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May-Jun 2017 | FuturArc Prize 2017

Running for the 10th year, FuturArc Prize has been established as a renowned platform where innovative ideas pour in from professionals and students from all over the world. 

With a shared passion to create a Greener environment, this is a story from FuturArc Prize 2017 winners where they share what winning the competition means to them, plus their aspirations and hopes for the future.

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Your thoughts and feelings about winning FuturArc Prize 2017? 

Professional category: 1st Place

Quang Vu Bui, Tien Tam Nguyen, Duc Thanh Do, Dang My

Five years ago, when I (Quang Vu Bui) left the School of Architecture in Hanoi, I did not know what type of architecture I would like to take for my career path. Hence, I went on a trip across Vietnam, from major metropolitan areas to rural and remote areas that have not been influenced by urbanisation yet. Living in the countryside left me impressed—people live and work in harmony with a real and pure nature to build their villages and preserve their communities for themselves and future generations. From this practical view, I realised that the concepts of Green architecture and sustainable development are around us all the time. Architecture can be represented by the locality’s experience.

Professional category: 2nd Place

Daniel Caesar Pratama, Made Harris Kuncara, Arif Rachman Hidayat, Gagas Firas Silmi, Adhietya Orlandho Putra Sunarmo

[Being selected as one of the winners] was reall y unexpected since our team faced several obstacles during the design process. We are overwhelmed with joy knowing that our intention is well received and appreciated. Winning FuturArc Prize boosts our confidence as young designers to speak up about urgent issues that need to be resolved.

Professional category: 3rd Place

Raynaldo Theodore, Maria Vanessa

We are happy and grateful for winning third place in FuturArc Prize 2017. It was a long yet exciting journey to find innovative and Green solutions for the urban environment. We appreciate the opportunity of the worldwide publicity for our works as this competition offers a good milestone for our future careers.

Student category: 1st Place

Fadhil Hafizh Sadewo, Inas Raras Maheningtyas, Asmita Puspasari, Muhammad Ridho Kharisma Putra, Bimo Wicaksana

The team thanks FuturArc Prize 2017 for giving us recognition in today’s architecture scene. Winning this competition offers inspiration and momentum in being part of the creative design ideas for Asia. We see the prize as an opportunity to commit to sustaina ble actions and provide solutions for urban challenges. We hope some day we can participate in an important role for the common good. 

Student category: 2nd Place

Nguyen Nguyen Tran Trung, Tan Tran Duy, Bon Pham Nhat, Thu Ho Dac

We are surprised and happy to know that our team was declared as one of the winners in an interna tional competition. This success has boosted our drive and courage to create designs and become a leader with the right vision in Green and sustainable architecture.

Student category: 3rd Place

Vincent Hernando, Erik Fernando, Najda Thahira, Valenzia Natasha, Andrew Sunggono

Many people have opinions on how everyone deserves to live in proper conditions. This competition gives us the opportunity to brainstorm and develop our ideas on what and how to potentiall y achieve them. Winning FuturArc Prize 2017 has not only brought us joy and gratitude, but also made us feel that we could actually initiate a possible solution towards the challenges. This marks that as future architects, we need to become more aware of our society and environment.

How practical are your designs?

Professional category: 1st Place
In this project, we proposed a system of wa ter filtration and conservation that comprises two parts. The first part is a vertical structure including rainwater filtration and conservation, while the second is a horizontal system for disinfection of grey water in each unit. There are two advantages for the installation of this system into the current infrastructure. Firstly, the core idea of this system is to utilise affordable and easily available materials that meet the requirement of construction in different scales. The second advantage is to make use of the existing vegetal system along the canal.

Professional category: 2nd Place
As the future Jakarta mass ra pid transport (MRT) will be operating in 2019, our project would be a ble to contribute in connecting pedestrians to destinations via an elevated walkway. But it would require efforts from the government to provide commercial development and affordable housing to create a connected city.

Professional category: 3rd Place
Our design ties in with the city’s rejuvenation programme, and offers prefabricated buildings for a fast construction process and low cost. With a good management of renewable energy, water and electricity, this will bring in huge benefits to the ecology and allow the vicinity to be developed into a Green environment.

Student category: 1st Place
Based on our observation over the past four years, most people in Bandung look for entertainment in open public spaces in the city, probably due to the cool atmosphere that encourages outdoor activities. Our project offers to maintain the city’s morphology and heritage by improving the sustainability of existing natural features.

Student category: 2nd Place
The practicability of our project is high because the expenditure for demolishing the water tower system is much higher than the initial construction expenditure. The old system is still in good sha pe since the previous materials and techniques are of good quality. Moreover, most of the water towers have not been used often due to the drastic changes in society.

Student category: 3rd Place
As our design centres around the presence of humidity, it can be implemented almost everywhere. The current waste management system has trash that ends up in landfills, taking up land (that is essential in architectural developments) and polluting its surroundings. The possible practice would be to g radually decompose the contents of landfills and turning them into functioning materials and land instead of a toxic last resort.

The winners also shared their thoughts on the following questions.

  • Your design inspiration and challenges?

  • What will the future of Green be like?


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