FUTURARC PRIZE DETAILED BRIEF

HYPER-DENSITY, ASIA

The Asian city grows denser by the day.

Where densification is unplanned and under-regulated, there is a sense of overwhelming crowdedness and heightened perception of risk. The city feels less inclusive, public spaces are lost.  There is less water and greenery to share. In the hyper-dense city, the poor suffer the most. There is insufficient investment in resource and mobility infrastructure, especially in low-income areas. There are too few opportunities to make a living.

Density however can be an opportunity. The compact city can be lively and energetic, with businesses and trades thriving on a large consumer base. Urban culture emerges organically, creating a vibrant sense of place.

The FuturArc Prize 2019 asks you to investigate what it means to live in a hyper-dense city in Asia, one with no less than 100,000 people per square kilometre.

This is a quest for balance and reciprocity. Buildings in this context cannot be seen in isolation; they must engage the wider logic of the neighbourhood. Neighbourhoods must leverage on, and contribute to, the city. The production and distribution of energy, water, food must be decentralised. Networks for the movement of people and biodiversity must be unified.

But how is this done? What is the right mix of activities and programmes? How does a new neighbourhood fit into the urban system-of-systems that already exists? What new systems does it bring into the picture? What does hyper-density look like? How does it feel to our senses?

THE TASK

Select a site within a city in Asia that is approximately 1km2 in size.

Redesign this to accommodate no less than 100,000 people, who must live and/or work here.

The total built-up area within this site should not be less than 2.5 million m2.

The redesigned neighbourhood must do the following:
1. Produce energy, water and food
2. Offer inclusive and accessible public space to all groups in the community
3. Offer space to non-human species and perform ecosystem services
4. Engage the wider city in positive and generous ways

OPEN TO PROFESSIONALS & STUDENTS!

The Asian city grows denser by the day.

The FuturArc Prize 2019 asks you to investigate what it means to live in a hyper-dense city in Asia, one with no less than 100,000 people per square kilometre.

How can this be done? What is the right mix of activities and programmes? How does a new neighbourhood fit into the urban system-of-systems that already exists? What new systems does it bring into the picture? What does hyper-density look like? How does it feel to our senses?

THE TASK

Select a site within a city in Asia that is approximately 1km2 in size.

Redesign this to accommodate no less than 100,000 people, who must live and/or work here.

The total built-up area within this site should not be less than 2.5 million m2.

The redesigned neighbourhood must do the following:
1. Produce energy, water and food
2. Offer inclusive and accessible public space to all groups in the community
3. Offer space to non-human species and perform ecosystem services
4. Engage the wider city in positive and generous ways

ELIGIBILITY

FuturArc Prize 2019 is open internationally to any Individual or Team meeting eligibility requirements. The Competition is divided into two categories: Professional and Student.

PROFESSIONAL

INDIVIDUAL

• The Competition may be entered by any person who has experience / design background in buildings, cities or neighbourhoods, such as architects as well as urban planners and designers.

• The Individual Entrant is regarded as the author of the project he/she submits and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition.

• Each Individual Entrant is his/her own representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

TEAM

• Each team may comprise up to 5 members.

• All members of the team must be identified on the Team’s Entrant profile page. A member of the team must be designated as leader and identified as such on the team’s profile page. S/he is the team’s sole representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

• Each team member should have experience / design background in buildings, cities or neighbourhoods, such as architects as well as urban planners and designers.

• All members of the team are regarded as co-authors of the submission; they will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition, in the order in which their details are listed on the Team’s Entrant profile page.

STUDENT

INDIVIDUAL

• The Competition may be entered by any undergraduate**, postgraduate, doctoral student of any recognised tertiary institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design, etc.

• The Individual Entrant is regarded as the author of the project he/she submits and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition.

• Each Individual Entrant is his/her own representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

**Students must be in an architectural course of study.

TEAM

• Each team may comprise up to 5 members.

• All members of the team must be an undergraduate**, post graduate, doctoral student at any recognised tertiary institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design, etc.

• One member of the team must also be designated as leader and identified as such on the team’s profile page. S/he is the team’s sole representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

• All members of the team are regarded as co-authors of the project they submitted together and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition, in the order with which their details are listed on the team’s profile page.

NON-ELIGIBILITY

None of the Competition Organisers, their employees and/or family members, are allowed to enter the Competition. The Assessment Committee and Jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the Competition.

Entrants must not submit any project published or made public, in part or in full, before the closing date for online submission. Entrants are prohibited from disclosing their identities, names, countries of residence and/or practice before the Competition results are made public by the Competition Organiser. Failure to comply with any of the above may lead to immediate disqualification.

BCI employees and/or family members are not allowed to enter the Competition. Jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the Competition.

PRIZES

All winners will be awarded with the FuturArc Prize Trophy and the following cash prizes*.

PROFESSIONAL
First Place: Cash prize of SGD15,000 plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc

Second Place: Cash prize of SGD8,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Third Place: Cash prize of SGD4,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Citations (several citations will be given at the discretion of the jury) : 1-year subscription to FuturArc

STUDENT
First Place: Cash prize of SGD10,000 plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc

Second Place: Cash prize of SGD5,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Third Place: Cash prize of SGD2,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Citations (several citations will be given at the discretion of the jury) : 1-year subscription to FuturArc

NOTES
Awards will be given based on quality of entry, regardless of the country of origin.

Awards given to Team Entrants will be presented to the Team representative and are to be shared at the discretion of the Team Members.

In addition to the awards, all projects from winning entrants and citation recipients may be published on the FuturArc Prize Competition website and in an upcoming edition of FuturArc Journal.

The Jury shall have full freedom to decide on the Awards and Citations. The Jury decision shall be final and binding on all Entrants.

The Competition Registrar reserves the right to not award any prize where the Jurors agree that submissions are of insufficient quality.

*Competition Organiser has the right to change the prizes.

 

More: futurarcprize.com

 

Total Prize: $31,980 (Average)