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Superstudio Winners announced 26 Oct 2009  

Winners for the 2009 Superstudio competition have been announced! The First-Place-getters who have won a trip to Venice are a group of three 3rd years from QUT (Brisbane).

Four other teams were noted as having made a 'special contribution', and one of these was “The Pancake Effect” by William Samuels, Jonathan Murdoch and Jack Bush from Victoria University of Wellington, all in their 4th year of study.
(they're the characters currently in the 'latest picture' on our homepage).

A huge congrats to them, being selected from the 20 finalists across Australia and NZ.


Judge’s Overview The range of submissions showed a diversity of approach to the key judging criteria of brief interpretation, resolution of ideas, and representation of those ideas.

The Jury noted the high standard of achievement, and voted unanimously the 2009 National SuperStudio winning scheme of “Self Absorbed City”, by Clare Kennedy, Brent Ford, Kylie Feher from Queensland University of Technology all in their third year of study

Judge’s citation:
The judging panel enjoyed the Self Absorbed City team’s creative and holistic response to the brief and their resulting vision of the city as a circuit board for renewable energy production. The project demonstrates an understanding not only of the text but also of the need for political will and community involvement in solutions for a sustainable world. Ideas are expressed with clearly illustrated concepts and story telling. The architectural solution provides a robust interpretation of a building type to symbolize the convergence of a new integrated energy network. The concept could believably be developed as a template for a network of energy transfer stations that could each be adapted to suit the site, and needs of the community, in which they are placed.

Furthermore, in recognition of the high standard of submissions overall, the Jury also acknowledges the special contribution from the following teams:

“The Pancake Effect” by William Samuels, Jonathan Murdoch and Jack Bush from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand all in their 4th year of study

Judge’s citation:
The Pancake Effect’s critical response to the project brief creatively solved the problem of not being able to access famous architectural monuments due to the depletion of oil resources and the associated decline of travel. The team successfully presented their re-interpretation of Libeskind’s text through a clear story and graphics.

“Could be Swine Flu” by Sean Lacy and Chris Raddatz both 2nd year at UTS and Abouk Ring a first year student from the University of Canberra

Judge’s citation:
The “Could be Swine Flu” scheme examined a staged transition from architecture of rigid oil-based paradigms of the past, by exploring a future scenario of organic (organism-like) growth, reflecting a future of reduced consumption. Regenerative growth and urban infill are among Foster’s themes explored, with redundant petrol stations becoming networks of transport hubs, and then expanding to accommodate other functions over time. A well conceived scheme, with the design process supporting it, clearly articulated.

“Neo Bigness” by Jean Bachoura 2nd Year, Yeqian Shi and Mond Qu 3rd Year all at University of Melbourne

Judge’s citation:
2048 meets 1984. A somewhat foreboding future extrapolating Koolhas ‘Bigness’ as ‘Neo bigness’ a virtual entertainment machine articulated as dispersed, pervasive and dangerous. In this scheme a network of expanding virtual reality stations replace petrol stations and allow the safe localised engagement with the vastness of virtual entertainment space.

“S.E.G.”by Chin Chia Lim, Hong Yi, Siew Wan Heap from the University of Melbourne all in their 4th year of study

Judge’s citation:
Super Energy Generator (S.E.G.) is a serious proposal poised in a rather animated and comical fashion through its use of a cartoon character ~ Adam 2009. It is commendable that a solution can be socially holistic and light-hearted while remaining stoic in its pursuit of removing societies’ current reliance on fossil fuel use for energy production and transport.


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