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16.04.2022, Sat

© Purva Jain

The Unknown is an architectural rendering competition organized by artuminate in association with archiol, this competition received 137 entries from around the world.

Scroll down to check the winning entries.

First Prize Winner
Purva Jain (US)

Pixels Exploded
Change which is a constant was not constant anymore; time stood still, and days passed by. Tangibles and intangibles were losing their boundaries in my head. The horizon of the digital screen expanded exponentially as I kept looking at it endlessly and my imagination too became pixelated. This new pixelated world started to transform into an alternate reality where I saw friends, family and colleagues and had conversations. It is as if this new world brought everyone closer to me no matter where they were in the world and still made me realize how far they were. The pixelated world subsumed my real world butwith the realization that the boundaries between this new virtual world and real world were becoming more and more pronounced with each passing day. I was missing something that is the intangible. I lived every pixel, but no memories were made. This realization of hard lines between this blue gleaming pixelated world in my head and the real world that existed pre-pandemic forced me to think of how a sensible work/home space could be. Should it account for the unknown of the future and blur the boundaries between the two worlds, so they seem one?
Blurring these boundaries would require the sensory rejuvenation that is a byproduct of real world interactions with the surroundings (human, nature and the elements) interspersed with the digital world. Architecture could help add a real-world dimension to the digital world where the heightened connections were explored before the pandemic. The digital world made up of pixels as the building blocks could be a key foundational element to blur these boundaries between the digital and the real world. This realization and its connection to foundational blocks in architecture inspired the idea of exploding pixels taking a building form. This architectural form would allow people to reside together with asemblance of symbiosis between their digital and natural surroundings, and grow with them. Everything becomes one and whole.
The proposed site inan urban grid pattern alongside the natural landscape hopes to create an interplay between virtual and natural elements like earth, water, and sky. The urban grid only allows for the checkered pattern where the building form and green space alternate.
The building form is designed by stacking pixels which create towers at the periphery. Such stacking provides a three-dimensional form to the building blocks of the digital world. These towers thus offer the three-dimensional visual interaction with the surrounding lower levels. The upper levels created by random scattered pixels create cascading terraces which provide abundant open space to provide an elevated sense of sensory rejuvenation and higher dimensional interaction.
The open spaces and the size of the pixels at every level try to maintain a desired distance while still allowing free movement and interactions which was sorely missed during the pandemic. The design tackles the unknown that could come again in the form of another pandemic or how the world emerges from the current pandemic with hybrid urban lifestyle. For example, the hybrid urban lifestyle setting also provides a beautiful, non-isolated work environment for the people diminishing the boundary between the tangible and intangible in the unknown.

Second Prize Winner:
Huang Jiayu (China)

Jellyfishing Village
The design is based on the problem of jellyfish infestation in the offshore area, and aims to find a new opportunity for the development of rural areas affected by the problem. Due to the increasing human activities in the offshore areas and the serious eutrophication of water bodies, the explosive growth of jellyfish occurs frequently every year. A large number of jellyfish gather in the offshore areas, which seriously affects the fishing industry, causes frequent injury accidents and poses severe challenges to the development of nearby fishing villages. At the same time, we found that as a kind of Marine life, jellyfish is also a valuable Marine resource with both ornamental value and biological value. How to establish a harmonious relationship between jellyfish and human beings becomes the focus of our design.
The design takes the offshore fishing village as the base, and plans the jellyfish drainage network based on the law of ocean current and the living habits of jellyfish, so as to divert the offshore jellyfish population to the area with less human activities. At the same time, the road and ocean space are planned to combine the functions of human activities with the living space of jellyfish, and explore the space mode of symbiosis between human and jellyfish at the same time. The plan not only solves the problem of jellyfish flooding, but also seeks a new development model for the offshore fishing villages, solves the problem of rural resources development and utilization and development, enhances the global attention of rural areas, and provides new ideas for rural sustainable development and environmental protection.
The relationship between man and nature will become one of the focus of rural development, choosing coexistence with nature instead of opposition is an important premise of sustainable development. As a place with low level of human development, the ocean will become one of the new directions of rural development. Jellyfishing village will be a pilot and will lead to a new direction in which the new village will serve as a basis for ocean stability rather than a way for humans to further deprive the ocean of its resources. Through the establishment of Marine villages, Marine resources can be protected and exploited, and a new situation of harmonious coexistence and mutual promotion between human activities and natural environment can be established.

Third prize Winner:
Yue Wu (Australia)

The Unknown
When you consider the ecological world of plants, you see pores that are not made up of ordered assemblages, but disordered ones made up of heterogeneous parts, and they continuously change properties.
Based on this unknown way of generating them, I extracted them. The basic level of architecture is templated. Starting from the basic structure, environmental stimuli are then used to direct the biological changes distributed over the structure.
My exploration is about the fusion of biology and technology. It is a mixture of two worlds, the natural world and the artificial world. I tested different properties, different harnesses’, opacities and colours, corresponding to the different organisms in ecology. They can be divided into different categories such as fibrous, bumpy, luminous, flaky, spherical, soft and rough.
Finally they give rise to unknowns about materials, about the location of scales, about people. Where will people be, where will they wander when architecture becomes a new kind of like an ecological degree? Will people still be there?

Honorable Mentions:
Geunho Min (South Korea) : New Organic Urbanism & Architectural Thins in the Unknown Area.
Abhishek Gandhi (India) : A City
Fan Shengwu, Wang Zelun & Lin Manqian (China): The air purification unit at the intersection


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