Professional Practice

CITIES AND REFUGEES 2019 Global student design ideas competition

Date: 5/12/2019 - 8/10/2019

Type: Competitions / Awards

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): International

Description: Cities and refugees Global Student Design Competition

This is an ideas competition. The brief is to design a physical intervention/series of interventions that meaningfully improves the lives of refugees in the city, in the short, medium and/or long term.

Designs must be based on research and exploration. For example, critical needs might relate to housing, access to services, employment opportunities and/or social integration. It could also relate to addressing wider societal attitudes, leading to intervention(s) that prioritise advocacy, perhaps tying in with global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is a particularly complex area of engagement, where ‘solutions’ are hard to find, and where design-only interventions have not succeeded. Yet, the need for exploring and identifying meaningful ways to engage refugees in cities has never been greater.

First prize, US$5000

Second prize, US$2500

Third prize, US$1000

Three honourable mentions

The winning schemes will be announced at the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes conference, being held at UNSW (Sydney), August 29 - September 1, 2019

Hosted by the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW (Sydney), with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program Hub (APRU SCL).


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