In the Spring of 2015, Eleven Magazine launched Cambodia 2015: Protect Respect Empower, its first ideas and design challenge. It focused on the nomadic communities living in floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake; an important UNESCO biosphere and Southseast Asia’s largest fresh water basin. Today, the lake is home to unique architectural, cultural and environmental heritages, which unfortunately face a series of dangers which threaten their future existence. As a response, the competition asked the global creative community to design a floating medical, research and educational structure(s) to safeguard these unique minorities and their delicate ecosystem.

The response to this challenge was phenomenal, with designs ranging from small scale interventions to the development of entirely new hydro-urban concepts. In total, 601 people from 51 different countries from all continents participated in 243 teams. These included students, university research groups, academics, experts, artists, visionaries, architects and multidisciplinary groups of doctors and scientists. Following on from the success of the competition, the projects have been exhibited in Covent Garden (London) in association with the Architectural Review and the competition as a whole won third place in Bustler’s Top Competitions of 2015 Awards.

This exhibition showcased a sample of some of the most interesting projects from the competition and gives a panoramic of the challenge’s context: the Tonle Sap Lake and its unique floating villages.

The event was hosted by Boston Architectural College at their prestigious McCormick Gallery located in the heart of Boston.


McCormick Gallery,
Boston Architectural College (BAC),
320 Newbury Street,
Boston, MA 02115


6 September 2016
28 November 2016

Reception Party:

Friday, 7 October 2016 at 6pm:
Join us for the official opening party, where Dr Andrea Verenini (Editor of Eleven) will be giving a talk on the themes of the exhibition.


Free Entry