Frequently Asked Questions.

Laka Competitions

Q1: Is it okay to submit the same project that has been previously submitted to other competitions?
A: The participants can submit their projects that have been previously submitted to other competitions.

Q2: Is there a specific approach or place for the proposal?
A: The participants are free to decide the project’s location, scale, size, and program. Listed below are some highlighted issues that the jury will pay attention to: ● a properly indicated architectural, social, or environmental issue to solve ● an accurate analysis of the selected issue ● a properly chosen solution that “reacts” to the indicated issue. More information is available in the Competition Brief.

Q3: Is there a specified site or area for the project? Is there a scale limit, size limit or particular program?
A: The participants are free to decide the project’s location, scale, size, and program.

Q4: Is video format allowed in the submission?
A: Video formats will not be accepted. Please check the Competition Brief which contains a list of three required elements of submissions.

Q5: After the submission of designs for the competition, what rights does the organizer have over it? Are the rights only limited to reproducing digital submission, or will the organizer hold the copyright for design/concept/idea enabling them to further put the design in production/commercial application?
A: An excerpt from the Guidelines of the competition: “Participants retain their full moral rights to the submitted projects and grant a free license to the organizer in order to allow the promotion of the results. The organizer is obliged to include the authors’ names each time it uses the license. The license has no time or territorial restrictions and can be used in the following fields: (1) public display, presentation, reproduction, and making the work available to the public; (2) making copies of the work (printing, reprographic, magnetic recording, digital techniques); and (3) using the work and its fragments for the awards’, participants’, and organizer’s promotion. The organizer cannot modify the submitted projects in any way without their authors’ consent.”

As organizers, we are not allowed to make use of your design other than described in the license – we cannot use your design in production or commercial applications. Please note that as organizers we can publish (eg.) promotional books about the competition and include the submitted projects. We use ‘a license’ described above for promotional purposes, and we always include information about the authors – either we publish the images via our network, or in promotional books etc.

Q6: If the author does not have a legal copyright/patent for the design at the time of the competition but the work is legit, is it still eligible for the competition?
A: A n excerpt from the Guidelines of the competition: “Participation is equivalent to (1) acceptance of these guidelines, (2) declaring possession of copyright to the project, (3) consent to personal data processing for the purposes of the awards, and (4) consent to publish the entered project according to the license described below. ” If a participant submits a project, and is the author of proposed solutions/descriptions, and used graphics/sketches/photos etc. (individually or as a team), it means that he/she or the team – possess the full copyright for the project (in this case we interpret that a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created). As organizers, we are not able to check the correctness of the copyrights of submitted projects. This is a participant’s responsibility to make sure that he/she possesses full copyrights to the project.

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