Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture

In October 2013, the Final Screening for the 48th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. The theme for this year’s competition was “Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture”, focusing on how architecture can contribute to the urban surroundings. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. As a result, URBAN RADIO CARAVAN by Ken Akatsuka and Gaku Inoue (Japan) was chosen as the winning entry.

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Ken Akatsuka and Gaku Inoue
“URBAN RADIO CARAVAN” by Ken Akatsuka and Gaku Inoue

The proposal by Mr. Akatsuka and Mr. Inoue is a mobile radio station that travels from city to city in Africa every 30 days. The skeleton of the station is adorned with local materials and provides a place to live for the radio personnel. The radio station encourages the local residents to become involved in the city they live in. One of the judges Kiyoshi Sakurai appreciates the festive character of the project which resembles yagura, a turret used at Japanese festivals.

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Yan Shi
“House ABCDEF” by Yan Shi

 

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Kyungsik Kim
“Latent City _ bringing the urban potential into architecture” by Kyungsik Kim

Two teams were awarded second place. “House ABCDEF” by Yan Shi (The Netherlands) inserts different forms into the traditional townscape of canal houses in Delft in order to introduce new platforms for public interactions. “Latent City _ bringing the urban potential into architecture” by Kyungsik Kim (USA) transforms a dilapidated manufacturing district in Seoul into an urban cultural village by adding new art studios.

Honorable mentions were awarded to four teams:

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Keisuke Morikawa
“River in Architecture” by Keisuke Morikawa (Japan)
 

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Tatsuya Fuyuno
“Trees to keep memories” by Tatsuya Fuyuno (Japan)
 

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Katsuma Ogino, Kohei Sato, Mizuki Emori
“Network Epiphany – Architectural Design Process with a "SNS" as an Urban Environment –” by Katsuma Ogino, Kohei Sato, and Mizuki Emori (Japan)
 

JA+U: Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013 ©Tomohiro Yoshida
“TOWN HALL-STREET – urban spreading on to the main avenue –” by Tomohiro Yoshida (Japan)