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We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Modular Home / Edition #2" competition – Xuanyin Lin, Kewei Xu and Jiayu Su from United States!
Honorable mention winners from United States
All three of us are rising third-year B-Arch students at Cornell University. We were all not in the United States for our first year’s study because of the pandemic and we attended the study-away program provided by the university. It is because of this opportunity that three of us met each other and decided to design together and participate in the competition.
In our design studios at Cornell University, we have focused on projects with varying scales, ranging from a local bus top to a medium-sized library. During the first year, the design focused more on generating idea and conceptualizing spaces; recently, we have been worked with integrative design more, designing buildings with strong concept while considering building technology, structure and sustainability.
For us, architecture is the point of intersection, crossing and interconnection. Architecture communicates between the small scale - the individuals, the surrounding datums, the specific context - and the larger scale - the landscape, the regional context, the social discourse. Additionally, architecture is where experiential pleasure coincides with technical practicality and functional necessity. Architecture is at these intersecting points where some fascinating ideas would be generated.
Architecture competitions offer us opportunities to learn in a fruitful way, empowering us to think creatively, challenge reality critically, and design innovatively. Beyond that, competitions also provide us a field to engage in the larger conversation of architecture, and also of the whole society. For this modular housing competition, it allows us to think specifically about the creation of affordable, sustainable, and user-friendly dwellings, considering the world-wide housing issue of modern society.
Participating in the competitions can not only help us practice the theories and design methods we learned in classes, but also a way to challenge your own limit. You will always learn new things throughout the process.
Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices
Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization
Use architecture to create different emotional states