Abanditecture : Growth in the Wake of Political Fallout



After moments of great political and economic change, drastic transformations to the built environment can happen in a brief period of time. Cities like Detroit are left largely to disrepair, and urban designers, city officials, developers, architects, and citizens are tasked with the challenge of how to pull life from the ashes.

Bee Breeders Architecture Competition Organisers long with city officials and local artists, has launched a competition series focused on eliciting the ideas of designers worldwide to transform the former naval base Karosta into a healthy continuation of Liepaja, Latvia's urban fabric.

In 1890-1906, Karosta was constructed as a naval base for the Russian Tsar Alexander III. It remained an active military base for 100 years until Latvia's independence from the USSR in 1994. During this military period it was a microcosmic community, independent from its surrounding region and closed off even from the residents of neighboring Liepaja. The result of this isolationism is that upon the decommissioning of Karosta, it changed from a community of 25,000 residents to 6,000 residents nearly overnight.


http://www.karosta.lv/en/

In the period since the USSR evacuation of Karosta, the community has largely sat dormant as a monument to dark histories past. Today it stands filled with brutalist structures in partial or complete disrepair. Since the withdrawal of USSR, the neighborhood has also been host to high unemployment, drug use and street crime. In the documentary Karosta: Life After the USSR, local citizens of Liepaja recall that "Now it is ruined, nobody cares for it and at the same time there are still people living there. That is the saddest thing."

While Karosta stands neglected, Liepaja and Latvia have inversely started to flourish. Historically, the city of Liepaja was a European tourist destination, featuring a thermal bathhouse and a long coastline along the Baltic Sea that welcomed beach visitors. Liepaja is now encouraging growth, and in 1997 established a low tax environment in order to attract foreign investments and facilitate economic development. In recent years Latvian growth has also transformed, shifting from the European Union's worst economic disaster zone to an example of the healing properties of deep budget cuts. Latvia's economy, after shriveling by more than 20 percent from its peak, grew by about 5 percent last year, making it the best performer in the European Union. With Latvia and Liepaja economically on the rise, the stage is set for a rebirth of neighboring Karosta to engage and reinforce Latvian growth.

Bee Breeders Architecture Competition Organisers, in collaboration with Liepaja City Council and a number of local artists, has seized the opportunity to focus the interest of international designers on Karosta. Throughout three competitions focused on three different scales of intervention, the proposals as a body of work offer a provocative case study on how to reanimate deserted urban fabric. In an effort to bring sustainable growth to the Baltic region, the competitions exhibit a particular sensitivity toward economic, ecological, and socially beneficial proposals. The competition program and regulations also assist to this end, and are framed in a way that encourages healthy long-lasting growth for a stagnant community.




The first competition in the series is the Ghost Town Challenge, which tasks teams of designers to propose a cultural center for the center of Karosta. The cultural center is imagined as a seed of growth for the neighborhood, including a tourist information center, library, exhibition hall, conference hall, conference rooms, and restaurant, and would bring both the local community as well as foreign investors and tourists to the site. This is assisted by the presence and proximity of the orthodox St. Nicholas cathedral, replete with golden domes, which establishes a strong connection to Latvia's past and pairs nicely with a contemporary cultural center as centers of activity in the area. The site is located on a plot of land in the center of Karosta surrounded by existing soviet brutalist style apartment blocks, and the challenge here is to respond to this existing built context while also making a departure from its abandoned past to set a new standard as the focal point of Karosta.


Ghost Town Challange architecture competition winning entry - context

The winning entry succeeds at this goal by establishing a center that directly addresses its historical context while also providing a series of flexible cultural and civic spaces within. The physical form of the proposal is driven by a large void carved from a solid block that orients the center's entrance and views toward the adjacent historical cathedral site, thus establishing an urban relationship between the two landmarks that aims to reinforce the importance of both. Additionally, the project contains a large outdoor space seated at the entrance that helps to maintain a lowered site density while also providing a much-needed public space for local musical and cultural events. Upon entering the building, visitors are once again greeted with a large flexible public space. This space is not only functional but establishes a strong concept for the scheme as a clearly executed solid/void diagram, where solid masses of program are grouped and moved toward the exterior of the building to make way for both the focal central space as well as a series of Corbusien voids that introduce a provocative play of light within the space. The ceiling then finishes the composition by continuing the Ronchamp-like pattern featured on each wall surface. The result is a facility that could truly spark public and civic life in Karosta, as well as a rebirth for its forgotten identity.


