Fairy Tales 2016: Architecture Storytelling Competition

Submission: January 16, 2016
Registration: January 16, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2,500$, 2nd Prize: 1,000$, 3rd Prize: 500$
Type: Open


The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.

After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2015, with over 1,200 participants from 65 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the third edition of the competition is now open for registration.

“When we started hosting the Fairy Tales competition, we couldn’t anticipate the ways in which such a foreign format would be received, but after combing through over 2,000 stories it has become apparent that the “fictional” aspect of Fairy Tales is a powerful vehicle to tackle very real concerns,” say Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. “Many entries wrestle with topics that surround us: the benefits and dangers of globalization; our reliance on technology; the mismatch between the design dreams of architects and the reality of the profession; and our impact on the natural world,” the founders add.

The entries to the 2016 Fairy Tales competition will be reviewed by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, storytelling, and business. The jury includes: HansUlrich Obrist (CoDirector of the Serpentine Galleries), Elizabeth Diller (Founding Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Allison Arieff (Editorial Director of SPUR), Bradford Shellhammer (Founder and CEO of Bezar), Daniel Simon (Concept and Car Designer), Dror Benshetrit (Founder of Dror), Sylvia Lavin (Director of Critical Studies in Architecture at UCLA), Cristina Goberna (CoFounder of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism), Aaron Betsky (Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture), Alexander Walter (Editor in Chief of Bustler), Robert McKee (Fulbright Scholar and Creative Writing Instructor), David Basulto (Founder and Editor in Chief of Archdaily), Becky Quintal (Executive Editor of Archdaily), Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani(Co Founders, Blank Space).

In addition, Blank Space has partnered with the best architecture and design publications out there: Design Milk, Archinect, Bustler and Archdaily. They will confer the winning entries to millions of design fans around the world, giving these unique architectural fairy tales the recognition they deserve.

“Modern architecture strives to present a linear, logical story with every project. In reality, the creative process is anything but linear , ” say Blank Space Founders Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. “There is a great willingness within the design community to tell new stories stories that go beyond simple descriptions to become harbingers of new architectural possibilities. Our goal is to utilize the Fairy Tales competition to coax them out.”

Participants can register for a special $35 Early Bird Discount until Thursday, October 22. Following that, Regular Registration ($55) will be open until December 09, and Late Registration ($75) until the Submission Deadline on January 16, 2016.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Until October 22, 2015 ($35 USD)
REGULAR REGISTRATION: Until December 09, 2015 ($55 USD)
LATE REGISTRATION: Until Submission Deadline ($75 USD)

1ST PRIZE: $2500 USD
2ND PRIZE: $1000 USD

HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions. Honorable mentions will be featured in our next publication, Fairy Tales, Volume III .

FAIRY TALES: VOLUME III: The life of the submissions doesn’t stop at the conclusion of the competition. Following the competition, Blank Space will publish the second volume of “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story.” Select entries will be included in the book, as well as featured prominently on the Blank Space website. The book is sold at museums and bookstores around the world including The National Building Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NAi Booksellers and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

Go to the competition’s website