SHINKENCHIKU Residential Design Competition 2018


Sponsors: Japan Architect; Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.
Type: Student, open, international
Fee: none
Languages: Japanese, English
Process: one-stage, anonymous
Theme: AI
Juror: Shohei Shigematsu, OMA


9 May 2018 – Registration and submission deadline

The number of winners and the amount of prize (total: 1,000,000 Japanese yen – US$9,400) will be determined by the judge.

Design Challenge
Of course, for this brief, the most direct method would be to have AI itself engage in the design process, but since it would be difficult at this moment of time, the idea and proposed framework will be key for the design. For example: AI may reduce jobs and the concept of living space as an opposition to a work place will be dissolved; AI may allow greater control of cities and thus a house and city will merge into one entity; housing and mobility may be integrated; the vernacular house will be redefined as an extremely adaptive house specific to its environment, much like terroir culture in the world of cuisine; a house as we know it, an artificial and homogenous space, may become part of nature; or will the house no longer be for humans but for post-humans? There could possibly be a more audacious idea for this house. –Shohei Shigematsu

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