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Sculpt - designing an architectural sculpture

Sculpt - designing an architectural sculpture





Launch February 28, 2019
Registration Ends: 21st Sep 2020
Submission Deadline: 6th Oct 2020
Result Announcement: 3rd Dec 2020


In a number of major cities across the world, public squares, parks, and plazas have been important urban vehicles in defining their morphology and even their culture, while at the same time being reflective of them. Throughout history, they have long been places where much architectural intelligence and public resources have been expended. When done right, these spaces act as a focal point for the civic and social life of a city. When designed poorly, though, they can act as a black hole, sucking the life out of a city centre.

Agoraphobia has been a common phenomenon that has been identified to be associated with a number of large squares. That coupled with the increasingly large amount of traffic that has been funneled through these squares since their inception leads to the public feeling somewhat disconnected from such squares and spaces. Additionally, squares in many major cities have prominent histories, cultures, or events associated with them. A number of these squares, however, have over the years transformed into large stretches of asphalt allowing people to simply gather or pass through sans any engagement. Public spaces that speak to the people about their culture or history, or something that people can personally engage with have indubitably seen more interaction.

Architecture and the Fine Arts have had several intersections in the past, with each discipline mutually benefitting from the other. In the modern age of parametric modelling, material innovation, malleability, and newfound technologies of production, the intersection is broader than ever, particularly in the case of Architecture. Several buildings, habitable or otherwise, have sculptural qualities infused in their form and have led to striking interventions that find common ground with each of these disciplines. Eschewing the ordinary, these interventions have proven to be fertile ground for architects to flex their creativity and bring some interesting colours and proportions to their settings. Can Architecture and Sculpture somehow combine to create something iconic, something that enlivens these public squares?



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