On October 1st, the architecture community will celebrate World Architecture Day. Established in 2005 by UIA, events, exhibits, lectures and other activities will be held around the globe to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. Wanting to provide a unifying visual identity for the occasion, the international organization has sponsored a design competition to promote the event and its message, "Architecture...for a better world!"
With a jury consisting of Michael Bierut (USA), partner at Pentagram, Trix Barmettler (Switzerland) and Sulki and Min (Korea), winners of the competition have now been chosen. Check out the official poster for World Architecture Day 2018, and the other honored designs below!
The jury wrote: "We like the simple message – the earth as a home, cherished by the sun. It immediately makes us feel better.” Your poster, the jury stated, conveys the “simplest, most powerful message. The world is our home, we make our homes in the world, and architecture is the means which we mediate our inhabitation.”
Evoking Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a “magical hint,” the jury appreciated the childlike execution and narrative hand drawing, which “achieves the comforting effect with childlike painting.” For one juror, this was the poster that made them think: “Oh, I wish I would have had that idea.”
Second Place: designed by Mattia Salvá
The jury wrote: “The poster draws attention with striking and simple forms often found in architecture. The powerful color yellow leaves an optimistic mark and goes well with the message of the guiding principle. The forms and shapes allow a lot of room for interpretation and provoke interest. The circle could be a sun, a head of a figure or is it a maze? The theme of the poster is easily recognizable and can be applied well to the various different media. Depending on the medium, the simple forms can take on different shapes and come to life. The clear typography helps to build stability and convey a clear statement.”
Third Place: designed by Davide Folador
The jury wrote: “The stark composition depicts a simple view, a house under the sun. We like the stark, black-and-white composition, and how the short description of the design idea is included in the design itself.”
Honorable Mention: designed by Reena L.
The jury wrote: "one of the most accomplished executions”
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