Design Competition -- Purpose and Rules

1. Competition Purpose:

The overarching theme of the 2010 Design Ideas Competition is: “Building Urban Resilience where you live with what you have.” Consistent with this theme, the purpose of this year’s competition is:

    1. To raise greater awareness about the combined challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil in the context of human settlement - and the radical challenges these will pose for how we plan cities and design buildings in the future

    2. To provide a public forum, for a conversation about how planning and design professionals should develop more effective and implementable planning and design strategies for increasing the overall resilience of our cities in the face of Climate Change and Peak Oil

    3. To give participants the opportunity to explore the concept of urban resilience through project based learning

2.  Who is Eligible?

Architects, urban planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and engineers, including interns and students of these disciplines.

3. Jury Members

The jury will be composed of planning, architectural, landscape and engineering professionals and academics representing the disciplines of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering. 

Jury Members

To be announced!

4. Entry Requirements

City Location 

Because the theme of this year’s competition is “Building Urban Resilience where you live with what you have”, we are requiring that competition participants propose ideas for the city that they are currently a resident of.

Format Options 

Proponents have the option of submitting in two types of media:

Text and Images Blog:  participants can submit their entry as a combination of narrative text, plans, images, photos, and diagrams formatted as a web blog. (See competition updates for more detailed description of how blog content should be submitted). 


Video Blog: participants can submit their ideas proposal as a video mini-doc of up to 10 minutes in length - a video that has first been uploaded onto YouTube. (The YouTube links will then be submitted by the end date of competition submissions.)

For more information on requirements for submission please see the Competition Submission Format and Content Requirements page. 

Other Requirements: In addition to the above, participants must:

1. Complete the online application form and related registration information.

2. As part of registration agree to the waiver of copyright that will allow and its organizers to publish your submitted blog content on the Website, to use these for any promotional purposes deems appropriate, and to allow the submissions and ideas contained in them to pass into the public domain.

3. As part of registration, provide their email address, city of residence (where their idea proposal will be based), postal code or zip code, and a photograph of themselves or of their team for their blog entry.

4.  As part of registration, provide their Twitter name, and then follow @resilientcity in order to receive competition update tweets.

5. Competition Rules

  1. Deadline for Registration:  The deadline for final registration is Friday May 14th, 2010.
  2. Deadline for Submission: The deadline for final entry submission is Sunday May 30th, 2010 at 12 am. EST. 
  3. Number of submissions: Participants may submit up to 2 entries. For video entries, participants may submit a series of up to two related or sequential 10 minute videos.
  4. Type of submissions: This is an ideas competition, which is intended to encourage participants to explore planning and design concepts that would be appropriate for creating more resilient cities consistent with the resilient planning and design principles set out in the website. Submissions can range from conceptual ideas to realized projects. The key criteria for submission is that the idea or ideas being proposed effectively demonstrate how the participants propose to increase one or more attributes of urban resilience in their city of residence.
  5. Credit to participants: Submissions must give full credit to all participants involved in the participants' submission.
  6. Intellectual Property Rights: Submission of participants designs constitutes an agreement by participants to allow the copyrights of their submissions to pass into the public realm and allow all users/viewers of to use their ideas for any purposes consistent with the purposes of the website.
  7. Choice of Winner(s): The participants agree that ResilientCity and the competition jury it assembles have the right to choose any propsals/ideas they feel best represents the principles of and the intent of the competition. If, by the competition deadline, the jury decides that none of the entries effectively represent the principles of, Proponents agree that has the right to extend the competition deadline to increase the number of proponents for possible selection.

6. Selection Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the jury based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of proposal's  increased urban resilience: How effectively the submission has demonstrated how the proponent proposes to increase the urban resilience of the proponent’s city
  • Understanding and Demonstration of ResilientCity Design and Planning Principles: Effectiveness at clearly demonstrating an understanding of ResilientCity Design and Planning Principles
  • Understanding of Urban Design 
  • Quality of Ideas: Ability the proponent to explore and to develop thoughtful, functional, practical, planning and design concepts consistent and supportive of creating a more resilient city
  • Quality of Communications: Ability to clearly communicate the proposed ideas in drawings, images, and words, or in video.

There will be no set evaluative weighting to each of these criteria. The jury members will use their best judgment in selecting winning proposals based on each participant's demonstrated ability to meet all of the above criteria.

7. Prizes and Honours

The following prizes and honours are available:

  1. Best Blog Format Submission $1000.00
  2. Best Video Format Submission $1000.00
  3. Honorable Mentions Book Prizes

8. Admission Fees

There are no admission fees.

9. Registration Process

To register to enter the 2010 Design Ideas Competition you will need to complete the online Registration Form by clicking on the link below. The information required in the registration form is used strictly for competition administration purposes and WILL NOT BE SOLD OR PROVIDED TO ANY 3RD PARTIES FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.


Submissions are due on

Friday May 28th, 2010 by 12 am. EST.