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Laka Competition ’16: Architecture that Reacts

Laka Competition is an international architectural competition which seeks innovative ideas of the new architecture — socially engaged, capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions (environmental, natural, social) and providing safety for its occupants. Achieving such a goal requires an interdisciplinary approach that goes far beyond typical building solutions. The aim is to promote the best architectural designs that underline the powerful impact that architecture has on social issues.

The first edition of the Laka Competition was met with interest among leading architectural magazines, international professionals from a discipline of architecture, design, robotics and almost 200 designers from more than 30 countries that submitted their entries. The Jury, formed by leaders in architecture and design, selected 3 main prizes and 10 honourable mentions. Laka Architektura will continue the architectural discourse about the aims of architecture in further editions of the competition and related events.

Laka Architektura invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of architecture that reacts. That means architecture which is able to respond and adjust dynamically to current needs and circumstances. These circumstances are often unpredictable, but their consequences can be crucial. The architecture that reacts is the architecture that lives as a living organism, since it responds to the external stimuli and it develops because of it—to react is to live.

About the Organizer: Laka Architektura is a public arts initiative that gathers architects, artists, designers, engineers and scientists in order to start an international panel for sharing innovative ideas about the future of society. We share a vision of architecture that can play an important role in social revitalization, and can provide a positive impact on global issues by helping to develop more sustainable societies.

Judging Criteria

Participants are free to decide about the location of the project, its scale, size and the program.
Listed below are 3 highlighted issues that the jury will pay attention to during judging:
1) a properly indicated architectural, social or environmental issue to solve
2) an accurate analysis of the selected issue
3) a properly chosen architectural solution that “reacts” and solves the indicated issue

Rules and Regulations

Laka invites architects, students, engineers, biologists, sociologists, designers, thinkers and organizations to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to join.

Participants can submit their inquiries concerning regulations of the competition to [email protected]

●All projects must be submitted in English
●This is an anonymous competition. The registration number is the only form of identification.
●The registration fee is non-refundable
●Contacting the Jury is prohibited
●Laka Competition reserves the right to modify the competition schedule
●This is a digital competition and the boards must be prepared in digital format. Hardcopies will not be accepted.


5000 USD will be distributed among winners:

1st PRIZE: 2500 USD
2nd PRIZE: 1500 USD
3rd PRIZE: 1000 USD

In addition: 10 honourable mentions will be selected. Winners and laureates of special mentions will be published in several international online magazines, and at the Laka Competitions website. The best proposals will be selected by the international panel of judges.

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