MAB Awards – Call for Outstanding Media Architecture
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the fifth call of the Media Architecture Biennale Awards for outstanding projects at the intersection of architecture, urban design and planning, media and interaction design. The awards ceremony will take place on July 2nd, 2021 as an online live cast featuring the nominees and winners.
This call targets projects that are already built or realized except if your projects fits the category “Future Trends and Prototypes.” We particularly call for projects that match this year’s Biennale theme of Futures Implied.
Please note also that this is NOT a call for art installations to be exhibited at the Media Architecture Biennale.
Start submission: 1 March 2020 Submission deadline: 29 March 2021Notification: 26 April 2021Awards ceremony: 2 July 2021
WHO MAY SUBMIT?
Everyone who has played a substantial role in the submitted project, including:- Architects and urban designers- Artists- Designers and experts in: Media, Lighting, (Urban) Interaction design and HCI, Social engagement and social design, Other relevant domains- Experts from industry- Experts from academia- Members of NGOs or other institutional organizations
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING A PROJECT:
Fill in all fields marked as “mandatory”Provide at least 3 photos for which you own the copyrights.Provide a weblink for additional information.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO:
Upload a video(link) documenting the work
WHERE TO SUBMIT?
To submit your project, visit https://awards.mediaarchitecture.org/mab/submit/
The awards ceremony will take place on July 2nd, 2021 as an online event featuring the selected nominees and winners. The ceremony will be live-streamed.
Winners are not required to make a commitment to accepting their awards in person.
You may submit your project in one or two of the following categories.
ANIMATED ARCHITECTUREProjects demonstrating creative media façade designs. Façades of buildings are increasingly animated by integrated light sources. Designers are increasingly focusing on the perception of the building, searching for designs that add layers of meaning and/or bring out new experiences of the building itself, the broader site, and its surrounding public space.
BRANDING AND ENTERTAINMENT Projects incorporating buildings that are closely related to business, banks, shopping centers, entertainment, and gambling. Lighting and other media elements in and on building surfaces are designed to attract people, to strengthen a brand associated with the building or to represent the power of the institution.
PARTICIPATORY ARCHITECTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURESProjects that aim to impact the social and political life in the city, and empower citizens to become active participants in their communities. Examples are: digital, physical or hybrid community platforms encouraging all kinds of exchanges between citizens; visualizations of important societal issues in public space; platforms and installations for participatory city-making; and platforms or installations that allow for commons-based management of urban infrastructures and resources such as mobility or energy. Hybrid systems that consist of digital and physical components are highly wanted.
SPATIAL MEDIA ART Projects produced in an artistic context at the intersection of architecture and media art. Installations with an innovative form of spatial interaction and/or perception of space. Projects in this category experiment with new media materials and spatial experiences, add layered symbolic meanings to places, or activate public spaces in innovative and artistic ways.
FUTURE TRENDS AND PROTOTYPESProjects that shed light on what the future of media architecture might look like. This section covers special solutions like three-dimensional displays, kinetic façades, OLEDs, or robotic elements that experiment with new technologies, production methods, or ideas. Projects in this category can be both actual projects or conceptual and speculative.
MORE THAN HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Projects that explore the relation between humans and non-humans in the city, contributing to ecologically sustainable urban futures. Digital technologies, including those used in media architecture, can increase the quality of urban life for citizens. However, they can also have a negative impact on the natural environment and on ecological systems in and around cities. Projects in this category raise awareness about these issues, help to consider non-human actors and perspectives or aim at contributing to making cities sustainable.
SHOWCASING THE PROJECTS
All selected nominees and their projects will be featured in a series of articles on Archdaily. This series will be published in May as a collaboration between MAB20 and Archdaily.
Winners and nominees will be featured on the Media Architecture Catalog. This is a compendium of outstanding projects that define the state of the art of built Media Architectures.
A recent overview of media architecture can also be found in our publication: Media Architecture Compendium: Digital Placemaking, see here https://awards.mediaarchitecture.org/mab/projects/
WHO IS THE WINNER?
The awards are not given out to individuals. Rather, the project itself, as a whole, is awarded. Those involved in the project will be invited to take part in all events at the Biennale, which will place online from June 28th – July 2nd, 2021.
JURY AND CURATORIAL NETWORK
The jury will consist of members from the Biennale organizing committee and an international curatorial network that will recommend projects to us (please check https://awards.mediaarchitecture.org for updates). The jury will evaluate the projects according to the following criteria:
Aesthetic qualitiesInnovative elementsTechnical challenges masteredIntegration of different project components, e.g. architecture, display, content, social contextImpact on the city
Please note that we value your feedback and experiences, as they will be helpful for implementing any improvements to this process. Please direct your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFORMATION & CONTACT
Contact MAB20 Awards organizers via email@example.com
Awards curator | Gernot Tscherteu, Media Architecture Institute.Awards co-curator and technical director | Juan Carvajal B., Austrian Institute of Technology.Awards system developer | Lotti Tscherteu, Media Architecture Institute.
Download the information related to this competition here.