“Architecture that Reacts” 2017 – Results

200 Participants from more than 40 countries submitted over 90 designs to this year’s “Architecture that Reacts”! The variety of submitted solutions “that reacts” showcase the outstanding creativity of the authors. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all Participants for your inspiring projects! Huge thanks to Laka’s Judges, Partners, Media Partners for your support, consultancy and promotion!

AtR-17-Participants-MapDeadline for submissions for the Laka Competition 2017 was on November 2, 2017. Every project that has been submitted before the deadline for submissions has been coherent with our formal requirements and has been forwarded to the deliberation of the Panel of Judges, which took place during November.

Each year, international Panel of Judges of Laka consists of renowned experts in architecture and technology. In 2017 we were honored by participation of Dr. Alexander Rieck (senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart and co-founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture), Dr. Peter Kuczia (IARP and BAK architect, lecturer and researcher in the field of ecological constructions), and Thom Faulders (Founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts).

We are glad to notice an interest in the Laka Competitions among interdisciplinary teams consisted of architects, computational designers, technologists, urban planners, interior designers, electrical technicians, HVAC designers and more, but also among representatives of academic institutions: principals, lecturers, and researchers.

Hereby we are happy to announce the laureates of the 2017 edition of the Laka Competition: “Architecture that reacts”

1st prize: 0105 “Civilization 0.000”. Author: Dimo Ivanov (architect) / Switzerland
‘Civilization 0.000’ is a high tech structure, placed at Cape Horn in Southern Chile, that uses locally available renewable energy sources to generate electricity. Making use of the ample wind, wave, and tidal energy of this region, the structure would utilize a combination of 19 wind turbines, 4 wave power plants, and 6 tidal power turbines to create 100 million kWh of renewable energy each year.
1st-Prize-0105_thumbnail2nd prize: 0122 “noMad – a Behavioral Assembly System”. Authors / Germany, UK: Paul Bart (architect), Marvin Bratke (architect), Dmytro Aranchii (architect), Flavia Ghirotto Santos (architect), Yuqiu Jiang (architect).
‘NoMad’ proposes a behavioral fabrication system that marks a shift from built environment as a finite lifecycle construct to autonomous, non-finite and real-time solutions to adapt dynamically to the demands of its environment. The project aims at social-architectural issues of integrating automated, self-sustaining behavioral and fully mobile systems into people’s daily life. The system acts at the interface between architecture, (autonomous) mobility and the citizens of a city. ‘NoMad’ proposes a system that can self-regulate and adapt, react to outside influences and demands and encourages both interaction and communication.
2nd-Prize-0122_thumbnail3rd Prize: 0113 “Towards a Lively Architecture”. Author: David Heaton (architectural designer) / USA.
‘Towards a Lively Architecture’ explores response through tectonic assembly and material behavior. By focusing on the natural behaviors of wood and designing for those behaviors, we can begin to understand new forms of assembly that can change how we think about space. This increased sensitivity to the behaviors of materials can result in an architecture that is in turn sensitive to its surroundings.
3rd-Prize-0113_thumbnail11 honorable mentions:
0112: “Robotic Cloud”. Authors / USA: School of Architecture, University of Miami, Rodolphe el-Khoury (Dean), Chris Chung (Supervisor), Veruska Vasconez (lecturer), Stefani Fachini (student), Melodie Sanchez (student), Hongyang Wang (student), Kelsey Wang (student).

A dynamic shading system capable of shading various amounts of visitors within a public space at any time.

0019: “The Craters of Life”. Authors / Turkey: Erdal Göç (architect), Arda Göç (computer engineer).
A solution for green roofs, which tries to mimic nature, it ensures root-growing without concrete-damage; and water-discharging without steel-corrosion.

0042: “Currents for Currents”. Authors / Philippines: Deo Alrashid Trevecedo Alam (architect), Pierre Michael Monjardin, Andrew Galano.
The design aims to create power farming through a crowd-sourcing methodology, with the use of tidal generators, current turbine generators and solar power.
Honorable-Mention-0042_thumbnail0096: “Superterranean Layer”. Author: Nada Asadullah (architectural designer) / USA, Background image © Navid Baraty 2017.
A project which aims to meet the social and economical needs of users by creating a responsive system adapted from natural systems through cybernetics and human behavioral systems, thus creating a living architecture.

0104: “Floating Station”. Author: Lenka Petrakova (architect) / UK.
A design which connects research and education facility with ocean plastic collect and recycling center.

0106: “Wall Parley”. Author: Fengqi Li (designer, current graduate student at the Cooper Union & M.Arch graduate from Syracuse University) / USA.
The mechanism of this project relies on a communication loop which accommodates human behavior, machine learning, and architectural design and results in conversation between human and wall.

0046: “ACAT: post-emergency housing module”. Authors / Guatemala: Guillermo Paiz (Architect), Javier Penados (architect), Edgar Reyes (architect).
ACAT is a shelter designed to be used after natural disaster.
Honorable-Mention-0046_thumbnail0124: “Uncharted Territory – Habitat in the Garbage Patch”. Author: Benjamin Grabherr (architect) / Germany.
A new habitat generated out of the drifting garbage. It crosses the Pacific and drifts around in the Garbage Patch forming an artificial island by collecting and compressing flotsam and plastic particles.

0125: “Bioclimatic Machine”. Author: Javier Fuentes Quijano (architect) / Spain.
A project aiming to create an artificial climate using passive techniques. It intends to create an artificial atmosphere where social relations take place.

0068: “Ice Farming”. Authors / Norway, USA, Colombia: Lene-Mari Sollie (designer), Jared Widner (designer), Jonathan Bartling (Director of Digital Practice), Nicolas Ramirez (digital designer), Anupam Das (computational designer).
Ice Farming along the Arctic coast which has the potential to generate a restorative landscape barrier built of ice to protect coastal permafrost and its surrounding ecosystem.
Honorable-Mention-0068_thumbnail0015: “Fuzzy Cloud: Adaptive Energy”. Author: Alexander Grasser (Student, Innsbruck University) / Austria.
A component that, through human interaction, generates a multi-functional adaptive structure, that raises the awareness of sustainable energy and generates a social impact on the community.

Apart of the Laka Competition 2017, this year we launched Laka Perspectives book – a collection of 21 interviews with experts in architecture, urban planning, computational design, digital fabrication, smart materials, mobility, biomimicry and more. The book received a “Special Mention” in the category of “Excellent Communications Design Books and Calendars” in the German Design Award 2018. Our aims for 2018 include: next edition of the Laka Competition (details will be announced in March/April 2018), next volume of Laka Perspectives book (to be released in the 2nd/3rd quarter of 2018), implementing of the first programs of Laka Accelerator (mid of 2018), but also structuring and detailing the idea of the book about the projects from Laka Competition. More ideas at the beginning of 2018. Stay tuned!

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