Laka Reacts https://lakareacts.com Architecture that Reacts Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Laka Perspectives & International Design Awards https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-international-design-awards/ https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-international-design-awards/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 11:52:02 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3530 A happy news from Los Angeles: the Laka Perspectives book receives an honorable mention in the International Design Awards! Many thanks for the Participants and all engaged in the preparation of the book, more information about the 1st volume: http://lakaperspectives.com/, and the 2nd (in progress) https://lakareacts.com/competition-2018/ Learn more about IDA 2017: https://idesignawards.com/winners/zoom.php?eid=9-18267-18  Laka Perspectives is a pocket-sized source of inspiration that outlines different views on the role of architecture, the connections between spatial interventions and their social outcomes, and the pathways...

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A happy news from Los Angeles: the Laka Perspectives book receives an honorable mention in the International Design Awards! Many thanks for the Participants and all engaged in the preparation of the book, more information about the 1st volume: http://lakaperspectives.com/, and the 2nd (in progress) https://lakareacts.com/competition-2018/

Learn more about IDA 2017: https://idesignawards.com/winners/zoom.php?eid=9-18267-18 

Laka Perspectives is a pocket-sized source of inspiration that outlines different views on the role of architecture, the connections between spatial interventions and their social outcomes, and the pathways that connect needs and solutions in a variety of technological and social disciplines. Furthermore, the book is about the people who have decided to take action for the future through architecture, technology, and innovation. press-kit is available here

The book received a “Special Mention” in the 2018 German Design Awardcategory of “Excellent Communications Design Books and Calendars.”

Publisher: Laka Foundation
Partnership: Solarlux GmbH
Design: Bartłomiej Witkowski
Collaboration: Peter Kuczia
Photos: Mariusz Gruszka
Visualizations: Alek Pluta

Pages: 340 (paperback)
Format: 160 x 100 mm
Language: English

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BART//BRATKE & Matthijs la Roi Architects: New Concert Hall https://lakareacts.com/bartbratke-matthijslaroi-new-concert-hall/ https://lakareacts.com/bartbratke-matthijslaroi-new-concert-hall/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:57:33 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3473 BART//BRATKE & Matthijs la Roi Architects proposal for New Concert Hall Nuremberg PROJECT INFO Location: Nuremberg, Germany Status: Design Proposal / Competition Entry Size: 17 000 m2 BART//BRATKE Design Team: Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke Matthijs la Roi Architects Design Team: Mattijs la Roi www.bartbratke.com www.matthijslaroi.com ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT The Nuremberg Concert Hall extends the historically rich heritage of the Meistersingerhalle and enriches the cultural city of Nuremberg with a unique musical experience in which music and space become one. Based...

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BART//BRATKE & Matthijs la Roi Architects proposal for New Concert Hall Nuremberg

PROJECT INFO
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Status: Design Proposal / Competition Entry
Size: 17 000 m2
BART//BRATKE Design Team: Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke
Matthijs la Roi Architects Design Team: Mattijs la Roi
www.bartbratke.com
www.matthijslaroi.com

ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT
The Nuremberg Concert Hall extends the historically rich heritage of the Meistersingerhalle and enriches the cultural city of Nuremberg with a unique musical experience in which music and space become one. Based on Nuremberg’s landmark, the duality of its the twin castles, two buildings side by side create a synergetic connection to a coherent unity. Connected in a symbolic ‘band’, a circulating podium made of natural stone links the ensemble. The solid base grounds the structure, which creates an inviting lightness through its vertical foyer as a central distributor together with a translucent, energy-optimized roof construction. As a cultural jewel of the Nuremberg metropolitan area, the Nuremberg concert hall awakens curiosity and attraction through its interplay of tradition and contemporary stylistic idioms – employing a contemporary language of forms, which playfully takes over modernist elements of the Meistersingerhalle, such as the formation of a horizontal pedestal, and reinterprets them in a contemporary way. Expressive stairways, public bleachers, assembly venues and diagonals break the stringent horizontality of the band, creating an open, inviting perimeter. The broken natural stone of the base reminds of the fascinating rock formations of the nearby quarries, resulting in a patchwork ensemble of natural stone. Following the example of Albrecht Dürer’s study of geometry and the perception of geometrical forms, the Nuremberg Konzerthaus evocatively plays with the hiding, breaking and indicating of Platonic solids. The building thus appears novel in its formal language, but recognizes familiar elements and principles of order in its traditional surroundings.


