Laka Foundation has opened registration for the 2021 Laka Competition, themed “Architecture Reacts”.
The subject of the competition is architectural, urban, technological, or product design that is capable of dynamic interaction with its social, natural, or built surroundings.
Main prizes and honorable mentions will be selected. The 3 winning entries (main prizes) of each phase will be nominated for the Design that Educates Awards (in the category of Responsive Design), presented on the website of the Laka Competition, mentioned on the social media channels of the Design that Educates Awards, and invited to present their designs during the online meeting with editors of the Laka Perspectives. Laureates of main prizes and honorable mentions will receive the certificates and banners for online promotion. Nominations are an additional channel of access to the awards.
The main focus of the Laka competition is on solutions developed through a process of changes and adjustments.
The winning projects from the previous editions often took advantage of disciplines such as robotics, mechanics, digital fabrication, biodesign and biofabrication, computational design, materials science, bioarchitecture, social sciences, industrial design, mobility, and more. The participants are free to decide the project’s location, scale, size, and program.
Laka invites everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. The participants are free to decide the project’s location, scale, size, and program and are encouraged to look for interdisciplinary solutions. Participants may submit multiple projects and there is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join.
Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of:
- Overall idea and implementation
- An ability to respond to social, economic, or environmental changes
- The design’s level of social and environmental engagement
- A relationship to a specific social, natural, and built context
- The design’s level of flexibility and adaptability
- An innovative use of technology and sustainable systems
- The design’s level of self-sufficiency
The host of the Laka Competitions is the Laka Foundation nonprofit.
Laka Competition 2021 – Registration Fees
The registration fee is 75 USD for students and 125 USD for professionals.