Call for Outstanding Media Architecture

Media Architecture Biennale 2018

Call for Outstanding Media Architecture

We are pleased to announce the fourth call of the Media Architecture Biennale awards for outstanding projects at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, media and interaction design. This call targets projects that are already built or realized except if your projects fit the category “Future Trends and Prototypes”.

Please note also that this is NOT a call for art installations to be exhibited at the Media Architecture Biennale. (However, if you think that you have an exciting installation for MAB18 – please see details below).




Award categories

You may submit your project in one or two of the following categories:

Animated architecture

Projects demonstrating creative media facades solutions. Facades of buildings are increasingly animated by integrated light sources. Designers are focusing more and more on the perception of the building. The flexibility of content is rather limited due to resolution, colour and shape of the pixels. In most cases the pixels are highly customized and present a creative challenge to the project.


“Money” and entertainment architecture

Projects incorporating buildings that are closely related to business, banks, shopping centres, entertainment and gambling. Lighting on building surfaces might be designed to attract people and encourage spending, or to represent the power of the institution, as in the case of banks for example.


Infrastructure and Participatory Architecture

In this category we are specifically looking for projects that support the development of sustainable social structures with urban digital media or media architecture. It does not matter whether projects are made in an artistic or civic society or any other context – innovation and the impact on the city is essential. Examples: neighborhood screens for sharing cars, tools, rooms, etc., and for offering local services like yoga, learning, etc. Hybrid systems that consist of digital and social components are highly wanted.


Spatial media art

Projects produced in an artistic context at the intersection of architecture and media art. Mostly non-permanent movable installations with an innovative form of spatial interaction and/or perception of space.


Future trends & prototypes

This section covers special solutions like three-dimensional displays, kinetic facades, OLEDs or robotic elements that could shed light on what future media architectures might look like.




Please have a look at the MAB16 catalog for a detailed definition of “Media Architecture” and numerous “Media Architecture” examples.

A recent overview of media architecture can also be found in our publication:

Media Architecture Compendium: Digital Placemaking

Please note that the area of Media Architecture is dynamically evolving and therefore not easy to define. Media Architecture is made up by the people who are active in the field and by the innovative and ground­breaking projects they are producing.

So, finally, it is also up to you and other participants to establish the directions in which we are heading. It could be that your project is opening up new perspectives and defining new benchmarks.




Who may submit?

Everyone who has played a substantial role in the submitted project, including:

  • Architects
  • Designers and Experts in:
    • Media
    • Lighting
    • Interaction
    • Social Engagement
  • Experts from Industry
  • Experts from Academia
  • Members of NGOs




Minimum requirements for submitting a project

Submitters must:

  • Fill in all fields marked with a red frame.
  • Submit at least 3 photos for which you own the copyrights.
  • Submit a web link for additional information.
  • Email us the signed sheet at the end of the form.

Please fill out the form, answering as many questions as possible. Leave blank any that are unclear. Thank you.

We are aware that many Media Architecture projects are being realised by large teams of professionals. For this reason we do not expect you to provide exhaustive information on your project as we recognise there might be some aspects that you do not know about. A field at the end of the form is provided for details of others who could give us further information about the submitted project.




Who is the winner?

Individuals do not win the prize – the project as a whole is awarded. Those involved in the project will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony.




Jury and curatorial network

The jury will be made up of the Biennale organising committee and an international curatorial network that will recommend projects to us (please check for updates). The jury will evaluate the projects according to the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic qualities
  • Innovative elements
  • Technical challenges mastered
  • Integration of different project components e.g. architecture, display, content, social context,
  • Impact on the city





Please note, we value your feedback and experiences, which will be helpful for implementing any improvements to this process: please direct this to




Start submission: 1 August 2018

Submission deadline: 10 September 2018, 20 September 2018





Works can be nominated for prize consideration in the individual competition categories until 1st of Sept 2018 Nominations are recommendations; thus, nominated projects are not automatically entered in the competition. The nominated projects will be contacted by the organizer before the jury convenes.




Awards ceremony

The awards presentation will take place during the Media Architecture Biennale, 13th to 16th of November 2018 in Beijing, China. Winners are requested to make a commitment to accepting their awards in person. Groups and institutions are requested to nominate a representative to fulfill this commitment.




(Art) Installations at Media Architecture Biennale 2018

Installations at the Biennale venues are basically highly welcome, but as our resources are limited and our program is already quite extensive we can offer only very limited support. If you want to show an installation at our Biennale please note:

  • It must be a project that is already built and that has been shown elsewhere (so that we can be sure that it works).
  • It must not result in costs to us.
  • You need to manage permissions and other bureaucratic affairs yourself if built outside (we can provide the contacts).
  • We can support you in building up the installation by providing electricity, internet, and other infrastructure.

If you are interested in bringing an installation please contact




Awards jury

Chang Zhigang – CAFA, Beijing

Chen Xiaowen – CAFA, Beijing

Fei Jun – CAFA, Beijing

Susa Pop – Public Art Lab, Berlin

Tanya Toft Ag – Urban Media Art Academy, Hong Kong

Juan Carlos Carvajal B. – Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna

Luke Hespanhol – The University of Sydney, Sydney

Ava Fatah gen. Schieck – The Bartlett, University College London

Dave Colangelo – Portland State University, Portland

Martin Tomitsch – The University of Sydney, Sydney

Martijn de Waal – University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam

Karolina M. Zielińska-Dabkowska – Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Gdansk



Awards curators

Gernot Tscherteu – Media Architecture Institute

M. Hank Haeusler – UNSW Sydney


Awards co-curator and technical director

Juan Carvajal B. – Austrian Institute of Technology


Awards system developer

Lotti Tscherteu – Media Architecture Institute