Ghost Town Challange architecture competition winning entry


Ghost Town Challange architecture competition winning entry - plans (from left) - ground floor; 1st floor; 2nd floor; 3rd floor

The second competition broadens its scope to focus on the surrounding abandoned apartment buildings in Karosta. Brutalist Facelift asks designers to propose alternative facades for the existing brutalist architecture by means of clever and inexpensive solutions. The fundamental scope of the competition carries poetry in that Karosta is guarding its history. It is not ashamed of its past, and is rather integrating elements that celebrate its unique and singular character, rather than bulldozing and washing away the complex history carried in its uninhabited and neglected walls. Here, the commitment to reusing existing structures is fundamental to the revitalization of Karosta.


Brutalist Facelift architecture competition winning entry - make buildings to be a canvas for their inhabitants

The winning proposal is an interesting critique of the current site context, and proposes that individual expression is the key to the future of Karosta. Instead of relying on the mastery of the architect or urban designer to revive the facades of this community, the proposal instead looks to the citizens, and seeks to establish a framework on which the residents of the buildings can personalize their facade via the addition of paint, furniture, curtains/sun shades, plants, and other creative additions. The goal is that as time passes, the buildings will continue to be a canvas for their inhabitants, and as such will continue to carry both the storied past of Karosta as well as a visceral hope for a more luminant future.

The third and final competition in the series asks for proposals for site furniture and small-scale urban interventions to establish a coherent built landscape. War Port Microtecture calls for a vision for Karosta's playgrounds, bus stops, benches, and information signs in order to unify the neighborhood's microtecture. While these structures are initially conceived as functional components of Karosta's urban infrastructure, their secondary importance of establishing public space for the community to interact is equally critical. They also address the economic reality of the region, and are intended to be low-cost interventions that make a large impact on the identity of Karosta.



War Port Microtecture architecture competition winning entry

The winning proposal provides a flexible and inexpensive solution with the introduction of a simple and affordable block unit. This carries the potential to unite the neighborhood and larger Liepaja since its simplicity allows for aggregation in numerous ways beyond the bus stop, playgrounds, information signs, and benches outlined in the brief. This scheme, in that sense, rises above the challenge outlined in the brief by proposing both a unit and a series of kit designs that could be changed or improved upon in the future while still honoring the simplicity and coherency of the original block unit. Although the proposal is quite simple, it remains potent in its potential to unite the Karosta community.

At its core, sustainable growth seeks to establish regulations that enable a community to grow in a continuous and healthy way over a long period of time. Unlike the evacuation of Karosta, this does not happen overnight. This series of competitions is thus aware of the sensitivity of urban growth and reacts accordingly by approaching Karosta's growth from a variety of angles at a variety of different scales. As such, the three competitions approach tripartite sustainable development from all three sides - seeking to improve the environmental, social, and economical performance of Karosta. The first competition, Ghost Town Challenge, focuses on social and community growth among residents of the region. The second, Brutalist Facelift, emphasizes ecological sensitivity by reusing the underperforming soviet blocks. The third and final in the series, War Port Microtecture, remains sensitive to economic reality by seeking low-cost solutions that make a large impact on Karosta's identity, which in turn preserves capital for further growth.

Other priorities exhibited in the design briefs continue this focus on healthy development, such as remaining sensitive to the ratio of built environment to landscape, a focus on local trades and materials, an emphasis on clever low-cost high-impact solutions, and an underlying desire for constructive public space that brings the community together. The fundamental premise of these competitions thus seeks sustainable growth for its community. This goal is achieved by fostering social and community relationships via a series of clever, economical solutions with low ecological impact.

Additionally, the desire to execute this vision in a series of three competitions instead of one all-encompassing competition is a powerful choice, as urban growth benefits from a heterogeneous environment that contains as a vibrant mix of forms and functions, public and private, hardscape and landscape. Following one totalitarian design idea is, after all, what created a horizon full of soviet apartment blocks in the first place.

