FuturArc Prize 2016

Small Things, Big Impact | Eco-puncture for more liveable, resilient cities

WHAT:  Our cities and neighbourhoods, the complex flows of people and resources that support them, are mostly in place and functioning, successfully or otherwise. But often, the meso-scale between building and infrastructure is neglected — that subtle realm between private development and urban network, that tenuous in-between world between planned and unplanned. This is our commons. It might be civic space, it might be nesting place for birds; it might be a conduit for water. It may well be all of the above. This space functions or dysfunctions informally, with no assistance or attention. And because it has no name, no custodian, it is left to waste or (worse) eliminated in endless cycles of urban renewal.

What if we could claim that space with small acts of eco-puncture? What would that look like, and more importantly, what manner of change would that offer? How might many small things — functioning as discrete elements but acting together — trigger a systemic change, giving us more liveable, more resilient cities?

THE TASK
A submission should describe:

1.     A Typology of Small Things. What they do depends entirely on the specific context of a particular city/ neighbourhood.

2.     A Network of Small Things. How many small things, strung together and strategically placed, form a network of relationships.

3.     The Impact of Networks. How new networks improve liveability and resilience of the city/neighbourhood.

4.     The Making of Networks. How might this network be phased? How will it be extended? Who will make it? How will it be financed? Who will look after it?

Each entry shall make a case for how the proposal, through replicability, represents a strategic idea for a sustainable Asian city.

Site selection is at the entrant’s discretion and should be explained clearly in the submission.

Only sites in Asia or Australia will be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY

FuturArc Prize 2016 is open internationally to any Individual or Team meeting eligibility requirements.

The Competition is divided into two categories: ‘Professional’ and ‘Student’.

PROFESSIONAL

Individual Entrants

The Competition may be entered by any person who is registered as a qualified architect with a recognised professional body in his/her country of practice or with a degree or diploma in architecture from a recognised tertiary institution.

The Individual Entrant is regarded as the author of the project he/she submits and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition.

Each Individual Entrant is his/her own representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

Team Entrants

Each Team Entrant may comprise of up to five members.

All members of a Team Entrant must be identified on the Team’s Entrant profile page. A member of the Team Entrant must be designated as leader and identified as such on the Team’s Entrant profile page. S/he is the Team’s sole representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

All members of a Team Entrant are regarded as co-authors of the submission; they will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition, in the order in which their details are listed on the Team’s Entrant profile page.

STUDENT

Individual Entrants

The Competition may be entered by any undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral student of any recognized tertiary institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design, etc.

The Individual Entrant is regarded as the author of the project he/she submits and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition.

Each Individual Entrant is his/her own representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

Team Entrants

Each Team Entrant may comprise up to five Team Members.

All members of the Team Entrant must be an undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral student at any recognised tertiary institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design, etc.

One member of the Team Entrant must also be designated as leader and identified as such on the Team’s Entrant profile page. S/he is the Team’s sole representative in all liaisons with the Competition Registrar.

All members of a Team Entrant are regarded as co-authors of the project they submitted together and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the Competition, in the order with which their details are listed on the Team’s Entrant profile page.

Non-eligibility

None of the Competition Organisers, their employees and/or family members, are allowed to enter the Competition. The Assessment Committee and Jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the Competition.

Entrants must not submit any project published or made public, in part or in full, before the closing date for online submission.

Entrants are prohibited from disclosing their identities, names, countries of residence and/or practice before the Competition results are made public by the Competition Organiser.

Failure to comply with any of the above may lead to immediate disqualification.

REGISTRATION
All Individual and Team Entrants are required to register online via the Competition website: REGISTER HERE

There is no fee for registration.
After Registration, LOGIN HERE

Materials
Each submission must comprise of two mandatory components:
1) Panels
2) Report
Under no circumstances will the Jury consider additional materials.

1) Panels

The panel must be clearly labeled with the Entrant’s ID and Competition category (i.e. ‘Professional’ or ‘Student), project’s site name, and project title.

Each submission shall include up to 4 presentation panels, each in A1 size, laid out in landscape format.

Each panel is to be clearly numbered in the order it is to be read, i.e. ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ or ‘4’

Panels are to be submitted as a PDF or JPEG electronic file.

All images featured on the panels must be in RGB mode with a resolution of 72 DPI.

Maximum file size of each panel is 2500 KB.

The contents of the panels should be sufficient to impart a clear understanding of proposal, plus the strategies and systems deployed to achieve goals.

Scales that are necessary to comprehend certain drawings, such as plans and sections, must be specified against these drawings. These must be graphic scales in all cases.

IMPORTANT: Candidates are requested to use minimal text to explain their proposal. Panels should consist mostly of drawings, rendered images, photographs and thumbnails. Text should be limited to captions, headings and short explanations. Detailed explanations should be placed in the report, without duplication on panels. The jury reserves the right to ignore lengthy text explanations on panels.

2) Report

The report must clearly state the Entrant’s ID, the Competition category (i.e. ‘Professional’ or ‘Student), project’s site name, and project title.

The report shall elaborate on the Entrant’s approach in a clear and succinct manner, with no more than 2,500 words.

Report must be submitted in JPG or PDF format only and the maximum size of the file is 2500KB.

Interview

Entrants may be asked to present themselves via Skype for an interview on the days of the jury meeting, to be confirmed later. This is subject to the needs of the judging process.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Jury is looking for solutions that are technically plausible and rooted in local conditions. Entrants must make a demonstrable case in some or all of the following:

1.      Liveability

2.      Resilience

3.      Replicability

 

TIMELINE

Closing date for online submission: 21st December 2015

Winners will be notified by 4th April 2016.

JURY
Dr Nirmal Kishnani (Singapore)
Sanjay Prakash (India)
Kevin Mark Low (Malaysia)
Prof Herbert Dreiseitl (Germany)
Prof Donald Leslie Bates (Australia)

Assessment Committee
The Assessment Committee consists of the following members as appointed by the Competition Registrar:

– Robert Krups, Chief Operating Officer, BCI Asia;

– Candice Lim, Managing Editor, FuturArc

PRIZES
Professional

First Place: Cash prize of SGD15,000 plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc

Second Place: Cash prize of SGD8,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Third Place: Cash prize of SGD4,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Citations (several citations will be given at the discretion of the jury): 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Student
First Place: Cash prize of SGD5,000 plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc

Second Place: Cash prize of SGD3,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Third Place: Cash prize of SGD2,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc

Citations (several citations will be given at the discretion of the jury): 1-year subscription to FuturArc

*Competition Organiser has the right to change the prizes.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
FuturArc Prize 2016 Competition Registrar
371 Beach Road,
#02-25 Keypoint Singapore 199597
Email: prize@futurarc.com
W: http://www.futurarcprize.com/

 

 

 

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