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HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE - Architecture Writing Competition
History of Architecture is a 2021 Presentation and Writing Competition, organized by Archiol. Architecture evolved over the centuries, with the rise and fall of civilizations. Architecture is the essence of the history of Human Civilization. The competition, History of Architecture is looking for a presentation board and essay submissions on any of the periods from the history of architecture.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE | AN ESSAY
Architecture Writing Competition 2021 that explores the philosophy of Art and Architecture.
There is a deep connection between Art and Architecture. The creation of both requires a deep understanding and a sense of expression. Both Art and Architecture are designed by using the same principles; both require sensory engagement to realize the underlying meaning. The competition, ‘Art and Architecture’ is looking for essay submissions on the connection between Art and Architecture.
Toon House is an attempt to save our weak creative impulses and to broaden our horizon of possibilities. The basic premise is to visualize and identify the needs of the character. The concept revolves around the world, lifestyle, theme and habits of the chosen cartoon character from ANY animation studio in the world. For instance, ‘Elsa’ from ‘Frozen’ might want tons of ice sculptures in a cold room whereas ‘Popeye’ could need a structure built out of spinach cans, and ‘Sadness’ from ‘Inside Out’ might want low-spirited and a gloomy environment
ALPS WELLNESS RETREAT
The participants should integrate nature with the Wellness hub in a meaningful manner. The transition between the natural-artificial, interior-exterior should be fluid and seamless to the extent that it becomes one continuous envelope. The combinations of light and shade, open and enclosed spaces should create sensuous and restorative experience.
72H Axo Battle - WATER PARK
The “72h Axo Battle” is a design competition developed to explore the creative potential of architectural design through one of the most iconic architectural drawings: the axonometric projection. You have 72 hours to develop a proposal that responds to the program contained in the extended contest brief, which will only be available when the battle starts. This Axo battle is titled “….. Water Parks”. The title is only a preview of the complete theme of the competition. More will be explained in the extended brief that will be available on 19th February 2021.
International Competition of Integrated Urban and Architecture Masterplan for Suwon Dangsu District 2, Suwon, S. Korea
This design competition aims to realize a city model with the pleasant living environment under the theme of the “street-centered shared city” in order to create a dwelling environment that meets the future image of “Suwon Dangsu District 2.”
SENSORY ARCHITECTURE | AN ESSAY
What is your understanding of Sensory Architecture? How can Architecture heighten Human Experience? What is your definition of this space that positively affects human senses? And many more such questions.
"Book Review Quest" (1960-1990)
"Book Review Quest" (1960 -1990) is the thirteenth initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization founded by architect and Design Researcher Pappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a critical perspective.
Architectural Poetry Competition, 3rd Cycle: Improvisation 2021
Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 3rd Cycle is the twelfth initiative of the Organization founded by architect PappalSuneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective.
Picturing: Human & Nature Discovering human and nature relationships through photo stories
Our relationship with nature has historically been one of imbalance and overuse. Nearly every step in human history has unfortunately been accompanied by a leap in environmental degradation. At first, humans were incredibly in-tune with their surroundings. Nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes used to roam the lands, following the ebb and flow of the seasons. These tribes had a measurable impact on the environment, but their influence was relatively manageable due to their population size. With advancements in technology and agriculture though, humans began to find more efficient ways of sustaining themselves. These advancements allowed for more permanent settlements, which led to rapid population growth and a distancing from nature.
This imbalance has potentially caused a lot of immeasurable and irreparable damage, which needs an emergency course correction.
The objective of this challenge is to inform this crucial balance between man and nature. The brief/theme of the challenge to make a picture story using not more than 8 images – along with a concept note.
Picturing: Streets - Discovering global streets through visual stories
Etymologically, A street is a public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as tarmac, concrete, cobblestone, or brick.
Mind Matters - Mental health awareness with a visual
Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle, or sit in the same aisle. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities, and increased risk of suicide.
The Brief of this particular challenge is to make a poster/artwork – that either promotes mental health awareness OR visualizes the effects of poor mental health on our daily lives through metaphorical/surreal illustrations. The images should not depict any form of self-harm, but shall be something that can be shared by people to carry your message with the poster.
Future of Design - Discovering relevance of the profession in the next decade
Building on the above premise, write an essay looking at realistic answers that society and architects should look at while re-aligning themselves to an industry that has vastly changed from yester years.
