ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Open International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities
"Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an
acceptable response. The stakes are too high, the consequences, too serious. "
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ONE Prize Award aims to explore the social, economic, and ecological possibilities of urban transformation. This
yearâ€™s competition is set in the context of severe climate dynamism. How can cities adapt to the future
challenges of extreme weather? The ONE Prize is a call to deploy sophisticated design to alleviate storm impact
through various urban interventions such as: protective green spaces, barrier shorelines, alternative housing,
waterproofing technology, and public space solutions. We wish to reinvigorate infrastructure and repurpose spaces
towards environmental adaptation in order to put design in the service of the community.
The ONE Prize seeks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists,
students and individuals of all backgrounds.
How can urban ecosystems be enhanced to prevent flooding?
What can restore Rockaway Beach social infrastructure and public space?
When can the New Orleans community change to accept storms without losing character?
What can protect Asian Coastal Cities against the unforeseen?
Where can shorelines be storm surge barriers as well as interactive zones?
How can storm proofing be seen as an opportunity to rethink the future of our cities?
The ONE Prize Award is an international competition and it is open to everyone from professional to students. The
teams can have one or more members. The proposals can be for real or speculative projects, at one or more
actual sites. Projects can be located either in the U.S. or abroad, but should be applicable to the U.S. Proposals
need not be generated exclusively for this competition, provided that they address the intent of the competition.
Rising sea levels, flooding, and increased storm intensity no longer fall in the category of scientific theory; these are
the defining characteristics of global climate change. The response to these cataclysmic events is similar around the
world: repair, rebuild, and defend. This process may be adequate for a cityâ€™s physical infrastructure, but it leaves
out the social, environmental and community structures. After Superstorm Sandy, power restoration was priority
number one. The push to meet the other needs of the eight million people who lost power was far from urgent.
Governments may elect to stormproof cities, protecting them from physical and economic damage. However, it is up to
architects, engineers, ecologists, urban planners, and designers to stormproof cities with competent planning and
design solutions that are ecologically sound and socially responsible.
Change in climate requires societal, institutional and personal change. Partnerships are crucial to create this change;
through collaboration between design professionals, scientists, and economists, as well as with the spectrum of
public agents, advocates, and stakeholders. Science and technology have created the tools. Using scientifically
derived design, investing in public knowledge, public space and supporting long-term growth of urban ecosystems is
the way to build resilient cities. A stormproofed future is imperative for maintaining existence. This is a call to combine
technological and quality-of-life design to assure a bright future for generations to come.
Since 2010, One Prize has awarded over $40,000 in in prize money. We continue to promote all the winning projects
and explore the possibilities of implementation in New York City and around the world.
1st place US $5000
2nd place US $2000
3rd place US $1000
Press coverage by One Prize media sponsors.
Presentation of Designs at Lectures and Exhibitions.
Prominent Year-Long Exposure on the Competition Website.
Early Registration by June 30, 2013
Registration and Submission by August 31, 2013
Each entry should include:
Two 24â€� by 36â€� color boards in horizontal format presented as a single digital file in PDF format. Total file size is
15 MB. These boards are the visual summary of the transformation each team envisions for its selected site. At a
minimum, boards must include before and after photo and/or rendering; Sufficient visual information to clearly
communicate your design intent; Adequate annotations to guide viewers through the visualization; An abstract
statement of no more than 150 words.
No identifying information should be included, as entries will be presented and judged anonymously. The presence of
identifying information will be grounds for automatic disqualification. Upon receiving registration applications,
Terreform ONE will issue each registrant a registration number. To identify submissions, each applicant will receive a
registration number that must appear on the upper right corner of each board. The files must be named after the
registration number. For example: 0101.pdf.
Email the submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions will be evaluated by the jury based on;
core premise and objectives
design approach developed at a conceptual level
opportunities for implementation
All submissions are non returnable and all registration fees are non refundable. Decisions regarding finalists and
winners are at the discretion of the selected jury and Terreform ONE. Terreform ONE retains the right to use any and
all submitted work for press, publication, and exhibition purposes. Copyright to the work is retained by the original
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