The competition proposals thus react to Karosta’s difficult past without hiding it. The growth that is enabled from these ideas has its source in a desire to celebrate the city’s unique identity, rather than stamping on a new and unfamiliar identity in its place; by mixing existing elements from Karosta's rich history with new interventions that encourage life in the community. The scope of these competitions thus extends far beyond the bounds of Liepaja and Latvia. It instead carries through to many other deflated urban contexts around the world that call on the minds of inspired, clever designers to assist in the transformation of an urban context living below its potential.

Audrey McKee, architectural designer at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Bee Breeders house jury

see all Ghost Town Challange results here

see all Brutalist Facelift results here

see all War Port Microtecture results here


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Kahara Mori from Japan!

"Modern cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine shape a development far from the samples of modern architecture. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture and to be in the context of its development."

"I enjoy the creative freedom that these competitions allow. While daily practice is incredibly rewarding, competitions such as this offer a chance to exercise my mind and explore design problems that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to delve into. They provide me the opportunity to research and explore a place and context that I may not otherwise have explored. I enjoy that. And I enjoy seeing other solutions to the same problem."

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Jeffrey Clancy from United States!

"I enrolled in this competition as I had to work on my final thesis and I found this competition interesting to use."

Honorable mention winner

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Guillem Roca Canals from Spain!

"We seek out interesting architectural competitions as a way to hone our craft for the everyday world. They present an amusing and low-stakes opportunity to test out new ideas, or to explore new project typologies that we haven’t had a chance to jump into professionally. Perhaps most importantly they offer a fun excuse to practice how we illustrate and explain our ideas – both graphically and verbally – which is critically important for the success of a small firm."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Marty Sandberg and Cristina Gallo McCausland from United States!

"Architecture competitions allow a unique opportunity to explore the capability of architecture, somewhat removed from the pressures of regular work. I have chosen to participate because I felt the urge to extend the ideas and interests that were aroused from my studies. This specific competition was appealing to me because it combines my interests of architecture and music, in a country I love."

Honourable mention winner

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Robert Leslie Hillman from Australia!

"Competitions offer designers an opportunity to investigate design challenges with a different set of constraints. We feel that competitions allow us to think in new ways, examine our process and explore alternative means of graphic communication. We spent a lot of time prior to entering the competition arguing about everything under the moon. The competition was a way to take our two different personalities and see what cohesive idea could come out of it. It was a great way to put arguments on paper."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Andi Reeder and Kirk Malanchuk from United States!

"Most of the time we are working with so many demands; it can be a wonderfully collaborative experience, but it can pull us away from our original intentions as architects. Competitions are an opportunity to step away from external demands and rediscover what is important to us. Ideally this resonates with others, and we see how others responded to the exact same parameters."

3rd prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Lisa Mullikin and Kevin Stevens from United States!

"We participated in this competition because it gave us a chance to exercise our muscles on a different project type and in a different context. Cultural venues are a building typology that interests us deeply because of the clear connection between people, place, events history and identity. It’s a tremendously exciting thing to be a part of and the competition gave us just that opportunity."

1st prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Ian O’Brien, Enrique García Blázquez and Oliver James from United Kingdom!

"Because we are young and ambitious people (☺), we wanted to test ourselves at an international level as well. Dealing with such interesting topics has a very refreshing effect on the everyday-work and on our community as well."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Norbert Pánovits, Orsolya Méhes and Zsuzsanna Köninger-Péter from Hungary!

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Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Tyler Mcbeth, Veronika Smetanina and Benjamin Dossett from Japan!

"All of my design processes begin with extensive research, so I consider architectural competitions as a great learning opportunity. Through this project for example, I discovered an array of fascinating facts about Iceland and its history, whilst also learning about state of the art construction materials and building technologies. In addition, architectural competitions give me full freedom of imagination that is sometimes restricted in practice due to budget, planning and client’s preferences."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Madina Zhazylbekova from Kazakhstan!

