War Cities: Meet the winners and honourable mentions!

Please welcome the winner and honourable mention teams of the War Cities Competition!

The Honourable Mentions are presented in no particular order; all the projects are as high quality as necessary to be here 😉

Congratulations to all participants!!

We launched this competition to gather ideas and support the current (and unbelievable still ongoing) crisis in Ukraine by donating all the profits to “Voices of Children in Ukraine”, a Ukraine-based aid organization that provides psychological support to children who have witnessed war. It uses art therapy and storytelling to support children’s well-being and provides financial support to families who have suffered as a result of war.

Thanks to all participants, we were able to donate the amount of 600€. A shout-out to all ambassadors who supported us to reach more people and achieve our main goal. [koozarchaxo_madnessact.of.mappingc_a_g_e]

Remeber you can still donate to the organization, go to their website if you want to know more. [Voices of Ukraine]



WINNER: D and U and everyone we know

by [Luca Naso].

I’m a MArch graduate from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. I’m truly interested in illustration and graphics. Working on abstract and non-architectural drawings has always fascinated me and taking part in a competition like “War Cities” is the chance to find a new way of expression, develop uncommon ideas, and set an unusual sight on reality.

Instagram: Luca Naso

LinkedIn: Luca Naso




Honourable Mention: Perspectives

by [Federico Alcaro]

Federico Alcaro is an Italian architect working in the social architecture field. He has always been interested in the relationship between architecture, emergency contexts and developing countries on different scales. Currently he lives and works in Venice, Italy.

Participating in the NONA Competition was challenging for me because I could explore different ways to represent a dual relationship generated from the question “what if?” about the topic of war. Putting in the same image two strong visions such as a world in war and a world without was interesting, especially how a visual production can communicate various and variable aspects of contemporary times and (in)possible futures.

Instagram: Federico Alcaro

LinkedIn: Federico Alcaro




Honourable Mention: Life Goes On

by [Hao Lee + Yen-Ting Yeh].

We are an eccentric duo from Taiwan. We aim to strike a balance between practicality and creativity through professional practice and conceptual competitions. We take deep interest in tackling global topics while reflecting local ethos in our projects. We believe only by breaking rules and sleeping well can we expand the boundaries of architecture.

We also believe there is no right or wrong way to eat a banana.




Honourable Mention: Up or down

by [Darina Izakovičová + Karolína Horvátová].

We are from Slovakia and both of us are studying architecture at Slovak university of technology, Faculty of architecture and design. We are now in fifth grade and heard about this competition from our teacher doc. Ing. arch. Katarína Smatanová, PhD., who is head of school subject called ideal city in where we are creating our idea of ideal city. Participating in the competition was a good experience for us, we experienced a little different way of thinking about architecture, we got new ideas to imagine. It was great opportunity for us and our teacher to be part of this.




Honourable Mention: Homeland Temple

by [Adrian Beltran]

Adrian Beltran-Montalvo is an architect, illustrator and Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from UTE University in Quito-Ecuador. He studied at Melbourne University in Melbourne Australia, at the Architectural Association in London, and at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

He is also coordinator at WINAREQ international summer school, diagrammer at EIDOS journal and illustrator at House of Belmont. His main interests are exploring and researching about architecture atmospheres, graphic representation, augmented reality, architectural learning methodologies, characters design, and illustration. 

Participating at a Non Architecture Competition gave me the chance to blur the line between a traditional architecture drawing and an evocative illustration, adding emotions and notorious graphic atmosphere to the representation of a building that has always influenced my design processes.

Instagram: Adrian Beltran




Honourable Mention: Sentry Tower – Sanatorium

by [Yifan Deng + Tianjian Li].

Yifan Deng and Tianjian li, born and raised in China, are two architects currently based in New York. 

“We are always endeavoring to express our attitude to social changes around the world. Participating in this competition is a great opportunity to raise our social awareness and establish the connection between inner self and outside world whose suffering from dramatic changes.  Eventually, we want to use this platform to practice and explore how as an architect could we engage in social events and calling for people’s awareness.”




Honourable Mention: Leasing the Rain

by [Santiago Carrera Peralta + Emilia Flores Vinueza].

“Our journey began in 2019, we met in a research project at the Universidad de las Américas (ECU), where we were in charge of the graphic design of dynamic cartographies focused on the study of public space.

From this experience and a bond of friendship, “Lilac” was born, a project specialized in alternative communication in architecture, design and other related branches. Our philosophy is based on the idea of ​​not losing the essence of the project, but deriving imaginary situations and promoting disturbing things. In our search for a space to explore and experience alternative languages, we came across Non Architecture competitions where we find the opportunity to create these visual experiences through interesting themes. 

We are convinced to promote alternative languages ​​for the representation of projects and continue to be disturbing and daring.”

Instagram: Emilia Flores, Santiago Carrera, Lilac




Honourable Mention: Stream of Life. Steam of Death.

by [Kyryll Dmytrenko].

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Completed Bachelors in Architecture with honours and full tution scholarship in Kyiv National University of Architecture and Construction (KNUCA). Currently is an attendee of Master program at University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte) in Studio Hani Rashid. Currently taking an internship in UNStudio Amsterdam office. Winner and finalist of many International and local competitions including NonArchitecture.

Work on the Submission:

“When I saw the poster inviting to the competition I immediately registered myself knowing that this is a great chance for me to speak up with my work and to deliver the idea to broader audience, because informational wars is going on at the same pace.

This work was lead fully by emotions in one breath. I found it quite ironic that fountain flow is geometry-wise similar to the steam after explosion, but instead giving lives and delivering wellbeing, the second one delivers the pain, death and struggling. The very same things that can be found and felt in Ukraine now. 

#SaveUkraine #StopWar #ArmUkaine”

Description of the approach:

Emerging artist exploring the merge of Architecture, Art and Technologies into something new. His interdisciplinary artworks aim complex topics guided with profound conceptual narrative resulted either in Physical or in Digital outcome.

Instagram: Kyryll Dmytrenko




Honourable Mention: The Safe Corridor

by [Mert Akay + Çağrım Koçer].

Çağrım Koçer was born in 1993, in Ankara. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2016 from the TED University Department of Architecture which he started in 2012. Right after graduation, he began the Urban Design graduate program at Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of City and Regional Planning. He is the visual editor and founder of the ongoing publication, THE VOID MAG. His graduate education still continues.

Mert Akay is an Urban Planner with six years of practical and academic experience at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He received his MSc degree in Urban Design at Middle East Technical University (METU) with my award-winning thesis entitled ‘Algorithmic Design Control for Plot–based Urbanism: A Model Proposal in Turkish Spatial Planning Context’ in 2019. In addition to the awards received in the national and international urban design competitions, he got involved several projects and planning practices at the local and national levels. His current interests cover urban informatics, data-driven urban planning and design, geospatial modelling, and spatial and location intelligence.




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