URBAN INTEGRATION AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN

As an extension of the urban park landscape of the Luitpoldhain, the Nuremberg Konzerthausis seamlesslyintegrated into the surrounding urban landscape, which runs through the open foyer and the elevated corridors around the building. The freestanding concert hall volume, together with the building of the Meistersingerhalle, defines an articulated forecourt and main entrance.
The place is activatedthrough all public and foyer functions along its perimter– in a continuation to the Meistersingerhalle.


BUILDING ORGANISATION

The organisation of the building follows a clear division of functions between the public front building and the rear building for artists and employees. The main entrance for visitors leads directly into the vertical atrium. All visitor- and concert-relevant functions are arranged along foyer, which is organized as a continuation of the existing foyer around the concert hall as a freestanding volume. The balconies around the hall bridge the foyer to catering points and breakout zones with direct views and connections to the exterior along the building façade. Centrally located at the staff entrance is a spacious artist lounge with direct connection to the stage and catering. Delivery, instrument room and artist’s dressing room are at the same level as the stage with efficient circulation.


CONCERT HALL

The concert hall – perceived from the outside as a freestanding object – is covered with wooden strips from inside and outside. The hall’s monolithic appearance is broken into balconies, information desks and break-out zones on a human scale. The 1600 seats are distributed over a terraced landscape of wooden balconies, creates a unique musical experience.

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Picture Credits: BART//BRATKE, Matthijs la Roi Architects
Contact: BART//BRATKE press@bartbratke.com

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Laka Competition 2018 has started! https://lakareacts.com/laka-competition-2018-started/ https://lakareacts.com/laka-competition-2018-started/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:03:09 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3420 Laka invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts.’ The main focus of the competition is on the solutions that develop through a process of changes and adjustments. The subject of the competition is architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings. https://lakareacts.com/competition-2018/ Schedule: ● Registration opens in April 2018 ● Early Registration (April 1st–June 1st): 50 USD ● Regular Registration (June 2nd–October 1st): 75 USD ● Late...

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Laka invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts.’ The main focus of the competition is on the solutions that develop through a process of changes and adjustments. The subject of the competition is architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings. https://lakareacts.com/competition-2018/

Schedule:
● Registration opens in April 2018
● Early Registration (April 1st–June 1st): 50 USD
● Regular Registration (June 2nd–October 1st): 75 USD
● Late Registration (October 2nd–November 1st): 100 USD
● Project submission deadline: November 2nd, 2018
● Jury deliberation: November, 2018
● Winners’ announcement: December 1st, 2018
UTC time zone for all dates.

International Jury:
Alberto T. Estévez (Architect, Educator, Art Historian, Ph.D. of Sciences, Ph.D. of Arts, Founder of ESARQ/UIC). Architect (UPC, 1983), Architecture Ph.D. of Sciences (UPC, 1990), Art Historian (UB, 1994), Art History Ph.D. of Arts (UB, 2008), with the office of architecture and design in Barcelona. Founder of two research lines with two master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs: ‘Genetic Architectures/Biodigital Architecture’ (UIC, 2000–present) and ‘History, Architecture, and Design’ (UIC, 1998–present). Author of more than one hundred publications and participant in a large number of exhibitions, congresses, and conferences around the world. Founder of the world’s first Genetic Architectures Laboratory (UIC, Barcelona, 2000), where geneticists worked with architectural objectives in a real application of genetics to architecture. http://albertoestevez.es/

Dagmar Reinhardt (Ph.D., Architect, Educator, Principal of reinhardtjung). The Program Director of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments and Studio Leader of the Master of Digital Architecture Research at the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. research, which investigated design techniques in fashion and focused on latent spatial organizations. She is the Co-Chair of the Rob|Arch2016 Robots in Architecture, Art, and Design (hosted by The University of Sydney). Her office, reinhardtjung, covers architecture and design in theory and practice, in buildings, installations and curatorial series, publications, academic research, and architectural projects.  http://www.reinhardtjung.de | http://www.robarch2016.org

