Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the 'share' button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between the so-called virtual and real.

Last month we invited you to make the most provocative images possible using the images (below) and redefine the architectural content or insert architecture of your own. We were blown away by your responses, sometimes a little confused and a few times scared, but amazed all the same! Since there were so many fascinating entries our jury even decided to give out a few awards of their own!



(Clockwise from top left) Fort du Salbert, Versailles Grand Trianon, Ctesiphon Ruin 1864, Geirangerfjord, Rainbow Bookcase (by Eccentric Scholar - Flickr), Chang Chun Shrine, Catbells Northern Ascent, La Tour St. Jacques La Boucherie à Paris (images from Wiki Commons)


Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!



Jury Comments:


"Spooky!" Juergen Mayer H. - J. Mayer H. Architecture


"OMG architecture makes me believe (in nothing)." Sammy Medina - Architizer


"The !!!!!!!!!!!! competition throws down the digital gauntlet and reclaims architecture's position as the mother of all arts." Christopher Barley - Future—Predictor


"Thoughts? I haven't laughed at a "design" image in a long time, so this was really refreshing. I hope Reality Cues keeps doing competitions, because they represents a bastion of honesty in an industry gripped by mediocrity of a single overriding style diktat. Also, bath salts." Kelsey Campbell Dollaghan - Fast Company Design


"The Memes are strong in this one." Shelly Johnson - Graffiti Lab


"Architects pwn the internet once more." Archistophanes - Archistophanes




Best Overall Image: "H. Ferriss's Paris Visit" by Francisco Villeda



Prize for Best Overall Image: "Keep Off The Grass!!!" Hacked Version of Hasbro's Operation



Best Redefined Geirangerfjord: "Virtual personal geographies form after digital information gets out of control!!" by Harry Bix



Best Redefined Fort du Salbert: "Is there a Place in the World He Doesn't Get To?" by Marc Deuschle



Best Redefined Ctesiphon Ruin 1864: "Cassette Player Ruin" by Rajiv Fernandez



Best Redefined La Tour St. Jacques La Boucherie à Paris: "La Tour St. Jacques La Boucherie Lighthouse" by Yovcho Gorchev



Best Redefined Catbells Northern Ascent: "Flip One's Lid" by Robert Salmon



Best Redefined Versailles Grand Trianon: "Delirious" by Emily Fischer



Best Redefined Chang Chun Shrine: "Falling Water by Nature" by Sap



Best (and only) Redefined Rainbow Bookcase: "Reformed" by Jonathan LeMaster



Prize for Best of Each Category: A Lego Cube!!! (with secrets inside)







Most Beautiful / I Want to Live There Forever But I Don't Know at What Scale!!!! Award: "Style Empire" by Alexander Menke



Best Weird Dude Attempting to Eat Entry Award: "St. Jacques Eats Paris Baguette" by Anna Pilawska



Least Amount of Original Image Used / WTF? Award: "The Close Encounter of The Last Kind" by Shirley Liu



Most Gobbledygook Title Award: "?SUP? - A Meme Incubation Mixed-Use Luxury Loft Living Cathedral Experience" by BARF



Best Depiction of Rem as God Award: "Prime Real Estate" by Jonathan LeMaster



Thanks again to everyone who participated!


We hope to see you again soon for the next competition!













Fort du Poseidon by Gordon Jack 


Rems Fort du Salbert Visit by Francisco Villeda  


Stock Images by Linus Grace 


This Is Highly Irregular Dave - Maja Paklar 


Noah's Hotel by Laertis-Antonios Vassiliou 


Norman Porn-ster by Min Tshung Voo 


Tunnel of Light by Jayendra Rao 


Corbu Catbells visit by Francisco Villeda 


Red Herring at St. Jacques by Studio Idealyc 


Bucks Geirangerfjord Visit by Francisco Villeda 


Killer Whale's Ctesiphon Ruin by Rong Shan 


Concerte Fall by Manju  


Fort du See Salbert by Anna Pilawska 


There You Are... by Lada Punyaneramitdee 


Clock - Branislav Spasojevic 


La Tour Jacques Brel by Otaku Architects 


Versailles Ground Travel by Anna Pilawska 


There You Are... by Lada Punyaneramitdee  


Fontaine de St. Jacques by Alex Woodhouse 


Abandoning Wilderness Protection by Alex Woodhouse  


Stranglatecture by Marc Deuschle 


Alien Citadel by Min Tshung Voo 


River of Gold by A.J.Cimini 


The Manmade Nature by Traian Despoiu 


Did Not See That Coming by Marc Deuschle 


The Dead End!! by DHV  


Fragment of History by Alex Woodhouse 


The Tower Behind The Wall by Joel-Laurent Mbala-Nkanga 


BIOPOLIS.DELETE RURAL MEMORY by FERNANDO ALONSO 


Spacecreek Estates by Charles Leahy 


In the Ruin by Anna Pilawska 


Magic Moment by Zsuzsi 


Continuous Urban Monument by Jesse Ganes 


End of Republic by Krzysztof Bochniak 


Synthetic Cairns by Kelly Bair 


Diminishing Nature - Human Invasion by Alan Cheung 


"Le Cri" dans la Boucherie by Jerome Cimolai 


Trusses by Kiran 


Monterey Kingdom by Jai Yip 


Spoilt Elephant by Elisabeth Gutsche 


New Old Time by VA  


The Worms of Terra by Marc Deuschle 


The Last Journey by Nilesh Bansal 


So It Goes by Henry Chinaski 


Æ by Manuel Rocas 


Romatische Choreographie by Lorenzo Sandoval 


When All The Water is Gone by Kalan M. Beck 


Caesar Shadow by A.J.Cimini 


Open to Sky! by Nupur 


Time by Jonas Nilsson 


Recycling the Antiques by Mohammad S. Hashemi 


McRuins by Scott Keck 


Rhizochurch by Charles Leahy 


French Famous Tower by Dieneunzehn 


Over the Geirangerfjord by Anna Pilawska 


Basket Case by Marc Deuschle 


Geirangerfjord Roller Coaster - Yovcho Gorchev 


On the Terrace of Falling Waters by Nidhi 


Early Roman by Neena 


The Haven by Nathakit Sae-Tan 


Catbells Northern City Descent by Yovcho Gorchev 


Sublime Density by Tope Olujobi 


Roller Catbells - Anna Pilawska 


Glass Era by Gargy 


Great wall leads to lotus temple by Sapan 


The Place by Nerea Bermejo 


Bridging the GAP by Swati