MVRDV director Enno Zuidema will be a jury member in Non Architecture's design competition "HEALING – Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities".
Cities have historically been hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social connections, and much more. While being the core of global development, they have faced considerable challenges, becoming the main stage to experience tangible consequences of our society’s biggest criticalities, like scarcity of resources, climate change, natural disasters, health, ecosystems loss, epidemics, education, crime, and poverty.
Their central role in human civilization is expected to gain further relevance since the United Nations predicts that by 2050 two thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. What kind of role can we play as designers in reimagining urban life? How can we produce new inspiring visions to trigger a discussion around alternative models of urban living?
HEALING –Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities aims to answer those questions with a particular focus on the current emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The competition asks entrants to come up with visionary concepts for alternative urban life in relation to the COVID-19 emergency – Only 3 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site or program. Entrants are asked to reimagine urban life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas.
Last-minute registration is open until August 22 and costs €100. The deadline for submission is 23:59 on August 22, with results announced between September 21–27. Find out more here.