100 years on

So our new competition brief has been rolling around the internet for a week now, but if you haven’t noticed it anywhere yet, then here it is! This one is destined to be big, so tell everyone you know, and make sure you enter- this one isn’t just aimed at architecture students- hopefully anyone will feel able to contribute. All of our competitions are designed to encourage engagement with real humanitarian issues, through discussion and design hopefully attitudes will change and ultimately action will rise up. This month we are considering what ways our decisions and lifestyles might effect the ways our cities look and operate in the future…


January marked the one year anniversary of the earthquake which struck Haiti, absolutely devastating the country. The pictures below are aerial views of Port-au-Prince before the earth quake, when it hit, and one year on, showing the development of “instant cities” in the open spaces- one year on the urban fabric of the city has completely been altered, and as architects and a whole host of industries work to rebuild the city, the place will take on a different form and character. Many of us will consider some cities as timeless and permanent, but in the face of natural disaster and our own consumption can any architecture be considered permanent?

If we are to look back at the past century, the cities in which many of us live have evolved and changed drastically, often out of all recognition, and sometime even springing out of nothing. Who knows what forms society might have to take in the coming century, and how might that effect our built environment? Recently our competitions have focussed on what could really be considered micro architecture, and empathy for particular groups of people in need, but now we are looking at the macro, and inviting you to explore issues that we will potentially all face.

These two images are visions of London’s future from a recent exhibition, http://www.postcardsfromthefuture.co.uk/

The Challenge

We are asking you envisage a particular city in 100 years time. With the complete unpredictability of natural disasters has it been permanently devastated, or been reborn and flourished? Has it succumbed to the threat of global warming and rising seas, or is it groaning under the weight of a massive population boom? What landmarks will remain, if any, and how will the new culture have adapted these to meet new needs? We want you to experiment, set your imagination free, and display your ideas in the best way you can on an A3 image.
There are many aspects to explore, so don’t feel constrained to the questions we have posed to get you thinking. You can choose any city you like- perhaps where you live or an iconic place- and think how it will develop over the next century. We are not necessarily looking for beautifully rendered images of cities, or even large panoramas or cityscapes, your entry could depict a single aspect or view within the city.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Thursday 31st March, and the winner will be announced in the following week.

Submission Guide

  • Send your concept as a single Landscape image. It can just be a scanned drawing, doodle, or a photograph, ideally for us it would be an A3 Jpeg at 300dpi, but if you can’t manage that then don’t worry! (oh, and don’t put your name or logo in the image)
  • A maximum of 100 words can be included on your image to help explain your concept quickly.
  • Email your submission to us at tesser.act@live.com
  • Click the “pay now” link on the Enter Now page to pay the £3 entry fee.

Prize & Judging

Half the money collected from entries will be sent straight to Anusaran to fund their building project in West Delhi. The other half of the money goes to the competition winner, as decided by a panel of tutors from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. The prize will be awarded via pay-pal, or a viable alternative if that’s an issue.

We don’t deduct and charges, or take running or admin costs out of these amounts.


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