Superimpose competition


Imagine a near-future ‘superimposition’ – a collision or overlay of two spaces; one the tangible reality of a site, and the other a virtually rendered world. The age of personalized media we are entering risks producing ‘experience silos’ – where each individual’s tailored and self-affirming reality creates a condition of ever-increasing polarisation.

When the films we watch, the news we read, the people we meet, are suggested and surveilled by algorithms that are getting frighteningly good at predicting our preferences and biases, how do we as societies form the common ground and establish shared realities? Photogrammetry, real-time raytracing, AI computer vision, and classification, all of these are technologies of the now, not of science fiction.

We are already almost at the stage where we can overlay high-resolution renderings of virtual environments, objects, and characters over the physical spaces we inhabit. As architects, we are commonly tasked with designing communal spaces and experiences. Immaterial phenomena such as temperature, sound, and light have long been within the architectural designer’s toolkit and virtual overlays are just another medium through which to shape experience.

The brief is to imagine a near future ‘superimposition’ – a scenario involving the collision or overlay of two spaces in a single site. One of the spaces will be the tangible reality of the site, and the other a virtually rendered world. The virtually rendered world could be a fictional one or digital reproduction of another ‘real’ place from somewhere else on the planet.

Elaborate you’re the idea as a fictional narrative, rather than a proposal. The potential concepts could (amongst many other possibilities) be political (for example the superimposition of a coral reef on political chambers during climate talks), whimsical (the superimposition of a fantasy game world in a domestic room), or cultural (the superimposition of two streets from different cities). Source and images Courtesy of competitions.uni.

  • Timeline
  • Submission Deadline: 17th Nov 2020
  • Public Voting begins: 8th Dec 2020
  • Public Voting ends: 2nd Jan 2021
  • Result Announcement: 14th Jan 2021
  • Prizes
  • Prize pool of worth: 18,000$
  • First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
  • Runner Up: 6 x 1000$ (For students and professionals)
  • People’s Choice: 4 x 400$ (Open for all)
  • Honorable Mention: 12 x 450$ Each

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