‘Borders’ by arch out loud


Borders hold deep meaning, but they are just lines. Throughout history, the definition of territory has remained a fundamental determinant of power. Borders carry immense historical, political, and cultural implications; at the center of conflict, there is delineation; there is drawing lines. Borders are representations in plan view–lines on a map which are not necessarily tied to any physical thing. At most, they materialize in the common form of a wall which seldom traces the entire length of the border it delineates. One notable exception is the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

arch out loud challenges designers to explore the possibility of creating an underground bath house within the Korean Demilitarized Zone which responds to the surrounding geopolitical conditions. New forms of non-military architecture could occupy this border zone and begin to ease the existing tension. The role tourism can play in opening relations across a border begs the question: How does architecture position itself in the middle of this condition of tension?



Prizes total to $10,000

Overall winner – $5,000 + AO feature and publication

Runner-ups – $1,000 each + AO feature and publication (10)

Honorable mentions – AO feature and publication Director’s Choice Award – AO feature and publication



Stan Allen – Founder & Principal, Stan Allen Architects | Former Dean & Current Professor, Princeton University

Moon Hoon – Founder & Principal, Moon Hoon Architects
Jing Liu – Founder & Partner, SO-IL

Lola Sheppard – Founder & Partner, Lateral Office
Minsuk Cho – Founder & Principal, Mass Studies

Kristy Balliet – Principal, Balliet Studio | Exhibited Work, US Pavilion, 2016 Venice Biennale | OSU Knowlton School of Architecture | SCI-Arc

Anna Neimark – Founder & Principal, First-Office | SCI-Arc

Nick Bonner – Founder, Koryo Studio | Founder, Koryo Tours

Seunghyun Kang – Associate, SO-IL

Matias del Campo – Founder, SPAN Architects | Taubman College of Architecture



Advance registration NOV 20TH, 2016

Early registration DEC 19TH, 2016

Regular registration JAN 18TH, 2017

Submission deadline FEB 17TH, 2017

Winners Announced MAR 14TH, 2017




Non Architecture_TRAINING


KooZA/rch is proud to partner up once again with the Non Architecture Team to provide you with yet another unconventional challenging project! Sign up with the code:koozarch to enjoy a 10% discount.


The aim of the “Training” competition is to develop a design proposal for the sport facility typology, intended as a place where phisical activity and/or sports entartainment can occur. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of sport facility. After the recent closure of the European football cup and the Olympic games, you are asked to reinvent the way sports can be practiced, and how they can be used to entertain. Many architecture and design projects have already proposed new ways to empower the social value of sports and innovative solutions to implement them in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. With similar creative attitude the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.

Some basic useful topics of investigation to approach the competition theme can already be deduced from the definition of “sport facility”:

sport facility noun [C]
A building or a group of structures designed for exercising, sports training and practice, and competition in various sports.

As follows, very essential aspects of the conventional factory can be questioned.

  • How central is the role of competition in the practice of physical activity? Should the “fun” component be emphasized by the competitive side of sports, or should instead exercising be focused on providing the healthiest and most scientific practice for the participants?
  • Can a sport facility be something different than a traditional building? Cain it be a network in the city rather than one single construction? Or can it be reduced to a smaller space, like a single room, a pavilion, or just one object?
  • Should a sport facility be exclusively a space for training and practice, or should it be more oriented to the entertaining side of sports? Can exercising assume a social value, bringing together communities and people from different social extractions, or should it be instead an intimate and private moment for the athlete?

These are the questions to suggest to the partecipants as possible fields of investigation. Each project can tackle one or more of the issues suggested, as well as raising new ones in relation to the competition topic. Just try to be as creative and unconventional as possible.



Eligibility: Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.


 Non Architecture Competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. There will be in fact three winners. In addition 9 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions.

The prizes are the following:

  • WINNERS (3 Prizes): 1.000 euros, publication in the  Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.


  • HONOURABLE MENTIONS (9 Prizes): Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.


FINALISTS: Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books.

*Publications are subject to the agenda and availability of the magazines.

*Depending on which country you live and pay taxes in, the cash prizes might be subject to some withholding.



