Introducing Fairy Tales: The World’s First Architecture Storytelling Competition

International Call to Creatives, International Architecture Competition: Fairy Tales

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2014 until midnight

Have you ever dreamed of an architecture competition that would inspire you to create something whimsical, magic and fun? A competition that would excite your fantasy to produce something that can be appreciated not just by your fellow architects and designers, but by all audiences? We did.

Here is what we came up with: Introducing Fairy Tales: The World’s First Architecture Storytelling Competition

Once upon a time, Architecture was at the forefront of social innovation, addressing issues that the entire society felt were worth finding creative solutions for. A curse was then cast on Architecture: the Evil Witch of Banality tricked the architects into believing that their ideas were worthless, that society didn’t care about them, and that the only way to advance their projects was to produce vacuous glitzy renderings.

Only those would lure developers into financing projects, and publications into publishing them. You are the hero that is being given the chance to battle the Evil Witch of Banality. Your magic power is Creativity. Your ace in the hole is Good Communication. Will you accept the call to this epic battle?

Fairy Tales is an open, international, ideas competition that challenges creatives from all professional realms to develop visionary, narrative-based design proposals. The competition is an extension of Blank Space’s mission to uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public. We’d like you to invent a story for your design. We’d like you to rewrite the way architecture communicates itself to the world, and to do so in the most unconventional way. Procedure of Participation Fairy Tales is a single phase competition.

Participation is open to architects, engineers, designers, illustrators, students and creatives worldwide. Individual or group entries are permitted. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered and paid for separately.

  • The indication of a group leader is mandatory.
  • Proposals do not need to be generated exclusively for this competition, but they must address the intent of the competition and should not have been published elsewhere before.
  • The official language of the competition is English. All proposals must be submitted in English.

Procedure of Participation

  • All proposals must be submitted in English.
  • Schedule Launching Date: September 9, 2013
  • Early Registration: Until December 6 at midnight Late Registration: Until the Deadline
  • Deadline for Questions: January 10 until midnight
  • Submission Deadline: January 17, 2014 until midnight

Results Announced: February 2014 * note: All the dates and time listed are EST, which is GMT-5 hours – See more at:

Evaluation System

The entries will be judged on the following criteria:

NARRATIVE: The originality, creativity, and the innovative character of each proposal’s narrative will be taken into account by the jury. The narrative should present a unique architectural fairy tale in the most ambitious way possible. The narrative will be derived equally from both the graphic and text based portions of the submission. A successful combination of graphics and text to form a complete, unique narrative will be at the forefront of considerations.

CONCEPT: The hypothesis proposed by each entry shall be judged on the grounds of its critical and concrete ideals. Entrants are invited to completely define the context and the narrative that their conceptual proposal is situated within. VISION: The jury will review the coherence of the proposal in regards to its formal composition, synthesis, and design sensibility. Architectural innovations, such as new programmatic types, arrangements, and situations, will be highly valued.

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