Isolation Transformed competition

Isolation Transformed - global design competition


We are delighted to announce the winning entry! ‘Isolation transformed’ by Deny Jones Architekt & Amat Habito. 

Learn about the project here.

World Architecture Festival and storytelling platform PechaKucha joined forces to launch a competition for designers thinking about future post-virus environments. The Covid-19 crisis has focused attention on the living and collective spaces we inhabit and use in our everyday life. Given the necessary isolation for individuals, families, communities and cities, how can we use design to alleviate or improve the physical and psychological contexts in which we live, work and play?
The competition was free-to-enter and open to all architects, designers and engineers. The best ideas will be exhibited at World Architecture Festival 2021 and all entries will be free to view on a dedicated WAF page on PechaKucha.

The Judges:

  • Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman, Foster + Partners, 
  • Nigel Coates, designer, creative director, INSIDE 
  • Ralph Johnson, architect, WAF category winner
  • Dame Laura Lee, CEO, Maggie’s Centres
  • Sharon Davis, architect, WAF category winner
  • Sunand Prasad, architect, Past-President, RIBA
  • Peter Exley, co-founder, Architecture is Fun, and President-Elect, AIA
  • Representatives from WAF and

The competition brief

  • Architects, designers, engineers and students of these disciplines were invited to submit ideas about how to combat the effects of isolation on individuals, families, communities and cities
  • Entrants could enter as an individual or a team
  • The ideas could address the topic of isolation at any scale and in respect of any geography or social context
  • These could have ranged from mitigation to transformation; they could include product design, interior design, house plans, housing estate layouts, transport facilities, workplace architecture, open-space design, and city-wide initiatives including landscape interventions
  • Proposals could be for either permanent or temporary conditions, and relate to either physical or digital initiatives (or combination)
  • Entries were to be in the form of a PechaKucha presentation - 20 images with voiceover - and submitted by using PechaKucha's new software PK Create.

More about PechaKucha

PechaKucha is the fast-growing storytelling platform used by millions of people across the globe. Today, PechaKucha Nights are live events held in more than 1,200 cities in 140 countries. Schools, businesses, and government agencies worldwide license PechaKucha’s ‘20 images x 20 seconds’ brand format and software, PK Create, to easily and quickly share information and present concepts. PechaKucha, which means “chit chat” in Japanese, is based in Chicago and Tokyo. To gain inspiration from 50,000+ PechaKucha stories, visit

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