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1st Prize

Demotown: A Retroactive Arcology for Detroit
Jesse Foster Honsa, Switzerland
Gregory John Mahoney, United States

Jesse Honsa is an American architect, currently working in Istanbul as an urban designer and architect at DB Architects. A global cross-pollinator, he has previously worked with AGPS architecture/Rutz Architekten in Zurich, and travelled extensively in the Indonesian Archipelago on a grant to study spatial tectonics. While in Zurich he co-founded Foreign Architects Switzerland, an architectural/political "zine", and recently took part in "Faith in the City," a symposium at the Architecture Foundation of London. He is also an avid musician.

Greg Mahoney’s work in all media focuses on the urban habitat. He began his filmmaking practice at Harvard University, where redefining city environments and exploring architecture as a reflection of human psychology were the subjects of his short films. He is currently finishing Saints of the Old City, a feature-length narrative film depicting exiled visionaries struggling to re-invoke the spirit of Utopia in the ruins of a 21st century post-industrial American city. Shot entirely on location in abandoned spaces, with context-altering installations, sculptural costumes, and densely layered animations, the film creates a rich visual language that gives voice to the past histories and potential futures that influence us all as we navigate the urban landscape. Mahoney has received grants from the Brockton Cultural Council and Harvard College Research Program. He currently teaches filmmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Greg Mahoney and Jesse Honsa are both from Brockton, Massachusetts, a defunct industrial city south of Boston. They have collaborated on several projects, including Outpost Gallery, a multidisciplinary exhibition and performance context that inhabited disused commercial space. They share a common interest in utopian visions: Brockton was a unique experimental ground for many infrastructural innovations in the 19th and early 20th century.

2. Prize
Author: Kyriakos Kyriakou, Greece
Coauthor: Sofia Krimizi, Greece

Originally from Athens, Sofia Krimizi is an architect and co-founder of ksestudio.
She earned her graduate degree in Architecture and Engineering from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2008 with honors. She followed the Master II program in Ecole National Supérieure d’ Architecture de Paris La Villette (UP6) under the Erasmus program, were she prepared her undergraduate dissertation on the Benjaminian understanding of space and time in the Parisian subway. Sofia, under the 2009 Fulbright scholarship, earned a post professional masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in Columbia University of New York, where she received the Honor Award for Excellence in Design, the William Kinne Travel Grant and the AAD Exit Lectures Series Award.

Sofia has worked as an architect and designer in Athens, Paris and New York at GR405 architects, Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Steven Holl architects among other practices. While studying at the GSAPP she was a teaching assistant in Barnard College of Columbia University alongside the professors Kadambari Baxi and Nicole Robertson. In collaboration with Kyriakos Kyriakou she won the first prize in the competition for the redesigning of the Entrance of the city of Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese. Her work has been published at the Technical Architectural Issues of the Institute of Architects in Greece, the Funambulist and exhibited at the Benaki Museum of contemporary art in Athens.
Apart from her participation in ksestudio Sofia is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and also the editor of the first Planetary ONE publication.

Kyriakos Kyriakou is a Greek architect, co-founder of ksestudio.He earned his graduate degree in Architecture and Engineering from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2008. He has also studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette (UP6) under the Erasmus program, where he prepared his undergraduate dissertation on the notion of Thresholds. Kyriakos, under the 2009 Varangis honor scholarship, earned a post-professional degree in Advanced Architectural Design form the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University in New York, while receiving the William Kinne Travel Grant.

Kyriakos has worked as an architect and designer in Athens- Greece, in Paris- France and New York - USA at 72+ architects, Babalou- Noukakis architects, Ateliers SOA (Pierre Sartoux - Augustin Rosenstiel), 5H architects and Propylea Architecture among others. In collaboration with Sofia Krimizi he won the first prize in the competition for the redesigning of the Entrance of the city of Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese. His work has been published at the Technical Architectural Issues of the Institute of Architects in Greece and exhibited at the Benaki Museum of contemporary art in Athens.
Apart from his participation in ksestudio, Kyriakos holds a design architect position at ODA in New York investigating the design limitations applied by the New York developer market. Meanwhile he is involved in teaching a first year undergraduate studio at Pratt Institute as a co-teacher with ksestudio’s counterweight, Sofia Krimizi.

