MAB Student Awards

The Media Architecture Biennale 2020 (MAB20) invited students to send in their projects for the MAB Student Awards. We especially encouraged submissions that addressed the MAB20’s theme of ‘Futures Implied’ and demonstrated the implications of media technologies for urban development, the design of our public spaces, and the well-being of the ecosystem at large. 

We received over 100 submissions from all over the world and we are truly impressed by the quality of the submissions – making a decision was not an easy task for the jury members. Winners will be announced during the MAB Student Awards ceremony, which will be livestreamed during the MAB20 on July 1st, 15:30-16:30 CEST. A selection of projects is also presented in an online exhibition displayed on the MAB Student Awards website


The nominees for the 1st edition of the MAB Student Awards are: 



Category: Aesthetics and poetics of responsive urban spaces


An Emotion-visual Interactive Immersive Installation


Navigating People Safely Through Public Places


A mind needs it’s body
Connecting digital & physical educational environments



Category: Citizen rights in the era of platform ecologies


Connecting Limanarkasi
An Urban Experiment with the concept of Stitching
An illustrated representation of the hidden materialized digital society
Observation Lab
Pavilion of Tracking Sensations

Category: Playful and artistic civic engagement


A multi-channel installation for the gallery, the home, classroom or outdoors, which tells the cautionary tale of hummingbird classification and AI


Social Painting – Embrace the differences

An interactive projection space that leads to reflection of discrimination
Shape-Shifting Architecture
A project on user-responsive kinetic design of urban open spaces and their impact in redefining the Ammani Urban Pockets


Category: Restorative cities


BRIC (Build – Rotate – Interact – Connect)

A bench-brick that breaches barriers

Infrastructural Gardens
Making Moravia’s landscape visible

The Glo-cal Experience
Reviving Tourism & the Global Economy Post COVID-19


Category: More-than-human cities


A Socio-spatial Experiment on Transitioning Towards Post-capitalist Future
An exploration of radical imagination, converging theories and contexts into a vision of an alternative future


NOTHING EXISTS INDEPENDENTLY – how trees communicate
A responsive installation for public urban spaces


Welcome to the Ü-HOOD
New to the City? Get Connected



Special Mentions



Human-centred intelligent architecture for the future of automated cities


Here but when: The archive across space and time 
An interactive network of spatial information augmenting the present configuration with ones from the past through various levels of accessibility.


Feature detection and targeted advertising
User reactions to the use of targeted-advertising based on face-detection and feature-detection in the wild


A media archeology of Times Square

Silicone Valley
Breaking Techno-Mediated Habits




MAB Student Awards Chairs and Exhibition curators

Juan Carlos Carvajal Bermúdez – Media Architecture Institute
Olina Terzi – Digital Society School


Jury Members

Special thanks to all the jury members for their involvement in the evaluation process.

  • Andrew van de Moere – Professor of Design Informatics at KU Leuven
  • Frank Suurenbroek – MAB20 Executive Committee, Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Geertje Slingerland – MAB20 Student Volunteer Chair, PhD Candidate at TUDelft
  • Henriette Bier – Associate Professor of Robotic Building at TU Delft
  • Juan Carlos Carvajal Bermúdez – MAB20 Student Exhibition Chair, Media Architecture Institute and PhD Candidate at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Luke Hespanhol – MAB20 Workshops Chair, Program Director, Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts at University of Sydney
  • Marius Hoggenmüller – MAB20 Workshops Chair, PhD Candidate at University of Sydney
  • Martijn de Waal – MAB20 General Chair, Professor of Civic Interaction Design at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Olina Terzi – MAB20 Student Exhibition Chair, Digital Transformation Designer at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Ren Yee – Director of Design/Strategies at UNSense (UNStudio)
  • Stephan Petermann – Founder at MANN office, previously Partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture