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Fairy Tales 2018: Architecture Storytelling Competition

18:00 - 12 October, 2017
Fairy Tales 2018: Architecture Storytelling Competition, Fairy Tales 2018: Architecture Storytelling Competition
Fairy Tales 2018: Architecture Storytelling Competition

Over the last four years, the Fairy Tales competition has captured the imagination of designers and architects around the world. Last year's record breaking competition drew over 1,500 participants, making the competition once again the largest annual architecture competition in the world. For its fifth anniversary, Blank Space is proud to partner with the National Building Museum, along with ArchDaily, Archinect, and Bustler.

7 Annual Competitions Every Architecture Student Should Try at Least Once

09:30 - 7 August, 2017
7 Annual Competitions Every Architecture Student Should Try at Least Once, Fairy Tales 2017 Competition Winner: Last Day / Mykhailo Ponomarenko. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Fairy Tales 2017 Competition Winner: Last Day / Mykhailo Ponomarenko. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

When you’re used to the grind of architecture school, breaks can hit you like rain on a warm day—cool at first, but terribly annoying soon enough. While the first few days breeze past as you catch-up on lost sleep and binge-watch Game of Thrones, you realize before long that you’re going insane with nothing to absorb all your new-found energy.

This is where architectural competitions come in handy. They provide a constructive outlet while being deeply engrossing, thus keeping you from hopelessly refreshing Youtube to see if Buzzfeed uploaded a new video. Also, the fact that you’re no longer constrained by the direction of your studio-leader or school program enables you to experiment creatively. With diverse international competitions running at any given time, you can take your pick, depending on your individual interests and the amount of time you want to devote. However, the sheer number of available competitions can be deeply confusing as well. Here we shortlist seven of the most prestigious annual architectural competitions open to students: 

Environmental Fable Set in Sci-Fi Landscapes Wins 2017 Fairy Tales Competition

09:30 - 7 February, 2017
Environmental Fable Set in Sci-Fi Landscapes Wins 2017 Fairy Tales Competition, 1st Prize: Mykhailo Ponomarenko for “Last Day”. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
1st Prize: Mykhailo Ponomarenko for “Last Day”. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Yesterday evening, in a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, Blank Space announced the winners of their annual Fairy Tales competition. Representing the best the architectural imagination has to offer were 4 winners and 10 honorable mentions, selected by a jury of high-profile judges including Dan Wood, Michel Rojkind, Marion Weiss, and Stefano Boeri, among many more.

“The winning entries in this year’s competition include oblique references to current events, mundane daily activities and human emotions that we all easily relate to—they make visible how we shape space, and in turn, how space shapes us,” said Executive Director of the National Building Museum and jury member Chase W Rynd. “The images and narratives are so wildly outlandish, and yet, so grounded that it seems like we could mistakenly stumble into any of them.”

The winning entry this year went to Mykhailo Ponomarenko, a Ukrainian architect whose sci-fi landscapes and painterly presentation provide the backdrop for a surprisingly relatable tale. Read on to find out more about this Fairy Tale, as well as the remaining 3 winners and 10 honorable mentions.

Fairy Tales 2017: Architecture Storytelling Competition

07:00 - 7 September, 2016
Fairy Tales 2017: Architecture Storytelling Competition

After the record breaking success of last year’s competition which drew over 1,500 participants from 67 countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the 2017 edition is open for registration. Now in its fourth year, Fairy Tales is the largest annual architectural competition in the world.

Blank Space is proud to partner with the National Building Museum and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) along with Archdaily, Archinect, Bustler and Design-Milk. The competition will be capped with a special celebration at the National Building Museum in February 2017 for all winners, participants, jurors and VIPs.

Olson Kundig Take Home Top Honors in 2016 Fairy Tales Competition

12:00 - 24 March, 2016
Olson Kundig Take Home Top Honors in 2016 Fairy Tales Competition, Olson Kundig. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Olson Kundig. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Blank Space has announced three winners and ten honorable mentions in their third Fairy Tales Competition. This year's contest drew entries from more than 1,500 participants from 67 countries. Everyone from students to academics and notable studios and designers submitted detailed stories and beautiful visuals for their submissions. The winners were chosen by an interdisciplinary jury of distinguished judges including Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries; Elizabeth Diller, founding partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and ArchDaily’s own Becky Quintal, Executive Editor; and David Basulto, Founder and Editor in Chief.

Fairy Tales 2016: Architecture Storytelling Competition

18:00 - 14 October, 2015
Fairy Tales 2016: Architecture Storytelling Competition, Fairy Tales: Architecture Storytelling Competition
Fairy Tales: Architecture Storytelling Competition

After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2015, with over 1,200 participants from 65 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the third edition of the competition is now open for registration.

4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition

07:00 - 18 March, 2015
4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition, First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

The 2015 Fairy Tales competition, hosted by Blank Space, has drawn to a close with four winners and 11 honorable mentions emerging victorious. Now in its second year, the competition attracted over 1,200 entries from 65 countries and challenged participants in a number of fields to design architectural projects inspired and accompanied by fictional stories.

Check out the winning designs after the break.

Honorable Mention: "Allegories of Home" / Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: “What About Sleeping Beauty” / Hugo Reichmann. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Third Place: “Screenland, By A Pixel” / Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: "The City Spoke” / Adam Longenbach. Image Courtesy of Blank Space + 16

#FairyTales2015: Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
#FairyTales2015: Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition , © Fairy Tales 2015
© Fairy Tales 2015

After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration. The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.