Ksestudio is a newly and retroactively founded 2-point thinking platform interested in urban phenomena. Ksestudio has existed in Athens, Paris and New York city.Ksestudio’s members have the ability to function both individually and collectively (as two and as one). When together they apply a pink pong methodology, while thinking is approached through acting and acting through thinking. Ksestudio is interested in the operational manual of things including a variety of topics from cooking recipes to architectural manifestos. The techniques applied by ksestudio oscillate between extremely precise computational procedures to rough handcrafted operations. Ksestudio's scope is the continuous pursuit of anomalies that provide distorted multi-scaled realities in the urban space.

3. Prize
Author: David Jimenez Iniesta, Spain
Coauthor: Javier Jimenez Iniesta, Spain

David Jiménez Iniesta
Born in Albacete (Spain) in 1987. He starts studying architecture at the University of Alicante since 2005 until now. He is continuing his studies in an abroad scholarship in the Faculty of Architecture of Technical University of Lisbon. Since 2008 combines his studies with collaborations with practices of Alicante and Murcia, such as Arquitecturas Torres Nadal, Adhoc-msl, Antonio Abellán, Mucha!, Magicarch among others; and also parcipates in workshops led by renowned national architects such as Andres Jaque, Grupo Aranea, Estudio FAM, Toki Arquitecturas, PLAY studio, Hackictectura… workshops wich are widely published in national architectures magazines. Has been awarded in national student contests such as University of Alicante’s tram station contest and Marjal group sustainable housing competition. Since his first year in the university his work is specialized in developing data cartographies trying to redefine new relations between politics, sustainability and architecture.

Javier Jiménez Iniesta
Born in Albacete (Spain) in 1978. He studies architecture at the University of Alicante, where he graduates with honors in 2007.
His degree project is awarded in several national and international contests, among which include Pasajes-Iguzzini Awards of Architecture Projects, Veteco Asefave Awards and the selection in X Architecture Spanish Bienal. He wins in 2006 a Scholarship from Arquia Foundation to work in Carme Pinós Studio in Barcelona. He establishes Mucha! in 2008 as an elastic tank working the links between research and professional practice. He begins an experience based on collaborative work relating to different professional network. This platform allows him to establish partnerships with different practices such as Javier Pena, Alfredo Payá, Manuel Ocana, ZuloArk, Zyra02, NUGarch, Tat Bonvehí... and from 2009 intensely with BailoRull. With all of them he works on developing various commissions and contests, winning some prizes, and always with a high degree of experimentation, in order to explore new boundaries of what he (try to) do in architecture and beyond it. From 2003 he has taught as assistant professor and lecturer in different schools in Europe as University of Alicante, Scuola di Architettura di Venezia, International University of Cataluna… He has also been invited in workshops and juries. His work has been widely published in national and international specialized magazines.

Honorable Mentions

The Web and the Urban Ground:
Author: Svetlan Valev, United States

Born in Bulgaria, Svetlan Valev received his Masters in Architecture from Arizona State University in 2007. While at school, he developed an interest for urban tactics that allow groups that fall outside of the formal planning process to engage the city in a type of individual and community-led urban participation. During the fall of 2006, Svetlan participated in a graduate research studio with Teddy Cruz and Enrique Martin-Moreno that looked at the issue of informal urban developments in cities around the world. The work explored strategies for mapping the economic, social and physical factors acting upon a particular place as a way of exploiting those relationships. His graduate thesis, The Structure of the Past and the Freedom of the Future, addressed the conflict created by an urban library as both an institutions devoted to recording the multiple lived histories of the area and also being a type of large institutional building that has in previous redevelopment efforts devastated the city by ignoring local historic processes.
Initiated as a topic while teaching a senior urban design studio in 2009, Svetlan's current work revolves around the nature of community in context of the proliferation of personalized digital technology.

