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This international design ideas competition—the first in the CBDX series—asks, What does a city for all look like? How does it operate and function? How can it come into being? What place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship must be forged to engender a more just and equitable ‘city for all’? And in particular—this is perhaps the most crucial question—the competition asks, How are these aims navigated by, through, and with the current uncertainty wrought by the ongoing global pandemic and the long-term existential threats of environmental degradation and climate change?

This is the year a wide-ranging set of inequities—that have always been there—have been brought to bear. The only difference is that now a significantly larger percentage of the public, and wider society, has become aware of how urgent addressing these issues are. As various movements have demonstrated, such as Black Lives Matter, the time to act is now.

Thus, this competition asks entrants to consider how matters of equity and activism, ecology and environment, and health and wellness might converge—and unfold—within our future cities.

Brief

The CBDX: CITIES FOR ALL International Design Ideas Competition asks entrants to:

  • Choose a non-fictional site on Earth—this could be an entire city itself, a neighborhood, a block, a building, a street, an alley, a bus stop;
  • Choose a non-fictional human client(s) that has been underrepresented, undervalued and/or under-addressed in prevailing/dominant design discourse; and,
  • Design a place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship that increases the inclusion, belonging and equity of your client within the context of your site—while keeping in mind the twin challenges of the pandemic and climate change as opportunities for your design to unfold.

Submissions

Submissions must conform to the page dimensions and instructions provided below:

Image Requirements

  • Image 1 (8.125” x 10.25” @ 300 dpi): Representative/featured image of design; portrait orientation, full bleed, jpeg (RGB).
  • Image 2 (10.25” x 16.25” @ 300 dpi): Supporting imagery or development of design; landscape orientation, full bleed, jpeg (RGB).
  • Image 3 (10.25” x 16.25” @ 300 dpi): Primary/presentation image of design; landscape orientation, full bleed, jpeg (RGB).

Text Requirements

  • Statement: text description under 400 words explaining the design and how it fulfills the design brief, including location of your design (city, country); word document (.doc) only.
  • Team document – for each member of the team, please include the following: first name + last name, nationality (multiple ones can be listed), affiliation (university if a student, company if a professional); word document (.doc) only.

Optional Media

  • Video: one (1) 90-second (max) high-res video (.mp4) @ 1920 x 1080 pixels that further illustrates or supports your design; or,
  • GIFs: 1-5 GIFS @ 1080×1080 pixels that further illustrates or supports your design.

File Naming Requirements

  • Image 1: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_Image1.jpeg
  • Image 2: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_Image2.jpeg
  • Image 3: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_Image3.jpeg
  • Statement: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_Statement.doc
  • Team document: ENTRYID_Title of Project_Team.doc
  • Video: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_Video.mp4 (OPTIONAL)
  • GIFs: ENTRYID_Title of the Project_gif1.gif (OPTIONAL)


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