The piece should investigate answers to the following questions; based on real life experiences or interviews or reasoning built through research:
● Will architectural design stay relevant in the future? Will architectural design by architects stay relevant in future?
● What factors accelerate these changes or shifts?
● Do you think architects need to adapt? If yes then how OR If no then why?
● How can architects continue to be useful to a larger section of society?
● How can the economics of the architecture industry improve in the longer run?
● If tools begin to automate design, do you think architects will be excluded from such futures?
● What steps the practice can take today to plant seeds that can be helpful to exist next to machines?
Online x Offline - Technology and living patterns of architecture
In your research, you should particularly reflect on what exactly it is about this particular facet that brings out an unprecedented upcoming transformation between the online and offline world. The views are expected to be analytical, instead purely utopian/dystopian approach across the subject. The essays are expected to be a guide
● What parts of the facet chosen and why is it relevant?
● How do you perceive a human and social response to such change? (Psychological and Physical)
● How do these changes pan out in long term?
● What are/maybe upcoming allied technologies emerging accelerate/decelerate/alter these changes?
● The biggest reason for rampant adoption is not just convenience, but cost as well. How will this rapid shift change economic patterns in city building?
● What lessons/shifts can the architecture fraternity include in their teaching or practice?
A PASSIVE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION IN SEIGNOSSE
The entire project will have to meet Passivhaus institute’s Passive House certification requirements and reach the carbon footprint level of the E+C experiment launched by the French government as low as possible. Contemporary and biophilic design. This project is not just a house project. It aims to become a reference in responsible architecture, aware of the energy and environmental challenges we face.
DIY Home - A home that can be home delivered
The world is at a crossroads where we are constantly on the move. Be it anywhere in the world or any corner we belong in. It is so universal that owning a home sometimes feels more limiting than liberating. At the same time, pit against the rising construction/labor costs are pushing real estate prices to an all-time high.
The split questions ownership and investment dilemma heavily.
It brings us an interesting question – how can a new pattern of ownership be found especially in the context of today?
How can we explore the definition of home in sync with the paced trends of today?
Elementorize - Architectural elements as buildings - Staircase
Several elements build architecture, which sometimes is even tough to list. These elements can include compound objects like walls, floor, roof, to smaller parts like lights, furniture, or even tiles.
The designs for these elements have been changing from project to project – but their presence has been consistent across various applications and locations. Any building in the world is not complete without elements like door, window, stairs, - and these elements are extremely templatized. Call it for manufacturing ease or even to speed up the construction times – these elements are mostly fixed into buildings like blocks.
However – the ability to tap into these elements is one of the crucial ways a building interacts with people.
The building form may look all inspiring and elating. Yet, people use a building with its doors – windows, and staircases.
Residence Rush - Fast paced residence design competition
No matter how projects are planned – the design eventually is a product of panic and days left to deadline. Even structured processes and schedules fail in a client meeting, where expectations and the design have sought different roads.
The deadline dilemma is so true and universal across all regions and places that it is an inseparable part in professional and academic life. And despite planning / scheduling being placed, it eventually boils down to the performance in that key period that defines success or failure.
Set academic courses follow predictability - training for this wild period is quintessential if not more. If deadline frenzy has been the past, present and the future –
How can we train for it to create meaningful work in limited time? How can we sharpen skills and techniques that help us train across such short spans to excel despite the turbulence?
Chair Challenge - Discovering the most relevant chairs of 21st Century.
Chairs are a necessity of every home today and can be easily used to refresh the look of the house. Armchairs, Slipper Chairs, Study Chairs, Dining Chairs, etc. are some of the innumerable kinds of chairs to select from.
A chair brings together practicality, creativity, and most importantly engineering.
Although it has been used since ancient times, for many centuries it was only used by royalty and nobility.
But, if we go back into history, we didn’t use chairs as much as we use it today. If need be, early humans sat on bare ground or logs or rocks. But because these firms had their own challenges, different forms of seats began to evolve, and thus, chairs came into existence and have now become an essential part of our living.
Pre 12th Century, seats were primarily three-legged stools or benches, with no back. They were primitive, crudely made, and purely functional.
But how did we get to the chairs of today?
