Display opens at Royal Academy

Wednesday 18 Apr 2007

Winners announced for the competition to design an ‘Agent for Human Interaction’

On the 17th April the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) announced the winners of a design competition, held jointly with WAN. After careful deliberation the jury awarded first place to ‘Urban Projections’ by Emergency Studio (Melissa Watkins and Patrick Hazari from the US). This along with five other prize winning proposals is on display at the RA for the next two months. The competition challenged entrants to design an “agent” to encourage human interaction. The jury, comprised of arts and architecture professionals, awarded a total of £3000 in prize money, donated by WAN.

Winner: Urban Projections
This project proposes a piece of mobile street furniture which converts parts of captured conversation to text which is then projected onto the facades of adjacent buildings. It has been created by Melissa Watkins and Patrick Hazari under the studio umbrella of Emergency Studio, an interdisciplinary design group.

Runners Up
Underground Periscope by Ricky Lee
Urban Cultural Threshold by Veronica Peralta & Gustavo Sapina

Short-listed for display
Knitting Site by Ana Araujo, Pooja Asher, Erica Calogero, Ana Matic, Sagit Yakutiel & Jenny Wyness
Urban Potting Shed by Cameron Webster Architects and artist Ettie Spencer
Citadelpark in Ghent by Wim Goes Architectuur & Aldrik Heirman landschapsarchitect

Agents for Human Interaction
Architecture Display
13 April - 6 June
Display on ramp and lobby to Royal Academy Restaurant
Open 10-6pm daily (Fridays until 10pm)

Main image:
Alexandra Brettel from Richard Coleman Consultancy at the Royal Academy

Thumbnails from left to right:
Urban Projections, Underground Periscope, Knitting Site, Urban cultural Threshold, Citadel Park in Ghent and Urban Potting Shed.

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