Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 36

Submission: June 21, 2016
Registration: June 21, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st. Prize: $5,000, 2nd. Prize: $2,000, 3rd. Prize: $1,000
Type: Open


In a world of climate change and refugees fleeing war and political chaos, Pamphlet Architecture calls for proposals based on the concept of buoyancy and lift (“Floating Cities”), visionary solutions providing housing, clinics, and community services to 1,500–2,000 inhabitants with incremental additions while incorporating innovative technologies.

While several Floating Cities were proposed as plans for future architecture in the twentieth-century such as Kiyonori Kikutake’s Marine City (1958), Kenzō Tange’s Tokyo Bay Plan (1961), Buckminster Fuller’s Triton City (1967), and Archigram’s Walking Cities, the twenty-first century adds a critical new urgency to these visionary schemes. With climate change raising the planet’s sea levels, there well may be many climate refugees in the near future. The evolving technologies of solar, ocean, and tidal power, electricity storage, and solar desalination for fresh water improve the potential for new Floating Cities.

With an average ground-level elevation of only five feet above sea level, the island country of the Maldives could be the first nation in history to be fully submerged by the rising ocean. Ice melts at a rate of more than 86,000 square kilometers per year, continually adding to the sea level. In the future, urban habitats that float and rise may be intelligent. New organizations such as The Seasteading Institute—founded in San Francisco in 2008—and DeltaSync in the Netherlands provide topical reasoning for this approach.

This Pamphlet Architecture call is focused on the architectural language and spatial potential of this new type of city. It engages questions of spatial energy, the quality of light, water, and amenities for these habitats.


Send hard copy submittals in standard Pamphlet Architecture booklet format, to put forward and illustrate the proposal, and facilitate jury deliberation.

7 × 8 ½ inches, 16 pages minimum

Submittals must arrive by:
June 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. EST

Send submittals to:
Princeton Architectural Press, 37 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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