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INTERNATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION

BUILDING MATERIAL

RESULTS!

Foreword

The Archiol Building Material Essay Competition was conceived with a noble purpose – to unravel the rich tapestry of building materials used in architecture. We sought to delve into their origins, delve into their durability, and explore their influence on architectural form and function. Through this competition, we aimed to celebrate the intrinsic value of these materials and the architects, builders, and visionaries who wield them to shape our built environment.

The response to this competition has been nothing short of remarkable. We received an array of insightful essays that showcased a deep understanding of the multifaceted world of building materials. Participants from all corners of the globe demonstrated their passion for architecture and their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. The diversity of perspectives and the depth of research were truly inspiring.

As we unveil the results today, let us remember that this competition is not just about winners and losers. It is a celebration of the enduring curiosity that drives us to explore, learn, and innovate. It is a testament to the power of collective wisdom and the boundless potential of architecture to shape a better world.

Top 3

FIRST

Ankita Patanwadia

India

SECOND

Athulya Aby

India

THIRD

Pinru Zhu, Jun Zhao

U.S.

FIRST PRIZE WINNER

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Materials in Metamorphosis: A Sustainable Shift in Architecture

Ankita Patanwadia

India

JURY COMMENTS

“The essay presents an enlightening and comprehensive exploration into the world of building materials, touching upon their history, technical properties, sustainability considerations, and relevance in the evolving landscape of architecture. It succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the evolution of architectural materials, their transformative journey, and the pressing need for sustainability. One of its strengths lies in its detailed analysis of various materials, effectively providing readers with a well-rounded understanding. Some readers might find the extensive detail a bit overwhelming, but for those passionate about the subject, it's a treasure trove of information. The essay serves as an informative guide, urging architects to prioritize sustainable practices and materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible.”