Ashore – Eco-sensitive Pier Design Challenge

Submission: November 23, 2021
Registration: November 22, 2021
Language: English
Location: Alabama
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open


The challenge is to design an eco-sensitive pier that acts as a recreational spot and a viewpoint for the visitors. The need to unwind after a very long day of work is common for all human beings. To escape, we tend to look for places with tranquil or calm surroundings, and these are very difficult to find in modern cities. The ‘concrete jungle’ is a land of opportunity and work, but inept for leisure.

So, our quest for relaxation takes us to natural landscapes such as mountains, beaches or forests, for peace and quiet. Owing to their popularity, we earmark some of these habitats and make them hospitable with hotels, viewpoints, trekking paths, and so on, to accommodate the many visitors in comfortable settings.

As a result, Ecotourism emerged aiming to provide an undisturbed experience of eco spots. The focus was not just on the audience, but also the environment to ensure responsible travel, with no harm inflicted on habitats. But like with every industry, the more traction the travel and tourism industry gained, the more commercialized it got. The purpose behind it started vanishing, beyond the cloud of profits.

How can growth and ecotourism be conceived together in the same frame?

Competition Objectives

Context – Site conditions must be taken into consideration while designing. Materials and construction intricacies are to be maintained as per local convenience.

Ecological – The design must use minimal resources and cause the least disruption to the site. Material choice, techniques, layout, and so on, must not cause harm to the site context.

Public Function – The view deck must function as a space for leisure and recreation. Awareness of ocean pollution must also be promoted through activity.

Landmark – The image of the pier has to attract visitors and promote contemplation of human ways, and sensitizing them to ocean pollution, water conservation, and so on.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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