The jury will be formed by the following members:

Stephane Hof

Founding partner at Hoffice
Previous: Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects

Massimo Alvisi

Founding partner at Alvisi Kirimoto
Previous: Architect at Renzo Piano Building Workshop,

Architect at Fuksas Associati

Matus Nedecky

Founder and Directore of FlyingArchitecture

*All members of the jury have expressed their willingness to take part in the voting process of this competition. However, their participation is subject to their professional commitments. Some of them might be substituted.


Project Requirements

No scale or location.

In asking for an unconventional approach, we are also providing one. The rules of the competition and its organization will not limit, but rather allow for the freedom to approach each topic as the participant sees fit.

Therefore there are no given site, scale of intervention or exact program dimensioning. Projects can be developed in abstract locations as well as specific places, and they can go from the scale of interior design to urban strategies. Just remember that every proposal should be focused on a very specific condition, showing one simple concept, clearly communicated and fully developed.

Presentation Requirements

Non Architecture is also unconventional in its submission requirements, not asking for posters or booklets. The participants are in fact asked to submit one ZIP folder, named with the code and the title of the project (CODE_ Title), containing:

  • A presentation image (JPEG), showing the qualities of your design, in one catchy and representative impression. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Presentation” (check some examples here).
  • A technical image (JPEG), showing in a 2d drawing a specific technical/organizational aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Technical” (check some examples here).
  • A functional image (JPEG), showing a specific functional peculiar aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project Functional” (check some examples here).
  • A Word Document with a subtitle for the project (max 10 words) and a short description (max 200 words). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project_Text”.
  • A Word Document with the following information: Name Surname of the team members (every person should be separeted by a comma), Nationality (multiple options can be added), institutions (Company or university attended, to be included just in case you want it to be visible once your project is published). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Team”.

EVERY SUBMISSION HAS TO BE ANONYMOUS, so do not include your name, your submission code, or any other reference to you in the texts or in the images. After being evaluated, the projects will be reconnected to their authors through the identification code. Additional details on the team members and on the projects will be required during the submission procedure.

All the images must be A4 ,300 dpi, Portrait (Vertical). The size it is meant to be a frame for your work, so there is no need to completely fill the layout with images. Try to convey in each file one specific idea in one simple image. Avoid to overcrowd it with too much material. IMAGES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE POSTERS. Each one means one single content, SO FOR EVERY IMAGE YOU CAN INCLUDE JUST ONE SINGLE VISUALIZATION (ex. one drawing or one rendering).

The images do not demand for any kind of specific technique of representation, as long as they respect the guidelines given. They can be technical drawings, diagrams, collages, pictures, renders, models, paintings or hand drawings.

We highly recommend to include texts just when it is extremely necessary, and leave the Word document for further explainations. The projects should be explanatory enough through the graphic material. Eventual drawings titles and notes must be written in English ONLY. Any text written in a different language will not be taken into account and may lead to a team’s disqualification. In the same way every submission which doesn’t respect the guidelines given might be disqualified.


1-15 October- Special registration period

16 Oct. – 15 Nov- Early registration period

16 Nov. – 15 Dec- Regular registration period

16-27 December- Late registration period

15 December- Submission section open on your personal account page

30 December- Submission Deadline (23:59 GMT 0)

30 December- The “Making – Alternative designs for factories” book available

19-24 January Winners announcement

19 January- Call for Materials for book starts

19 February-Call for Materials for book ends

1 May- The “Training – Alternative designs for sport facilities” book available



The timing always refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT 0).

The entry periods will be divided as follows:

1-15 October- Special registration period 30 €*

16 Oct. – 15 Nov.- Early registration period 45 €*

16 Nov. – 15 Dec. – Regular registration period 60 €*

16-24 December-  Late registration period 75 €*


*Registration prices include VAT (value added tax).

The registration fee is per team, regardless of how many members are on the team.

If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition they will have to register each proposal separately and pay an additional fee for each proposal they wish to submit.

For a project to be accepted the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the Non Architecture website (, where you have to create an account, log in and choose your payment option.

All the payments will be organized through Paypal profile, in order to provide the safest procedure to all the participants. Payments will be available for Paypal accounts and credit cards. In case you do not have a Paypal account, the credit card payment will be automatically made available.

