PINarchitecture /// The Missing Ground

Submission: January 05, 2016
Registration: January 05, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: N/A
Type: Open


The ground plane fundamentally influences a building’s orientation and organization. Ground floors, basements, and upper floors are designed in reference to a grade. What if the ground disappeared, leaving buildings suspended in position? Without the connective tissue of streets, yards, and natural landscapes, how does the relationship between buildings change?

What types of new infrastructure might be used to reconnect neighborhoods and cities? How do sections of a building reorganize when the primary datum vanishes? What happens when the ground goes missing?

Participants should respond to the new condition rather than focus on the event of ground disappearing. Submissions may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic.


All media and text must fit within one 4 inch diameter circle with white beyond (300dpi JPG). Download templates PSD AI INDD


There are no entry fees and no specific eligibility requirements. International entries are welcome.


Send entries to PINcompetition@gmail.com. Include your name, city, state, and country.


Submissions will be judged by a rotating jury of three designers each month. The first place winner has the option of being a juror for a future competition.

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