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Sequence Diagrams Competition

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Brief

Introduction

If you are reading this, we probably don’t need to convince you about how important it is, as an architect, to be able to translate your thoughts and ideas into meaningful drawings, capable of conveying practical information as well as emotion. These visual representations of a space help us show clients, professors, or simply colleagues, what’s going on in our minds.

Initially, being able to produce an image that represents a space, as you imagine it, might be enough. But as your projects evolves and mature, being able to tell a story is what will set your presentations apart. Showing that you are not only able to design beautiful spaces, but also explain how you got there, what’s your concept, and how your design evolved until reaching its final form, can be the difference between standing out to a competition jury or actually winning the competition, or between your teacher giving you an A or an A with honors.

An excellent way to add this kind of value to your presentations is to include a concept diagram, or more specifically Concept Sequence Diagrams. This type of diagram is composed of simple drawings capable of explaining the design and thought process of a space in just a few consecutive steps.

The Challenge

This time we would like to challenge you to create a Concept Sequence Diagram!

We’re going all the way back to the very first stages of a project design, when you are still playing around with simple volumes; stretching them, dividing them, staking them up, moving them around, etc. based on environmental parameters and the specific characteristics of the site.

We want you to practice this very specific skill: Storytelling through diagrams. We have created this imaginary site, which already sets a very interesting context and some challenges.

Your task is to create a building volumetry that represents the idea of a project and show the design decisions that you took as a sequence diagram. The goal in this competition is not the design itself, but to tell the story of how you came up with it.

And to make it even more interesting you have two decisions to make: 1.Where is this site? 2.What will this building be?

Make these choices and then use them as starting points to develop a concept. That’s what your sequence diagram should represent.

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It is no coincidence that some of the leading contemporary architecture studios worldwide have become masters at this kind of drawings.

MVRDV

The form of MVRDV’s multifunctional pavilion for a tennis club east of Amsterdam was driven by divergent programmatic needs and informed by the context of IJburg. Beginning with a simple cuboid, the volume was manipulated to provide views for spectators across the court and the wider region while maintaining space within the structure to house changing rooms.

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Rem Kolhaas (OMA)

The Seattle’s Library’s various programs are intuitively arranged across five platforms and four flowing “in between” planes, which together dictate the building’s distinctive faceted shape, offering the city an inspiring building that is robust in both its elegance and its logic.

BIG

The VM House by BIG in Copenhagen is an apartment housing that consists of two buildings in the shapes of letters ‘V’ and ‘M.’ A V-shaped building and an M-shaped building are matched in a new-concept apartment housing based on rational and functional reasons rather than aesthetic interests.

Now, if this is something you are interested in, you might be asking yourslef some of these questions

How big should be project be?

It is up to you, however, the site itself should dictate the scale of the building. For example, just by looking at its dimensions you’ll probably straight up disregard the idea of a single house, and the surrounding buildings will probably also make you reconsider a super high skyscraper. Makes sense, right?

There is not maximum construction area or height. You are not obligated to build on the entire site either. Voids can be just as powerful as volumes, so feel free to create outdoor areas and empty spaces as much as constructed volumes.

What type of building should this be?

It can be anything you want. A school, a mall, an office building, a police station, a hospital, a bus station, housing… The decision is yours to make, and remember you must include this information “what is this building” in your diagram so that the jury can have a little bit of context when reviewing your submission.

How much detail should my presentation show?

As much as it makes sense for a concept diagram, which usually means as little as possible while making sure someone unfamiliar with the site can understand it. Make sure that every piece of information you include has a purpose. If it doesn’t then you might consider removing it.

How many steps should my sequence have?

As many as you need. BUT. By definition a sequence needs at least 2 steps, and the goal of diagrams is to simplify things, so more than 6 steps will probably start becoming too much for someone to quickly understand and digest.

How much text should my diagram include?

As a rule of thumb, try to keep text to a minimum. A legend can be helpful, labeling each step of your sequence can also help better understanding, and in some cases maybe even adding a sentence or two to go with that title. But don’t forget the goal of diagrams is to convey information in a visual way, so text should only be there to support the visuals.

Where is this site located?

The site proposed is fictional and you decided where in the world it’s located, and therefore the specific environmental conditions it might have. Is it located at an extreme latitude where the sun doesn’t show for half of the year or near the equator where the sun hits at almost 90 degrees all year long? Does it rain much or almost never? Is it windy? Does it flood?

Jury

  • Oliver Uszkurat

    Architect & Content Creator
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    Oliver Uszkurat
    Architect & Content Creator

    Oliver Uszkurat is an architect and the founder of Upstairs. A platform focused on architectural representation and visualization with more than 270k YouTube subscribers worldwide. He has worked as a Junior architect for a couple of years, but today dedicates himself full-time to this community with YouTube, courses, and digital products.

