The yearly Architectural Drawing Prize reflects and explores how drawing continues to play a significant role in advancing the field of architecture. Curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the 2019 international competition attracted 126 entries from architects, designers, and students who showed off their skills in three categories: hand-drawing, digital, and hybrid.
The 2019 edition concluded with German architect Anton Markus Pasing being crowned with the overall-winning prize for his work, “City in a box: paradox memories”. He was also the winner of the Digital category.
Jerome Xin Hao Ng, a student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, won in the Hybrid category with “Metabolist of a Dementia Nation”. Anna Heringer of German architecture practice Studio Anna Heringer won in the Hand-drawn category for her piece, “Masterplan Rudrapur, Bangladesh”.
During WAF, each category winner will present their work on the Festival Hall stage on December 5, and the overall winner will be presented with their trophy on December 6. The prize-winning and commended works will also be exhibited on an interactive video screen during the event. The entries will then be exhibited at Sir John Soane's Museum in London from January 15 - February 16, 2020.
Read on for more about the top-winning entries and for a look at the Commended entries in each category.
(cover image) Overall and digital winner: “City in a box: paradox memories” by Anton Markus Pasing
Summary: “‘City in a box: paradox memories’ represents an unknown city full of stories, closed in a large box. Until the box is opened, the city is in an ‘intermediate state’, it is both real and non-existent at the same time. Pasing said on his drawing: ‘I prefer the digital method for creating my work, because it allows me to achieve complex representations as well as being able to illustrate narrative aspects more clearly. I don’t aim to generate answers with my images, but to use them to ask questions or tell simple stories.’”
Hybrid winner: “Metabolist of a Dementia Nation” by Jerome Xin Hao Ng
Summary: “Jerome Xin Hao Ng’s drawing shows an alternative vision for Singapore’s Golden Mile Complex, a landmark residential block and important icon of 1970s Metabolism facing potential demolition. In this vision the building is saved, preserving Singapore’s threatened urban infrastructure; allowing new and existing residents to forge new memories, whilst giving space for the past to breathe.”
Hand-drawn winner: “Masterplan Rudrapur, Bangladesh” by Anna Heringer
Summary: “Anna Heringer’s work shows the masterplan of Rudrapur, Bangladesh embroidered over an upcycled sari blanket representing the high level of sustainability in the area; ponds bamboo is the main material for housebuilding and people use their gardens for food production. Highlighting this approach, the women of Rudrapur stitched together vernacular and modern mud-bamboo structures to prove that quality of life is based on creativity and elevating the existing, not on material consumption.”
Don't forget to check out the commended entries in the gallery below!
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