"Each competition is an opportunity to grow. Competing and confronting with other equally prepared firm/individuals pushes us to improve, experimenting and going beyond our limits, within the architectural field."

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Green prize winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Chang Yuan Max Hsu and Hadeel Ayed Mohammad from United States!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions because they allow me to use my original ideas in architectural designs. I am sure that developing my imagination has improved the quality of my daily work in the office."

Student prize winner

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Magdalena Pająk from Poland!

"Architecture vision competitions allow artists to explore the possibilities of the framework to its latest extent, something that is sometimes difficult when third party interests are involved. We consider these opportunities unequalled chances to present our conversation with context as a pure manifestation as a designer could expect."

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Francois Bodlet from Belgium!

"For us, taking part in architectural vision competitions is a big chance for experimentation with space and structure, an opportunity to celebrate the design process and to face unusual topics."

1st prize winners

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Kamila Szatanowska and Paulina Rogalska from Poland!

"I understand competitions as a mental exercise, in which you ask, think and reflect on the search for universal solutions to specific isolated problems."

"For us as students and working architects, participating in this vision competition was a way to step out of the boundaries of the day-to-day profession, and helped us broaden our horizons on how to take on projects. With this we concluded that every assignment, also within the profession, should be approached in this way. Keep a fresh mind on what architecture can mean or express."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Marilu de Bies and Simon Wijrdeman from Netherlands!

"Competitions are thought provoking exercises. They test your understanding of various architectural challenges while at the same time offering you different narratives on different societies and places, and the impact design has on them. The research process, collaboration and execution are a learning process. A fun one to be sincere."

Honourable mention winner

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Joseph Mwaisaka from Kenya!

"This is a good way to keep the mind rolling and flexible. Competition usually puts architects in a position of searching for questions before coming up with a solution. These are interesting moments for experimenting. Besides everything else, it is a way to put in act new collaborations, like our team did."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Guido Mitidieri and Venessa Mok from Finland!

"Architecture competitions are fun. They offer a good platform to experiment new ideas and explore different approaches to architecture."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Chun Fei Wong and June Yong from Malaysia!

"Architecture vision competitions continuously trigger us to train our sensations on designing, redesigning and finalizing. As a team, we learn so much from each other through one architectural design."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

 Fang Xu, Yuxuan Jiang and Zhi Wen Sun from Canada!

"Competition prompts give us the constraints and platform to pursue creative design projects outside of the office. They also motivate us to follow through on these pursuits through a financial investment and fixed schedule."

Green award winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Sam Naylor and Elaine Stokes from United States!

"This kind of competition is a good field for matching with other points of view. It can be fascinating to observe how a place can be conceived by other architects and designers. It gives you an opportunity to try different approaches and experiment which is definitely something you don’t see every day."

"It is a refreshing exercise and an escape from our everyday works. Generally, we get to design things that we do not regularly have a chance to design – sometimes for places and users we do not get to think about. It is a rewarding opportunity to face a challenge and develop new design perspectives as a result."

2nd prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Keremcan Kirilmaz and Erdem Batirbek from Turkey!

"The architecture competitions allow the possibility to take the design process to a level where experimentation and speculation become problem solving strategies in a creative and unconventional way. This is the perfect venue for telling a story through architecture."

1st and Student prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Fernando Irizarry, Marcos Ortiz and Gabriel Rivera from Puerto Rico!

"Nat saw the call for this competition one day, and it appeared to us all as a great opportunity to sharpen our innovation and designing skills. Besides, we always want to work together in some challenging project. Since everybody is now in Bangkok, so we knew this competition is a great chance for us to brainstorm and to do something stimulating."

"We had this idea before we participated in this competition and think our idea is suitable for this competition. During the project, we deepened and furthered our idea. Of course, we faced many challenges, but finally overcome them.
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3rd and Student prize winners

HONG KONG PIXEL HOMES competition:

Yukang Yang and Jingwen Cui from China!

"We enjoy the research dimension of vision competitions because it is a field where we can experiment new ideas. It is finally a way to continue to express ourselves as young architects."

2nd prize winners

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Maria Fernandez and François Chantier from France!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that it builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

"The ability to confront ideas is really significant. Nowadays, we have an unique chance to compare our level to participants’. Architecture vision competitions are known for being a great motivation to start brainstorming and conceptual thinking."