Ascend - Designing a Staircase for a Client
With Ascend, UNI introduces a new typology in the realm of Classroom Competitions. It intends to give an opportunity to students to master the potential of different building elements, that compose the design of a structure.
We also understand that a client’s input is critical in anchoring a building’s design. For an experience that is highlighted by the demands of the user, it is necessary for a designer and the client to work in unison. The competition intends to provide students an opportunity to devise design directives, by anchoring the client as the main focus. The client, though fictional, is rooted in the context of the real world.
The competition embarks on the idea of creating fundamental design challenges to enhance a student's learning experience. Providing opportunities that one may come across outside the domain of a design school.
Brewed - Bali - Beach themed café design challenge
Coffee plants grew in the wilderness in Ethiopia and were used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, only until the 1400s when people figured out that they could roast their seeds. By the 1500s, the drink had spread to coffee houses across the Arab world. Coffee houses first appeared in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt as early as 1530. Since they became a hotspot for political discussions, they were banned repeatedly.
Subsequently, throughout the 1600s coffee houses began popping up across Europe and North America. The French and American Revolutions were said to have brewed in coffeehouses. Lloyd’s of London, a major insurance company, started as a coffeehouse that was frequented by merchants and sailors.
The coffee house acted as a perfect mid-ground for a meetup, between other options like places of spiritual significance or formal restaurants. Here creativity and innovation thrived through conversations. They have long been associated with writers, artists, and intellectuals and represented a safe and comfortable space to share news, discuss philosophy or politics. This surge in innovation was not only owing to the design of the space - the physical gathering of people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise - but also to coffee itself.
Right-Live-Stock - Re-thinking for animal farms for a sustainable world
With a growing population, the consumption and popularity of meat and dairy products have been skyrocketing. A lot of ethnic origins advocated for a balanced plant origin and animal origin diet – or at least constraints to balancing both. But as we urbanize more, meat and dairy consumption globally has grown 400% in the last decades and is continuing to grow more.
With a growing city population and sectoral depletion of natural resources not only animal habitats close to cities have shrunk to almost limits. At the same time, an entire industry is now set up to raise livestock in closed atmospheres and feeding them with genetically modified food and medicines for raising yields.
This leads to not only poor living conditions for animals – at the same time humans consuming dairy, meat products are prone to ingesting such chemicals and agents with them.
Where is the balance?
AllCart v1 - The open source handcart design challenge
The market scenario is changing rapidly with every passing decade. With technology pushing almost every digital interaction automated from warehouse to home solutions, the streets are a choice now and not a go to destination for all of us.
A social network to the city in the offline realm, the streets have been a place to serve the city by people from all backgrounds of life.
The digital motion not only moves a lot of economic activity to screens – it builds a huge wall for people especially from lower strata to participate in commerce activities freely. And the public health concerns at the same time have changed the game entirely for most of these breadwinners who in turn made our streets how they used to be.
What does this mean for the future? And especially the future of the streets?
Staydium 2.0 -Stadiums that stay.
Since the origin of Olympics in 1896, sports events have gained a massive popularity worldwide. These events are big for all countries and a matter of great pride and responsibility for the host nation. It gives host a chance to reflect upon their cultural values & promote tourism. Huge sums of public money is invested in organising these events, out of which a major chunk is invested in preparing the venues for sports events to be witnessed by global audience.
To cater to a larger audience, the scale of venues for major sports events is magnificent which require large investment of public money. However, this becomes a massive issue, majorly in developing regions. The limited usage of such buildings after the event add a layer of issue in name of maintenance cost. These structures often become a liability for host. Historically, a large number of such venues were demolished to reuse the land which may not the most ideal way to deal with public resources.
What this means for the future? And especially the future of the stadiums?
Supergarten- Developing a relevant kindergartens of today
Our children are sent to kindergarten with the best intention, believing that formal education is what kids need to become productive happy adults.
Education begins at playschools, a place that handles these blooming minds and their first interaction of out of home learning with their peers.
While education curriculum varies from place to place how can built form itself can be a great teacher of various elements of life?
Kindergartens offer a lot of opportunities to teach children about basic spheres of life, yet most utilize rooms and surfaces only.
How can the architecture of the kindergarten boost exploration and curiosity while creating a safe enclosure for the children?
