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Port City Colombo “Envision the Future” competition

22 November, 2020
The winner of the Beach Sculpture category: ‘Lodiya’, submitted by a team from the City School of Architecture.
The winner of the Beach Sculpture category: ‘Lodiya’, submitted by a team from the City School of Architecture.

‘Lodiya’ a creative sculpture concept submitted by a team from the City School of Architecture - Tharindu Perera, Pulasthi Handunge and Viranga Waduge, won the Port City Colombo Student Design Competition ‘Envision the Future’ Beach Sculpture category while ‘Wall of Bubbles’ a creative concept submitted by R. Javaneesan, an undergraduate of the University of Moratuwa, was crowned as the winner of the Interactive Wall design category.

The winning designs will be constructed at the Port City’s Marina district.

The grand finale was held as a virtual live event via the Port City Colombo Facebook page last week.

The winning concept for the beach sculpture ‘Lodiya’ narrates the change of time designed with kinetic steel components and copper sheets. The two runners-up in the Beach Sculpture category were Rochelle Fernando and Lakal Piyarathna from the Academy of Design and University of Moratuwa.

The winner of the Interactive Wall category ‘Wall of Bubbles’ is a design of air bubble-inspired wall. The runners-up of the Interactive Wall category were Nethmini Liyanagamage, Shavendra Goonetilleke, Azamul Huq Abdul Haleem and Ranjaka Kalhara Hettiarachichi of the University of Manchester, University of Melbourne, University of Kent and John Moors University.

A cash prize of Rs. 300,000 was awarded for each category winner while runners-up were also awarded cash prizes.

Concluding month-long submissions and an intensive mentoring period, ‘Envision the Future’ Competition was a key initiative of Port City Colombo to capture the Sri Lankan spirit through art.

All submissions were reviewed and judged by a four-member team of industry experts comprising Ruchi Jayanathan, Anoma Wijewardene, Shilanthi Abayagunawardana and Xia Yuan. The judges shortlisted 10 participants for each category and the top three were selected through an expert feasibility committee. Three finalists from each category moved into the final round and were given 5 weeks of mentoring sessions with design expert Ismael Abdeen and the jurors to further develop their design concepts. During the final presentation process, world renowned architect Cecil Balmod chaired the competition as an honorary judge.

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