Ana Rewakowicz  (Artist, Inventor, Designer). A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto with an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She investigates relationships among portable architecture, the body, and the environment. Her professional activities cross into the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and performance. A participant of numerous exhibitions around the world (including ‘Air Conditions,’ Stiftelsen 3,14, Norway; ‘Conversation Bubble,’ Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway; ‘ISEA 2014,’ United Arab Emirates; ‘Manif d’art 4,’ La Biennale de Québec, Canada) and the creator of such works as ‘Ice Fracture’ in Delaney Park, Anchorage, Alaska, USA; ‘Air Cleanser,’ Rosenlew Factory, Pori, Finland; and ‘Green Line Project,’ Lauttasaari-Helsinki, Finland. http://rewana.com

Hani Rashid (Architect, Designer, Educator, Co-founder of Asymptote, Head of Studio_Hani Rashid). Co-founder and Design Partner at Asymptote Architecture, a leading international architecture practice. Hani held visiting professorships at universities such as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. A laureate of numerous awards such as the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2004); the AIA NY Chapter Design Award, Interior Architecture (2007); and the Middle East Architect Awards, Hospitality Project of the Year, the Yas Hotel (2011). Currently, Hani leads the Deep_Futures research department and is the International Dean of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. https://www.asymptote.net

Paul Clemens Bart (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE). A German architect and designer with broad experience in multifaceted disciplines, collected at Zaha Hadid Architects, LAVA Sydney and Berlin, and the German Institute of Science and Technology, Singapore. Paul is a co-founder of the research design collaborative BART//BRATKE. He holds a diploma in architecture from the Technical University of Munich and a M.Arch. from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. Paul studied at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris. His work is committed to emerging technologies, digital methodologies, and their application across scales. A laureate of the second prize in the Laka Competition 2017. http://bartbratke.com/

Peter Kuczia (IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Creator of CO2 Saver House). Educator and expert in ecological constructions with more than twenty years of experience. In 2008, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation on solar architecture in Germany. Author of ‘Educating Buildings – Learning Sustainability through Displayed Design.’ He has been awarded international prizes, such as the first prize of the Polish Green Building Council for ZEROENERGY Research and the Educational Complex Wroclaw University of Technology, a national nomination to the MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD for European Architecture, and many others. His work, which covers a wide range of building types, has been exhibited and published around the world. http://www.kuczia.com

Marvin Bratke (Dipl.-Ing., Architect, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor Muthesius Academy of Arts). A German architect and designer with a diploma in architecture (with a special focus on mobility) received at Technical University of Munich. Marvin’s research is focused on emergent technologies in architecture and industrial design. In 2014, he co-founded the research practice BART//BRATKE. Marvin holds a visiting professorship at Muthesius Academy of Arts and is engaged as a director at Graft Architects. Previously, he has worked as Design Architect at LAVA, Senior Designer at MLAUS, and Urban Researcher/Transportation Designer at GIST (German Institute for Science and Technology) and has contributed advanced geometry solutions for KERE Architecture. A laureate of the second prize in the Laka Competition 2017. http://bartbratke.com

Awards:
Three main prizes and approximately ten honorable mentions will be selected.
1) Laureates of the main prizes will be
● awarded 1000 USD per team and
● invited to join the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2.
2) Laureates of the main prizes and honorable mentions will be
● provided with feedback on their designs by selected experts from the Laka Accelerator,
● presented on Laka’s websites and promoted among Laka’s network of partners, and
● included in future Laka publications related to the competition.

● Laureates of the main prizes will be invited to join the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2 among such leaders as Toyo Ito (Laureate of the Pritzker Prize 2013 and UIA Gold Medal in 2017, Founder of Toyo Ito & Associates), Carlo Ratti (Director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, Founder of Carlo Ratti Associati), Peter Kuczia (Founder of Kuczia Architects), Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (Founding Partners of Land Art Generator Initiative), and Kamil Łabanowicz (Team Leader at AUDI AG).
● Laka will be announcing the next participants in the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2 via social media channels. Learn more about the previous volume at https://lakaperspectives.com.

