FuturArc 2017

The goal of this competition is to craft a vision for a new kind of urban development, one that is generous, restorative and net-positive.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Sustainability
Country Singapore
Registration Deadline 30 November 2016 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 30 November 2016 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Description
The goal of Green is to create more responsible buildings. But a Green building, no matter how well intentioned, typically looks inwards within the boundaries of project site and building shell. The search for sustainable solutions, we now know, cannot be confined to the scale of standalone buildings. In Asia, these past decades, we have seen neighbourhoods and public space replaced by private enclaves. There has been a systemic degradation of parks, rivers and water bodies. These transformations affect the well-being of all citizens, especially those with less income.
The search for a sustainable Asia calls for a new way of seeing buildings and their relation to cities. Buildings are embedded within wider urban systems such as energy and water grids, biodiversity and habitat networks, public and social space. The health of each system is affected by every insertion, every new development. When systems are degraded, as a result of rampant or thoughtless development, the city and its inhabitants suffer.
But what if buildings – even ones that are privately owned or profit making – were designed to connect or repair the systems in which they are embedded? What if a shopping centre becomes a part of a biodiversity network? What if a condominium is also a community farm, shared by the neighbourhood? What if an office building is part of an urban flood protection system?
The question before us is ‘how’. How do we integrate architectural design and engineering with landscape design and urban planning? How do we create new social contracts between building owners and the community? How might governments craft policy so that all developers, even the ones who seek to make a quick profit, have an obligation to facilitate common good?

Jury
Not yet announced

Prize
- 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

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
Result announcement: May March 2017
Award ceremony: June 2017

Links
Past winners

Organizer
FuturArc Journal

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