Biodesign Competition

Submission: August 31, 2016
Registration: August 31, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: $1000
Type: Open


How can we create buildings that heal themselves, ourselves, and the natural environment? Advances in synthetic biology, bio-printing, and material engineering have opened up a whole new field of Biodesign – and we’re giving away $1000 to the best project that integrates the natural world into the built environment. The winner of our Biodesign Competition will also be showcased to the X-Prizefoundation as well as millions of Inhabitat readers around the world – so enter today!


Any individual who enters the Competition must be at least the age of legal majority in the jurisdiction where they reside. The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor and of the Website, and their respective officers and directors, its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotional agencies, and their immediate families (spouse, parent, sibling, child, and spouse of any of the foregoing) and those living in their immediate households, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter the Competition or to win the prize.


The entry period for the Competition begins at 11:00 am PST on August 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PST on August 31, 2016 (“Entry Period”). Entries received before or after the Entry Period will not be considered unless an early entry is resubmitted during the Entry Period.


The Competition seeks radical visions for the following categories:

  • Spaces for living
  • Single family home in the suburban context
  • Multi family apartment in a metropolitan city context
  • Informal settlement or slum dwelling in the global south
  • In situ revitalization of abandoned buildings in the context of post industrial cities with declining population such as Detroit
  • Spaces for learning or healing
  • Visions for primary or secondary schools
  • Novel typologies for wellness institutes.

Participants are encouraged to consider the following questions while thinking about their designs:

  • WHAT recent technological developments will enable such a transformation?
  • WHY do you think these technologies will transform construction industry? What value do you see in such a paradigm shift? Will the buildings generate their own energy or aid wellness?
  • HOW will they transform the construction process ? Will buildings be grown instead of assembled?

The submission requirements include
One 11X17” panel demonstrating the idea
One 11X17” size moonshot panel with a view/rendering/illustration/collage
A reflection of max 150 words about the project

Participants are free to choose any medium of representation that they prefer (sketch, 3D render, technical drawing, photomontage, mixed media). The entries should have a clear technological precedent and a visual narrative speculating its future for biodesign based construction process. All text must be in English. All delivered material must be marked with your team number, presented clearly in the bottom right-hand corner of BOTH your boards.


Submit the following 4 versions of your proposal:
1. High-resolution (no larger than 20MB) PDF containing both A3 posters for your project. Saved as: teamXXXX-large-PDF.pdf
2. Low-resolution (no larger than 2MB) PDF containing both A3 poster of your project. Saved as: teamXXXX-small-PDF.pdf
3. High-resolution (no larger than 5mb) illustration of your project. This can be a render, picture, collage, model photo, drawing etc. This file will be used for our web page and promotional purposes. Must be of JPEG format with 300DPI resolution. Saved as: teamXXXX-large-JPEG.jpeg
4. Low-resolution (no larger than 500KB) illustration of your project. Must be of JPEG format, with 72DPI resolution. Saved as: teamXXXX-small-JPEG.jpeg

* teamXXXX – insert your own team number


Submissions will be evaluated by an independent panel of jury. Evaluation criteria will consider factors such as:

  • Relation to the competition outline and relevance to the design category
  • Technological coherence
  • Response to competition questions
  • Quality and style of representation.
  • Potential for disrupting the construction and design industry

Winners will be announced on Inhabitat.com and Inhabitat.com/biodesign-competition/, and the winner will be notified by email by email.


The winner of BioDesign Futures will receive a cash prize of $1000.

Winners in each category will also receive gift cards from Lowe’s as well as signed copies of “Sustainable School Architecture” by Eric Corey Freed and “The Restorative Home” by David Hertz. There will be honorable mentions in each category, the number determined by the jury.

The winning entries will be displayed at an exhibition at the XPRIZE VIsioneering Summit 2016 in Los Angeles at the end of September 2016. The winning entries will also be featured on Inhabitat.com.

The competition is supported by Lowe’s Innovation Lab, the X Prize Foundation and Inhabitat.

Go to the competition’s website