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‘Modern day Archigram’: judges laud winner of Architecture Drawing Prize 2018

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The founding partner of Beijing-based Drawing Architecture Studio has won the second annual Architecture Drawing Prize

Li Han’s winning drawing, The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street, offers a chronological visual narrative examining the role of the Chinese state in urban development. The work depicts the evolution of a residential building project between 2008 and 2017 through four axonometric drawings.

Li Han’s kaleidoscopic use of perspective shows the life of the building in the San Li Tung district of Beijing as it progressed from a fashionable shopping centre to a nightlife hub, to its later destruction by the Chinese government and eventual transformation into a new district, complete with Ferrari dealership.

‘This drawing challenges preconceptions of digital presentation. It tells hundreds of stories over nine years in which architecture, cities and people’s lives change,’ said Narinder Sagoo, senior partner at Foster + Partners and one of the judges of the prize. ‘It’s a modern day Archigram drawing, but also a step into the future, which is why it’s an overall winner.’

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Overall winner and winner of the digital category: The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street by Li Han

The 17 shortlisted entrants for the prize were split into three categories – hand-drawing, hybrid and digital still image – and the overall winner was chosen from the winners of the individual categories.

Li Han was the winner of the digital category, Lukas Göbl of Austrian practice göbl architektur was the winner of the hybrid category and Carlijn Kingma of Studio Carlijn Kingma was the winner in the hand-drawn category. 

Lukas Göbl’s drawing City of Beautiful Bodies is part of an ongoing project and was described by Farshid Moussavi, a judge of the prize, as ‘an example of hand-drawing not as a final product but as a successful design and thinking tool.’ 

Carlijn Kingma’s The Babylonian Tower of Modernity re-interprets the biblical tale in the modern age, addressing the role of social media and digital communication in contemporary society. 

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3759 hand draw the babylonian tower of modernity carlijn kingma

Winner for the hand-drawn category: The Babylonian Tower of Modernity by Carlijn Kingma

‘This is an incredible drawing technically, with skilled projection of detail, shading and depth,’ said Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects and a judge of the prize. ‘The way it takes you through spaces is phenomenal. You can look at it for days.’ 

Several drawings were highly commended. In the hybrid category these were 6 Moments: Meaning through Repetition by Vincent Perron of the University of British Columbia and American Dream or American Nightmare by Yue Ma of Cornell University.

In the digital category, Juan Alberto Arjona Belmonte of Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid was highly commended for The Tower of Memory: the Tower and the Landscape, as was Daisy Ames of Studio Ames for Other Medians: Perceivable Future.

There was one high commendation in the hand-drawn category. This went to Sarmad Suhail of Bartlett School of Architecture for Embassy Nation

The Architecture Drawing Prize is curated by Make Architects, the World Architecture Festival and Sir John Soane’s Museum, and will be awarded at WAF, held this year in Amsterdam. 

The winners and shortlist are on display in an exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London until 18 November, reviewed here by Mike Oades.

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