The project addresses the difficult problem of understanding space and spatial interventions in a very original and special way from the perspective of architectural design. It uses a methodology that will be much more needed after the pandemic ends. It is also easy to implement, but above all it is based on solid scientific research (anthropological, psychological, ecological and cognitive analyzes). As a result of the activities proposed in the project, the space changes into a familiar and friendly niche, adapted to the needs residents, and not the other way around – forcing residents to adapt to it.



JON ŠINKOVEC: Tenis Arena in Park Tivoli, Ljubljana – Slovenia

The design embodies the three dimensions of a human-friendly place: (1) experimental, related to safety, (2) functional, related to accessibility, and (3) rational, related to important evolutionary values. The author takes them up as challenges for the project and solves the problems suggested by them. Moreover, the choice of a tennis arena clearly demonstrates the idea that what matters to people is defined by their actions. The project is a convincing solution, a proposal for creating a community sports area in the center of the city, which is also a sports bubble for the time of a pandemic.



The device is sensitive to the current situation and is an excellent example of practical formalism in design, a concise, accurate solution on a small but real scale. The work fully complies with the competition guidelines. Participants highlighted two basic issues: the need for human coexistence / interaction and the need for a specific form of isolation due to the epidemic threat. They managed to design a space that – meeting sanitary requirements – does not threaten the coexistence of people.




The Idea

As architects, planners and designers, we use the terms „society”, „community”, „civic” to evoke a certain order that could give purpose to what we build and do. We would like our work to be valuable to others, not only for sake of its practicality, but also for additional values, for example: ecological, aesthetic values, correspondence with the historical aura of the place. We hope that thanks to physical things – buildings, and more broadly: the spatial organization of our life and work – we will be able to confirm the value of a common and even community life.

“Community” or “pro-social” are words that have been used frequently in recent months – constantly used by politicians and commentators to explain the next restrictions that we had to adopt in the current situation.
Today’s pandemic reminds us of the crucial role of infrastructure, not only in regard to health, but also to well-being and safety. We are all at risk of contracting the virus. Weeks of exceptional discomfort will surely pass for most of us, but we should reflect on the new life conditions that, all indications of it, will endure after the immediate threat of disease has passed. However, what must we as a society and designers do to face the new problems of the city? City that should be ecological, accessible and safe, a city that cares for all its inhabitants, without exception: non-disabled people, but also with limitations, people with other sensual ability to perceive space. How should we, and even: how must we as designers, mainly architects and planners, serve their needs and expectations?

Call for projects:

The organizers of the 2nd International Conference “Senses in Architecture, Urban Landscaping and Design” invite you to submit competition entres on topic: Looking for Community

Competition announcement: 20 July 2020
Registration deadline: 23 October 2020
Deadline for submitting applications: 23 October 2020, 17:00 CEST
Competition jury:
Takaharu and Yui Tezuka
Eva Alvarez and Carlos Gomez
Anna Gomóła
Klaudiusz Fross
Lucija Azman Momirski
Thomas Mical
Maciej Błaszak
Jan Kubec
Entry requirements: University / Polytechnic students (students on dean’s leave are eligible). Each entrant must be a student on the day of the awards ceremony. The team consists of a maximum of 3 people. Recommended interdisciplinary teams.
Prizes: Main prize – material prize of up to 300 Euro
2 distinctions – material prize up to 100 Euro
Each participant of the competition will receive a “certificate of participation”
Participation fee: No fee
Announcement of results: 25 September 2020
Address for submission


Jury evaluation criteria:

The jury will evaluate the creative approach to the competition topic and its relationship to the topic of the entire conference

Presentation materials:

The form of the competition provides for only such presentation opportunities that can be played remotely.

  1. Initially, it is proposed (but not closed) the option of preparing projects as: photos from mock-ups /3D models;
  2. A mix of a presentation showing the idea in an audio and / or verbal and / or image form;
  3. Film.

The form of materials sent to the competition:

  1. Max. 10 slides of presentation materials; the last one is to include the authors of the project with affiliation (file type and size * pptx, including the converted PDF file with the same content below 10 MB) or
  2. Max. 5 minute movie; the last frame of the film gives the authors of the project with affiliation (free format).

Each concept should be accompanied by a written description of the project: PDF format A4, max. 400 words with providing names of the authors and their affiliation.

Additional information:

  1. The selection process will consist of 1 stage.
  2. The organizer retains the right to exhibit, publish, copy the work and distribution rights.
  3. The submitted work will not be returned to the participant.
  4. Address for submission:


The organizers reserve the right not to award the Main Prize or to cancel the competition without giving any reason.