How well are we managing these shoots of imagination especially in changing times of today?
Echo of Rubble - Post-war debris product design competition
While it’s true, the damage from the war can sometimes be so huge, it can’t be determined how to even start rebuilding again. And before even, we rebuild the huge rubble problem as a piece of inseparable baggage that can only be solved by dumping somewhere else.
The design challenge calls for an initiative in new post-war cities, developing product ideas that can form and transport social & cultural vision as well as the real texture from the spot of crisis that makes you imagine, think,s and also hear the echo of this rubble.
We are looking for new industrial design ideas that can be created from it, as an integral design process that combines intense conceptualization, computation, post-war materials, modern materials & rapid prototyping, which give a new dimension to the rubble problem.
Retail of Tomorrow - Retail Design Competition in post pandemic times
From, shop to the arcade to the department store and retail emporium, there has been a constant evolution of stories.
Simultaneously from subscription boxes to the rise of quality packaging and the conscious consumer, the shopping culture has been changing.
What remains constant though is the physical transaction taking place between consumer and seller. As they take part in exchanges but in different typology of spaces.
But in the world of e-commerce and now COVID-19, where physical gathering can lead to fatal consequences - the traditional form of trade is under threat.
Many mapped the city of the 20th century, but how can we map the city of the 21st century? What tools will we use? What establishes the identity of a city? What distinguishes one urban environment from the other? What defines our relationship to the built landscape we inhabit?
Bauhaus Campus 2021
After putting his career as an architect on hold to fight the first world war between 1914 and 1918, Walter Gropius sensed the world needed a radical change, a change in which arts and architecture would play a fundamental role. His previous ideas of what architecture should be didn’t quite make sense anymore. His new vision of architecture was one were all arts came together to re-imagine the material world, were craftmanship would reclaim its leading position in the production process and were artists would find a way to imprint their soul and essence into rational, useful and beautiful objects that could be mass produced following the ideals of Fordism and Taylorism.
THE ADDRESS – Innovating multi-level living in India
From the very beginning of its existence human being have always been involved in the process of adaptation from the consequences created by its own. Among such one of the prevailing consequence humans face at present is the space crunch. As a result of this, we have started building dwelling units stacked next to & over one another and have adapted the change of habituating on heights. But with every new adaptation comes new unimagined challenges as assimilating more people into a confined piece of land requires thoughtful distribution of all basic facilities that are required for living.
Renovation in Moscow: apply for an open international competition
On November 24th, the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow kicked off an open international competition for architects. The participants will be developing the concepts of architectural solutions for houses under the program of renovation of the housing stock in Moscow. Architect bureaus and consortia (creative associations) having similar projects in their portfolios and the relevant competencies are invited to participate in the competition.
International Competition for Library; SONGDO International City, S. Korea
The target is this design competition 「The Library of SONGDO International City」 is a key indicator to carry out the purpose of Incheon-city which orients ‘An International City of Northeast Asia to the World’ and is an important challenge to expand the cultural infrastructure of the local residents.
atX Design of the Year 2021
We want students to explore what architecture truly means
and what it can achieve without any constraints. This
competition encourages students to create unconventional
and exceptional designs. The aim is to let your imagination run
wild and design a breathtaking Visitors Center.
Live x Learn - Discovering a vertical university
The fundamental aspects of learning in the coming decades - with more open learning technology, this challenge engages with a skyscraper that serves as both - A University (Public) and Housing Tower (Private). With the increasing demand for housing and the growing popularity of working from anywhere, the commute will slowly lose relevance for a lot of emerging job sectors in the future. Design challenge: How will your idea of a tall building that houses these two evident typologies of today give birth to a more hybrid future?
“Architecture is really about well being. I think that people want to feel good in a space…. On the one hand it's about shelter, it's also about pleasure.”
Being designers and architects, we are well aware of the equipment and stationary we require and the challenge of keeping them in place. The different types of pens and highlighters, rulers, dividers, portfolios, sheet holders, laptops and what not.
And well, the truth is, organising things is one of the most difficult tasks for an architect/designer.
And this is what our challenge is all about.