Learn more about the competition: https://lakareacts.com/competition-2018/
If you have questions about the competition, please contact us: hello@lakareacts.com
Banner image: “Currents for Currents” by Deo Alrashid Trevecedo Alam, Pierre Michael Monjardin, Andrew Galano
https://lakareacts.com/winners/currents-for-currents/
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Laka Perspectives vol. 1 is printed! https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-vol-1-printed/ https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-vol-1-printed/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:13:43 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3170 It’s ready! After about fourteen months from the initial idea, with the schedule adjusted a dozen of times, we managed to complete and print the Laka Perspectives book volume 1. We have miscalculated the original schedules for more than eight months, but finally, on January 2018 the first edition of the book has been delivered to our office in two boxes 0,10 m3 each. We received amazing support from all participants of the book, authors of the interviews and introductions and...

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It’s ready! After about fourteen months from the initial idea, with the schedule adjusted a dozen of times, we managed to complete and print the Laka Perspectives book volume 1. We have miscalculated the original schedules for more than eight months, but finally, on January 2018 the first edition of the book has been delivered to our office in two boxes 0,10 m3 each. We received amazing support from all participants of the book, authors of the interviews and introductions and partners. Considering all of our conclusions from the process (and the mistakes that we have made along the way), we believe that the experience we gained will allow us to prepare next volumes much more efficiently. Thus from the very beginning of 2018, parallel to sending copies of volume 1 to all participants, we have started our preparations for volume 2 and 3.

Laka Perspectives is a pocket-sized source of ideas that outlines different views on the role of architecture, technology and innovation. If you are interested in purchasing the volume 1 of Laka Perspectives, please go to the website: https://lakaperspectives.com/ (there are only 25 copies for sale from the first print, we plan printing of additional copies in 3rd/4th quarter of 2018). The book received a “Special Mention” in the 2018 German Design Award category of “Excellent Communications Design Books and Calendars.” Design of the book has been prepared by Ultrabrand with the collaboration of Laka, Peter Kuczia, and Alek Pluta. Applying for the German Design Award was possible thanks to support and partnership of Solarlux GmbH.

Also, two weeks ago we initiated first steps of preparation and funding of the first album of Architecture that Reacts competition (with collaboration of Centre for Non-governmental Organization in Gliwice, Poland), which will be a summary of 3 editions of the competition and a place for presentation of more than 100 projects that will be selected by the editors of Laka from the pool of recent entries. We aim to prepare the digital version of the book and make it available free of charge in order to boost the promotion of these projects and their authors, but in further step – to print it in a form of a large album which will be available for purchase (with income intended for the support of the non-profit section of Laka).

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Laka Perspectives volume 1:

https://lakaperspectives.com/
Publisher: Laka Foundation
Partnership: Solarlux GmbH
Design: Bartłomiej Witkowski
Collaboration: Peter Kuczia
Visualizations: Alek Pluta

Pages: 340 (paperback)
Format: 160 x 100 mm
Language: English

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Italian Pavilion Expo’15 – Paolo Venturella https://lakareacts.com/paolo-venturella/ https://lakareacts.com/paolo-venturella/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:57 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3154 Italian Pavilion Expo’15 is one of the projects from Paolo Venturella Architecture – a firm based in Rome that mainly focus its research on the integration between the design processes and renewable energies. Source and more information about the project: http://www.paoloventurella.it/italian-pavillion-expo-2015/ | Authors’ description: “The proposal for the “Italian Pavilion” for the EXPO 2015 in Milan is based on the integration between sustainable food and renewable energies. Food is incorporated in the design by the continuation of the green of the exterior space, while energies...

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Italian Pavilion Expo’15 is one of the projects from Paolo Venturella Architecture – a firm based in Rome that mainly focus its research on the integration between the design processes and renewable energies. Source and more information about the project: http://www.paoloventurella.it/italian-pavillion-expo-2015/ | Authors’ description:

“The proposal for the “Italian Pavilion” for the EXPO 2015 in Milan is based on the integration between sustainable food and renewable energies. Food is incorporated in the design by the continuation of the green of the exterior space, while energies are integrated in the façade. The idea is to make the hortus goes from the exterior to the interior of the pavilion in order to create a greenhouse where people can easily produce food. This become the main element that characterize the volume from outside and also the interior space.

