The Self-Sufficient City Competition

Sponsor: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, HP

Language: English

Registration Fee: none

Eligibility: architecture students and professionals

1st Prize – 3,000EUR (+ other prizes)
2nd Prize – 2,000EUR (+ other prizes)
3rd Prize – 1,000EUR (+ othr prizes)

28 September, 2009 – registration deadline
October 2009 – winner selection

Jury: (For a complete list of jurors, check
Michel Rojkind, (Mexico)
Yung Ho Chang (Beijing, China)
Snøhetta (Oslo, Norway)
J. M. Lin (Taipei, Taiwan)
Aaron Betsky (Cincinnati, USA)
Bostina Vuga (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Design Challenge:
The competition is open to architects, planners, designers and artists who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in the areas of ecology, information technology, socialization and globalization, with a goal of enhancing the connected self-sufficiency of the world’s cities.

Competition entries should be submitted via the Internet on Connected metropolises, Eco neighborhoods, Self-sufficient buildings, Intelligent homes or any other proposal for a short-, medium or long-term project to create habitats that respond to the social, cultural, environmental and economic conditions that may be relevant in the 21st century.

Submission Requirements:
-written description – a list of key concepts for the construction of the habitat of the XXI century. Exemplification of ideas by designing a specific building or city, or proposing changes for an existing building or city.
-graphic description – Site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, perspective drawings, photographs of physical or digital models and axonometric drawings at any scale and descriptive texts explaining the project are allowed.
The proposals should be presented on three (3) DIN A-3 panels and comply with the following format:
-Each panel will be presented in PDF format. The size of each file must not exceed 1MB
-Each panel will also be presented as an image in a JPG 1024px x 768px format. The size of each file will not have to exceed 500 KB

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