No Gravity No Ground:
Author: Ying-Yi Mao, Taiwan (Republic of China)
Coauthor: Cheng Yan Yang, Taiwan (Republic of China)

Ying-Yi Mao is 20 years old and currently attending the architecture department of National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan. He holds great enthusiasm and interest in architecture and loves the idea of building the living environment for the future and exploring its endless possibilities. "I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in this competition. I am also happy that our efforts can be awarded."

Cheng-Yan Yang is 20 years of age and currently a junior in the architecture department of National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan. Growing up in a single parent family has fostered his unconformative thinking and his tendencies to challenge tradition, which attributed to their audacious proposal in this competition. Inherited from his mother (an artist), he keeps himself open minded and curious about things surrounding him. It is through such exploration, that he finds the joy of design and architecture. "I find the open-mindedness of this competition invaluable and attracted very creative works and thoughts."

Bottoms Up:
Author Neimark, Anna , United States )
Coauthors Atwood, Andrew , United States

Anna Neimark teaches at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, CA. She has received numerous honors, including the USC Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the GSD Harvard Appleton Traveling Fellowship, the Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the Undergraduate Thesis Prize at the Princeton School of Architecture. She has worked in architecture offices in Rotterdam, New York, and Los Angeles.

Andrew Atwood is an adjunct assistant professor at the USC [University of Southern California] School of Architecture where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level studios in addition to graduate level seminars focusing on the intersection between technology, media and type in architecture. He graduated from the Harvard University GSD [Graduate School of Design] in 2007. Before founding ATWOOD-A in 2009, he worked in the offices of MOS in New Haven, CT and Belzberg Architects in Santa Monica, CA.


First Place A
Border Archipelagos of the Narrow Passages
Author: Konstantinos Papadimitrakopoulos, Greece


Konstantinos Papadimitrakopoulos, was born In Athens, Greece in 1978.
He pursued his studies at Syracuse University School of Architecture (SUSOA), receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 2002. Following his graduation from SU he worked in New York City and in Athens, Greece. He has traveled extensively in Spain, Portugal, and Italy as part of the SUSOA, studying modern buildings and the urbanization of cities and towns. In 2004 he was accepted at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design MAUD program were he graduated in 2006. He is the recipient among others of the Deans citation for Excellence in Thesis award from Syracuse School of Architecture for his thesis, A Critique on Museum Typology and The Druker Traveling Fellowship for his research proposal CITIES AS RITES OF PASSAGE from the GSD.

Since his graduation from the GSD he is the project architect of KLEDORA S.A., a boutique development and design firm, specializing in hospitality development and innovative construction projects. His publications include his Studio work in Monterey, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina from the GSD and his current work in the “Ellinikes Kataskeves” architectural magazine. His team’s proposal this spring, for the ATHENSX4 national competition, was awarded 1st prize and has also been published in numerous websites, architectural magazines, and newspapers in Greece and exhibited in the Benaki Museum.

First Place B
Common Visions: The Case of Prespa Region
Author: Despoina Gkirti, Greece
Coauthor: Efthymios Dimopoulos, Greece

Despoina Gkirti is a landscape architect. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.
Since 2009 has been cooperating with the architectural studio doxiadis+ in projects of architecture and landscape architecture.

She was also member of the research team of the department of Geography of Harokopio University of Athens in the program : “Greekscapes: a bird’s eye view atlas of greek landscapes” with a scholarship of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation in 2009-2010. During the years 2006-2008 lived in Barcelona where she cooperated with the studio emf _Marti Franch, Girona in projects of landscape architecture.
She graduated from the school of architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, 2005. In 2006 got the State Scolarship (IKY) and had a master in “Arquitectura del Paisaje de la UPC, ETSAB”, Barcelona, 2006-2008. Some of her academic projects, including her thesis were particularly associated with borders and marginal areas, such as the case of prisons of Korydalos in Athens and the landscapes in transition in the borders of Greece with Albania and FYROM.

