Architecturepublic: Multiplayer Interactive Architecture Competitions

By Maria Prieto.

Published by The Arts Collection

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An examination of the state of architectural competition within the Web 2.0 realm will involve the already historical review of the spatial co-evolution of both the constructed and digitized environment, and will also complement the inquiry of digital technologies for architectural participation. The first architectural competition in the Second Life, Wikitecture 2.0 (Designing the Architecture of Architectural Design Collaboration), and The Archinect School Blog Project will be analysed as case studies. Their modes of design, interaction, and publication lead to new incubators of ideas and techniques on the architectural production as well as on the collective management of the First and Second milieus for urban re-invention. Thus, to what extent will Open Source initiatives be successful in participatory design? And, what other modes of collaboration could best achieve improvements in the constructed environment? By tracing new architectural challenges through those examples, the design of the architectural project will depend upon the design of its artificial architectural assembly, in the same way that the design of the city will gravitate around a specific transmission of that cybernetic parliament of architecture.

Keywords: Real/ Virtual Audiences, Architectural Competition, Digital Technologies, Web 2.0, Cybernetic Parliament of Architecture

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.47-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.173MB).

Maria Prieto

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Architecture, University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain

Maria Prieto is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Navarre (Spain). Her case study deals with the modern commercial center and global financial hub, known as AZCA, which was built as the modern heart of the Madrid metropolis and led by the different local politics and geopolitics for European integration. As preliminary delineations of those areas of research, Maria has contributed to the proceedings book of the International Congress entitled North American Architecture: Engine and Mirror of Spanish Architecture at the Start of the Modern Era (University of Navarre, March 2006), with Contents with Effects: The Audiovisual Architecture of AZCA, and to Urban Perspectives (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, February 2007) with The Amplified City: The Audio-visualization of AZCA as a Mediation of Its Contents. She received her Título de Arquitecta from the University of Navarre, an MSAAD from Columbia University and she is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Organizational Innovation (Columbia University) during the Fall of 2007.


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