IAAC launches DESIGN FOR LIVING : Global Contest to Rethink our habitat, from the body to the city

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) calls its 8th Advanced Architecture Contest under the title “DESIGN FOR LIVING : Global Contest to Rethink how our habitat, from the body to the city” . The objective is to develop a global reflection to rethink our living environment, at a time when the fight for life and climate allows us to consider how we would like to live in the coming decades.

The objective is for students and professionals from all over the world to propose how to design our living environment, at whichever scale most interests them to promote and protect human life: how to rethink our bodies, how to design the objects that surround us, how to redesign the homes that we inhabit, what functions they must incorporate, how to grow communities or re-naturalize public spaces, how to reinvent our cities taking advantage of digital communications in times of confinement and broadly how we define our relationships with others in a time of changes.

The contest encourages participants to propose a design related to their way of life, at the scale that most interests them from our bodies to the city, anywhere in the world, and that reflects different cultural, environmental, economic or social conditions. In times of crisis like the present, we have been confined to our homes and they have become microcities where we live, work and rest, connected to the world through information networks. So, after this experience, how do you imagine the future for our living environment?

The 3 Prizes (total value: 62.250 EUR) will be distributed at the discretion of theGlobal International Juryand will include cash prizes and 3 Master Programs at IAAC to choose from MAA01, MAEBB, MDEF, MACT and MRAC. All of the projects selected will be featured in a special book produced in partnership with the Actar publishing house like in the previous editions.

The jury has 33 international architects and expert from all continents including Farshid Moussavi (London), Michel Rojkind (Mexico DF), Donald Bates (Melbourne), Caroline Bos (UN Studio, Amsterdam, Anupama Kundoo (Auroville), , Mu Shao Hui (UPDIS, Shenzhen), Carlo Ratti ( Torino) Fiona Raby (New School, New York) or Sherry Lassiter (Fab Foundation, Cambridge).


The launching event was held on 4th May when 7 jurors from all continents connected online to an open global event to share their experiences during lockdown.

They spoke of how they imagine the habitat of the future. Watch the event recording here on Facebook.

The Registration is FREE, and the competition entries should be submitted digitally in PDF files via the Internet. Deadline for applications are July 15th, 2020.


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