Design brief: Designing a single person dwelling within a community, neighborhood, and/or an apartment/housing in which the dwelling is located. The dwelling may or may not include all basic functions for dwelling, such as kitchen, bathroom, and so on. Instead of designing self-sufficient dwelling, participants are encouraged to create a narrative that describes the supporting system & engagement to fulfill basic functions, thereby articulating the relationship between the dwelling & society.
Design Challenge - Propose a Cultural Center for Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-City that aims to encourage citizens to keep the culture of the community alive within this new kind of living in fast-growing megacities.
Propose a Language Center for the province that focuses on preserving and propagating the varied languages that existed historically and are now extinct or on the verge of getting extinct.
Container City - Designing a modular lifestyle
Rising rents in urban areas and shrinking the quality of living is a huge problem urban areas face. The biggest components of this cost are - 1. Land Prices (Which are impossible to change) or 2. Construction cost (Which can be brought down through various strategies) And modular construction may be the only known way that can do it.
The prices can not only be offset by faster construction but quicker making times as well. This is the biggest reason, despite the availability of containers in a port city, it can be a point to explore manufactured housing as a concept especially for dense urban areas.
Better Bus Stop - Making public transport fun again
Public Transport has been a very crucial part of enabling cities for a very long time. They are an inseparable element to any urban environment bringing the ability to scale cities while sustaining the quality of spanning it. There are several urban infrastructures planted across the city that helps a better use of this system more like a dock. A dock where the complex human population meets this huge network of mass transit means.
The approach to developing them is mostly top-down, because of many reasons - attributed to speed scaling and deployment. And it is true, every bus stop looks the same from a development plan perspective - a dot on a huge urban map. But conversely, every bus stand installed is an opportunity to solve a need of a locality if we see it bottom-up.
Endeavor - Advent of a new space age
UNI invites Architects, Visual/Graphic Designers, and the student fraternity for the second edition of its series of Graphic Design Challenges as part of its unit block, Graphis. Challenges under ‘Graphis’ are carefully curated to bring out the best of visual communication and graphic language to educate, reflect, and inspire change with respect to pertinent world issues through visuals. A picture is worth a thousand words, and Graphis abides by that adage, to inspire participants to try and portray complex ideas and emotions through a still image.
Home Futura - Visualize the home of the future
The design challenge is simple, show us what is home is to you? Use any mediums, video, images, drawings, sketches, models, paintings - and communicate what dwelling means to you and the client you designed it for. The design outcome shall include images 3-4 images, & a small concept statement of what the idea for the home is to you and how it is translated into the built form. The challenge is open for all architects, architecture students, interior designers, interior architects, visualizers, draughtsmen, and creatives globally.
What do you believe will be the changed/adapted/transformed definition of home?
Inside the box - Devise a classroom upgrade kit
The problem statement looks at a classroom upgrade kit that includes new furniture design, classroom layout methods, the inclusion of taught and DIY learning, with equipment that will help deliver a more robust and fun way of learning than today. The budget is not a constraint, but the size of the classroom is. Will it involve expert installation? Or it can be set up manually by the class itself? What devices or teaching systems are possible in this kit? What age group are you designing this for? What safety precautions may arise with such changed new teaching apparatus?
Origamitecture - Paper powered architecture ideas
Origami continues to be an arena of exploration right from childhood to college (especially for architects). Origami is finding the third dimension with paper, an idea that converts 2D to 3D. This is one of the first ways architecture was portrayed in the 3D dimension, adapted into physical models as we know today. However, despite being old, origami is still a fun way to explore 3D ideas.
The structural form of papers allows exploring plate geometry in 3D in affordable ways. While the gold standard in architecture is moving towards computer-driven tools, a look back to our past is always a great idea to re-anchor to our path for delivering a better-built environment to people. How will you devise an architecture concept with a sheet of paper with minimum cuts and maximum creativity?
Urbanscape: Streetbeat - Furniture that rejuvenates the public realm.
As our future mega-cities are defining themselves every day with bustling streets and soaring skyscrapers, a city still craves for many things but mostly - an identity. The 21st century from its onset is rapidly changing how we live and how we perceive the definitions of a city rampantly. ‘Urbanscape’ is the manifestation of the built environment of cities.
It not only refers to the configuration of built forms but also the elements that define interstitial spaces. However, what we see today is the progression of ever-increasing skyscrapers that dominate the memories of a city, overpowering smaller elements.