Simple Systems - Complex Capacities


115 entries were submitted.
And prize winners are:

BREATHING SKIN: Rüdiger Karzel, Saskia Mayer, Frauke Hausi, Tobias Keller, Alexander Hohme, Christoph Geyer und Matthias Schulitz

FLAT2FORM: Matthias Rippmann


THE THERMOMETRIC FACADE: Georg Rafailidis, Stephanie Davidson, Ilknur Dumlu, Aysel Yayli



The key question of the competition is how the immense potential of material structural differentiation can be instrumentalised for architecture and the built environment.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Material
Country Germany
Registration Deadline 31 January 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 31 January 2009 (Must be Postmarked)
Eligibility All

The design of a material system that is in exchange with is context-specific environment and that, in doing so, can fulfil functional and performative requirements.
Materials can display varied characteristics without change to their chemical makeup. The difference then emanates from its structure. Nature demonstrates masterfully how one and the same material can be structured differently due to changing conditions and requirements. The performance of natural systems is based on such structural differentiation.
A first premise lies in the question of the right scale that enables accomplishing spatial organisation, material self-organisation, as well as load-bearing and microclimatic modulation capacities to be developed from structural differentiation. When considering the scalar spectrum, ranging from the macro-scale of a building to the micro-scale of the molecular composure of a material, it becomes clear that material systems constitute an intermediary or meso-scale.
A second premise lays in the development of a systematic approach. What is at stake here are not only materials per se, but rather the material and the constructive, as well as material and structural characteristics that arise from an exchange with a specific environment.
A third premise lays in the choice of tools, which allow for the differentiation of structures in the design process and also deliver a link to manufacturing, is crucial.

Michael Hensel (AA & OCEAN, London)
Christoph Ingenhoven (Ingenhoven Architekten, Düsseldorf)
Hanif Kara (akt, Adams Kara Taylor, London)
Sabine Kraft (Redaktion ARCH+, Aachen)
Achim Menges (AA, Uni Stuttgart & OCEAN, Frankfurt)
Amandus Sattler (für das Architekturbüro Deutschland)
Representatives of the sponsoring firms

20,000 €
The jury will decide on the distribution of the prices.
In addition it is intended to cooperate with Material-specific companies in the realisation of 1/1 scale prototypes.
Publication and Exhibition

Entry Fee

1 Panel (A1)

Submission Address
Redaktion ARCH+, Charlottenstraße 14, 52070 Aachen

Winners announcement: 28 Feb 2009 (ARCH+ Homepage)

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