The Blank Space Project’s Fairy Tales Competition Winners Announced

(NEW YORK, NY March 17, 2014) – Blank Space is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition, the second iteration of the popular ideas contest that challenges participants to produce inspired architectural projects accompanied by fictional stories.

 


WITH OVER 1,200 PARTICIPANTS FROM 65 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, THE FAIRY TALES COMPETITION HAS CEMENTED ITSELF AS THE LARGEST IDEAS COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY.


 

The jury selected the 1st and 2nd place winners, along with a tie for 3rd place:

First Place goes to “Empty” by Zigeng Wang, a Masters student at Princeton University. Rich, detailed images of a post-industrial world illustrate an hyperrealistic, sci-fi-esque story about the great ethical and environmental dilemmas associated with globalization.

Second Place is awarded to “Beautifully Banal” by Alexander Culler and Danny Travis. A delightful style exercise, this story leverages CAD drawings to illustrate a mundane scenario in spectacular fashion: a fly is trapped inside an office building.

Third Place: a tie between “Screenland, By A Pixel” by Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang; and “CTRL C – CTRL ME” by Pauline Marcombe, Helene Marcombe, and Jay Robinson. In “Screenland, By A Pixel”, whimsical elaborations of a pixel, the atom of contemporary architecture creation, accompany a riff of Edwin Abbott Abbott’s “Flatland”. “CTRL C – CTRL ME” illustrates by way of metaphor what happens in the passage from inspiration to regulation. Colorful drawings narrate the story of a shrinking architect, becoming smaller and smaller under the pressure of technology and business rules.

The jury also awarded 11 honorable mentions.

Winners of the competition were selected by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, art, and storytelling. The jury included: Anish Kapoor, Sculptor; Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the MoMA; Juergen Mayer, Principal at J Mayer H Architects; Karim Rashid, Designer; Yves Behar, CEO of Fuseproject; John Hoke, VP of Global Design at Nike; Jaime Derringer, Founder of Design Milk; Shohei Shigematsu, Partner at OMA; Hunter Tura, CEO of Bruce Mau Design; Andy Hunter, Co-Founder of Electric Literature; Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Co-Founders of Blank Space.

The winning entries, along with the honorable mentions and other notable submissions, will be featured in Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story Volume 2. The anthology will give readers the opportunity to experience first hand what happens when creatives tell a story. The book is designed by Bruce Mau Design, with a special cover by Spanish artist Vicente Garcia-Morillo. The book will ship in June, and copies are available for pre-order at a discounted price of $14 here.board