ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Organized by:
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. "
Barack Obama
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The ONE Prize 2013 competition that aims to explore the social, economic, and ecological possibilities of urban
transformation and design. In the context of a changing climate and how cities can adapt to future challenges, ONE
Prize 2013 is a call to deploy ecologically sound design to mitigate storm impact through urban interventions,
protective parks and shoreline, new housing and public space models. We want to reinvigorate cities physical and
social infrastructure, repurpose spaces for environmental adaptation and put design in the service of the

The ONE Prize seeks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists,
students and individuals of all backgrounds.

Can Rockaway Beach restore its social infrastructure through public space?
Can a community change its design to accept storms without losing character?
Can urban ecosystems be enhanced to prevent flooding?
Can shorelines be shielding as well as interactive?
Can vital city resources be protected against the unforeseen?
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. The teams can have one or more
members. The proposals can be for a real or speculative project, for one or more real sites, and located either in
the U.S. or abroad, but applicable to the U.S. Further, the 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 cities physical infrastructure, but it leaves out
the social, environmental and community structures. Power restoration was priority number one post Superstorm
Sandy, however the push to aid the eight million people who lost power was far from urgent. Governments will
continue to storm proof cities, protecting them from physical and economic damage. Nonetheless it is up to architects,
engineers, ecologists, urban planners, and designers to storm proof cities with competent planning and design
solutions that can be ecologically sound and socially responsible.

Change in climate requires societal, institutional and personal change. Engagement and partnerships are crucial to
create this change through collaboration between design professionals, scientists, economists, and the spectrum of
public agents, advocates, and stakeholders. Science and technology have created the tools. Using science for design,
investing in public knowledge and public space and supporting long-term growth of urban ecosystem is the way to
build resilient cities. A storm proof future is imperative for maintaining existence. This is a call for action to storm proof
cities, ecosystems and social structures; to combine engineering and quality-of-life design to sustain existence of
future generations.


ONE Prize
Cash Award of $5,000
Press coverage by One Prize media sponsors.
Presentation of Designs at Lectures and Exhibitions.
Prominent Year-Long Exposure on the Competition Website

THREE Honorable Mentions
Cash Award of $500 each.


Each entry should include:
Two 24� by 36� 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


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
author teams.

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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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