Design for Living – Awards Announced

The 8th edition of the Advanced Architecture Contest has been organized under the title Design for Living. On July 15th we received 193 proposals from 80 countries. The organization made a first selection of 133 projects that will appear in the publication made by ACTAR that are detailed here and a second selection with 36 projects that were qualified as finalist, 12 of them have an Honorable Mention.
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 to imagine the future of the human living habitat.

You can acces to the full list of awarded projects here:
Here are the winners of the Design For Living Competition, voted by the jury!

Suwapat Rodprasert and Pongpol Punjawaytegul from Thailand, the 1st Prize winners of this year’s Design for Living contest.

Project: Re Life Cycle. When death creates eternal living.

The purpose of this project is to design the structure that a promotes new living system which is beneficial to all living ,death and the earth. Looking towards the idea of a closed loop self-sustainable system (based on cradle-to-cradle templates), instead of considering death as the end of human life cycle, turning it into aesthetically valuable traces that support daily routine. The design takes advantage of fundamental metabolisms processes to convert dead bodies into a temporal renewable energy for dwelling and respectively, provides nourishment for upcoming nature to grow. As a result, death creates life.

2nd place goes to Yvonne Asiimwe. Cyprus – Redefining “refugee”

The project proposes methods in which refugee camps can become self-sufficient entities with an unique identity by looking at and overwhelmingly crowded example-Shatila- a refugee camp that was meant to accommodate hundreds of Palestinian refugees within Beirut but later became permanent and over-populated with approximately 10.000-22.000 new residents. With the ongoing pandemic in mind, one wonders how those in such conditions would live through an unanticipated lockdown.

3rd place goes to Aramis Corullo, Paula Casia, Gellaine Burgos, Althea Poblete, Angelo Landicho. Philippines – WALL-E Transforming waste into a floating city

Wall-E’s main idea is to find life in the middle of a wasteland. It’s named after a series of walls that connect and provide foundation for the settlements in the area. These sunken fortifications now serve as the walkways to connect to the people to their homes. However, Binuangan village has to problems: their land is slowly sinking into the ocean and the lack of proper water treatment and solid waste management. Despite these alarming problems the locals refuse to leave their homes as fishing is their main source of livehood. To address these environmental issues Wall-E proposes amphibious pods made from recycled plastic waste.

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