Of Yore — Architecture Competition by UNI.xyz

2021 ‘Of Yore’ — Architecture Design Competition Launched by UNI to Visual Design

Fig: 1 — Buddhist monks entering the complex of Angkor Wat (Credits- UNESCO)

Angkor Wat

With climate change, drought, and decline in economic conditions the complex experienced a shift towards Buddhism and the name Angkor Wat (monasteries) was formed. It represented the Khmer artistry and dominated the region through its iconic form.

By the 13th century, Angkor Wat was no longer a site of cultural, political, or commercial significance. Although it remained an important monument for the Buddhist religion.

Like many historic sites, it was never truly abandoned. Rather, it fell gradually into disuse and disrepair.

And even though the structure has considerable damage from the Khmer Rouge, its architecture still serves as an important tourist attraction in present-day Cambodia.

Fig: 2 — Perfect Silhouette of the complex even after a past of destruction (Credits-Florian Hahn)

The epicenter of a great ancient city

In 2007, using ground-sensing radar a Forensic aerial mapping was conducted 2007. It revealed that Angkor Wat was the epicenter of a sprawling city at least as big as Berlin. With its grid of boulevards, this planned city had been hidden by vegetation for centuries.

Moreover, it was discovered that Khmer cities were connected, so the overall built-up of Angkor seems to be bigger than any city today.

Thus, it’s safe to say that the grandeur and work of Angkor, with Angkor Wat its epicenter, must be the most spectacular sight ever during its active years.

Fig: 3 — Aerial View of Angkor Wat (Credits- Mark Fischer)

Brief of the competition

Archaeologists believe that Angkor may have overreached itself and ceased to exist as a bustling city over time.

Can we as architects and designers in any way restore its glory? Structural and engineering feats for these structures might be impossible to achieve in today’s context.

But can we in any way reimagine the bustling glory of Angkor Wat and the city sprawling around it?

Design objectives

  • Expression: The graphic should effectively communicate its intent and landscape to the viewer.
  • Visual Language: A distinct visual language to help the illustration stand out.

The above can be a starting point for participants to conceive their design. The designer’s focus should be on devising the design and qualities that are expected from a good graphic design.

The graphic may be entirely hand-drawn and rendered, digitally created, or a combination of both. Any of the techniques mentioned below may be utilized to achieve the desired outcome. The more creative the method, the better.

Compositional outline

Find all the competition brief, terms, and other registration guidelines on this

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