Canopy – A waterfront pavilion to bring people together

Submission: January 4, 2022
Registration: January 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: San Francisco
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The design challenge is to create a resilient urban centre in a coastal region. The pavilion designed must be capable of withstanding harsh conditions in the event of a disaster. The aim of the design is to explore a new way of incorporating disaster-proof designing into city planning. The way the construction will behave in the event of a calamity must be anticipated. The design must be a transient and resilient, quality parcel of the public domain.

Waterfront developments are the heart and soul of coastal places, grounds for public interaction. But their precarious location calls for disaster-resistant structures. We need to find out ways to keep the design of waterfront construction relevant in these circumstances.

The pavilion must consist of a marketplace, food courts, green spaces, and so on, all under one roof. Multi-functional spaces will attract a variety of users to the centre, enabling social gatherings.

Design Objectives

Resilient: The construction on the site must be able to withstand events such as seasonal floods or storms.

Multi-functional: Different activities are to be accommodated in this area so flexibility in the spatial design must be achieved.

Harmony: The design must establish some harmony or connection with the surroundings while having outstanding features.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic, and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


  • 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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