AQUATECTURE 2018 ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION2018-06-26 ~ 2018-10-10
Type: Architectural Design
Organizer: Volume Zero
Partner：Young Bird Plan
Submission deadline: Oct 10th, 2018
Water – an element in nature that life is constantly surrounded by; an element that has given birth to life on Earth and continues to support it. Although we made our shift to land, our bond with water still remains significant as ever; it is an element that is a basic necessity for our survival. The life on Earth is today plagued by adverse climate changes, global warming, the increasing toxic emissions, rising population, and scarce land resources. With various countries, such as Holland , fighting rising water levels for decades and with the current trends, it is now time to brace ourselves against the unseen future and design solutions to cope with the ever-changing paradigms of nature. Today, the discourse of ‘smart cities’ has overtaken every conversation discussing the future of architecture. It is a glaring question as to how are we going to address the equation between the contrasting aspects of ecological crises and technological advancement for building our futures. Covering 71% of the Earth, it is now time to look at the water again as a harbinger of life in the near future; a place where human life can again thrive in its original glory. Creating living spaces on water will soon become a need to survive as a community on Planet Earth.
We believe that architects and designers possess the necessary tools and skill set to formulate comprehensive design concepts that have the innate capabilities to help adapt to an issue that is both, multifaceted and enormous.
We invite architects, designers, engineers, teachers, thinkers, students and everyone who can imagine a Utopian Aquatic World for the future humans to live in. The participants should focus on creating solutions that enable people to live safely and adapt comfortably to the impending climate change, thus securing living spaces for our future generations.
The competition challenges the participants to create futuristic, water-based habitat for humans to prosper and thrive on this aquatic/amphibian Home that is flood resilient. The participants are to design an aquatic/amphibian Home that can house 20 individuals with spaces to live in (sleep, rest, sanitize, work and interact). The spaces in the program can support the following: Relaxation, Interaction, Food Generation, Food Storage, Water and Energy Generation.
The participants are free to think and create their own spaces as a part of the program for the challenge. The aquatic/amphibian dwelling should be self-sustainable, environmentally sound and should be able to survive the harshest seas and weathers of the world. The dwelling can be movable by itself or can use an external agent for changing its location around the world. The participants are to design thinking of a utopian future for humanity on water, one that can be replicated around the world in any number.
「About Volume Zero」
An international platform for showcasing works of upcoming designers, we at Volume Zero offer a unique perspective to young architects and design enthusiasts. Our innovative magazine presents exclusive insights and information about various projects spanning the fields of architecture, interior décor, product design and landscape spaces from around the world, motivating design enthusiasts and dreamers.
We celebrate each design, its distinctiveness and the inimitable, creative mind behind it. We aim to emphasize the designer’s core principles and the meticulous process that transforms a concept into a revolutionary reality.
As a part of this initiative, we have been hosting various open design and idea competitions to encourage and inspire young, talented designers and students from around the globe. Our team of young architectural professionals from Mumbai, India aspire to create a dais for young design talent that will motivate and embolden them to think differently, beyond their boundaries and showcase their work on this global forum. We intend to be a frontrunner in the field of architectural competition platforms and design magazines in India and on an international level. We aim to revolutionize the dynamics of design competition formats and the user demands all round the clock.
「About Young Bird Plan」
In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 622 colleges and universities and 2,657 design firms from 145 cities of 36 countries.
Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.
✰ 1st Prize: $2,000, Volume Zero Trophy Certificate of achievement
✰ 2nd Prize: $1,200, Volume Zero Trophy Certificate of achievement
✰ 3rd Prize: $800, Volume Zero Trophy Certificate of achievement
✰ 5 Honourable Mentions & 10 Special Mentions: $100
✰ All the Winners and Honourable mentions would be published in Volume Zero website and other leading international web magazines. All the participants would receive a certificate for participation.