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According to solar exposition the huge greenhouse (that requires direct illumination) is placed on the south side while a covered space for events and expositions (that requires indirect illumination) is placed on the north side looking to the lake on the “Piazza Italia”. The pavilion is organized through a series of shifting volumes that create terraces facing south. They are part of the exhibition space, even if serving the whole building, and they are used for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables , showing how is it possible to incorporate the production of food in the building. These terraces look like a big urban step with a green wall system that works as a natural filter for ventilation and illumination.

Each volume has its own function. Exhibition spaces, offices and spaces for events are placed at different levels as requested, and they find their point in common in the greenhouse. The greenhouse guarantees a perfect control of interior climate along the year. The green wall works perfectly in every period. In the winter, since the plans have no leaves, the heat is released in the interior, in the summer, since plans have more leaves, the heat is stopped outside so to keep fresh the interior spaces. The other characteristic element is the louver system. Since the pavilion requires spaces with direct light and others with indirect light, the shading system fades from south to north according to the program.

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Louvers are made by photovoltaic panels so to guarantee a perfect integration with renewable energies that characterize the aspect of the building. They are tilted with different angles according to each side, so to optimize the solar radiation during the all day. The pavilion personifies the icon of nature in architecture. It symbolizes the symbiosis between sustainable food and sustainable energies making the all building an example of sustainability.”

Architect: Paolo Venturella; Team Design: Angelo Balducci, Interpro SRL, VIA Ingegneria; City: Milan; Year: 2013; Type: competition; Images: wemage

Paolo-Venturella-2Paolo Venturella (Roma, 1982), after his first studies in the business and economics at “Roma Tre” University moves to the school of Architecture “La Sapienza” in Rome, where he graduated as an Architect in 2010. He spent part of his studies abroad at “Universidad Politecnica de Madrid”. He worked in different international offices such as: “B.I.G. – Bjarke Ingels Group”, during two years in several projects and actively collaborating in the “Yongsan International Business District” and in the “Europa City” and in “Massimiliano Fuksas” working on the EUR Congress Center. Member of the “Rome Official Architect Association” since 2013, he participates actively in several International Competitions and has been awarded with several prizes worldwide such as Iconic Award, Well-Tech Award, MED Solutions and Land Art Generative Initiative. http://www.paoloventurella.it/

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“Architecture that Reacts” 2017 – Results https://lakareacts.com/architecture-reacts-2017-results/ https://lakareacts.com/architecture-reacts-2017-results/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:04:19 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3131 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! Deadline for submissions for the Laka Competition 2017 was on November 2, 2017. Every project that has been submitted before...

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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” https://lakareacts.com/competition-2017/

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!

Laka is a non-profit organization and worldwide network focused on social impact via design and architecture. Through a comprehensive strategy and with a support of our Partners, we develop projects and programs that underline the crucial role of architecture and technology in the process of positive social development (https://lakareacts.com).

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PCDN Network – About Laka’s Partners https://lakareacts.com/pcdn-network-lakas-partners/ https://lakareacts.com/pcdn-network-lakas-partners/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:53:45 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3058 As Laka we are honored to be partners to The Peace and Collaborative Development Network, the community which work to empower others to make a change in the world. In 2017, PCDNetwork has developed an incredible group of new services such as The Career Series, The Social Change Career Helping Line or The Social Change Career Podcast. We are more than happy to share the promotional material from PCDN, which you can find below. WHAT IS PCDN? PCDN 3.0 is...

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As Laka we are honored to be partners to The Peace and Collaborative Development Network, the community which work to empower others to make a change in the world. In 2017, PCDNetwork has developed an incredible group of new services such as The Career Series, The Social Change Career Helping Line or The Social Change Career Podcast. We are more than happy to share the promotional material from PCDN, which you can find below.
WHAT IS PCDN?