Efthymios Dimopoulos is a spatial planner. He lives and works in Athens, Greece.
He graduated from the Department of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2005.

Since 2005 he has been cooperating with the architectural company Thymios Papagiannis and Associates in projects of architecture, urban planning and spatial planning, as well as with the architectural studio of Penelope Koutretsi in projects of spatial planning. Among other projects some were particularly associated with the notion of borders and planning of marginal areas such as the Spatial Plan for the Municipality of Prespa (OCUDP) (GR) and the Regulatory Plan for the City of Korca (AL).

He has also participated in the 11th Regular Prespa Park Coordination Committee Meeting (a transboundary cooperation of Albania, Greece and FYROM regarding the Prespa Lakes region) in 2008 as part of the planning team of the OCUDP.
He has taken part in many competitions regarding mostly urban design in Greek cities (Athens 4x4 2010, Architectural Competition for the Regeneration of the Urban Waterfront of Kavala 2008, etc).

Rémi van Durme
Rémi is a Brussels-born urban designer and architect practicing in Belgium.
After studying architecture in Brussels and at the McGill University of Montreal in Canada, Rémi obtained a European postgraduate Master’s degree in Urbanism (EMU) from the Catholic University of Leuven and the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

His work embraces all levels of scale, but with a dedicated focus on that of the metropolitan. His Master thesis work in urbanism already focused on the periphery of Brussels and was nominated for the Graduation Prize 2010 of the Flemish Planners Association. This lead to a collaboration with the Studio Associato Secchi-Vigano on a winning entry for the Brussels Metropolis 2040 competition. Rémi also collaborated with the Research Group on Urbanism and Architecture (OSA) of KU Leuven on a 2040 Masterplan for Can Tho City in Vietnam, organizing the long-term metropolitan growth of a typical booming city in Asia.
Remi is now collaborating with the BUreau for URbanism (BUUR) in Leuven, Belgium on projects that focus essentially on urban design, public space, city vision and high-rise development in Brussels.

Denis Glauden
Denis studied architecture in Brussels and at Tampere University of Technololgy (Finland). He also graduated from a public space design programme by St-Lukas architectuur Brussel, ISACF La Cambre and KU Leuven, and has been guest critic and tutor for workshops at the ISA Victor Horta in Brussels.

Denis has been working since 2008 as freelance architect for a number of offices in Belgium such as Gigogne Architecture, L’Escaut, MSA, RéservoirA and B612 Associates. He mostly works on invitation to tender for architecture competions for public facilities like social housing, schools, public space and cultural centers.
Denis has a deep personal interest in topics dealing with architectural heritage. His work has been selected for entries as the Godecharle Competition, the Final Layout and other kinds of contests.

Mediterranean Big Bang
Author: Fatima Ruiz, France
Coauthors: Martin Coustenoble, France
Walter Libertino, Italy
Giulia Marchi, Italy

Giulia Marchi 
Indipendent photographer |
Giulia is a documentary photographer actually based in Paris. Born in 1983, Giulia graduated from the University of Venice with a BA in East Asian Languages (Chinese). She spent a year and a half in West Africa, working as an editor for a local newspaper in Cotonou, Benin, and exploring social and cultural questions. With an article on the situation of the country, in 2008 Giulia won the Claudio Accardi Award in Rome. Back to Italy, she collaborated with two Norwegian journalists for Aftenposten Innsikt before attending a class at the photo agency Contrasto in Milan. In 2010, she was selected as the young talent for the Inail-Prospekt photojournalistic award, with a project on 'Foreign work'. Giulia is actually based in Paris, where she works as an indipendent photographer. Claudio Accardi Award Inail-Prospekt photojournalistic Award

Fatima Ruiz Fernandez 
Architect-Urbanist |
Born in 1979, Fatima works actually in Paris as an architect. She is in charge of the urban department within the studio BRS Architects, where she develops urban studies and territorial identity researches. She spent one year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working in the studio PAA under de direction of Jorge Mario Jauregui where she worked in the program Favela-Bairrio. From that visit the exhibition was born, ‘Rio de Janeiro: front and depth of a city’ exhibit in the Nantes School of Architecture and in the Cinema Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes. She is founder and moderator of the association Megaloportrait, in which she organises activities in connection with the cities and the urban problematic, in particular the VIP contest (Vegetalisation Intensive of Paris). Fatima graduated from the Nantes School of Architecture (ETSAN). She also studied in A Coruna School of Architecture.

