Laka 2015: Architecture that Reacts.

Submission: October 31, 2015
Registration October 20, 2015
Language: English
Location Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2500$, 2nd Prize: 1500$, 3rd Prize: 1000$


Laka Competitions invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts’. That means architecture which is able to respond and adjust dynamically to the current needs and circumstances. These circumstances are often unpredictable, but their consequences can be crucial. The architecture that reacts  is the architecture that lives as a living organism, since it responds to the external stimuli and it develops because of it.

Architecture that reacts, is the one which is accessible to everybody and follows needs of its users. Achiev- ing such a goal requires an interdisciplinary approach that goes far beyond typical building solutions. In or- der for the architecture to be reactive modern tech- nologies, bioengineering, science and social scienc- es need to be engaged. “Reactive architecture” is a vision of architecture which evolves from innanimate and immovable into adaptive and responsive. The ob- jective of this new architecture is to assure a complete freedom of its users, as well as an ability of function- ing in the world which is disposed of time and space limitations. We want this ability to be accessible for everybody.

History is moulded by highly unlikely phenomena – an ability to react to them is both a fundamental feature of every living organism and a criterion of life in gen- eral. The subject of the competition is a conceptual project of architecture that is socially engaged and is capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions and environmental, natural and social risks. Proposed solutions should constitute an ideological interpre- tation of modern technological solutions which take into consideration social and economic determinants. Architectural study should focus on architecture as a key field heading towards social revitalisation and increased safety and freedom of its users. Proposed solutions should involve a thorough analysis of the problem, for example, starting from outlining global factors and indicating key directions for modern ar- chitectural solutions. Accuracy of this analysis and po- tential of proposed solutions are going to be the main components of projects’ assessment.


1st PRIZE 2500$

2nd PRIZE 1500$

3rd PRIZE 1000$

Winners and special mentions will be published in several international online magazines, and at the Laka Competitions website. The best proposals will be selected and commented on by the international panel of judges.

After two editions – we will publish a book “Architec- ture that reacts – volume 1“. The publication will in- clude the best projects from the Laka Competitions and biographies of their authors.


• Participants must submit their proposal
not later than October 31, 2015 (23:59 UTC).

• This is a digital competition and the boards must be prepared in digital format. Hardcopies will not be accepted.

• The project submission must contain the following files:

1. One board 24”(h) X 48”(w) in horizontal format with 150 dpi, saved as JPG file in RGB mode. Boards should include all the information that entrants con- sider necessary to explain their proposal. In the upper right corner the registration number must be included. This is an anonymous competition and the registra- tion number must be the only form of identification, there should not be any other form of identification. JPG file must be named according to the registration number (ex. 0227.jpg)

2. A DOC file with the projects statement (up to 500 words). The DOC file must be named according to the registration number (ex. 0227.doc).

3. A DOC file with the entrants’ personal information: name, profession, address, email. In a case of team, a team representative must be indicated. The DOC file must be named according to the registration number (ex. 0227.doc).

All three files must be placed in a folder named ac- cording to your registration number and archived to a ZIP file (ex. 0227.zip)


We invite architects, students, engineers, biologists, sociologists, designers, thinkers and organizations to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary. Interdisciplinary teams are also encour- aged to join.

  • Registration opens June 1, 2015
  • Early Registration: 50 USD until July 1, 2015
  • Regular Registration: 75 USD until October 1, 2015
  • Late Registration: 100 USD until October 20, 2015
  • Project submission deadline: October 31, 2015
  • Winners’ announcement: December 1, 2015
  • UTC time zone for all datesParticipants may submit multiple projects, but must register each entry.There is no limit as to the number of participants per team.Individual entries are allowed.

    After your registration has been approved, we will send you a unique number for your team (within 48 hours) and further information concerning the way your project should be submitted. The regis- tration number will be necessary to submit your pro- posal.


Participants can submit their inquiries concerning regu- lations of the competition to the hello@lakareacts.com – we will answer your questions on the website.

• All projects must be submitted in English

• This is an anonymous competition. The registration number is the only form of identification.

• The registration fee is non-refundable

• Contacting the Jury is prohibited

• Entrants will be disqualified if any of the rules and regulations are not followed

• Laka Competition reserves the right to modify the competition schedule

• All participants must accept the Rules and Regulations

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