PCDN 3.0 is the go-to-hub for the global social change community, connecting over 37,000 individuals/organizations engaged in social entrepreneurship, development, peacebuilding and related fields. We provide a one-stop shop to inspire, connect, inform and provide the tools and resources to scale social change. PCDN has helped thousands of organizations and individuals around the world by offering users a one-stop tool. Since its founding PCDN has had over 5,000,000 visitors and 23,000,000 page views.

PCDN has a wide range of resources that would be of interest

The Career Series – An entire year devoted to building a high impact career featuring content from some of the world’s leading social change organizations, monthly webinars and more.

The Social Change Career Helping Line – The world’s first open, expert and crowdsourced space to help individuals find the answers to the questions they have about building and advancing a career of social impact.

The Social Change Career Podcast – Featuring leading social change professionals from around the world. Honest conversations about the ups, downs and opportunities in building careers of purpose.

Blogs – We have over 13,000 blogs on a broad range of topics. PCDN is a great platform for writing or sharing content. Given our global reach many blogs see very strong traction.

Recruiting or Advertising – Many leading employers, university programs, fellowships, training institutions and service providers rely on PCDN to recruit from a global community with outstanding results.

Job, Consulting & Internship Board  – Many leading social change organizations use PCDN to recruit talent.

A scholarship/fellowship forum – Featuring many leading social change as well as impact fellowships.

Resource Guides – We offer over 50 guides on key topics in the field such as the world’s best meta job list, guide to scholarship in social change, and much more.

Daily Digest Newsletter (sign up for PCDN membership) – Provides the best curated content including jobs, fellowships, internships, blogs and more in the ecosystem of change.

Weekly Digest – A weekly summary of key content from PCDN.

Our business model is that all people and organizations can view our content free of charge. When someone signs up for an account we ask them to consider a voluntary sliding scale membership payment but do not require this.

Please check out and share PCDN 3.0 with your colleagues #beintheknow, see http://pcdnetwork.org

To get the best of @pcdnetwork in your inbox sign up 4 our amazing daily member digest or weekly free public digest see https://pcdnetwork.org/pcdn-newsletters/ (both are filled with jobs, funding events, opportunities, inspiration and key resources to scale change).

We’ve had an opportunity to conduct the interview with Dr. Craig Zelizer (Founder and CEO of PCDN) and Dr. Catalina Rojas (Director of Innovation at PCDN)  which you can find in our book “Laka Perspectives vol.1”: https://lakaperspectives.com (a collection of 21 interviews with renowned experts from disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, computational design, digital fabrication, smart materials, mobility, and biomimicry).

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Esmeralda Niño https://lakareacts.com/esmeralda-nino/ https://lakareacts.com/esmeralda-nino/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:21:29 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3053 (Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer, Researcher, Co-founder of Zero Damage) Esmeralda Niño, M.S. is a Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer with seven years’ experience simulating the structural behavior and material’s properties of mechanical components across large, multitenant enterprises in Mexico such as General Electric, Takata CO., and Whirlpool, Inc. She also was a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Puerto Rico. In 2016 he teamed with Arch. Wilfredo Méndez and co-founded Zero Damage LLC,...

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(Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer, Researcher, Co-founder of Zero Damage)
Esmeralda Niño, M.S. is a Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer with seven years’ experience simulating the structural behavior and material’s properties of mechanical components across large, multitenant enterprises in Mexico such as General Electric, Takata CO., and Whirlpool, Inc. She also was a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Puerto Rico. In 2016 he teamed with Arch. Wilfredo Méndez and co-founded Zero Damage LLC, a startup that engineers autonomous seismic-controlling systems that will allow creating buildings that behave like humans to improve earthquake-resilience. Her work has been widely published in scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Journal of Simulation. https://www.zerodam.com/

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Wilfredo Méndez https://lakareacts.com/wilfredo-mendez/ https://lakareacts.com/wilfredo-mendez/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:18:47 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=3048 (Architect, Researcher, Educator, Co-founder of Zero Damage) Wilfredo Méndez, M.Arch is an adjunct professor and researcher at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In 2016 he teamed with Eng. Esmeralda Niño and co-founded Zero Damage LLC, a startup that engineers autonomous seismic-controlling systems that will allow creating buildings that behave like humans to improve earthquake-resilience. Since 2012, he has been leading multiple scientific investigations on bio-inspired building technology and disaster-resilience from within the Pontifical...

