Architecture has been undeniably impacted by the events of 2020 — but how might one encapsulate in visual form? We invite answers to this question in the 2nd AnnualOne Rendering Challenge. With a Late Entry Deadline ofDecember 18th, this global ideas competition asks: Is it possible to tell a powerful story about architecture with a single rendering?
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While 2020 is not the only subject matter eligible for the One Rendering Challenge — any story can be submitted for this competition — this past year does appear ripe for inspiration. How would one encapsulate the phenomenon of social distance via the medium of architectural visualization? Is it possible to create a rendering that communicates the challenges of certain cities and countries over others during the pandemic? How would you portray the journey of people within the ‘landscape’ of 2020?
Many of these questions surfaced in this summer’s One Drawing Challenge, the more analog counterpart of the One Rendering Challenge. Bless Yee, an Associate at Handel Architects, won one of the Grand Prizes with her drawing “Together Alone”. This detailed sectional drawing encapsulated the turbulent events of 2020 within a hive-like network of subterranean chambers, forming an architectural story that all of society can relate to.
Can a similarly rich picture of global society be summoned using architectural rendering software? It seems likely, given some of the pertinent issues encapsulated in many of last year’s One Rendering Challenge finalists. Of the100 Finalistsin the first iteration of this annual competition, dozens incorporated some element of social, environmental, economic or political commentary within their image.
These fascinating works prove that architectural visualization need not be confined to the straightforward portrayal of buildings. They can speak to complex societal challenges, highlighting the link between our built environment and our lived experiences as communities in different parts of the world. In this context, the One Rendering Challenge is the perfect vehicle to experiment and conceptualize these ideas.
For more information on the competition, check out theOne Rendering Challenge website, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us email@example.com you have any questions about the program.
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