Humans in Architecture – Call for Entries

ArchiMnimal Photography presents Humans in Architecture, a collective photographic project that aims to become an exhibition. The project, once finalized from a photographic point of view, will be shown in  some ArchiMinimal Photography exhibitions that we would like to set up in Milan and Rome as well as a work taking part to different national photographic events. Submission for selection is now open. To participate in the Call for Entries we recommend reading this introductory text, followed by all the information you need to participate.

Special thanks to Martin Sander who’s the author of the photograph featured in the cover.


The relationship between architecture and the human element has a long history. When exploring this relationship architects go far beyond the correct dimension and placement of humans in the architectural space. The relationship between architecture and the human element is something deeper that can affect both its behavior through the movements of the body within the surrounding architecture and its feelings and his spirit.

It looks like the human body and the surrounding architecture are engaged in a neverending “dance”, it is up to the architect to find the right balance between the two. In an attempt to reach this point of balance, the architect investigate the way the two meet, relate, separate and influence each other. The aim is then giving a new “sense of place” that might arise curiosity, creativity and comfort. This relationship should also consider “stillness” and “movement”, both physical and emotional as well as spiritual.

Architects have always paid attention to the relationship between humans and architecture. According to Klein, a new working hypothesis emerges: designing spaces in which the body can move freely, abandoning the “must” of the assembly line. According to Rem Koolhaas, architecture is a prison for the body.

People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. –  Rem Koolhaas,.

Architecture concerns then the issue of space and spatial conditions. Architecture can build volumes and spaces. A rhythm can be created between full and empty and while the space is seen as the protagonist in architecture, the human element is always at the center of it.

Scope and Description

The purpose of this photographic project, entitled “Humans in Architecture”, is therefore to investigate and represent all the possible interactions between a single human being and the architectural space, made up of empty and full spaces, volumes, geometries in the urban setting. The human presence must be traced in such a way as to be almost ornamental, therefore through a minimalistic approach. Compositionally, the relationship between the single human element and the surrounding architectural and urban space should be highlighted. All types of architectural photography can be taken into consideration, where the composition may include elements of modern, classical and indoor architecture, or take up the urban space in its broadest conception.

Anyone wishing to apply should send their proposals to,  within the 23 June and follow the rules below::

In order to evaluate and select the images, it is recommended to follow the instructions below:

  1. Each participant must submit at least two proposals, one in color and one in black and white. If you decide to send more than two pictures, you should send the same number of color and black and white images, for each color photo there must be one in black and white. If the participant has only one photographs to send, this should be sent bot in color and black and white version.
  2. The images proposed, must all strictly respect the 3: 2 ratio, therefore horizontal format. No crop allowed. The required resolution is the maximum resolution provided by the camera. .
  3. No watermark are allowed, it is understood that the ownership of the photographs and rights remains with the author.
  4. All images must be strictly related to the theme proposed and bear all the characteristics of the ArchiMinimal philosophy.

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