Futuristic Water Competition 2010 - 2011

The competition is the international call for serious ideas for the design of the biological mechanical village or urban quarter of the city - for the city of London.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country London, UK
RegDeadline 15 May 2011 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
15 May 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility All

The competition seeks to apply a biological mechanical approach to the future environments of the city of London, applying the values of bioreef diversity. The city is limited in growth and marooned through the implementation of the green belt. The areas for expansion are either through the current high density processes, which begin to populate flood plains, or to move eastwards denseifying east London breaking through the green belt towards the Thames estuary, where a new second generation London could rise from the waves.
The risk of flooding and density problems points to need for radical thinking, bringing the exciting prospect of populating the estuary and Thames with a new generation of floating eco villages, Thames bridge communities, and farms could emerge from the waves, integrating the interesting interwoven layers and networks of the canals and rivers that London has populated and built. London’s birth depended on water, London’s present is a balance of city and water together, London’s futuristic city will undoubtedly be a water based city formed by the rise of sea levels.
The futuristic water competition seeks to harmonize the two through the explored application of the bio reef mechanical diversity architecture theory to its future environments. The use of new materials, technologies, (green tidal, wind, sea, bio fuel and solar energy ideals). Aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, population increase, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration.
City designs originally designed for other world cities but provide extremely commendable qualities which may be useful for London, will also be considered for the bioreef diversity publication if clearly demonstrated how the concept can be adapted - world examples section.
There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without very specific constraints in the most creative way.
Proposals could tackle housing issues in London, tackle and propose a financial and research technology hub, which brings thousands of jobs, with 21st century homes, urban farm integrations, public green spaces that has rich urban vibrancy and street life , the question is how does London grow and prosper in the 21st century as a fluid diverse world city, but with sustainability at its core.

Not yet announcement

First Place: £10,000
Second Place: £5,000
15-20 honorable mention: Publication

Entry Fee
Early Registration: €65 by 1st March
Late Registration: €90

Two 24" by 36" colour boards, a word document of between 1000 - 3000 words

Winners announcement: 29th June 2011

The Biological Architecture Foundation

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