Media Architecture Awards winners

Media Architecture Awards winners

The Levenslicht Holocaust Monument (Light of Life) made up of 104,000 illuminating stones by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde won the largest category of the Media Architecture Awards in the Spatial Media Art category. The prizes are awarded in 5 categories to the best projects for integrating displays, interactive installations and other media into architectural structures, such as facades and urban screens.

The five winners clearly demonstrate the diversity of media architecture. This relatively new discipline is a combination of architecture, urban planning, digital media, design and art. Winners include events as diverse as an interactive Holocaust monument, the design of an innovative brick that works like a lens, The Digital Bricks in the Animated Architecture category, or solar panels acting as a screen for the Novartis Pavilion, the best future prototype.

The winner in the new More Than Human category was Touching Night Skies 50 ° 06’44 “N 8 ° 40’36” E, a completely analog installation that reconnects downtown residents with the night sky. The SP_Urban Arte Conecta cinematic street event with projections on construction in four Brazilian cities was the best in the category Participatory Architecture and Infrastructure. The Brand Architecture category was declared deserted this edition, as only four projects were submitted to the category.

MAA2020 is part of the Media Architecture Biennale which took place last week in Amsterdam. At an online awards ceremony on July 2, the awards were presented to the best projects for integrating displays, interactive installations and other media into architectural structures, such as facades and walls. urban screens. The awards ceremony was broadcast live and can be viewed here.


Space media art

The category with the most entries is Spatial Media Art, with projects that are produced in an artistic context at the intersection of architecture and media art with installations that have an innovative form of interaction. spatial and / or spatial perception.


Project artist: Studio Roosegaarde

An installation of 104,000 luminescent stones, scattered throughout 170 municipalities in the Netherlands, in memory of the Dutch victims of the Holocaust. Using invisible ultraviolet light, specially developed stones with fluorescent pigments can light up every few seconds, like a blast of light. In this way, Levenslicht is not only a memory of emotional stories, but also an activator, to emphasize the importance of freedom in the future.

“A loaded subject – the memory of the Dutch Holocaust victims – is made literally visible in the countless number of corresponding stones. Creative thinker Roosegaarde has created an innovative landscape for the future by telling stories without words but full of emotion. In this way, a tragedy from more than 70 years ago is made palpable for the younger generations ”, explains Frank Suurenbroek, member of the jury, Professor of Space Urban Transformation at the University of Amsterdam.

More than human

A new category that was introduced this edition is More Than Human. It presents projects that explore the relationship between humans and non-humans in the city, contributing to an environmentally sustainable urban future.

Touch the night sky 50 ° 06’44 “N 8 ° 40’36” E

Project artist: Tobias Ziegler – TBSZGLR

© TBSZGLR / C. Grumpelt
© TBSZGLR / C. Grumpelt

The winner is a deep black installation in the busiest square in central Frankfurt (one of the lightest polluted cities in Germany) showing only the night sky above. After entering this deeply black madness, the visitor is surrounded by black walls and therefore invisible and sees only the night sky above.

“The simple concept is powerful in creating darkness in a city and thus raises questions about the relationship humans have with the night sky, our reliance on technology and the impact of society on the environments we create. and let’s live ”, explains Glenda Caldwell, member of the jury. , Senior Lecturer in Architecture at QUT, Australia.

Lively architecture

Projects demonstrating creative media facade designs that enlarge or alter the perception of a building or public space by adding layers of meaning and experiences.

Digital bricks

Project artist: Melbourne Science Gallery, Arup

Architecture: Bagot wood

An installation of 226 polished and luminous glass bricks integrated into the structure of the clay brick ground floor of a building. Each glass block sits in front of a small, high-brightness, high-resolution LED screen. Historical images of the gradual transitions from pre-colonial knowledge to Western settlement and occupation of “traditional lands” in Australia are presented.

“Not only is this media experience technically very demanding, but it is also site specific by offering a poetic window on the past,” explains Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, jury member and associate professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Future trends and prototypes

Projects that shed light on what the future of media architecture might look like, both with functional prototypes as well as conceptual and speculative projects

Novartis Pavilion

Project artist: iart

Architecture: Novartis Pharma AG, AMDL CIRCLE & Blaser Architekten

© iart
© iart

A building facade of translucent cells equipped with organic solar panels and LED elements. It displays light and visual messages and generates its own electricity. It consists of a network of translucent cells equipped with organic solar panels and LED elements.

“In this project, two existing technologies – LED lamps and solar panels – are combined in a completely innovative way, thus introducing a new technology. This is what makes it such a good prototype, ”says Filippo Lodi, jury member, associate director and senior architect at UNStudio architecture studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Participatory architecture and infrastructure

Projects that aim to have an impact on the social and political life of the city and to empower citizens to become active participants in their communities.

SP_Art Conecta Urbain

Project artist: collaborative

Initiative: Marilia pasculli

© Verve Culturelle
© Verve Culturelle

Activist projections organized on the facades of buildings in nine locations in four Brazilian cities using synchronized projectors located in the windows of artists ‘and collaborators’ apartments. A significant number of visual works express messages against the violation of civil rights and the abuse of public power.

“The artists claimed the right to public health services, freedom of expression and reinforced social and health practices in the face of widespread disinformation. At the same time, they created new ways to connect people in a safe and meaningful way while respecting lockdown policies, ”jury member Dave Colangelo, himself an artist and founding member of Public Visualization Studio.

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