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Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Poland Architecture News - Dec 6, 2018 - 03:38   6153 views

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka has announced its winners for "Architecture That Reacts" competition, which seeked innovative ideas in architecture, design, and technology that are capable of reacting and dynamically adjusting to the conditions of the environment (either natural, social, or built).

200 Participants from more than 30 countries submitted 130 designs to this year’s "Architecture that Reacts". The main focus of the competition is on the solutions that develop through a process of changes and adjustments. The subject of the competition is architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings. 

3 main prizes, 3 special recognitions, and 14 honorable mentions have been selected by the jury comprised of: Alberto T. Estévez (Architect, Educator, Art Historian, Ph.D. of Sciences, Ph.D. of Arts, Founder of ESARQ/UIC), Ana Rewakowicz (Artist, Inventor, Designer), Dagmar Reinhardt (Ph.D., Architect, Educator, Principal of reinhardtjung), Hani Rashid (Architect, Designer, Educator, Co-founder of Asymptote, Head of Studio_Hani Rashid), Paul Clemens Bart (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE), Peter Kuczia (IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Creator of CO2 Saver House) and Marvin Bratke (Dipl.-Ing., Architect, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor Muthesius Academy of Arts).

Achieving such a goal requires an interdisciplinary approach that goes far beyond typical building solutions. Laka is a non-profit organization and an international network focused on positive social impact through responsible design and architecture.

Scroll down to see the winners below:

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

1st prize: Tidal Terrains by Mary Denman (Architect/Designer) | USA

"Climate change experts predict a temperature rise of up to four degrees in the next millennium. This increase will result in a drastic reorganisation of our planet as sea levels rise and more extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tsunamis disturb our cities. Ninety percent of the world’s largest cities are located next to water, and so to address increasing population density and differing environmental conditions, perhaps we need to start looking at using existing urban water as a place of opportunity to build on with new types of dynamic landscape which are able to respond flexibly with changing tidal levels."

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

2nd prize: Embodied Homeostasis by David Stieler (Architect) | Austria

"Today, we live in a world of ubiquitous computation. Advancements in information technology and sensing objects have fundamentally disrupted the way not only digital space is perceived, but also altered the way social interaction is organized in our built environment."

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

3rd prize: Platform of Motion by Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi (graduate students of architecture) / USA

"Through our project we are envisioning a future, where human moments will not be replaced by the fastness of machines, rather human-machine interaction will start to develop a new set of vocabularies to perceive space, to visualize architecture."

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Special Recognition: Surftopia by Eduardo Camarena Estébanez (Architect, Product Designer), María Urigoitia Villanueva (Architect) | USA  

"Surftopia is born from the observation of human activity at the beaches. This temporary colonization is often determined by the use of umbrellas that deploy, acting as occupancy indicators. The proposal dialogues with the environment through a series of reactive masts that open and close like umbrellas depending on the amount of surfers using the beach."

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Special Recognition: Platinum City by Sean Thomas Allen (Architectural Assistant) | UK  

"Civilisation thrives in the city. Hi technology is optimised to simulate earth like conditions in space within the context of the first post-human city."

Laka winners show dynamically adjustable proposals that merge technology and architecture

Special Recognition: Volcano Lite by Patorn Sangruchi (Student of architecture) | USA 

"Volcanic eruptions often provide scientists and geologists rare opportunities to study geomorphological processes and biological succession in an environment unaffected by external factors. However, volcanic landscapes often produce a hostile environment in a remote location that prevents any semi-permanent structures from being set up."

See all Honorable Mentions on Laka's website. World Architecture Community is media partner for the competition. 

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