Dencity Competition 2015

Submission: April 20, 2015
Registration: April 20, 2015
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes1st prize: US$ 1500, 2nd prize: US$ 600, 3rd prize: US$ 300
Type: Open


Rapid world growth and urbanization is not allowing cities to adapt and provide for their inhabitants. Towns are quickly growing into cities, and some of the densest places in the world are comprised of makeshift homes, otherwise referred to as slums.

Furthermore, already overcrowded cities have to absorb people leaving their rural hometown in hope of job opportunities. There are currently over 1 billion slum dwellers in the world. This number is expected to reach 2 billion by the year 2030. Now, more than ever, we need to play a central role in the development of substandard neighborhoods. Slums effect much more than just housing; they affect almost all living conditions and communities as a whole.

The intent of this competition is twofold: to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of this massive problem. Contestants should consider how design can empower communities and allow for a self sufficient future.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program, or size. Projects can be based on a specific location or a general concept. The object is to limit constraints and give participants the freedom to think in the most creative way possible. Submissions do not need to be created exclusively for this competition, but should not have been submitted elsewhere.

Architects, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations are all invited to participate in this competition. No professional qualifications are necessary. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to join.

  • Registration Fee is $50/project
  • Registration opens December 1, 2014
  • Registration closes March 15, 2015
  • Late Registration goes until April 20, 2015 at midnight and is $75
  • Participants may submit multiple projects, but must register each entry
  • Individual entries are allowed. All teams are limited to 4 people maximum
  • Register online here

After your registration has been approved, Shelter will send you a registration number (within 2 business days.) The registration number will be necessary to submit to the competition.