"We believe, that attending architecture competitions can be a great opportunity to showcase your ideas and visions to a wider audience and broaden your own knowledge and- gain experience. We are also defending our bachelor degree with this project as our final work, which is the initial reason and motive for us to participate in this competition. We had an explicit program set for us, thus, it was easier to handle the work process, having a clear task and a rigorous goal to achieve."

3rd prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Valdone Mitkeviciute and Greta Prialgauskaite from Lithuania!

"It is simple: it stimulates us. It allows you to experiment, to test your ideas and to refine them. It is the occasion to take a rough idea and to perfect it in an analogical context with the reality. And also for the liberty of expression of this idea, without any constraints."

 

2nd and Student prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Onea Ioana Alexandra, Nistor Raluca, Hirleata Stefania Daniela and Tirca Radu George from Romania!

"We find architecture vision competitions a great opportunity to get in touch not only with our creative potentialities, but also with awareness of the reality and demands of the present-day. It is a great challenge where future and young architects like us can practice to work independently, while having the pleasure to choose projects that really inspire them. These conditions generate an occasion to bring out the best results of young designers while enjoying the creative process as well."

1st prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa and Tuana Yıldız from Italy!

"Architecture design competitions are a wonderful way of communicating your ideas and visions to a larger audience. For a small team from a small developing country like ours, it is very difficult to reach out to a larger audience by any other means."

"It is fundamental, for us as a design firm, to participate in these types of competitions because it opens plenty of opportunities: it gives us a global vision of the architecture needs, it provides a bigger understanding of the importance of function and creativity and last but not least, it adds work experience to our office."

"The current cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine form an approach which is far from modern architecture samples. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture, be in the context, and keep up with its development."

"We always look to participate in the debate about the spatial tasks at hand. We do this to sharpen our minds and to meet people who want to work with us on exciting projects. "

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Hans Maarten Wikkerink from United States!

"It is always enjoyable to share a variety of ideas and see how other applicants came up with all different design options, so that I could broaden my perspective."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Chang Kyu Lee and Beomki Lee from United States!

 

"To explore new futures for architecture."

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Seth McDowell from United States!

"Architectural vision competitions are an impetus for the flight of imagination that has potential to land on the ground with the appearance of something helpful, solid and appealing. It is the opportunity to create without seeing the competitors (who are also enormously empowered) which then you overcome and become stronger by yourself."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Ksenia Chernobrovtseva and Petar Petricevic from United States!

"It is important to question. Too often, standardized practices or routines blind us from potential inquiries. While it is not helpful to re-invent the wheel, I find that architecture vision competitions to be a necessary freedom from this daily reality. In that freedom, it is truly possible to consider anything, and these unbiased visions I feel are essential in realizing our potential."

Green award winner

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Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"Architecture vision competitions are very stimulating, especially for students, offering an open space for sharing ideas from all over the world. I cannot think of a better way of learning, discovering new perspectives and ways of thinking a reality. Furthermore, they are one of the best incentives to test ourselves and improve. In addition, I personally took part in this competition because I found that the possibility of getting an internship in North America is worth the effort."

Rising Star award winner

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Antonio González Viegas from Spain!

"We want to encounter more design opportunities, and make our works visible."

3rd prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Liyang Chen and Yao Zheng from China!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that is builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

1st prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow from USA!

"The way we see it, these competitions are a great way to try new things out. Their informal nature allows us to experiment with the way we design, work and collaborate. They also provide a platform to broadcast our ideas to a bigger audience."

2nd prize, BB Student award and BB Green award winners

KIP ISLAND AUDITORIUM competition:

Deyan Saev and Panayiotis Hadjisergis from Netherlands!

"We enjoy participating in Architectural Competitions as we see them as a healthy, refreshing way of putting our ideas out in the open, and a constant stimulus to move forward from from what we have already accomplished within our realm."

"Because it’s an opportunity to dream big, to find new solutions for a particular problem and to improve my architectural and communication skills. Basically, to keep on learning."

