Alternative Designs for Factories

Submission: September 01 , 2016
Registration: August 27 , 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes:  x3 1st Prize: €1,000
Type: Open


We can consider “architecture” everything that has already been designed and/or built. that would define a realm of conventional solutions, often repeated in a self-referential system. We imagined a counterpart, a “non architecture”.  A world of unexplored designs and countless possibilities, that if found, could enlarge and change permanently the boundaries of architecture. a universe of chances and opportunities never challenged by architects before. A limitless field of investigation that includes everything that is not architecture, yet.

Non architecture competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. it consists in a series of nine competitions. all competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to specific issues of functionality in architecture, seeking non- traditional approaches in architect’s work.


the aim of the “Making” competition is to develop a design proposal for the factory typology, intended as a place of creation and processing of goods of any kind. it is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of factory. recently many initiatives, such as fab labs and Makers faires, have been proposing new interpretations of the functioning of factories, using on demand production and 3d printing to develop extremely successful models. 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.


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.


the entry periods will be divided as follows:

1-15 June  – special registration period 30 €*

16 June-15July  –  early registration period 45 €*

16 July-15 august  – regular registration period 60 €*

16 august -27 august  –   late registration period 75 €*

*registration prices include vat (value added tax).

The timing always refers to greenwich Mean time (gMt 0).

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 (nonarchitecture.eu), where you have to create an account, log in and choose your payment option.

All the payments will be organized through our 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.


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”

  • –  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 sas 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). check our Pinterest reference boards for some examples.

    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.


Non architecture competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winners will be in fact three, all equally important. In addition 12 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

Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books

Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions books

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books

Go to the competition’s website