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43rd Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition
【Theme of the 43rd Annual Competition】
This year’s theme for the Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition is “Botanical Architecture.”
The definition of “botanical” is “of plant biology.”
Plants are a form of nature that is deeply related to the circulation of water. When people say green, they are referring to nature untouched. While the term botanical implies a form of nature that has been defined by humans.
“Botanical” implies a form of nature that is more like a garden than an untamed jungle.
It is nature that is found in botanical gardens or in paintings.
Human beings have made connections to plants through collecting, then planting or drawing.
That being said, what kind of relationship would you build with plants?
We are looking forward to seeing a new relationship between nature and architecture found through your own observation.
Nisshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.
Chairman Masaharu Rokushika (Chairman, Nihon Sekkei, Inc. )
Koh Kitayama (Prof. at Hosei University, established "architecture WORKSHOP")
Tomohiko Yamanashi (Senior Executive Officer Deputy Head of Architectural Design Department)
Kumiko Inui (Prof. at Yokohama National Univ., Y-GSA (Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture) , Established Office of Kumiko Inui)
Go Hasegawa (Director of Go Hasegawa and Associates)
Kimitaka Sohdai (President, Nisshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
Coordinator Shozo Baba (President, Architectural Communication Consultant, Ltd.)
Comments from the judges
Botanical can refer to the relationship between architecture and plants, or the architecture itself. It can be a stand-alone house in the jungle, a courtyard, or an urban park. It can be a botanical garden, greenhouse, miniature garden, bonsai, green roof, or green wall. From a different perspective, what if the living space or workspace were botanical? I am looking for proposals with relationships between plants and architecture that affect people in fundamental and fresh ways.
The concept of ‘architecture’ implies technology that pulls out an artificial environment from a natural environment. Therefore, to think of architecture also requires acknowledging nature. The term “botanical” suggests a feeling of a human-centric arrogance towards nature. It is important to have a sensitivity that can feel the difference between as-is nature and artificial nature.
We were able to set a multi-faceted problem by connecting the term “botanical,” which points at the plant itself to its knowledge system, to the term “architecture” which points at the building itself to its structure and its system. I am looking forward to seeing how far the proposals can leap off of the usual idea of “green-buildings.”
This year’s theme is consistent with the Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition’s trend of themes with powerful messages.
“Botanical” is not simply “green.” Nature that is usually considered immobile is actually continuously transported and moved by many subjects. As one of these subjects, let’s consider human’s relationship to nature.
Botanical architecture can reach beyond the existing categories of “politically correct architecture” of green walls, or “cute architecture” that places plants in and around buildings. Please boldly draw a new relationship between humans, plants and architecture.
The competition that has been nicknamed “Mizu-Con” has reached its 43rd anniversary. While the term “botanical” can be understood in many ways, in Japan, we have discussed the relationship of human and nature as “phytology.” I am looking forward to proposals that answer the question of how architecture can face nature in the midst of intensifying climate change.
First Prize (one): \1,000,000
Second Prize(one): \500,000
Third Prize(one): \300,000
Merit Prize (eight): \100,000 each
（Total prizes amount: \2,600,000. All above prize money includes income tax）
【Announcement of Winners】
The result of the screening will be informed to the winners and will be announced in the issue of “SHINKENCHIKU” January 2017.
Entry Registration Period: April 1st (Fri), 2016 ～ October 3rd (Mon), 2016
Entry Submission Period: August 22nd (Mon), 2016 ～ October 7th (Fri), 2016
(Application must be sent by mail as reaching before 17:00 of closing day. Application by hand or by courier will not be accepted.)
Drawing should represent the concept of the theme just by the drawing as much as possible with less explanation word. ( at any scale)
Drawing should be block plan, floor plan, elevation view, cross-section view, perspective view, model photo etc.
You may use blue print, pencil, ink, color, photo, print etc at your discretion.
Complete all drawings, photo. etc on one sheet of thick drawing paper(like Kent paper) of A2-Size( 420mm x 594mm).
Thin paper such as imitation vellum-paper should not be used as easy to break when opening the envelop.
Paneled or framed one will not be accepted.
The sponsors will not answer questions about the theme.
All matters not covered in these regulations are left to the discretion of the entrants.
On the back side of entry, attach the application form with filling up the necessary matters and send by mail to the under-mentioned address.
(Application by hand-carry, or by courier will not be accepted. Not use cylinder-type package as easy to break when opening)
＊ Address for Entries:
Nisshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Attn.: Dept. of Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition
2-23-4 Senju-Azuma, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, 120-0025, Japan
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