ensured a rich soil for growing crops. Indians constructed stepped wells as storage cisterns; to help conserve as much water as possible in the arid region of Rajasthan. Other examples of monumental water reservoir structures include Chinese large dams, Greek water supply systems, and Roman aqueducts .Unfortunately, water is becoming a scarce resource, affecting a wide range of cities around the world, especially those located in arid regions . Thus, applying ecological principles and focusing on resources efficiency can alleviate water scarcity.Architecture has engaged with water in endless innovative ways by serving aesthetic purposes and/or promoting sustainability.

• Tasbeeh Alaqtum
• Manal Elryalat

Honorable Mention

©Carla Calderon, Hiba Bu Ali & Maria Alejandra Moreno

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©Carla Calderon, Hiba Bu Ali & Maria Alejandra Moreno

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How architectural site analysis helps efficient design

As society began to discern the ecological and environmental concerns on our planet, we grasped the need to overcome rapidly these problems caused by human beings. It has been proven that building operations and construction constitute the 38% of the total global CO2 emissions and contribute to water scarcity and pollution. Therefore, to overcome this situation; architects, engineers, and designers decided to create an ecologically or “green” responsive design called Sustainable architecture. Architecture sustainability has a wide approach making various elements key to accomplish its goals, such as site analysis, construction, and designing techniques, and use and impact of construction materials. In this article, we are going to look further into the importance of analyzing the chosen site for projection; the geographical position, the climatology, the surrounding area, and how it contributes to the efficiency of the design.

• Carla Calderon
• Hiba Bu Ali
• Maria Alejandra Moreno

Shortlisted Entries

Jun park & Tsung Pei Lin |


Joonwoo Kim |

The Realization of Sustainable Architecture through Modern Technology and Biological Regionalism

Yashvi Gandhi |

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION – Sustainable Construction Method

Nikita Shintre |

The journey from soil to soil via bricks.

Farzana Antu |

Living Inside but Outside: Procure Sustainability Through Law of Nature.

Sira Rivero Domínguez |


Karolina Dudek |

‘Adaptibility as a key to sustainable design’

Aishwarya Warad |

Thinking the way of life

Stephen Poon |

Sustainable House as a Model of Vernacular Authenticity: Cultural Renaissance or Knowledge Dissipation?

Meenal CV |

Reality Check-ed?

Dicle Sancar |

A Paradıgm Shıft For Sustaınabılıty In Archıtecture: “Unbuilt” As An Option

Semontee Shahreen |

Unsustaining Sustainability

Lamiaa Abd-Rabo & Mahmoud Zakria Al-Temmamy  |

Design principles forResponsive Double-Skin FaçadesBased on PhaseChange Materials:Existing Buildings in Hot Arid Climates

Adam Boyens |

Sustainable Architecture; to save or destroy the world.

Rumane Arif |

Sustainable Architecture


Announcement in Media

Result Announced | Sustainability in Architecture