APR - JUL 2019

PLASTIC MONUMENT

Brief

At the extreme ends of the earth, dull grey skies are whipped by winds saturated with dust. Here, men, women and children wander through boundless expanses of plastic looking for waste to sell at a few cents a kilogram.   

Is this a dystopia? Is this science fiction? No, it is not. This happens along the river Dhaka in Bangladesh. This is one of the numerous aspects of a disaster, which is now too extended to be told. By nature, plastic waste is indestructible and currently there is an incalculable amount of it on the planet. Human beings are losing the fight against plastic waste.

Actually plastic is not an enemy. It made space travels possible. It revolutionized medicine. Daily, it saves millions of people making food resources safe and accessible to the poorest populations of the planet.

What is needed is not a world without plastic. What is needed now is a revolutionized awareness about waste management. Moreover, a technological research to create sustainable alternatives to traditional polymers is required.

National Geographic is well aware of that. For years, it has been informing the general public about the effects of plastic pollution with its photographs.

 

Bio-On (www.bio-on.it) knows it perfectly too. It is the Italian excellency that invests millions of euros in research in order to develop completely-biodegradable biopolymers.

Plastic Monument is the result of the collaboration between the giant of photography and the biopolymer excellency. It is a competition aiming to create an itinerant architectural installation that will travel all around the world to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste on our planet.  

In the fight against plastic waste, everyone can make the difference. Plastic Monument offers architects the opportunity to play a key role in raising awareness. Plastic Monument will create an object to show the world the consequences of disposable culture. It will be the ambassador of a renewed attention on the effects of our choices. It will denounce the disaster caused by the superficiality and bulimia of modern man. However, it will also be the new foundation to protect our planet.  

 

Yac thanks all the architects who will take part in this challenge.

Winners

1st PRIZE

TEAM

VATRAA

MEMBERS

Bogdan Rusu, Anamaria Pircu

2nd PRIZE

TEAM

Fresh and Free

MEMBERS

Bogdan Shevchenko, Hannes Siefert

3rd PRIZE

TEAM

Solene Biche-Cais

MEMBERS

Solene Biche-Cais

Gold Mentions

TEAM

Magda Redzinska

MEMBERS

Magda Redzinska, Marta Redzinska, Grzegorz Oleniecki

TEAM

Maciej Grelewicz

MEMBERS

Maciej Grelewicz, Bartlomiej Grelewicz

Mentions

Finalists

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE
4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE
2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions

Jury

Kengo Kuma
KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES
Mandy Barker
PHOTOGRAPHER
Maria Cristina Finucci
ARTIST
Carlo Ratti
CARLO RATTI ARCHITECTS
Italo Rota
STUDIO ITALO ROTA
Marco Astorri
BIO-ON
Marco Cattaneo
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Fabio Alberto Roversi Monaco
GENUS BONONIAE
Marco Imperadori
POLITECNICO DI MILANO

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