Prima facie - digital façade design for our cities’ urban fronts
Registration Closes: 30thNov, 2020
Submission Deadline: 15thDec, 2020
Result Announcement: 11thFeb, 2021
Digital facades on buildings have become an attractive way to grab eyeballs on a magnificent scale in the current day and age: the building becomes the canvas and sophisticated technologies allow for impactful narratives to be effortlessly relayed on to a huge audience, multiplying the intended user group and the media’s message manifold.
In many famous cases across the world, digital façades become the very identity of the building, where they are used for public announcements, to show solidarity with a world event, for celebration of festivals, or simply to issue a message in public interest. Given the right location, they can act as wonderful activators of an urban space, instilling it with ever bustling movement. Further, used rightly, a robustly told narrative through visual aid can be among the best tools there are for mass awareness.
While digital facades can simultaneously act as a façade lighting, a piece of art, a surface for advertising and even a jumbotron, they present an unprecedented opportunity for cosmetic refurbishment of a number of buildings and most of the glass skyscrapers dotting major metropolitan cities. The transformative effect it can have on its immediate local context is invariably important and noteworthy. Furthermore, a number of buildings with even remarkable facades lose their sense of attraction post sundown, and fall into the diurnal circle of activation only during work hours.
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