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Competition: Serpentine Augmented Architecture

Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo
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Serpentine Galleries has launched an international contest judged by David Adjaye to design a virtual-reality installation to sit alongside this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion

The two-stage competition, organised in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, invites creative practitioners to propose ‘ground-breaking architectural structures’ which could be experienced through augmented reality (AR).

It aims to explore ‘complex or unbuildable structures which imagine new futures of the city and the urban environment … without the constraints of a physical location.’ Shortlisted teams will receive mentorship from a panel of architecture, engineering and immersive technology experts.

The competition announcement says: ‘Building on the success of the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, Serpentine Augmented Architecture brings together the Serpentine’s expertise in commissioning new architecture with its developing work in the field of advanced technologies.

‘Combined with resource and expertise from Google Arts & Culture, the commission is boldly interdisciplinary, cutting across art, engineering, technology and design to reimagine the definition of architecture, the utility of AR and the future of the urban landscape.’

Mexican star Frida Escobedo completed last year’s Serpentine Pavilion (pictured). The architect chosen to design the 19th pavilion in the series has yet to be announced.

Judges for the augmented-reality contest include David Adjaye; artist and designer Virgil Abloh; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel from the Serpentine Galleries; and Google Arts & Culture director Amit Sood.

The deadline for applications is 10am, 25 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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