During these uncertain times and lockdown periods, one way to boost our mental health is to keep the mind stimulated and remain creative.
In line with this, the Arcasia Committee on Young Architects (ACYA) in collaboration with Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) is organising a design challenge for young architects aged below 45.
In its second edition, the ACYA Design Challenge 2021 - which runs from now to July 31 - is supported by the Youth and Sports Ministry and various stakeholders.
The inaugural challenge was organised during the first movement control order last year, where almost 700 participants from 15 countries took part in designing a dream house that responded to pandemic situations.
“This year’s design challenge will involve a physical e-Sports centre located on a chosen site in Malaysia. The aim of the challenge is to promote e-Sports in the realm of the built environment as many new e-Sports stadiums have been built in the United States and China,” said ACYA chairman Ridha Razak.
He added that participants are expected to design an e-Sports facility using sustainable materials and integrating it with recent technologies.
The competition is open to all designers in Asia aged below 45. It is divided into Category A (professionals and graduates) and Category B (students who are enrolled in an architectural programme). First prize winners stand to receive US$1,000 (RM4,151) and US$500 (RM2,075) respectively, with the winning entries being minted as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).