After completing the payment, you will recieve a first email from Paypal in order to confirm the transacrion. Non architecture will later accept your payment and provide you with a regristration code. Before that happens, your payment will be kept on hold and you will be able to cancel your purchase any time you want without any adding cost. When your payment will be accepted, you will automatically receive a confirmation e-mail from Non Architecture Competitions, and you will not be able to cancel your subscription anymore. In the e-mail you will also find your registration code. It’s important to keep this registration code in a safe place since it will allow your team to access the intranet where you’ll have access to the upload form to submit your project.

In case Paypal it is not available in your country contact

During the competition, all participants are permitted to ask questions which help them better understand the project description and/or any other aspect of the competition.

Any questions that are not resolved in this document must be made through the Non Architecture Competitions’ Facebook page. This ensures that all participants have access to the same amount of information.



Submissions must be done through the Non Architecture Competitions’ intranet only, before the date indicated on the competition calendar. A log in section will be opened 2 weeks before the deadline. You must log in with your username and password and follow the upload process. No submissions will be accepted by e-mail or any other medium. The submission page will be automatically closed after the submission date and time are reached, not allowing any modifications or aggregations after that, so please, try to upload your project 24 hours in advance so that you have time to solve any issues that might come up along the way (they always do!).

Evaluation Criteria

The core values of the Non Architecture Competitions are:

  • Innovation – In terms of program management, technology and originality of the formal solution proposed. Communication
  • Clarity, appeal and experimentation in the presentation of the proposal.
  • Feasibility – Realism of the proposal, in strict terms of technology, costs and management.

These values will lead the selection of the finalists projects and they will be used by the jury as a guideline in their decision.

Remember that this a competition of ideas, an opportunity to experiment and explore the limits of architecture. The jury reserves the right to award any proposal that fails at any of the parameters mentioned in these rules, as long as it justifies the breach of the rule in favour of the value of the proposal.

The voting system to choose the winning projects is as follows:

  1. Non Architecture Competitions team, following the main values of the competition, will make an initial selection of 50 finalist projects in response to the above criteria. The amount of pre-selected projects can slightly vary according to the judgment of the pre-selection team.
  2. The members of the jury will study the pre-selected projects privately and decide winners and honourable mentions. Each jury member will autonomously award one winning prize and three honourable mentions.

In order to guarantee the authenticity of the awarding process the prizes selection can not be appealed.

Intellectual property

All the material submitted to the competition will become part of Non Architecture Competitions’ files. Non Architecture Competitions will have full rights to publish and promote this material, always making proper mention of their authors. For any other purpose the authors of the projects will keep full rights over their design.

By submitting a proposal you are giving Non Architecture Competitions the right to use the received material in both printed and on-line publications. Non Architecture Competitions will also have right to slightly modify any of the mentioned material in order to better adapt it to the different formats and layouts that different publications might have.


Arch out Loud_MEMORY


KooZA/rch is pleased to collaborate with Arch out Loud and bring to you the first flash competition!

Get ready! On 10/30 the full brief will be released for our first one-week long Flash Competition. Between now and then, we invite you to register for the competition and get thinking. We will send out a few relevant research pieces  and projects during the registration period, but it is up to you to use the next few weeks for any preparation before the competition formally opens. Remember, the key word of this competition topic is MEMORY.


GRAPHIC IMAGE – 18in x 18in (457mm x 457mm)
DRAWING – 18in x 18in (457mm x 457mm)
BODY OF TEXT – 400 word maximum (1 page)


10/06   Registration opens
10/30   12am, EST (GMT -4) Full brief release and competition open
11/05    12pm, EST (GMT -4) Registration close
11/06    12am, EST (GMT -4) Competition submissions due


Robert Kirkbride -Dean Parsons School of Constructed Enviroments

Ana Miljacki -Professor of Theory and Design MIT

Karsten Harries – Philosophy of Art & Architecture Yale


1st Place- $1,000 + Printed Publication Feature

2nd Place- $500 + Printed Publication Feature

3rd Place – $250 + Printed Publication Feature


Registration is open to individuals and teams of two.
$20   Pre-Registration (Before 10/30)
$35   Regular Registration (After 10/30)