The 9th edition of the Advanced Architecture Contest has been organized under the title Design for Biocities. On June 5th 2022, the deadline to receive projects was closed, having received 202 proposals from over 50 countries. The organization made a first selection of 130 projects that will appear in the publication made by ACTAR that are detailed here and a second selection with 28 projects that were qualified as finalists.

The first three prizes are awarded with a Master at the IAAC according to their choice and metal prizes according to the contest rules. Given the current global circumstances, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) will study how to support those participants of the contest, especially the finalists, interested in continuing to research their proposals in the academic environment of the IAAC.

IAAC and all jury members want to thank all participants for their great effort and their contribution in imagining Biocities.


You can acces to the full list of awarded projects here:

Here are the winners of the Design For Biocities Contest


First Prize

Jiawei Liang from China

Wengding Nirvana: Mythological Ritual and Ecological Reconstruction.

This project reimagines Wengding, a 400 year old village in the Southern Yunnan province, reimagining mythology, spirituality and ecology, thinking through what it means to rebuild while reacting to cultural heritage in the face of climate disaster..

Second Prize

Laurie Bédard, Raphaëlle Benoit, Philippe Champagne from Canada

Projecting the Bioregion: For a Return to the Territory

Projecting the Bioregion explores sensitively the question of ideas of tourism and development though a close look at town and country Charlevoix in Quebec, suggesting the need for a balance between human and non human through multi scale, place based, and landscape approach.

Third Prize

Daniela Haroni, Maya Levy and Matan Zeev Shadmi from Israel

Patchwork: Stopping Deforestation with Urbanization

This project takes the Patchwork theory, a strategy used in forest fire management, suggesting we look at the potential for inhabiting ring-shaped cities which could act as these artificial patches.

Check out the Design for Biocities results for all the inspirational projects: