Architecture that Reacts - Laka Competition '16Architecture that Reacts

Architecture that Reacts - Laka Competition '16

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 the current needs and circumstances.

Register: 2016-06-01 / Submit: 2016-11-01 / Announcement: 2016-12-01


About Laka Competition

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.

Laka Competition ‘16—Architecture that Reacts

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 the 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.

—Can architecture react to social needs?

The subject of the competition is a conceptual project of architecture that is socially engaged and is capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions and environmental, natural and social risks. Architectural study should focus on architecture as a key field heading towards social revitalisation and increased safety and freedom of its users. Proposed solutions should involve a thorough analysis of the problem, for example, starting from outlining global factors and indicating key directions for modern architectural solutions. Accuracy of this analysis and potential of proposed solutions are going to be the main components of projects’ assessment.




Judging Criteria

As organisers we avoid applying too many design constraints on participants. 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

Listed below are some issues that explain the concept of “Architecture that Reacts”:

an ability to response for social, economic, environmental changes |a level of social and environmental engagement of the design | a relation with a specific social, natural and built context | a level of flexibility and adaptability of the design |an innovative use of technology and sustainable systems |a level of self-sufficiency of the design.


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 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.

*Organizer pays 10% tax on financial awards in country of its business activity.




Acceleration Program is an international network of Partners, whose role is to offer opportunities of investigation and implementation for the best designs submitted to Laka Competition by providing professional consulting, mentorship, international press coverage and support of sponsors and funders. Selected designs will be considered to receive support of Acceleration Partners through a process of qualification which will be separate from the process of awarding the main prizes. Laka is honoured to be partner to following companies and organizations within the Laka Acceleration

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