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(Architect, Researcher, Educator, Co-founder of Zero Damage)
Wilfredo Méndez, M.Arch is an adjunct professor and researcher at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In 2016 he teamed with Eng. Esmeralda Niño and co-founded Zero Damage LLC, a startup that engineers autonomous seismic-controlling systems that will allow creating buildings that behave like humans to improve earthquake-resilience. Since 2012, he has been leading multiple scientific investigations on bio-inspired building technology and disaster-resilience from within the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and Zero Damage. Wilfredo pioneered the work in Puerto Rico in the field of biomimicry and earthquake resilience for concrete structures. Hence, he has an in-depth understanding of parametric design based on the biomimetic methodology used for the development of resilient building technologies. https://www.zerodam.com/

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Laka Perspectives book – German Design Award 2018 Nominee! https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-about/ https://lakareacts.com/laka-perspectives-about/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:39:23 +0000 https://lakareacts.com/?p=2821 Laka Perspectives book has been nominated to the German Design Award 2018! www.german-design-award.com Laka Perspectives is a collection of 21 interviews with renowned experts from disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, computational design, digital fabrication, smart materials, mobility, and biomimicry. The keynote of the book is about perceiving and following the new ideas on the horizon and challenging the status quo along the way. The interviews have been conducted by Laka Foundation in 2016/2017. Content of Laka Perspectives: Number of pages: approx. 350 (paperback) Publisher:...

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Laka Perspectives book has been nominated to the German Design Award 2018! www.german-design-award.com Laka Perspectives is a collection of 21 interviews with renowned experts from disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, computational design, digital fabrication, smart materials, mobility, and biomimicry. The keynote of the book is about perceiving and following the new ideas on the horizon and challenging the status quo along the way. The interviews have been conducted by Laka Foundation in 2016/2017.

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Content of Laka Perspectives:
Number of pages: approx. 350 (paperback)
Publisher: Laka Foundation
Language: English
Format: 160 x 100 mm

Introductions:
1) Sudarshan Krishnan (Architect, Structural Engineer, Educator, Assistant Professor of Structures in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) | http://www.arch.illinois.edu/
2) Alberto T. Estevez (Architect, Art Historian, Ph.D of Sciences, Ph.D of Arts, Expert of Biodigital and Genetic Architecture, Founder of ESARQ /UIC/) | http://albertoestevez.es/
3) Stefan Holtgreife (CEO, Solarlux GmbH) | https://www.solarlux.com

Prefaces:

Preface 1: Editors of Laka
Preface 2: Editors of Laka

Interviews:

1) Phillip McCormick (Architect, Urban Planner)
“Architects can improve civilization using design and construction” 

2) Sushant Verma (Architect, Researcher, Co-founder of rat[LAB])
“It’s just a shift in the methods” | https://www.rat-lab.org/

3) Aldo Sollazzo (Architect, Researcher, Manager of Noumena)
“There are no boundaries right now” | http://noumena.io/ | http://globalschool.iaac.net/

4) Daniel Kohler (Architect, Urban designer, Researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab)
& Rasa Navasaityte (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of lab-eds)
“Partners in crime” | http://www.lab-eds.org/

5) Manuel Kretzer (Architect, Researcher, Visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art)
“The joy of materiality”www.responsivedesign.de www.digitalcrafting.de

6) Maria Aiolova (Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE)
“Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation”www.aiolova.com | www.terreform.org

7) Paolo Santi (Researcher, MIT Senseable City Lab, IIT-CNR, Member of IEEE Computer Society)
“The journey towards mobility” | http://senseable.mit.edu/

8) Bettina von Stamm (Founder and Director of the Innovation Leadership Forum)
“Innovation—21st-century craving” | http://innovationleadershipforum.org/

9) Nathalie de Vries (Architect, Urban Planner, Co-founder of MVRDV)
“Creating better cities” | https://www.mvrdv.nl/

10) Doris Kim Sung (Architect, Researcher, Lecturer at University of Southern California)
“Controlling the magic in architecture”http://dosu-arch.com/

11) Gianluca Santosuosso (Architect, Building Engineer, Designer)
“When people and the environment come together” | https://iags.carbonmade.com/about