3rd prize winner

“Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality” competition:

Paolo Zurk from Colombia!

"International competitions propose original and actual topics. Participating in an architecture vision competition is a good exercise to develop new skills, design processes and learn of the problems around the world."

3rd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Alessandro Carrea and Djavan Cardona from Switzerland!

"Competition is in itself a challenge that is both exciting and capable to trigger creative processes. We believe this might be a combination that can lead to an interesting project."

2nd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Jacopo Abbate and Martina Mitrovic from Italy!

"Competitions for us are a way to test out creativity, where we are able to respond to a specific design brief in the way in which we find fit, using it as time to research and push forward thinking in the office and develop collaboration. Above all it challenges us and in doing so it forces us to evolve. "

"Participate in architecture vision competitions seems to me to be a good way to practice architecture, its spatialities and its concepts without too many constraints related to the architect profession."

2nd prize winner

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Morgan Baufils from France!

"An architecture vision competition make us go to the essence of an idea, we have to translate it as directly as we can. It can also provoque a dialog without imposing a constructed reality. A building must not be only one man’s or team’s work, but the result of a long process which includes differents actors. A competition is only the first step."

1st prize and Student Award winners

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Agathe Sautet, Clara Berthaud and Matthieu Friedli from Switzerland!

"Architecture vision competitions provide a platform that allows the greatest flow of creativity and imagination. It allows architects to dream big and to spread their ideas to a global audience. The social sphere of the competitions encourages the intermingling of ideas across the world."

3rd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn from Canada!

"The competition gives an impulse to search for new approaches to architecture. It is a way to express our commitment to humanistic ideas and an active professional attitude to architecture. This attitude gives guidelines for design of rational structures and sensible spaces throughout free search and common sense."

2nd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evgeniy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov from Russian Federation!

"The participation to contests comes from the will to report with different ideas and ways to think about architecture. The contests allows you to investigate and address different issues, putting you constantly in a challenge. It is a processing project tool. It is a way to implement your project capacity, thanks to a constant confrontation with other project outcomes."

1st prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Gino Baldi and Serena Comi from Italy!

"Architecture visions competitions create a platform for us to work through design problems that really enable us explore the potential of what architecture can be. It's part of trying to understand and develop what techniques and sensibilities work for us, and to develop our design identity. For us, these kinds of competitions create a space for that kind of exploration."

3rd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Sheehan Wachter and Cruz Crawford (Uburgo Design)from United States!

"We like competitions because we can work from the beginning. Almost always the start of a journey is better than the return. To develop an idea and take it though until the end without losing it during the trip, is very easy in this type of competition and it attracts us especially. In this case we participate because the opportunity represents a taboo subject for society, policy and the law; addressing this taboo subject with the tool of architectural."

2nd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Albert Pla, Joan Pau Albertí and Héctor Durán from Spain!

"We believe architecture visionary competitions are very much in touch with current social affairs. By participating in these competitions, we can stay in tune with world events and maintain our high design enthusiasm level."

1st prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

I-Ting Chuang, Jing-Yao Lin, Takanori Kodama, Yu Han Wu from Taiwan!

"Architecture should be a unity of what’s rational and functional, with what’s sensual and beautiful. I think that modern construction developments reflect the creative possibilities of people. So for me, being a young architect, architecture is also a challenge."

3rd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Michał Daniszewski from Poland!

"I enter about 1-2 architecture vision competitions each year to actively refine my skill sets. Often in our daily jobs we find our ways toward paths of increasing specialization. Competitions are a way to explore the breadth of the field. Especially in regard to teaching, I feel it is important to continue to push yourself and think critically, and the architectural competition is a framework to do that."

2nd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"It is a great chance to propose your vision on a particular problem, to put your ideas out there, and get feedback from a range of high - profile jurors. We don't really ever stop. It's important for us to continue learning, with every competition or project, we always aim to develop our skills in something we have never done, or even with a new software have never used."

1st prize winners

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Shaun McCallum and Aleksandra Belitskaja from United Kingdom!

"Because competitions give the architect a very uncommon and unsafe freedom where a dialogue is initiated, not with clients or investors, but with themselves, working as a kind of exorcism where his passions, obsessions, fears, whims... come to light. Competitions help us to know ourselves better."

