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!
“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
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!