12) Tobias Wallisser (Architect, Co-Founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture)
“A city icon must be sustainable” | http://www.l-a-v-a.net/

13) Piotr Kuczia (IARP and BAK Architect, author of CO2 Saver House)
“Escaping the stereotypes” | http://www.kuczia.com/

14) Thom Faulders (Architect, Founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, Professor of Architecture at CCA)
“Nature is a mess” | http://www.faulders-studio.com/

15) Monika Thadhani (AIA, NCARB, Architect, Founder of Education For Future)
“Everybody carries responsibility”https://arch.iit.edu/ | https://www.facebook.com/Education-For-Future

16) Brennan Lake (Programs Director of the Technology Exchange Lab)
“It always begins with the challenge area…”http://www.techxlab.org/

17) Craig Zelizer (Founder and CEO of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network)
& Catalina Rojas (Director of Innovation at the Peace and Collaborative Development Network)
“A story from a dream”https://pcdnetwork.org/

18) Katie Crepeau (Architect, Writer and Consultant at Design Affects)
“Why people need to be central to design” | http://www.designaffects.com/

19) Michał Stangel (Eng. arch, PhD. Architect and Urbanist, Dean for Research at the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology) | “The future usually surprises us”https://politechnikaslaska.academia.edu/MichalStangel

20) Silvia Titotto (Structural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Researcher in Biomimetics) “In the name of nature”http://prograd.ufabc.edu.br/en

21) Ana María Gutiérrez (Architect, Co-founder of Fundación Organizmo, Ashoka Fellow)
“What matters are the people”http://www.organizmo.org/

Appendixes:

1) Appendix 1: Editors of Laka
2) Appendix 2: Editors of Laka
3) Appendix 3: Editors of Laka

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Selected parts of the interviews:

Daniel Köhler & Rasa Navasaitytė: “Scale as the classical ordering according to size, the S, M, L, XL, already disappeared in the works of the first generation of digital architects. From a vase to a car, to a villa and a landscape, all objects were designed with similar features, based on the same underlying morphological model. On the one hand, this was quite liberating, but on the contrary, it was also a form of repetition and therefore reductive, basically the mass customization of just one model. However, when you look at the set of drawings which a classic modernist would conduct at specific scales, then you notice that scale beyond size also focused on certain regimes, like social ones: the individual, the family, the community, the public. Drawing at a determined scale also opened a particular window on a project and its entanglement with a bunch of regimes. Therefore, scale was also a point of view in this sense. With the flatness of digital models, scale as size is gone, but scale still offers the idea of involving multiple regimes through a particular point of view (…)”

Manuel Kretzer: “Of course, we could think of architecture as a display, an extension of our smart gadgets, or another means of interaction of representation. Then, walls or windows could become haptic interfaces allowing us to communicate with the building, the environment, or others. Architecture could also become smart itself, responsive to human behaviors or anticipating habits, by integrating various sensors or actuators, e.g., for opening windows, turning off lights, or maybe even transforming and rearranging spaces. But maybe architecture should also be something else—more grounding, more subtle. Less influenced by constant change, but instead providing a place of calm and rest. This doesn’t mean it cannot be responsive or adaptable. I just think that time and immediacy have to be evaluated carefully when creating such spaces. Otherwise, they could also become very disturbing and nightmarish (…)”

Maria Aiolova: “Urbaneering is a discipline that combines architecture, urbanism, ecology, media arts, and community building. It strives to reinvent the multifarious elements that comprise a city. Its practitioners are not planners, urban designers, or architects, but urbaneers. And their task will be to facilitate the globe’s next metropolises. Urbaneering undertakes a diverse range of projects as a prescription for maximal design. It practices totalized schemes that rethink all scales of involvement (…)”

Printing of the book will be possible thanks to support of Solarlux GmbH- a German company with 30 years of experience in the manufacture of bi-folding glass doors, wintergardens and façade solutions: https://www.solarlux.com

Project: Ultrabrand/Bartlomiej Witkowski www.ultrabrand.pl | Visualizations: Alek Pluta alekpluta.com | Consultancy: Peter Kuczia www.kuczia.com

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