In the blink of an eye, the 5th edition of the 24H competition is done! Once the brief is released on competition day, participants worldwide face the adrenaline-pumped challenge of completing their proposals in only 24 hours. The prompt highlights social issues, climate change, humanitarian causes, and modern sociologic problems.
When time itself in present-day society continues to accelerate and thus leaves us with hardly any time for ourselves, the 5th edition's theme "ASPACE INSPACE" challenged participants to create a customized space of refuge using personal necessities, experiences, and the 4th dimension -- Time -- as inspiration. No program requirements were given this time around.
This year's jury included Aline Chahine, Jorge Mealha, Diogo Aguiar, Luís Santiago Baptista, and Bustler and Archinect's very own Alexander Walter!
After the 24 hours were up, three winners and seven honorable mentions were selected.
More details below.
PROGRAM: "Location – Anywhere, nowhere. There isn’t a defined program. Create your own program. We challenge you to design a place with no physic references, those references are created by you, taking inspiration on your own necessities and experiences. Imagine a place for you, your refuge. That will be your “architectural event”, your unique and singular place. The areas should be adapted to the proposed program. With this exercise we pretend to reflect about the space-time theme as an architectural event, in a way that it can be quantified and qualified, and by doing this push the barriers of our current reality into an utopian reality defined by the 4th dimension: Time."
1ST PLACE (500€): Egor Orlov | Kazan, Russian Federation
"This proposal pleasantly excels in both creative originality and conceptual strength. The cartoon-inspired visuals quickly draw the reader into the deeper layers of a stunningly poetic narrative about a megalopolis in a dystopian future where various time systems are allocated to specific territories. Highly detailed micro scenarios intersect with each other and weave a thick, challenging and fascinating greater story of time being disjointed from allocated spaces. The proposal shows the strongest attempt at freeing the interpretation of space-time as an architectural event from our preconceived experience and ‘real world’ constraints." -- Alexander Walter
“A critical and political perspective of space / time relation explained through a very effective graphical communication.” -- Diogo Aguiar
“The proposal assumes a singular critical and ironic approach to the brief, within a broad urban framework. Dealing with surprising imagination with the unspoken negativity of the brief, the proposal refuses any possibility of escape or protected shelter from the metropolitan life. The plot is then presented with a magnificent drawing like a futuristic comic strip. The conceptual approach and the representation technique have a close relationship and a strong bond between them. In this sense, the idea and contents are exposed graphically in the maximum of its potential.” -- Luis Santiago Baptista
2ND PLACE: Bastian Landgraf and Niklas Martin | Berlin, Germany
“Roof gardens are the future of our cities, it is one of few proposals that imagined the escape “IN The CITY” -- Aline Chahine
“A relevant and pragmatic proposal, applicable to contemporary societies seeking for new spatial havens.” -- Diogo Aguiar
"Rather than designing one space as part of a greater system, this entry shows a strong approach from an urban-planning perspective and suggests the greater system itself: the sum of the connected rooftop gardens emerges as a consistently growing network, a living architectural organism filled with life itself. The concept shows a strong commercial application — marrying hints of Manhattan’s High Line success story with the need to escape Sao Paulo’s notoriously congested street level. Pedestrian movement through the city’s arteries on this new roof level changes the perspective of time." -- Alexander Walter
3RD PLACE: Berta Cusó and Benjamin Nicaud | Berlin, Germany
“Geometry as a perception device. A delicate structure proposing a meditation about space, about the relation between mankind, its material expressions, and nature.” -- Jorge Mealha
"The proposal exposes the serious situation of our environment. Space and time are confronted in a kind of memorial for the real time experience of the changes of geological time. The tridimensional grid exposes the human rationality, with a strong tone of ephemerality, deals poetically with the endangered intemporal landscape of the poles. The proposal negotiates the negativity of the brief with a call for action through contemplation. The collage technique and the architectural images present the concept with a suggestive cold and melancholic poetics.” -- Luis Santiago Baptista
"The theme of this proposal is the most political — or self-declared “poetic-scientific” — among the winners. To make the fact of global warming and its disastrous effects on the melting global ice caps plainly visible, this conceptually simple, yet strong, landscape installation attempts to record and quantifiably demonstrate the retreat of the ice. By allowing visitors to enter and experience this space and its metamorphosis over time, the installation introduces human beings very immediately to the — otherwise hidden — result of their action." -- Alexander Walter
Check out the Honorable Mention entries in the thumbnail gallery below.
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