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Architectural Idea Competition

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This competition seeks innovative ideas in designing a space focusing on the relationships between a project and a ‘character’ and the site. Each participant or team of participants will propose a character for designing a house. This ‘character’ can be a person or group of persons of interest and inspiration for the project. There are no limitations as to the choice of the character. This character may be a historical or contemporary, real or fictional person, a significant group, from any origin or nationality. It is vital that within the submitted proposal, the character is introduced, and the project’s relationship with him/her or them is justified. ArchTwist invites participants to explore the boundaries and paradigms of designing houses with ground-breaking and visionary proposals.

This idea competition does not specify any particular site or setting. Therefore, each contestant or team can choose the location of their project based on the specific character. Participants can design a new space in an empty plot or propose a reuse of an existing building or structure. Nevertheless, participants will have to justify their choice of location for the project. A good architectonic conceptualization and original ideas will receive the highest consideration. ArchTwist encourages contestants to experiment and to formally and spatially explore new solutions. From the architectonic point of view, we expect an original, out-of-the-box, creative, contemporary, and risky proposition.

Architectural Drawing Competition

D I F F U S I O N

September 2020 – February 2021

“Should Architecture fade, diffuse?”

As a discipline, Architecture should no longer be thought in terms of objects. Structures, walls, facades are only modalities of architecture, but never its finality. After what design comes?

An architect can overwhelm the observable escalation in the design of contemporary architecture by introducing new events, situations, dialectic situations, and experiences, between inside and outside, free and available spaces in-between. Sometimes, Architects make architecture fade, disappear. They make it melt within the territory, blurring the lines between architecture and landscape, between physicality and immateriality, between presence and absence.

In this competition, participants are asked to respond to this theme and interpret their ideas about melting space i.e. diffusion through bold imaging (sketch/ illustration/ visualization) without any narrations.

POST-COVID INTERACTION

 
RETHINKING SOCIAL INTERACTION SPACES
 

Our cities and buildings have always been shaped by diseases. It was cholera that influenced the modern street grid through the introduction of sewage systems that required the roads above them to be wider and straighter, along with new zoning laws to prevent overcrowding. Similarly, Pandemics like the Black Death, the Great Plague of London, the San Francisco plague, the Spanish flu, and others have a history of shaping cities and urban spaces and to what extent will cities be changed from the current pandemic is still uncertain.  

In this COVID-19 situation of self-isolation, with shops shuttered, offices abandoned and urban centers reduced to ghost towns, participants are asked to rethink or design any kind of social space that might add value in Post-COVID-Transition. The design could be any kind of religious space/ market/ restaurant or an interface on an existing social space. The entire focus is to imagine what the post-COVID social space might look like.

PAST JURORS

SHEIKH AHSAN ULLAH MOJUMDER 

Associate Professor, BUET

Patrick D’ Rozario

PATRICK  D’ ROZARIO
Assistant Professor, BUET

AR. MOHAMMED EMRAN HOSSAIN

Principal Architect, Architect Emran & Associates

DR. ASMA NAZ
Assistant Professor, BUET

KAROLINA OZIMEK
Lecturer, University of Asia Pacific (UAP)

Former Architect, HPP Architekten

MAHERUL KADER PRINCE

Lecturer, BUET

Reesham Shahab Tirtho
Architect | Illustrator | Cartoonist | Graphic Designer
Architect at Studio Terracotta
Former Lecturer at State University of Bangladesh