Non Architecture Competitions, a non-profit organisation with only purpose to encourage and support the creation of brave innovative ideas, is accepting entries in their 8th international competition for 2019 this time themed "Learning", dedicated to alternative designs for universities.
Non Architecture Competitions is an initiative pointed at finding and bringing forward these valuable alternative proposals. It practically consists in a series of nine competitions, organized in a time frame of three years. All competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to a specific architecture topic, always related to a functional issue. Emphasis is always pointed to non-traditional, and therefore non-architectural approaches to the architect’s work.
The aim of this year competition theme “Learning” is to develop design proposals for the university, intended as a space of higher education, training, and teaching on all levels and disciplines.
The digitalization of education empowered processes of serious gaming as a learning tool, through app and interface, while video tutorials introduced a brand new dimension of bottom-up knowledge sharing movements. Organizations like Coursera, Ted, and Edx managed to grasp the qualities of remote learning and translated them into professional educational tools, providing online courses and lectures for anyone around the world. Along the same line, many universities started providing entire programs online, reducing costs and giving large flexibility to their students. On the other hand, many institutions still rely and invest in direct human interaction as the main vehicle for education. Innovation operates by empowering not only the teacher-student relationship, but also the potential for collaboration and mutual motivation between learners, trans-disciplinarity and inter-disciplinarity in the outside world.
Within this context, with critical thinking and a creative attitude, participants are urged to investigate what kind of spatial qualities can support or empower the process of learning in the future. Designers are asked to merge considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal could be a device, piece of furniture, interior design project, pavilion, building, urban plan or something other. The scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be chosen by the participants to better suit their project.
All participants are invited to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the university. recently a series of new initiatives have emerged in relation to the learning experience.
Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people.
• The participants are asked to submit one zip folder containing:
- a presentation image (Jpeg), showing the qualities of your design, in one catchy and representative impression.
- a technical image (Jpeg), showing in a 2d drawing a specific technical/organizational aspect of the project.
- a functional image (Jpeg), showing a specific functional peculiar aspect of the project.
- a Word document that clearly states the title and subtitle (maximum of 10 words), followed by a short description (maximum of 200 words). The text must be written in english.
- a Word document with the team’s info
• All the images must be A4, 300dpi, portrait (vertical). There is no need to completely fill the layout with images or add a frame, additionally try to avoid using texts in the images. Try to convey in each file one specific idea in one simple image.
Avoid to overcrowd it with too much material. Images are not meant to be posters. Each one image shows one single content, so for every image you can include just one single visualization (ex. one drawing or one rendering).
The images do not demand for any kind of specific technique of representation, as long as they respect the guidelines given. They can be technical drawings, diagrams, collages, pictures, renders, models, paintings, hand drawings, etc. Be creative!
They highly recommend you do not add texts to the images, and leave the Word document for further explanations. The projects should be explanatory enough through the graphic material.
• You are totally free to design whatever you think will be the best representation of the current competition topic. You are free to choose the scale (urban, architectural, product, etc.), the function, the way to design it, etc.
Non architecture competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winners will be in fact three, all equally important. In addition 9 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions.
Entry Fees are:
• 30 Euro — 1–15 October 2018 – Special Registration
• 45 Euro — 16 October–15 November 2018 – Early Registration
• 60 Euro — 16 November–15 December 2018 – Regular Registration
• 75 Euro — 16–27 December 2018 – Late Registration
Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually.
Further Informations ⇣
For all further information about you need to consult the official website: http://www.nonarchitecture.eu/learning/