Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 “Architecture that Reacts” Competition

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Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition, First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka
First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

Laka has published the results of the 2018 edition of their annual Architecture that Reacts competition, focusing on “architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.” This year saw 200 participants from more than 30 countries submit 130 designs, following an interdisciplinary approach reaching beyond typical building solutions.

This year’s winners hailed from the USA and Austria, confronting issues such as climate change, ubiquitous computation, and new ways of perceiving space in a machine-driven future. Below, we have rounded up the winners, special recognitions, and honorable mentions from the 2018 edition. For more information on the competition, and previous results, visit the official website here.

Second Prize: Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler	. Image via LakaThird Prize: Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi. Image via LakaSurftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva. Image via LakaPlatinum City / Sean Thomas Allen. Image via Laka+ 21

First Prize

Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam

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First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

“Climate change experts predict a temperature rise of up to four degrees in the next millennium. This increase will result in a drastic reorganization of our planet as sea levels rise and more extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tsunamis disturb our cities. Ninety percent of the world’s largest cities are located next to water, and so to address increasing population density and differing environmental conditions, perhaps we need to start looking at using existing urban water as a place of opportunity to build on with new types of dynamic landscape which are able to respond flexibly with changing tidal levels.”

Second Prize

Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler

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Second Prize: Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler	. Image via Laka

Second Prize: Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler . Image via Laka

“Today, we live in a world of ubiquitous computation. Advancements in information technology and sensing objects have fundamentally disrupted the way not only digital space is perceived but also altered the way social interaction is organized in our built environment.”

Third Prize

Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi

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Third Prize: Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi. Image via Laka

Third Prize: Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi. Image via Laka

“Through our project, we are envisioning a future, where human moments will not be replaced by the fastness of machines, rather human-machine interaction will start to develop a new set of vocabularies to perceive space, to visualize architecture.”

Special Recognitions

Surftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva

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Surftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva. Image via Laka

Surftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva. Image via Laka

Platinum City / Sean Thomas Allen

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Platinum City / Sean Thomas Allen. Image via Laka

Platinum City / Sean Thomas Allen. Image via Laka

Volcano Lite / Patorn Sangruchi

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Volcano Lite / Patorn Sangruchi. Image via Laka

Volcano Lite / Patorn Sangruchi. Image via Laka

Honorable Mentions

Cactus Pavilion / Andrés Martín-Pastor, Francisco González-Quintial

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Cactus Pavilion / Andrés Martín-Pastor, Francisco González-Quintial. Image via Laka

Cactus Pavilion / Andrés Martín-Pastor, Francisco González-Quintial. Image via Laka

Lotus / Christopher Pin, Timothy Lai

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Lotus / Christopher Pin, Timothy Lai. Image via Laka

Lotus / Christopher Pin, Timothy Lai. Image via Laka

GlazeNet / Marta Blaszczyk, Kacper Kania

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GlazeNet / Marta Blaszczyk, Kacper Kania. Image via Laka

GlazeNet / Marta Blaszczyk, Kacper Kania. Image via Laka

Arctic Seed / David James Morgan

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Arctic Seed / David James Morgan. Image via Laka

Arctic Seed / David James Morgan. Image via Laka

Expanding Space / Negar Behzad Jazi

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Expanding Space / Negar Behzad Jazi. Image via Laka

Expanding Space / Negar Behzad Jazi. Image via Laka

Crisis Shelter for All / Zhiyong Wang, Zihao Wang

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Crisis Shelter for All / Zhiyong Wang, Zihao Wang. Image via Laka

Crisis Shelter for All / Zhiyong Wang, Zihao Wang. Image via Laka

Wadi Re urbanization / Janki Shah, Jack Yang Bai, Betsy Daniel, Piyawut Koomsiripithuck

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Wadi Re urbanization / Janki Shah, Jack Yang Bai, Betsy Daniel, Piyawut Koomsiripithuck. Image via Laka

Wadi Re urbanization / Janki Shah, Jack Yang Bai, Betsy Daniel, Piyawut Koomsiripithuck. Image via Laka

Retreat to Autonomy / Han Shen

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Retreat to Autonomy / Han Shen. Image via Laka

Retreat to Autonomy / Han Shen. Image via Laka

Ground re-activator / ASA Studio (Alice Tasca, Francesco Stassi, Zeno Riondato, Giacomo Zambon, Eric Mutabazi Kayijuka

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Ground re-activator / ASA Studio (Alice Tasca, Francesco Stassi, Zeno Riondato, Giacomo Zambon, Eric Mutabazi Kayijuka. Image via Laka

Ground re-activator / ASA Studio (Alice Tasca, Francesco Stassi, Zeno Riondato, Giacomo Zambon, Eric Mutabazi Kayijuka. Image via Laka

Transfigurama / Shalini D Amin

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Transfigurama / Shalini D Amin. Image via Laka

Transfigurama / Shalini D Amin. Image via Laka

Sound Pods / Dan Liu

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Sound Pods / Dan Liu. Image via Laka

Sound Pods / Dan Liu. Image via Laka

Second Nature / Robyn Houghton / Dana Muhsen

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Second Nature / Robyn Houghton / Dana Muhsen. Image via Laka

Second Nature / Robyn Houghton / Dana Muhsen. Image via Laka

Autonomous Land-formations / Brandon Whitwell-Mak

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Autonomous Land-formations / Brandon Whitwell-Mak. Image via Laka

Autonomous Land-formations / Brandon Whitwell-Mak. Image via Laka

An Architecture of Emotive Intelligence / Mona Ghandi

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An Architecture of Emotive Intelligence / Mona Ghandi. Image via Laka

An Architecture of Emotive Intelligence / Mona Ghandi. Image via Laka

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