DECEMBER 2015 COMPETITION

 

The Missing Ground ///

 

The ground plane fundamentally influences a building's orientation and organization. Ground floors, basements, and upper floors are designed in reference to a grade. What if the ground disappeared, leaving buildings suspended in position? Without the connective tissue of streets, yards, and natural landscapes, how does the relationship between buildings change? What types of new infrastructure might be used to reconnect neighborhoods and cities? How do sections of a building reorganize when the primary datum vanishes? What happens when the ground goes missing?

 

Participants should respond to the new condition rather than focus on the event of the ground disappearing. Submissions may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS ///

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Top 6

Editor's Choice

Anton Kotlyarov 

Moscow, Russia

 

Ojaswani Mehta & Adil Hussain

Delhi, India

 

Dirgadirgent Artria Pratomo

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

 

Pedro Namorado Borges

Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

 

María Elena Moersen

New York, New York, United States

 

Ng Kei Yiu Alex

Hong Kong

 

Nguyen Quang Huy

Hanoi, Vietnam

 

JURORS ///

 

Aaron Boucher
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States 
M.Arch, Texas Tech University School of Architecture 
Firm: LAST

 

Kyle O'Connor

New York, United States

M. Arch & M. L.Arch, University of Pennsylvania

Firm: SHoP Architects

 

Alejandro Vega Tejada

Covarrubias, Spain
M.Arch, Alfonso X el Sabio University

Firm: RISE Design Studio

 

 

ENTRIES ///

 

45 Entries from 21 Countries    VIEW MAP

Anton Kotlyarov

Moscow, Russia

1ST

JURY COMMENTS ///


"This could be seen as a convincing future where floating cities, disconnected from the ground-based technologies of yore, repurpose old telecommunications infrastructure in a desperate, ironic attempt to resurrect the obsolete concepts of physical proximity and face-to-face contact."

 

"The interconnectedness that the population shares through utilities and communication serves not only to transfer but also to connect."

"This approach sets an unknown scenario with existing architectural elements and consequently defines an ambiguous environment through the ordinary."

 

Ojaswani Mehta & Adil Hussain

Delhi, India

2ND

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"The relationships and adjacencies of space are blurred by the inversion of plane and the rejection of physical boundary."

Dirgadirgent Artria Pratomo

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

3RD

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Water poses a very real threat to the existence of the ground. The endangered Farnsworth House is a worthy reminder of the wet, groundless future that we are facing."

Pedro Namorado Borges

Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

TOP 6

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"The initiation of a homogeneous plane of spaces serves as both habitation and circulation; eliminating the private domain."

María Elena Moersen

New York, New York, United States

TOP 6

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"This chaotic pattern suggests a whole new scheme of interaction. It successfully lays out a sensual graphic balance that captures the viewer’s curiosity."

TOP 6

Ng Kei Yiu Alex

Hong Kong

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"An ambitious proposal that goes one step further by daring to define a detailed spatial response to the brief. This image hints a promising growing potential while being subtle and complex at the same time."

Nguyen Quang Huy

Hanoi, Vietnam

Editor's Choice

John Ferns

Newark, New Jersey, United States

EDITOR'S COMMENT ///

 

"This entry ambitiously proposes an infrastructural solution that uniquely responds to the scenario of a missing ground.  Program zones, no longer fixed by the ground plane are reconnected by a flexible transportation network. The entry reimagines how a city can be organized when the ground disappears, where distances between whole neighborhoods can flex depending on need and time of day."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chintan Shah & Lipika Kosambia

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDITOR'S COMMENT ///

 

"Only one entry is selected for 'Editor's Choice' each month, but it is worth noting that this submission has many of the same qualities as the one above it.  This entry proposes a radical reinvention of networked space. Each spherical building unit contains its own independent gravity.  In absence of a ground datum a matrix of three dimensional grids creates a new system to understand and connect space."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivana Lidya

Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Tanvir Hasan

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dan Whelan

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stewart Lore

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Carmine Andrea Rago

Rome, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martín García Sixto

Bilbao, Spain

Kareem Nems

Cairo, Egypt

Ahmad Borham

Cairo, Egypt

Praharsh M. Pai Raikar

Panaji, Goa, India

Jacqueline Kim

Seattle, Washington, United States

Mohd. Adil Hussain & Ojaswani Mehta

New Delhi, New Delhi, India

Ailín Ó Cuinneáin

Westport, Mayo, Ireland

Matthew Carney

Almere, Netherlands

Sarah E Lawson

Glasgow, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariadni Karachaliou

Volos, Greece

Lincoln Antonio

Coral Springs, Florida, United States

Hayley Rosenfeld

College Park, Maryland, United States

Dragana Ljuboja

Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saiyed Nadia Ali

Delhi, India

Claudiu Chiciudean

Timisoara, Romania

Dinesh Ashok Lohar

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Pappa Maria

Patras, Greece

Ayrine Claudya S

Jakarta, Indonesia

Andreas Lim Ming Rui

Singapore

Abdel-Rahman El-Hiatmy

6th of October City, Giza, Egypt

Jash Hirani & Mahek Rohra

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Maria Loriti

Chania, Crete, Greece

siDE Architects - Colin Chan

Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR

Ryan Crooks

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Ahmed O. Baoabid

Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia

Anirudh Govind

Bangalore, India

Oudyziea Aiz Samodra

Kuta, Bali Island, Indonesia

Sanya Bolia

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Heinrich Rodatz

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Paul Z. Drummond

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Sahereh Khosravi & Tommaso Liuzzi

Rome, Italy