Belfast City of the Future Competition


Sponsor: Take back the City Coalition
Competition type: International, open, one-stage
Project Scope and type: Masterplan
Location: Site of Mackie’s former plant in Belfast
Fee: none
Language: English
Winner: 10K prize + option to proceed with master plan
30 September 2022 – Deadline for submissions
Jury: TbD
Design challenge:
Marissa McMahon of the Take Back the City Coalition, said: “Take Back the City is led by families in housing need. We are trail-blazing a community led process to build a better Belfast. We want to build a sustainable city, without walls, where every child has a home. Our coalition is supported by experts in housing development, technology, communications, permaculture, housing policy, planning, human rights and equality. We are looking for an individual or organisation with the design skills to bring our vision to life.”

A first of its kind for Northern Ireland, this project is located on a historical interface, in a society emerging from conflict, where walls have separated communities for generations. The Take Back the City coalition is particularly interested in receiving entries which demonstrate innovative solutions to overcome the divisive architecture and politics of Belfast by creating communities which deliver on the principles of equality and human rights enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement, the cornerstone of the fragile Northern Ireland peace process.

Submissions can include novel or innovative methods including short films, technical drawings or other formats. The designs will be judged on the six principles of development which have been developed by Take Back The City through a participative community engagement process. The six principles are: a healthy place to live; adapting to the challenges of a changing climate; an inclusive community; co-creation in design; local employment and skills; self-management and autonomy.

Entrants will be invited to the ‘City of the Future’ event at the Innovation Factory on the Mackies site on August 10 and 11 and all entries will be displayed on the web platform, as part of a community engagement process.

To enter, please complete the entry form available at