Competition to Design a Small Scale Recreational Space: Breathe Free – Reclaiming Public Space
As cities continue to grow and industrialize, half of the world’s population sees itself occupying urban environments. Around 9 out of 10 people frequently breathe in dangerous levels of polluted air. Air pollution also kills an estimate of 4 million every year.
WHO reports that by 2030 the air will become so poisonous that having an oxygen kit will become a need. People are generally advised to stay indoors and to not indulge in outdoor activities. With an increasing rate, it won’t be hard to imagine a possibility where people will seek refuge inside their hermetically sealed climate. Outdoor activities will start to spill indoor. Inward looking spaces will become crowded. Barely would anyone choose to interact beyond the confines of an artificial climate? Where does this leave the public spaces of the city?
Public spaces provide a critical space for residents to breathe and be active. Beyond a place of interaction and community coalition, it enriches a city fabric. Beneficial for mental well-being, it also provides a sense of security. But the increased rate of pollution is slowly making it – a dysfunctional entity. It’s about time that we reclaim and rethink the public space.
To be announced.
Brief: is to design a small scale recreational space for the local community where they are able to breathe air, free from pollutants and can engage in outdoor public activity.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 500$ Each
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements)
Who can Participate
The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes September 7, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project September 22, 2020
Winners announcement Date November 19, 2020
Location of Competition