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.
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.
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: