Construction is the most obvious reward for an architectural project, but very often in order to make things buildable, architects have to sacrifice innovation and creativity and surrender to business as usual. Non Architecture launches an award to honour those projects that didn’t take that approach and are unbuilt and unbuildable, either because they were designed to stay as such, or because their innovative charge brought them into the realm of the unpractical.
By recognizing remarkable achievements in architecture, we intend to highlight exemplary projects that serve as inspiration for practitioners. Equally important, these awards elevate the potential for positive impact that an exploratory approach in architecture has on the future of the profession. The award is open for student works, conceptual designs, competition entries, research & speculative initiatives of all sorts. Projects can have an exploratory or critical purpose, as long as they were not designed with the primary goal of being built.
- Urban: Projects can include any urban or master plan dedicated to the long-term connections between buildings, infrastructure, social and economic conditions, environments, and future development.
- Landscape: Projects admittable not only include gardens and parks. They can more extensively or subtly address nature.
- Architecture: Projects can include residential, commercial, cultural, hospitality, institutional, sports & recreation, transportation, or temporary structures.
- Aspatial: Projects can include abstract and conceptual ideas with no physical representation such as utopian projects, projects for digital platforms, tools or devices, process-oriented projects, participatory process or even gaming and digital simulations.
- Up to 10 A4 (landscape or portrait) images to describe the project (can be sections, plans or visualizations)
- A text document in Word (.DOC) containing the title and subtitle of the project (maximum of 10 words), category of the award, project description (maximum of 250 words).
- A participant document in Word (.DOC) containing the designer info in the following format: Name + Surname, Nationality (multiple options can be added),
Institution/company (company or university attended, to be included just in case you want it to be visible once your project is published).
Non Architecture Award is open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. The registration fee is paid per project, separately for each category, regardless of how many people participated in the design.