1. Introduction

In 1929 Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse proposed to lift people to the sky in towers and free the ground for parks and gardens. Then Frank Lloyd Wright did the reverse with Broadacre City in 1932 with a decentralised city that scraped the ground to integrate with nature, with each family owning an acre. He also thought about ‘aerators’ or flying vehicles to get around. Later in 1960 Buckminster Fuller promoted the idea of a two-mile wide air-conditioned dome city for lower Manhattan, with calculations to show that it purportedly worked.

Many ideas followed these and in 2017 the Saudi government announced a robotic, digitized, zero-carbon city called Neom, and in 2021 they announced that this city would have a car-less 100-mile linear outpost called the Line with a one million population. Sceptics are plenty but outrageous ideas are still flowing.

Hollywood would provoke us with imagined future cities. Some of the ideas envisioned in the 1982 Blade Runner film are with us today, with several ideas traced all the way back to the 1927 film Metropolis. Many other films speculate on the future city from the Terminator films to the Hunger Games films and many more. Would the future city be a dystopic one as these Hollywood films portray or will they be optimistic. What kind of cities would artificial intelligence bring us? Would your city include towers that can exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen? What is your narrative concerning climate change?

Use your imagination and knowledge for this competition. Your proposal won’t be built but your ideas may prompt future discourse. The competition is not about forms or aesthetic appeal, but rather the verve and novelty of your ideas, including the contribution to the betterment of the environment, reducing carbon footprint and contribution to social interaction, or even speculate what life is like in the future city.

This competition is sponsored by Archidex.

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Archidex in KLCC between 29 June and 2 July 2022.

2. Brief

The competition is opened to PAM members who are Architects or Graduate Architects. Others who wish to participate must collaborate with PAM members who are Architects or Graduate Architects.

You may choose a real or imaginary site.

Your city can be of any shape, form or size. You are to visually elaborate your proposal over an area no larger than 1.5km by 1.5km. We would like to see the depth of your ideas.

The elaborated area must be equivalent to the central business district of a city, whether the city is real or imagined.

The method of elaboration is up to you.

Your proposal is to consider transportation, habitable spaces, proposal for sustainability and how artificial intelligence (AI) forms part of your city. We are not looking for technical proficiency but the quality of your ideas.

Registration is by email attached with the invitation announcement.

Upon your registration by email, a registration number will be sent in return together with a query form.

You are to submit no more than 4 (A1) size drawings, portrait, mounted on foam boards.

You are to submit a pendrive of the work at 300dpi.

The competition is anonymous. Identity of the of the submitting person is not to be revealed except for the registration number at the back of the boards at the bottom right.

3. Criteria for Judging

Weightage will be given to the following:

4. Timeline

Invitation announcement:15 April 2022
Registration:9 May 2022 (5pm) (Extended)
Submit queries by: 1 May 2022 (5pm)
Replies to queries:7 May 2022 (5pm)
Submission: 7 June 2022 (5pm)
Judging:9 June 2022
Announcement of winners: 29 June 2022

5. Submissions

Submit to:

PAM Centre (Reception),
99L Jalan Tanduk,
59100 Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur

Deadline: 5pm, 7 June 2022

6. Exhibition Venue

ARCHIDEX 2022 at KLCC: 29 June – 2 July 2022

7. Queries

Email to: competition@pam.org.my by 1 May 2022
Replies by email to registered participants on 7 May 2022

8. Jury

PAM President 2022/2023
Dato’ Vincent Lim
Ar. Hijjas Kasturi
Ar. Dr Tan Loke Mun
Eminent International Architect
Ar. Dr Lim Teng Ngiom (Convenor)

9. Award

Awards for the successful entries are as follows:

Architect

First Prize:RM 30,000 and certificate
Second Prize: RM 20,000 and certificate
Third Prize:RM 10,000 and certificate
Honourable Mention 1:RM 5,000 and certificate
Honourable Mention 2:RM 5,000 and certificate
Honourable Mention 3:RM 5,000 and certificate

Award ceremony time and venue to be confirmed.

10. Submission Requirements

11. Disqualification

a) Failure to comply with rules, requirements and procedures may lead to disqualification.
b) Late submission may lead to disqualification
c) The Jury shall have the sole discretion to accept or disqualify any entry for whatever reasons.
d) Anyone attached to the organisers is not allowed to participate, and will be automatically disqualified.

