Design XI Competition Research

Young Architects Competitions – Pinocchio Children’s Library

Series 1

Competition Brief, Competition Goals, Competition Category (student, international, open, invited), Jury, Entry fees, Awards, Entry format

 

Series 2

Competition History, Jury Members Background, Jury Composition, Competition Sponsor Information

Jury Members Background and Composition

Use of the jury’s images in the competition brief suggest they likely will favor entries that share similar characteristics to their work. Also, a predominantly male Sicilian jury (only one female juror) would likely mean jury members are prone to disagree and have strong opinions.

Diversity of academics and professionals – both with experience in story-telling and library design.

Accentuation of color in design – playful.

 

Series 3

Entry graphics, Entry Text,

 

Series 4

Entry concepts, Comments from jury, Commentary on if the concepts met the Competition Goals, Blog commentary, Press Commentary

 

Series 5

Overall commentary of the outcomes within the context of class discussions on competitions and readings.

Overall Commentary

Competition meets criteria for a “well-run competition” according to the AIA Competition Guidelines. (p. 6)

Opportunity to “uncover new talent” and “increase experience” in a new market or building type. (p. 9, AIA Competition Guidelines)

 

Series 6

Strengths and Weakness of individual team members in comparison to meet the competition goals and objectives.

Strengths

Conceptual design relative to project scope and program.

Compositional awareness compared to entries from past winners and honorable mentions.

Graphic ability can be elevated to meet graphic standards of past winners – also recognize commonalities between jury’s graphics and attempt to replicate processes.

Learning by thinking outside of the box – find different avenues to explore that then result in strengthening design concepts.

Weaknesses

Large amount of technical drawing to be done – time management.

Graphic ability needs to be elevated to competition standard.

Inexperience in specific building market (Library design).

 

Mosul Postwar Camp

Series 1

Competition Brief, Competition Goals, Competition Category (student, international, open, invited), Jury, Entry fees, Awards, Entry format

 

Series 2

Competition History, Jury Members Background, Jury Composition, Competition Sponsor Information

Jury Members Background and Composition

Only three jury members listed – more to come.

One juror from ZHA – know his design mind.

Don’t like the fact that not all jury is known.

 

Series 5

Overall commentary of the outcomes within the context of class discussions on competitions and readings.

Overall Commentary

Competition does not meet criteria for a “well-run competition” according to the AIA Competition Guidelines. (p. 6)

   Not all jury members known.

Opportunity to “uncover new talent” and “increase experience” in a new market or building type. (p. 9, AIA Competition Guidelines)

   Masterplan of Postwar Camp

 

Series 6

Strengths and Weakness of individual team members in comparison to meet the competition goals and objectives.

Strengths

Conceptual design relative to project scope and program.

Compositional awareness compared to entries from past winners and honorable mentions.

Graphic ability can be elevated to meet graphic standards of past winners – also recognize commonalities between jury’s graphics and attempt to replicate processes.

Learning by thinking outside of the box – find different avenues to explore that then result in strengthening design concepts.

Passion for specific niche within project scope – affordable housing masterplan.

Weaknesses

Large amount of technical drawing and research to be done – time management.

Lack of contextual knowledge – time needed to get to level of understanding of context required for informed design.

Graphic ability needs to be elevated to competition standard.

Inexperience in specific design criteria (Postwar Camp).

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