We have seen unprecedented change in the way we live due to the impact of COVID-19 across the world bringing many countries to a standstill. The virus has made people and communities realise the value open space including streets, parks, rivers. These spaces in between buildings offer the greatest opportunity to reimagine how we live and move in our cities. As cities are now reopening and planning to make temporary and long-term changes providing the opportunity to create, test and provide solutions for how we live in our communities, towns and cities.
World Landscape Architecture (WLA) is proud to organise this international student ideas competition to provide the opportunity for students to reimagine the spaces in between buildings and address the various issues of COVID-19 and to develop ideas that provide safe, inclusive, and equitable spaces for everyone.
The competition challenge is to redesign an area in a fictional city and develop ideas and solutions that encompass the following:
- Spaces for the residents and visitors (including all stakeholders – residents, workers, tourists, etc)
- Provide movement and transport for people.
- Develop ideas that address economic, environmental, and social issues.
- Retain all buildings and maintain the building setback (yellow dashed line).
- Only design the area within the “Design Competition Boundary” shown on the base plan.
Entrants should review the fictional city information provided and use this as the basis informing your process and design.
- Entrant/s must be a student currently enrolled or graduated in the past year from a landscape architecture, urban design or associated course (e.g. landscape urbanism, urban planning)
- Teams can enter the competition but must have no more than 4 entrants.
Entrants will be supplied with a 2D CAD plan that includes the building (envelope, height and use), streets, and trees and also fictional city information.
We are fortunate to have competition jury with a wide range of professional experience from across the world.
- Angus Bruce – Head of Landscape Architecture, HASSELL, London, UK
- Anne Clark – Studio – MLA, Los Angeles, USA
- Conor O’Shea – Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Elizabeth J Kennedy – Principal at EKLA, New York, USA
- Jason Ho – Founder of Mapping Workshop, China
- Sophie Thompson – Director, LDA Design, London, UK
- Stephen Buckle – Studio Director, ASPECT Studios, Shanghai, China
The jury will assess the designs based on the following criteria
- Conceptual Design and Innovation (overall concept and key principles)
- Feasibility (can the ideas be reasonably achieved)
- Presentation & Supporting Information (how the design was presented and explained)
Winner – $500AUD, Certificate and featured on WLA website
Runner Up – $200AUD, Certificate and featured on WLA website
The jury may award one Winner, one Runner up and honourable mentions. The number of entries shortlisted will be determined based on the percentage of number of entries.
Limit of Entries: The number of entries will be limited to 200 maximum.
Registration Deadline: August 8, 2020 (11:59am Sydney, Australia – EST Time)
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2020 (11:59am Sydney, Australia – EST Time)
Please remember to determine the deadline time in your time zone. Late entries will not be accepted.
Shortlist announced on September 8, 2020
Winners announced on September 15, 2020
The submission shall include a 3 page (A3/11 x 17) in one combined pdf file
- The first page should be a maximum of 500 words of text supporting your design. No images should be on this page.
- The following two pages should include at least one plan and then any supporting images (not limited to sections, perspectives, diagrams, etc)
- All pages should have the entry number clearly show at a minimum of 14pt in the bottom left corner. The entrant name or school should not appear anywhere on the entry (text or images).
- The pdf file submission should not exceed 10Mb (it only needs to be exported at screen resolution as they will not be printed)
Submit via email to [email protected]
The email contents should include the following:
Email Subject: Entry Number – Design Concept Name
Submission Name: (provide a name for your design)
Entrant Number: (this is the 5-digit number shown on your email order/invoice)
Graduation Year or Expected Graduation Year:
Submission Email attachments should include:
- Entrant/s Student ID’s showing school and year in jpg or pdf format
- Entry Submission PDF file (no larger than 10Mb) (all pages in one pdf) the name of the file should by Entrant Number_Submission Name.pdf
Any questions should be emailed to [email protected]
This is an ideas competition and will not eventuate into an implemented design or contract for further services.