Giuseppe Walter Libertino [7.9.1980 – Sicily- Italy]
Architect – Architecture Photographer |
Born in 1980 in Enna, Sicily, Walter works actually as a freelance architect in Barcelona. In 2006, Walter graduated with honours in Architecture University of Palermo (Italy), studying also in A Coruna School of Architecture and in Tunisia. In 2004, he began working as interior designer and photographer for G2 office, Sicily. In 2007 he worked with “Studio Nowa srl” (Italy) for Marco Navarra architect as designer and architecture photographer. He published some photos of Navarra’s works in specialist architectural magazines (Domus, Area); He studied architecture photography in Palermo (with Giovanni Chiaramonte) and in Almeria (Spain). Since 2008, he lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he has attended a Master of Architecture and Environment at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC): he graduated with honours with a degree in photography applied to sustainable design. Between 2010 and 2011, he worked as teacher and expert of photographic images analysis at Technical University of Compiegne (France) and Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Spain). In Barcelona Walter works, mainly, to Ayesa s.a. in competitions and basic, executive projects of Eva Montes, Cesar Portela, Toyo Ito, Josep Llinas, Jordy Garces and Dany Freixes .

Martin Coustenoble [3.5.1980 – Lens - France]
Graphic designer, 3D designer, characters modeller
Born in 1980, Martin works actually as a characters modeller in Paris. Martin is in charge of the modelling of characters for the entertainment industry in the studio Machine Molle in Paris. He has cooperated in the realisation of several animation films. In particular: as an environment modeller in ‘Little Prince’, a 4d animation for the studio nWave Digital, Luxemburg. He was a set modeller in ‘Despicable me’, an animation film for the studio Mac Guff Ligne, in Paris. He spent one year between Los Angeles and Luxemburg working for the film ‘9’ directed by Shane Acker. He was in charge of the modelling proxy with the art department of the movie. Martin graduated of Industrial Design by the University of Blois. He has realised a 3D formation in the Emile Cohl School of Lyon.

Mediterranean Union
Author: Adrian Lahoud, Australia
Coauthor: Samuel Szwarcbord, Australia

Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching and doctoral research, he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformations of cities.

In 2010 he edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled Post-traumatic Urbanism. Forthcoming in 2011 is Project for a Mediterranean Union on speculative transport, energy and media infrastructure in North Africa, Southern Europe and the Middle East. His architectural work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In 2011, his work will be exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, Gwangju Design Biennale Seoul curated by Ai Weiwei. His theoretical research work, The Life of Forms in the City explores the problem of scale and complexity in architecture and the city.  He has worked on a broad range of architectural and urban design projects, including workshops with Dan Graham, Vito Acconci, Atelier Bow-Wow, Eyal Weizman and Graham Harman. In 2003 he established an award winning private practice. He has been a guest critic at the Royal College of Art London, Architectural Association and TU Berlin. Adrian graduated from the University of New South Wales; currently he is Course Director of the Master of Advanced Architecture in Urban Design at The University of Technology Sydney.

Samuel Szwarcbord is a freelance graphic designer and writer. Since graduating from Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2007 he has worked as a researcher, university tutor, print-production manager and print and web designer.

Samuel studied both a bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. After graduating in 2007 he accepted a research and production role at a design specific strategic agency. Since 2010 Samuel has been a freelance graphic designer and writer having worked on projects ranging from websites, books, and corporate identities, mainly in the art, architecture and design fields.
Samuel has had an ongoing relationship with the University of Technology, tutoring in design and partaking in several juries.
This year Samuel has been invited to contribute work for the Prague Quadrennial, write for a new Architecture Association newspaper: Fulcrum and collaborated on a book.