    Oliver believes that how Architects express themselves is strongly connected to the design process of the profession.

  • Vishakha Tiwair

    Architecture Candy founder
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    Vishakha Tiwair
    Architecture Candy founder

    An Urban Designer at heart, gifted with an eye for details and strong aesthetic sense, Vishakha aimed to combine her skills for developing creative architectural visualizations, thus Architectural candy was born. After completing her masters from University of Westminster, London and working as an Urban Designer she identified the gap between the Illustrations and the concept in the minds of her clients. With a strong purpose of converting her client’s Vision into the Illustrations, she utilizes her knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe llustrator, InDesign and other visualization softwares and develops images which creatively represents the project concepts.

    She is guided by strong values of Integrity, Creativity and Open mindedness. She is a perfect blend of a pragmatist and a dreamer.

  • Max Colin

    Project : Unbuilt challenge winner
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    Max Colin
    Project : Unbuilt challenge winner

    Student in his fourth year of architecture studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier – ENSAM, in France.
    Already interested in architectural representation, he discovered a passion for the 3D world and the creation of digital imagery during a gap year.
    Since then, he keeps on practicing and exploring this field, guided by his desire to learn every day.
    After graduation, he aims to become an artist in the archviz industry.

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Prizes

Winner x1

$500 in cash
+ Magazine Subscription
+ Upstairs Online Course
+ 5 Upstairs Packs
+ $150 rektangulo Gift Card
+ Publication on online media
+ Next Competition Fee

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Money Prize

$500 (US dollars) will be directly transferred to your bank account or PayPal account.

Magazine Subscription

6-12 months subscription to one of the following magazines: Architectural Digest, dwell, Arquitectura Viva (proyectos) or Metropolis.

Upstairs Online Course

You will be able to enroll for free in an Upstairs Online Course of your choice. You can check out their catalog here.

Upstairs Pakcs

5 Upstairs packs of your choice. You can check out their catalog here.

Rektangulo Gift Card

You will receive a $150 promo code to spend on the rektangulo.com website. The gift card can be used to purchase any product from their catalog and can also be used towards shipping costs.

Publication on Online Media

Your work will be published on several websites and Instagram accounts related to architecture and graphic visualization.

Next Competition Fee

We cover your next Project : Unbuilt competition fee! We want to see more from your amazing skills. It does not need to be the immediate next competition, it can be any of the ones we organize in the future over the period of 12 months.

Mention x5

Upstairs Online Course
+ 1 Upstairs Pack
+ $50 rektangulo Gift Card
+ Publication on online media
+ Next Competition Fee

more details

Upstairs Online Course

You will be able enroll for free to an Upstairs Online Course of your choice. You can check out their catalog here.

Upstairs Pakcs

One Upstairs pack of your choice. You can check out their catalog here.

Rektangulo Gift Card

You will receive a $50 promo code to spend on the rektangulo.com website. The gift card can be used to purchase any product from their catalog and can also be used towards shipping costs.

Publication on online media

Your work will be published on several websites and Instagram accounts related to architecture and graphic visualization.

Next Competition Fee

We cover your next Project : Unbuilt competition fee! We want to see more from your amazing skills. It does not need to be the immediate next competition, it can be any of the ones we organize in the future over the period of 12 months.

Finalists x20

Publication on online media
+ Next Competition Fee

more details

Publication on online media

Your work will be published on several websites and Instagram accounts related to architecture and graphic visualization.

Next Competition Fee

We cover your next Project : Unbuilt competition fee! We want to see more from your amazing skills. It does not need to be the immediate next competition, it can be any of the ones we organize in the future over the period of 12 months.

And for the first time… the  Crowd Award!
through popular voting at @project.unbuilt

For the first time ever we are going to be awarding an aditional prize granted by popular vote. So you decide go gets it!

It’s simple! After the submission deadline and before the winners’ announcement Project: Unbuilt will publish a selection of 50 submissions to the @project.unbuilt Instagram account.

Whichever proposal has more likes by the time the results of the competition are announced wins a $50 rektangulo gift card!

Keep in mind that this prize does not have to do with the quality of the presentation. It is a fun activity to keep us all entertained and engaged while the jury deliberates. It also gives participants the opportunity to see other submissions and judge for themselves before the
official results are announced.

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Thank you to all the amazing brands sponsoring this brief!

Calendar

The calendar for this challenge has been extended. These are the updated deadlines.
Enjoy the extra time! 😉

Registration Opens
November 19th
Early Bird period ends
December 19th
Regular Registration ends
January 16th
Submission deadline
January 23rd
Winners announcement
February 10th

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