"The Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion competition was too interesting to let us pass up doing it. Because we’ve never had freedom of speech, it’s very difficult for us to solve these problems. How to emphasis the importance of freedom of speech? Should the pavilion be light or heavy? Finally, I let the contradiction and paradox coexist, just like the “conflict” in movie’s play. Therefore, the interests and challenges are the wave that pushes us ahead."

2nd prize winners

CHARLIE HEBDO PORTABLE PAVILION competition:

Shuzhi Yang, Liwei Yu and Yupeng He from China!

"We participate in architecture competitions in order to be part of something greater than ourselves, whether we are working with each other as a team, competing with other designers, or exploring the collective ideas. We love how the boundaries of ideas can be pushed by the collective, beyond any limits that we could individually have conceived."

3rd prize winners

Bangkok Artists Retreat competition:

Win Rojanastien, Nuttapol Techopitch and Satavee Kijsanayotin from Thailand!

"This competition gave me an opportunity to build my imagination about architecture in a basic and original way."

1st prize winner

BANGKOK ARTISTS RETREAT competition:

Quyet Tien NGO from Vietnam!

"Architecture vision competitions give us the possibility to concentrate our attention on ideas, wishes and values of the projects, keeping alive the creativity."

3rd prize winners

Baltic Way Memorial competition:

Federico Malnati and Thomas Giuliani from Switzerland!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions because of the above! It offers the unique chance to use architecture to uncover the potential of a site and program. Competitions allow us to escape from the ordinary settings and imagine something extraordinary."

1st prize winners

BALTIC WAY MEMORIAL competition:

Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan from United States!

"Since graduating I have yet to find a job, and I didn't want my skills to get rusty so I decided to enter competitions as a source of income and portfolio filler. Also, the freedom to pursue my own ideas. This project was a first for me in that I had literally zero outside input. No professors, friends or colleagues bounce ideas off of was interesting to say the least."

3rd prize winner

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

 Cameron Kollath from United States!

"We participate in competitions primarily to test ideas, and challenge ourselves against others through the competition format. We also use them to help hone our drawing and communication skills; this is important when teaching our students. The Architecture Vision organisation sets provocative and engaging briefs that are interesting to undertake."

2nd prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Paul Jones and Chris Brown from United Kingdom!

"Participation in architecture vision competitions for me is a good way to finding new answers for exciting problems in my context and a suitable direction to creating and detecting my own architecture language."

1st prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Nima Nian and Behdad Heydari from Iran!

"Instead of a vicious competition, we attempt to make room for productive discourse via proposition made in an arena set for architects and designers."

2nd prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Ka Leung Yuen and Sze Kwan Wan from United states!

"Learning to improve, practice with ideal."

1st prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Yu Sun and Xue Zhao from China! 

"Architecture vision competitions ventilate and allow the mind to look for new technologies and ideas. You can learn from people of different specialties about topics that apparently seem distant and unattainable. Technological visions advance our ability to serve local communities"

"Architecture competitions give us a great opportunity to do something different from the daily work routine, still being engaged in our favorite occupation, experimenting and developing our skills. It is also quite challenging to compete with architects from all over the world, comparing different solutions and learning new approaches. No doubt, you will improve, even if you don't win."

1st prize winners

BANGKOK FASHION HUB competition:

Pugachenko Ilya, Aniskova Alla and Saiko Andrei from Russia!

"We did the competition to stay fresh and for the fun of it."

2nd prize winners

RED SQUARE TOLERANCE PAVILION competition:

Ida Sandvik and Mesi Koponen from Norway!

"We believe that participation in architecture competitions can create many great opportunities, especially for students. The basic and fair answer stands behind our personalities and is linked with our passion about architecture and the chance to challenge yourself. Architectural competitions are a great chance to improve many of your skills, to widen your knowledge and express your creativity. You can also learn how to work as part of a team and how to use your unique qualities to complete one project."

2nd and Student prize winners

MICROHOME 2019 competition:

Bilyana Apostolova and Slavena Todorova from Bulgaria!

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