The 2017 Innovative Minds design competition Cybernetic Framework posed the question: “As humans continue to design the virtual and physical worlds, how can cybernetics bridge these domains?” In their proposals, participants had to think about how cybernetics can be applied to user interaction, environmental contextualism, building function, and construction techniques. Students and professionals alike sent in their most clever ideas, which were evaluated in a rigorous three-stage judging process, including a live discussion and multiple private scoring periods.

The jury ultimately chose “Etherium” by Joshua Leeder from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning as the winning entry. Ten honorable mentions were also announced. Scroll down for a look at the top-winning projects.

Winner: “Etherium” by Joshua Leeder – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning | United States

Winner: “Etherium” by Joshua Leeder from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Etherium is a “performative and interactive design tool that facilitates a constant exchange of project information between stakeholders via holographic performances. The project increases literacy of the triple bottom line to clients and the community in which the project is proposed. The judging panel thought the project effectively works to resolve critical communication between project stakeholders through an intriguing cybernetic bridge of a virtual idea expressed on a proposed physical site. This framework could help establish more effective communication and spark architectural improvements in neighborhoods in need of economic development.”

Check out the honorable mentions in the gallery below. You can also visit for the complete competition results.