13th Shelter International Architectural Design Competition for Students 2011

Sponsor: Shelter Co, Ltd.
Type: Student, international
Location: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students.
July 25, 2011 – Submissions deadline
August 6 – Initial jury
September 26 – Final jury
First prize –
JPY 800,000 (approx. US $10,000)
Second prize – JPY 300,000 (approx US $3,700)
Third prize (3 awards) – JPY 100,000 each (approx. US $1,250)
Ryue Nishizawa (jury chair) – Architect, Associate Professor of Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture
Tom Heneghan – Architect, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
Senhiko Nakata – Architect, Associate Professor of Miyagi University
Nobuaki Furuya – Architect, Professor of Waseda University
Makato Motokura – Architect, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
Design Challenge:
In ancient times we lived with the Wilderness, fighting against its severity and its roughness, and receiving the benefits of its fertility. The wildness of nature was directly related to our lives. In our current age, we live in cities. A city is a large, man-made environment, in which we no longer think much about the power of nature, except when we are shocked by occasional natural disasters, such as storms, floods, droughts and earthquakes. However, we still instinctively recall the lives of our ancestors, and have complex feelings of fear and yearning for life in the Wilderness.
Design “A house to live in the Wilderness”, for modern city dwellers – which are us.
The Wilderness can be of any type: deep forest, thick forest, a vast meadow in the African savannah, the South Pole, a desert, or in the sea. Or, you can design a shelter against natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes or heavy snow. The structure of the house can be timber, masonry, rammed earth, or ? if necessary – it can be made with the super-alloys that are used for spaceships.
Suggest a house in the Wilderness, in which we modern-age humans can feel both the richness and the toughness of the Wilderness, and sense our relationship to it.
Submission Requirements:
One A2 sized sheet of paper ( 594mm×420mm), portrait or landscape. (Please do not mount on rigid panel.)
Explanatory texts should be included on the sheet, and can be in Japanese or in English. The types of illustrations and the scale of drawings are to be decided by the entrants. Submitted work must be original, and must not have been published previously.
For more information, go to: http://www.shelter-inc.net/compe/