Non Architecture launches three brand new competitions – “48h Floor Plan Battle”, “2020 Monument”, “Future Public Space” – investigating interesting topics such as architectural design, the dream for an inclusive society as well as the nature of public space in our future cities.

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The aim of the “48h Floor Plan Battle” competition is to develop one drawing to communicate an architectural design.

The participants are asked to draft one floorplan, with absolute freedom of interpretation, technique and level of abstraction. Even the concept of floorplan itself can be questioned in order to craft the most expressive way to represent the design. This is a competition where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity. The aim is to present a 48 hours response to the presented challenge, with a very strong focus on building function, creativity, criticality and innovation.

Here you develop your skills as a communicator, designer and space thinker.

We are not interested in the construction details, we want to see the space organization. The drawing can highlight functional aspects of the building, showing a deep understanding of one or more design aspects. It can focus on the aesthetic qualities, experimenting and mastering a drawing technique with hyper-realistic outcomes, or it can be an optical deformation, a caricatural interpretation, a distant abstraction of the built architecture. The drawing can strengthen a conventional interpretation of architecture, or explore a new angle, a new point of view, intellectual and/or physical. The entry is completely flexible and adaptable to the participant’s interpretation.

In this competition we ask you to design a monument, architectural structure, piece of public art or new programme that questions the function of a monument in 2020. Only 1 axonometry, absolute freedom of scale, site or program.

You are asked to rethink the role of the monument nowadays and its function, interaction and responsibility towards its society, neighbours, users, visitors.

A monument can be a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person, event or concept. The times are changing as are the ideals, which makes it necessary to re-evaluate the role of a monuments today. Monuments are critical tools in shaping the values and identity of society. Most of what we know about many ancient cultures are through public monuments. The idols of the past that symbolised heroism and patriotism can become the symbols of racism, hatred, and violence. But in the current days, what is a monument? What in a moment like this means to have a monument? Which values, episodes or people are worth commemorating today and in which form?

2020 Monument aims to answer those questions with particular focus on the context of an inclusive society.

In this competition we encourage participants to come up with visionary concepts for an alternative public space that embraces today’s challenges. Only 2 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site or program. Participants are asked to propose conceptual ideas for the public space that will populate our future cities.
Public spaces are an important asset to our cities. They provide people many opportunities to come together and engage with the community.

Many consider inclusivity and diversity as a value for public space to be preserved and protected.

Future Public Space is part of the “Cities of Tomorrow” competition series, developed to reimagine urban life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas. What kind of role can we play as designers in reimagining urban life? How can we produce new inspiring visions to trigger a discussion around alternative models of urban living?

Future Public Space aims to answer those questions with particular focus on future cities and by questioning the nature of public space.

Learn more about the competitions, here!