Think Space Programme recently announced the winners of all three competitions within the Past Forward 2012 Cycle, an annual cycle of conceptual architectural competition within the Think Space programme. This cycle of competitions aimed to hold a mirror to the discipline to reflect the changes of the last thirty years by re-visiting three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (Hong Kong, 1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (Yokohama, 1994) and Blur Building (Swiss Expo, 1999). The renowned architects, winners of the original competitions – Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Charles Renfro and Ricardo Scofidio – were jurors in this year’s Competition Cycle. Their upcoming events – Exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York and the Unconference at Lauba House for People and Art, Zagreb in 2013 were also recently announced. More images and information on the winners after the break.
Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher have not awarded the First Prize in the Peak Competition. The Second Prize was awarded to the entry entitled Peak Eye, by Horatiu Valcu and Daniel Reist from Austria, and the Third Prize was awarded to Marco Vanucci and Mirco Bianchini (UK/Italy), for their work entitled Recurs(H)ive II. In addition to the awards, Honourable Mentions were awarded for the work Peak on Peak by Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood from USA., and Construction of Situations by Alfonso Medina C, Mauricio Kuri, Oscar Gonzalez, Alina Castaneda and Alexandra Levian (USA/Mexico).
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, as the sole juror of the Past Forward Competition: Yokohama Port Terminal, decided to award only Honourable Mentions to the following entries: Upon Arrival: Mediating Cultural Connections through an Adaptation of Japanese Gardens by Marissa Tirone and Greg Bencivengo from the United States; Yokohama Terminal: Enabling for the living by Jorge Suro, from Guadalajara, Mexico; Yokohama Competition by Jaksa Kalajzic from Croatia; Real Virtuality by Tomislav Katic, also from Croatia; InterEmbrace by Matthew E Messner, Lulwaha Alzaid, Adrianne Joergensen and Evgeniya Plotnikova (USA / Kuwait/Russia); Topological Songlines for Yokohama by Pedro Pitarch, from Caceres, Spain; The Above, Below The City and The Ferry Terminal for Yokohama by David Edwards, from Lichfield, UK.
Charles Renfro and Ricardo Scofidio, awarded The First Prize for the Blur Building entry The Cloud as an Archive by Andrei Olaru, Anna Gulinska, Elena Romagnoli and Pablo Roman (Romania/Poland/Italy/Spain).
Honourable Mentions were awarded to: Chaak, author Joshua Taron M, Adam Onulov and Michael McGie from Calgary, Canada; Landship, Gautier Duthoit from Strasbourg, France, and Prehistoric Periscope by Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi from Milan, Italy.
To view the winning projects and more detailed information, please visit here.
Storefront for Art and Architecture Exhibition, New York, United States
Date: January 22 – February 15
We are greatly honored by the Graham Foundation’s recognition of the Think Space Exhibition in New York, this way becoming a part of their rich legacy of supporting work produced by seminal figures and institutions in architecture. The Think Space traveling exhibition starting at the Storefront for Art and Architecture will serve as a platform for exhibiting the winning projects and dialogue around the issues they have raised. The theme will be enlarged with concerns in architectural competitions while examining their role in architectural culture.
Unconference at Lauba People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia
Date: February 22-24
The crowning event will be organized with an award ceremony and the European Past Forward exhibition setup. Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for more than 250 participants who lively discuss the topics from the competitions, the event is planned in the form of an unconference. The Think Space Unconference enables participants and winners from the international competitions to meet together with world famous architects, the jurors of the competitions and the organizing partners.
Embracing both design and theoretical reflection, research of historical precedents and creating contemporary history – the Think Space Unconference places itself in relation to the past by suggesting how the architectural future should and could be. Positioned at the intersection of the building practice, architectural viewpoints, global and local contexts – the greatest contribution of Think Space is that it helps emerge a nuanced image of global state in architecture.