Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 6th Cycle is the twenty-first initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization founded by architect Pappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective.
Theme for the Series in this cycle is ‘Learnings from Nature’
Global warming and the resultant threat to human civilization have made the development model of the industrial society obsolete and we need better and sustainable practices in all fields of life. Therefore, we need to be sensitive to the balance in nature and respect the basic elements: light, sound, earth, sky, and water as they are the basis of life on this planet. Traditional architecture has always lived with nature, but the urban society today needs to relearn from nature to adopt sustainable practices in the urban landscape. The calling of this poetry contest is one’s own supported thoughts for the main contention of the field of architecture: respect the environment and be with nature in all your endeavors.
We welcome poems from Collegians, Professionals, Academicians; Researchers & Design Enthusiasts (Open to All)
- Submissions are open to all poets writing in English. International submissions are welcome.
- Maximum 3 poems per poet are allowed.
- The poem may be accompanied by an Illustration/Photograph (optional).
- Each poem should not exceed 40 lines.
- The entry along with the registration screenshot should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line Architectural Poetry, 6th Cycle – (Category) in a word document with 12 pt., Arial font, single-line spacing
- All entrants must mention any of their social media handles with the submission (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
- The submission should be an original work of the entrant and will go through a plagiarism test.
- We will announce the winners in the second week of Aug 2022 on all our social media pages.
Jury Panel for the Competition comprises
Madhu Raghavendra (poet, curator, social activist; India) has authored three books of poetry Make Me Some Love to Eat, Stick No Bills, and Being Non-essential published by Red River, New Delhi. He is the founder of Poetry Couture, a movement that has created free spaces for poetry in many cities of India, including the North East. He uses performance poetry as a tool to advocate human and environmental rights. He regularly curates and reads for the American Center libraries in India. His poems have been set to classical music and contemporary dance.
James Ph. Kotsybar: He is the first poet whose words have reached another planet. NASA has placed his poetry into Martian orbit, aboard MAVEN in the mission log of the Hubble Space Telescope and awarded and featured it at IngenuityFest for the Centaur Rocket's 50th Anniversary. Invited by the president of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Kotsybar attended as a featured speaker of the EuroScience Open Forum (2018) and read his science poetry to scientists and journalists from all over Europe and to the Troubadours (Europe's oldest literary institution) in their founding city of Toulouse, earning a standing return invitation.
Pappal Suneja: He is a design researcher, an architect, an author and an explorer. He is the author of ‘Exploration of Architectural Journalism’, ‘Myriad Disciplines of Architectural Writing’ and ‘Revered Reminiscences’. Pappal is the founder and curator of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organisation, International Correspondent; Architecture-Design-Art Magazine, Studio Lead and Project Coordinator for Bauhaus Open Studios IN. Currently, He is pursuing Doctorate of Philosophy (Dr. Ing) from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany.
Akila G: She has presented her poetry at literature festival readings and TEDx. Her poems have found a home in reputed online and print anthologies; few of them are forthcoming. Her poems ‘Stains’ was shortlisted for the Womeninc Sakhi Award 2018 and ‘Graphite from a Traveller’s Notepad’ for the Glasshouse Poetry Festival Contest 2020.
Sneha Singh: is an architect, landscape expert, and research scholar based in Germany and India. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. research at Bauhaus University, Weimar. Her research interests are placed in the interdisciplinary field of media philosophy and architecture looking at the relation of cinematic spaces with domestic, experienced spatial settings. Her current research investigates the dissemination of cinematic diegesis specifically in Indian domestic spaces and the derived experience around such spaces.
Parul Minhas: is a Research Scholar at the Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev. University, Amritsar, India. Through her expertise in salutogenic (healthy) design, Parul has created a series of guidelines and assessment tools that architects can benefit from as they develop new schools and renovate existing facilities in ways that best serve children’s holistic health and well-being. She explores her poetic passion via her Instagram page - Ruh ki Roshni.
Submission window for the cycle opens on 25th April – 18th July 2022 (11:59 pm IST/8:29 pm CEST)
- Early Bird Registration till 24th June 2022, (750 INR for participants from India and 17 Euros for International Participants)
- Standard Registration till 18th July 2022, (1000 INR for participants from India and 26 Euros for International Participants)
For Queries, Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winning Prizes for the Competition are
Citation Award - A curated set of books worth 9000 INR/125 USD.
Special Mention 1 - A curated set of books worth 7500 INR/100 USD.
Special Mention 2 - A curated set of books worth 5500 INR/75 USD.
Besides this, we shall send attested E-Certificates of Participation to all the entrants and the winning entries shall be featured on several web architectural portals. For updates, Visit the Facebook and Instagram handle of the organisation.
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