d3 Natural System 2011


First Prize
Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester, USA

Second Prize
Chia-Hao Lai, TAIWAN

Third Prize
Shuai Feng, UK

Special Mention: Urban Design
Gunwook Nam, Yunhee Lee, SOUTH KOREA

Special Mention: Urban Intervention
Brett Dong Ha Lee, Scott Dong Yul Kim, SOUTH KOREA-USA

Special Mention: Small Building
David G. Nix, Andreas A. Tjeldflatt, NORWAY

Special Mention: Building Enclosure
Yinan Zhang, CHINA

Special Mention: Interior Architecture
Maria Chiou, Dimitra Koroni, GREECE

Special Mention: Directors' Choice
Miranda Lee Morgan, USA

Special Mention: Directors' Choice
Onet Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem, TURKEY

View entries...


This competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Sustainability
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 15 July 2011 GoogleCal iCal
25 July 2011 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.
An architecture of emergence suggests that design expression requires purpose beyond formal assumption and aesthetic experimentation itself. Concurrent with sustainable thought, the d3 Natural Systems competition assumes that architecture does not simply form, but rather perform various functions beyond those conventionally associated with buildings. Design submissions must be environmentally responsible while advancing inventive conceptual solutions. Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable global future.

Akos Gil (a founding member and partner in Mode)
Francis A. Bitonti (an architect and designer)
Colin Cathcart (an associate professor at Fordham University)
Ronnie Parsons (a founding partner in Mode, a Brooklyn-based design office)

First Place: $1000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

Special Mentions Categories
- Sustainable Building: Infrastructural
- Sustainable Building: Institutional
- Sustainable Building: Commercial
- Sustainable Building: Arts/ Cultural
- Sustainable Building: Housing
- Sustainable Interior Architecture
- Sustainable Designed Object
- Sustainable New York Prize

Entry Fee
Professional entry: $50 USD
Student entry: $25 USD

2 Boards (60cmx100cm) and a Statement of design intent

Jury convenes: Mid-August 2011
Results announced: Late August 2011
Publication: TBD

Past winners


Official Website