Displaced: Design For Inclusive Cities

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Call For Ideas
Submit deadline: 12 June 2018

Our world is witnessing a time of record migration and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are now more than 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

Cities are on the front lines of this global crisis. Sixty to seventy percent of displaced people now live in cities. As the number of urban displaced persons grows, so does the moral imperative to welcome and embrace them.

While immigrants and refugees face many challenges in their new urban communities – language, access to services, employment and housing, cultural barriers – they also bring new energy to our cities and economy. Their success is our success.

The competition 

Your submission should be a game-changing proposal that provides urban design solutions that promote belonging, dignity and resilience for immigrants and refugees navigating the challenges of urban life in their local community. Your proposal should explicitly demonstrate a solid understanding of the needs and challenges of immigrants and refugees that is informed by a partnership with an immigrant or refugee service organization, NGO, non-profit and/or supported by substantial data and research. Details on what to submit can be found in the Requirements section of the Competition Brief.

Prizes

First Prize – $7,500 USD
Second Prize – $3,000 USD
Third Prize – $2,000 USD
Honorable Mention – $1,500 USD
Student – $1,000

Winners will be announced at the annual Seattle Design Festival, the largest design event in the Pacific Northwest gathering 30,000 attendees annually. Winners and select entries will be exhibited in Seattle, Washington at the Center for Architecture & Design. Winning entries will be featured online and in print publication.

Timeline

April 17 – Competition Opens
May 15 – Early bird registration ends
June 12 – Competition Closes
July 19 – Jury deliberation
Sept. 18 – Winners Announced
Dec. – Feb. 2019 – Winners Exhibited

For more information visit the competition website.