dust to dust: redesigning urban life in healthy soils is an urban design ideas competition. We invite concepts for urban designs, planning approaches, and concrete interventions that could be implemented in real-life situations. Successful design ideas will be exhibited to inform and inspire greater sustainability in future urban design and development, accounting for a close relationship between urban life and soil ecosystem services.
How can the future design and configuration of cities promote greater sustainability in the conditions of urban life? dust to dust challenges competitors to consider solutions beyond sociotechnological ’smart cities’ or the densification paradigm of ’compact cities’.
We welcome urban design ideas that revisit the basic entwined relationship between settled life, land, cultivation, and soil ecosystem services broadly conceived. Ideas that require ’thinking outside the box’ are especially welcome, as long as an awareness of potential towards implementation is demonstrated. What would incorporating soils in city design to ensure sustenance and ecosystemic resilience look like? When we give space to ecosystem dynamics, how would urban dispersal still allow effective urban life?