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FuturArc Prize 2011 Competition

The FuturArc Prize was launched in 2007 by the BCI Group of Companies through its publication arm, FuturArc Journal, to generate forward-thinking, innovative design ideas for Asia.

The FuturArc Prize Competition offers a platform to professionals and students who are passionate about the environment. Through the force of their imagination it aspires to capture visions of a sustainable future.

Cash prizes and other awards are available for the winners of the FuturArc Prize 2011 Competition.

Objective

In a future of dwindling fuel reserves and true energy cost, what is viewed as a matter of convenience today will be reframed as a question of survival. Reliance on global resources will no longer be an easy option; the cost of every product will depend on how energy intensive is its material extraction and manufacture, and how far it must travel to get to the consumer.

This will fundamentally change how we design. A building, in this new order, will seek to be self-sustaining, locally powered and fabricated. In what will be the inverse of globalisation, local and regional economies will dominate. We will look at what is available nearby, from energy and water to materials and food.

The 1000R project asks what buildings will be like – how they will be constructed and operated – if we are compelled to limit ourselves to a distance of 1,000 kilometres for our day-to-day needs.

The answer must begin with a 1,000-kilometre radius drawn around a potential project site, delineating a resource zone from which energy, food, water and materials must be sourced.

Design a building for any use, no less than 5,000 m2 in total built-up area.

Make a case for how this building – its construction and operation – relies on a harvest map of a 1,000-kilometre radius around the project site.

Site selection is at your discretion and should be explained clearly in the submission. Only sites in Asia and Australia will be accepted.

The jury is interested to see how far an entrant pushes the idea of ‘living within our means’. Jurors recognise that 100% of raw materials and resources necessary for the construction and operation of a modern building may/can not be sourced within a radius of 1000km. The entrant is therefore expected to take a strategic view and focus on things that can. The jury is looking for submissions that make the most convincing case for local sourcing, within the context of everyday living, forcing us to rethink how we design today for a future of limited resources.

The Competition is divided into two categories:

  • Professional
  • Student

Prizes

The Jury will nominate the following awards:

  • Professional:
    • First Place: Cash prize of SGD 20,000 plus a two-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Second Place: Cash prize SGD 10,000 plus a one-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the second highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Third Place: Cash prize of SGD 4,000 plus a one-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the third highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Citations: Several citations will be given, at the discretion of the Jury, to entrants with the next highest scores with given cash prize of up to SGD 1,000.
  • Student:
    • First Place: Cash prize of SGD 5,000 plus a two-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Second Place: Cash prize of SGD 3,000 plus a one-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the second highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Third Place: Cash prize of SGD 2,000 plus a one-year subscription to FuturArc magazine will be given to the entrant whose project earned the third highest cumulative score amongst all submissions received;
    • Citations: Several citations will be given, at the discretion of the Jury, to entrants with the next highest scores with given cash prizes of up to SGD 500.

Rules

  • The FuturArc Prize 2011 Competition is open internationally to any individual or team meeting eligibility requirements.
  • None of the Competition Organisers, their employees and/or family members, are allowed to enter the Competition. The Assessment Committee and Jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the Competition.
  • All submissions must be written, presented and tendered in English.
  • All liaisons between entrants and the Competition Registrar must be conducted in English.
  • In the case of a team entrant, the leader of the team will undertake registration formalities.

How to enter?

Register on the competition’s official website and submit your entries.