17 Mar
2015 Fairy Tales competition
2015 Fairy Tales competition
2015 Fairy Tales competition
2015 Fairy Tales competition
2015 Fairy Tales competition

2015 Fairy Tales competition

City Hall Park Path, New York, NY 10007, USA, New York, United States
Blank Space is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition, the second iteration of the popular ideas contest that challenges participants to produce inspired architectural projects accompanied by fictional stories. With over 1,200 participants from 65 countries around the world, the Fairy Tales competition has cemented itself as the largest ideas competition in the industry. “The stunning quality of the entries testify that architects and designers are eager to think outside the box of traditional formats and expectations, and do so with spectacular results,” say Blank Space founders Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. “The tenacity and imagination that each team infused into their entry was beyond our wildest dreams. The incredible success of Fairy Tales is helping chart a new course for architecture by uncovering new ways of engaging with it and speaking to a wide audience.” The jury selected the 1st and 2nd place winners, along with a tie for 3rd place: First Place goes to “Empty” by Zigeng Wang, a Masters student at Princeton University. Rich, detailed images of a post-industrial world illustrate an hyperrealistic, sci-fi-esque story about the great ethical and environmental dilemmas associated with globalization. Second Place is awarded to “Beautifully Banal” by Alexander Culler and Danny Travis. A delightful style exercise, this story leverages CAD drawings to illustrate a mundane scenario in spectacular fashion: a fly is trapped inside an office building. Third Place: a tie between “Screenland, By A Pixel” by Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang; and “CTRL C - CTRL ME” by Pauline Marcombe, Helene Marcombe, and Jay Robinson. In “Screenland, By A Pixel”, whimsical elaborations of a pixel, the atom of contemporary architecture creation, accompany a riff of Edwin Abbott Abbott’s “Flatland”. “CTRL C - CTRL ME” illustrates by way of metaphor what happens in the passage from inspiration to regulation. Colorful drawings narrate the story of a shrinking architect, becoming smaller and smaller under the pressure of technology and business rules. The jury also awarded 11 honorable mentions (see below). Winners of the competition were selected by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, art, and storytelling. The jury included: Anish Kapoor, Sculptor; Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the MoMA; Juergen Mayer, Principal at J Mayer H Architects; Jaime Derringer, Founder of Design Milk; Andy Hunter, Co-Founder of Electric Literature; Karim Rashid, Designer; Yves Behar, CEO of Fuseproject; John Hoke, VP of Global Design at Nike; Shohei Shigematsu, Partner at OMA; Hunter Tura, CEO of Bruce Mau Design; Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Co-Founders of Blank Space. “The speculative has long been a mode that has fueled architectural creativity, as a way to model utopia, dystopia, and everything in between. So many of the entries provocatively and compellingly created imaginary realms through the stories they told both visually and textually,” says Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). “It was a pleasure to explore the many different worlds presented by the competition designs.” The winning entries, along with the honorable mentions and other notable submissions, will be featured in Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story Volume 2. The anthology will give readers the opportunity to experience first hand what happens when creatives tell a story. The book is designed by Bruce Mau Design, with a special cover by Spanish artist Vicente Garcia-Morillo. The book will ship in June, and copies are available for pre-order at a discounted price of $14 here: www.blankspaceproject.com/book AWARDS 1ST PLACE: $1,500 2ND PLACE: $1,000 3RD PLACE: $500 each
ARCHITECT@WORK Düsseldorf 2019
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