FORM FOLLOWS LIFE

FORM FOLLOWS LIFE

REINVENTING CITIES – FREE COMPETITION

SUMMARY

COMPETITION PARTNERS:

BRIEF IN SHORT:

In this competition, we challenge participants to reimagine urban spaces through the lens of life (including human, plant and animal). 

Proposals should develop an approach to shape cities as systems supporting life and enhancing its relational qualities, rather than as productive and efficient ‘machines’. 

Participants are invited to submit designs that showcase the transformation of urban spaces into thriving ecosystems that respect and reflect the complex interdependencies of life. The designs should explore radical approaches towards the rethinking and designing of urban spaces.

Over the last two centuries many urban areas have evolved under the heavy influence of industrial and economic priorities, leading to a significant division between human constructions and natural environments. This historical context sets the stage for our challenge: to bridge this divide through innovative urban design that respects, reflects and enhances the dynamic relationships of all living forms – human, plant, and animal; to imagine a city that cares, heals, and grows with all living forms by asking “what are the qualities of life and how can we harness them as shaping forces for cities?”

This competition seeks to create space for a paradigm shift in the way we think, plan and live in cities towards FORM FOLLOWS LIFE…

ELIGIBILITY:

Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team members can be uploaded during the submission procedure of the final drawing.

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PRIZES BY NON-A

Non Architecture Competitions will award two winners, selected by each jury, and a total of 7 honorable mentions.

WINNERS (2 Prizes)

/ 1500 euros* for each winning team to further develop their project.

/ Winners will also be invited to present their work at a European exhibition and conference related to the “Age of Humans and Nature” project – potential cities include Berlin or Lisbon (some travel costs for the conference will be covered).

/ Publication in the Competition book (Open Access Publication).

/ Winner Badge on your non-a Profile.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (7 Prizes)

/ Publication in the Competition book (Open Access Publication).

/ Hnorable Mention Badge on your non-a Profile.

FINALISTS (Up to 31 Prizes)

/ Publication in the Competition book (Open Access Publication).

SPECIAL PRIZE

The organization might establish additional special prizes and awards during the competition development and in the evaluation phase.

Note: The appearance on the involved architectural platforms are subject to the agenda and availability of the external platforms.

Note2: The Competition book will be open-source, and downloadable by everyone for free.

JURY & CALENDAR

JURY:

OLIVIA BINA
Senior Research Fellow – ICS-Universidade de Lisboa 
Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science

MARCOS CRUZ
UCL Professor of Innovative Environments / Bio-ID and co-founder of Studio Biocene

EVAN SHIEH
Asst. Professor of Architecture at New York Institute of Technology and Director of Emergent Studio

MATTHEW GANDY
Professor Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

CLAIRE MARTIN
Associate Director OCULUS

MARTHA FAJARDO
Founding Principal, Partner of Grupo Verde

CURATORS:

Olivia Bina | Josefine Fokdal | Non-a

CALENDAR:

The timing always refers to Central European Time (CET)

BRIEF & FAQ

REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION

For questions about the competition, please do contact us at info@nonarchitecture.eu, specifying the competition you are referring to.

Before submitting your question, please check out the FAQ page.

THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN A TEAM IS 4 PEOPLE.

COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE TO 100% BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROJECT.

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