The Charette has unveiled the results of the Alternate Realities 2020 competition.
The aim of this competition is to explore wild design ideas – what architecture truly means and what it can achieve without any constraints. Let your imagination run wild and create spectacular designs that grab the world’s attention. The intention is to spark a conversation regarding issues plaguing the world through design dialogue.
The Winners are as following:
1st Prize: Icarus
The world of Icarus posits one simple idea: what if humans had wings? What if we had evolved with wings as just another anatomical appendage, as fundamental and ordinary as an arm or leg? This premise opens up contingencies that affect every part of the para-human history – from the way we survive, to the way we transport, the way we clothe, interact, and so on. More importantly, how do we cultivate our built environment?
These images explore this premise through a series of vectors – an alternate, linear time; an ascension of scale and displacement from the earth into the sky; and spatial evolution.
The objective of Icarus is to contemplate the importance of design origins – that roads built for cars and horses that we have windows because we enjoy sunlight, and that cities are the way they are due to the intrinsic specifics of the human and the environment they inhabit.
2nd Prize: The Coffin Maker
“And yet, who could throw away the casting of a loved one?
Who would not want to study it longingly, as the distant freight train blows its mournful tone?”
A lowly Coffin Maker stands on Bitter Street, looking upon the vastness of the Red Station. Earth no longer exists. What lay in between are meteor debris and rocks that float on cyclically. All plans fell apart when the Space Chorus XXX5735 malfunctioned and exploded on its course to Mars. Highly capable and skilled, the Coffin Maker collected as many remnants as she could and started to build upon the abandoned structure, and eventually, forming a network that connects to nearby planets and space stations. She worked first on entombing all who perished in the explosion, making each a Death Mask – eyes closed, with the faintest and sweetest of smiles. She felt that she is capturing a sublime moment between life and death, a snapshot of the soul, if you must. Highly speculative design objects, the Coffin Maker romanticized them in all their majesty.
And now, an ending.
Where there was once one, there are now two. For when life departs, the Coffin Maker pans a mirror to reflect what was gone.
A chance to see two?
When there are chances for reflecting a presence, there can always be two – or more.
You’ll never know, really.
3rd Prize: Protective Skins
The proposal focuses on material performance and expression. It is hypothesis on the supernatural and the amplification of human abilities.
A series of protective skins which respond to the environment have been developed from organic compounds. By harnessing the attributes found in nature such as breathing underwater and camouflage, which have since been unattainable to humans, the skins allow buildings and humans to amplify and exaggerate their capabilities and respond to the environment. Invisibility and flying are now possibilities and are no longer human limitations.
The design is informed by technological advancements to generate displacements that replicate the visual properties of organic compounds both as a wearable and as a cladding material. The vision is that the alternative reality becomes adaptive and responsive.
The full results, including the winners, the honourable mentions, and the top 30shortlisted entries can be viewed here – AlternateRealities 2020 ResultsSave