12. Jury’s Decisions

The Jury is the sole arbiter of the competition and its decisions are final and binding.

13. Exhibition And Publication

The organisers reserves the right to retain the works for the purposes of exhibition, publicity and promotion, subject always to the prevailing Copyright Act.

1. Introduction

We are awed by illusionists who manipulate our perception and seemingly do impossible things, like making things disappear, saw bodies in two and then re-attach them, teleport from one place to another, birds appear from nowhere, walk through walls and so on. These are tricks and illusions.

Nothing really defies gravity, not here on earth; but for the competition you are to use your creativity using tangible materials to give the impression that your installation defies gravity, or at least, your best impression of it.

Illusionists sometimes use reflective materials and light. You can think about that too. We are really interested in your ingenuity and how you would ‘mindshape’ your audience with your installation.

2. Brief

The competition is open to everyone. Architects, artists, designers and students are encouraged to participate. Scientists and engineers are included too.

On a base not larger than 800mm x 800mm, competitors are to design an installation of any height to achieve the impression that the installation is defying gravity.

Your base can be flat on the ground or, it can be a raised pedestal. You may install batteries or even motors inside your pedestal. It is up to you.

The competition will be in two stages:

Stage 1: Submission of sketches for shortlisting.

Stage 2: Installation for final judging exhibition.

The installation may be used for outdoor display, therefore the installation has to be robust or otherwise have a canopy, etc.

Competitors are required to incorporate Hume Cemboard products as part of their design. The products are sponsored for the competition.

Other sponsors are DML Products Sdn Bhd and Sika Kimia. Competitors may approach these sponsors for their products.

Hume Cemboard IndustriesTel: 03-7781 1977
Email: cheonghooi.tan@humecemboard.com.my
DML Products Sdn BhdTel: 03-6091 8377
Email: dml.mkt.dev@gmail.com (Eunice/Cheryl)
Sika KimiaTel: 03-7957 0111
Email: wong.daphnelw@my.sika.com

Know more about their products and materials by contacting them. You may seek their technical advise.

3. Criteria for Judging

Weightage will be given to the following:

4. Timeline

Announcement:14 March 2022
Stage 1 submission (sketches for shortlisting):15 April 2022 (5 pm)
Stage 2 shortlist announcement: 22 April 2022
Stage 2 submission (installation/model): 3 June 2022 (5 pm)
Final Judging4, 5 June 2022
Announcement15 June 2022

5. Submissions

Stage 1:

Submission material:

4 sheets of A3 sketches/drawings showing dimensions.
Drawings are to be mounted on foam board.
You are to write your name and contact at the back of each board, at the bottom right.

Submit to:

PAM Centre (Reception),
99L Jalan Tanduk,
59100 Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur

Deadline: 5 pm, 15 April 2022

Stage 2:

Submission material:

An installation (model) of any height on a base up to 800mm x 800mm base.

Deadline: 5 pm, 3 June 2022

Submit to Central Market, KL, main entrance

6. Exhibition Venue

Central Market

7. Queries

Queries will not be entertained

8. Jury

KLAF Director (Convenor)

PAM President

Eminent Designer

Eminent Artist

Thinkcity

Central Market

9. Award

Awards for the successful entries are as follows:

First Prize: RM 6,000 and certificate

First Prize:RM 6,000 and certificate
Second Prize: RM 4,000 and certificate
Third Prize:RM 2,000 and certificate
Honourable Mention 1:RM 1,000 and certificate
Honourable Mention 2:RM 1,000 and certificate

10. Submission Requirements

Stage 1:

4 nos A3 size sketches/drawings with dimensions and relevant information mounted on foam board.

Name and contact (cell phone number and email) are to be written at the bottom right at the back of each board.

Stage 2:

Installation/model on 800mm x 800mm base. Durable and suitable for outdoor display.

11. Disqualification

a) Failure to comply with rules, requirements and procedures may lead to disqualification.

b) Late submission may lead to disqualification

c) The Jury shall have the sole discretion to accept or disqualify any entry for whatever reasons.

d) Organisers are not allowed to participate

12. Jury’s Decisions

The Jury is the sole arbiter of the competition and its decisions are final and binding.

13. Exhibition And Publication

The organisers reserves the right to retain the works for the purposes of exhibition, publicity and promotion, subject always to the prevailing Copyright Act.

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