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Innovative Minds 2013: Virtual Context

23/12/2012 by architectural competitions

Design Challenge

In today’s world, information is delivered through advanced technologies and is changing the way we interact with architecture. Information is exchanged through a virtual world built on the framework of the internet, computers, and mobile technology. This phenomenon is changing the way we interact with physical architecture. How interconnected can virtual and physical worlds become and how does this relationship influence physical architecture and its context?
This design competition is an exploration into the relationship between an architectural design, the virtual world, and your chosen site. Investigate the influence of the virtual world blending with physical architecture. How are the users and site influenced by this concept? How does this process help solve some of the increasingly complex issues in our world today?

Physical Architecture + Virtual + Context

Innovative Minds Competition – Winner Gurroo Award
$1000 USD to winning project. The winning project will also be published on the Gurroo .com.
Honorable Mention – 10 Projects will receive this award. Honorable Mention projects will be published

Site Selection
Any site may be chosen for this design competition.
This project may be designed on any scale; micro or macro.
The relationship between the chosen site and the architectural design must be clearly articulated.

Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members: students, design professionals, artists, and engineers are encouraged to apply. This is an international competition.

December 2012 – Competition requirements announced (registration begins)
March 31, 2013 – Early registration deadline
May 15, 2013 – Registration deadline
June 1, 2013 – Submission deadline
June 2 – June 16, 2013- Preliminary judging evaluation by (to verify projects comply with competition rules)
June 17 – June 30, 2013- Official judging panel evaluation
July 1, 2013 Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition: Virtual Context announced

Registration Instructions:
Registration fees will be collected through Google Checkout. A project registration number will then be e-mailed to the applicants. Instructions will also be sent detailing how to electronically submit projects. One registration is required for a team or individual participant. (Individuals or teams are welcome to register multiple projects.)
Early Registration:
$25 Early registration is available for a discounted rate of $25 until March 31, 2013.
Standard Registration:
$35 Regular registration is $35 between April 1, 2013 and May 15, 2013.
Submission Requirements
Boards must be submitted electronically by June 1, 2013 to Gurroo.

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