ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
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The Nobel Prize is awarded to those
who shall have conferred the greatest
benefit on mankind. Why did Alfred
Nobel overlook the field of design?
Today, designers are the agents that
break the boundaries between science,
architecture, public health, and cultural
development in the pursuit of a more
ecologically and socially conscious
world. Are they worthy of the Nobel Prize?
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1. The brief appears to place an emphasis on designing in the city. Is it acceptable to submit proposals which,
focusing on similar skeletons of abandoned infrastructures such as streets, landscaping, housing developments
and strip malls, are situated in suburban environments?

Absolutely. The ONE Prize is open to proposals located anywhere on the globe, urban, suburban or otherwise. The
point of interest for the jury, is the retooling of an industrial site or zone in light of new philosophies and innovations in
green design. Blight to Might is about the use of speculative design to rethink and repurpose obsolete spaces or
generic typologies and to imagine them as players of a more socio-ecological future.

2.  Should proposals include built work?

Both built and proposed works qualify. The ONE Prize is primarily an ideas competition, and so typically, most entries
consist of proposed work. It is important to include “before� and “after� images of the site that clearly
illustrate the intents of your designs. This can be presented in any adequate visual medium, such as photographs,
illustrations, renderings etc.

3. Are we able to submit a single large board at 24" by 72", instead of two 24" by 36" boards?

No, two boards of 24� by 36� must be submitted. Examples of boards from previous year’s entries are
available at

4. Is the readaptation of former military facilities, which are often distinguished from abandoned commercial and
industrial spaces, appropriate for this competition?

Yes. Whilst very interested in skeletons of twentieth century industrialism and commerce, we call for submissions that
consider the reinvention of any obsolete space, infrastructure or typology.

5. Do projects need to be created specifically for this competition?

As stated on,  "proposals need not be generated exclusively for this competition, provided that
they address the intent of the competition�.

6. Do students compete in a separate category?

No, students do not compete in a separate category. We receive a large number of student submissions every year,
many of which have been amongst our finalists.

7. Will you recommend sites for the proposal?

Terreform ONE highly recommends that you select a site you are familiar with have and sufficient informational
access to. A this time, we cannot make site suggestions or impartially share information on a site with any
participants. For guidance on selecting a site, we suggest you review the introductory video available at www.oneprize.

8. Is it possible for an entry to be a generic intervention of industrial building typology?

Yes. In fact, we encourage designs that will have widespread applicability to similar sites in different parts of the
world. However, for the purpose of the submissions, proposals must be site-specific and exemplify the designed
transformation at the chosen location, even if they do have broader implications as a generic typological intervention.

9. Is it a requirement that proposals redesign within the confines of an existing building, or can all or part of the
building be torn down and rebuilt?

Designs can tear down all or part of a building, or, work within the confines of an existing structure. As long as the
goals of the designs are clearly communicated in the “before� and “after� illustrations, all design
strategies are viable.
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