Architecture Competition Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact 3rd prize winner – Thiam Yi Donovan Ong

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winner of our “Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact” competition – Thiam Yi Donovan Ong from Australia!

Architecture Competition Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact 3rd prize winner – Thiam Yi Donovan Ong

Thiam Yi Donovan Ong from Australia

After completing my Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, I entered the workforce with conflicting ambitions. One was driven by the simple passion to design great buildings, the other – the urge to confront what I considered the most pressing issues of my generation: systemic discrimination, environmental crises, and mass disinformation.

In the current paradigm, it seemed that rather than architects, the power to affect widespread change laid in the hands of planners and policy makers. One year on, I have found a position at the Wyndham City Council, working closely with planners and conservation specialists as I continue to explore my own potential career, while still striving to keep in touch with my passion for design.

BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECTS THAT YOU/YOUR COMPANY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH. FOR INSTANCE, WHAT SCALE HAVE YOU FOCUSED ON/PREFERRED, ANY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS WHERE THE COMPANY/ INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED?

My current focus lies with the implementation of conservation projects relevant to the Wyndham 2040 plan, while other aspects, including urban renewal, are being renegotiated by the newly elected council.

WHAT DOES ARCHITECTURE MEAN TO YOU AND WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN ARCHITECT IN YOUR SOCIETY?

To me, the meaning and role of an architect is to imagine future worlds.

Existing beyond the moment, architecture is both a monument to past achievements and a manifestation of a future trajectory.

At its simplest, a building asks whether the roof can weather the rain even when its sunny outside, whether its eaves can block the summer sun though it may be built in the dead of winter, whether its structure can withstand tectonic movements though the earth seems stable.

At its most complex, architectural speculation surpasses subsistence in the status quo: What is a city when everyone works from home? How does a society build cohesive identity from inclusive diversity? What attitude does civilization take in extraterrestrial first contact?

Though they are often not answered in full, they might be considered. Ideas with such depth, when put onto paper, into dimensions, scale, details, into realistic terms that people can understand, are given a small power. Realized in physical form, they become social provocations that, when compounded, have the strength to move the world.

WHY DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS?

After graduating, opportunities to express and develop personal philosophies and ideas without constraints are rare for a young designer. Entering competitions has allowed me to do exactly this.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO STRUGGLE TO DECIDE WHETHER IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS?

Find a brief that resonates with you and with it, the courage to believe in your own ideas. Give the project the time it deserves and, regardless of the outcome, there can be no doubt that you will come out better for it.

Open architecture competitions

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    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
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    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 15
Jan 27
Apr 21
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ideas COMPETITION
Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 16
Jan 28
Apr 22
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project COMPETITION
Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 14
Jan 26
Apr 23
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ideas COMPETITION
SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 17
Jan 29
Apr 23
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project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
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project COMPETITION
Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
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project COMPETITION
Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
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ideas COMPETITION
Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
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ideas COMPETITION
Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 25
Apr 22
Jul 08
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ideas COMPETITION
Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

Design a safe and supportive space for those struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 30
Apr 27
Jul 13
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project COMPETITION
Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 31
Apr 28
Jul 14
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project COMPETITION
Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel

Design a new hotel set within a beautiful Portuguese Monte d'Oiro vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Apr 01
Apr 29
Jul 15
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Architecture of Illusions

Do you have something to say about illusions in architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Apr 02
Apr 30
Jul 16
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
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project COMPETITION
Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
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