designing resilience

Designing Resilience Open Competition 2017

Submission: July 17, 2017
Registration: July 17, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


In the last decade and beyond, we have witnessed natural disasters and extreme weather events besiegning human settlements across various continents at greater frequency due to the effects of climate change. From earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, to extreme temperature resulting in droughts, subsidence and floods, these events have wreaked havoc to urban areas alike; they have devastated communities, cost lives and brought destruction.

Through the DRIA International Open Competition we hope to promote and foster a substantive discussion about anticipatory, preventive, mitigation and adaptive design solutions, ideas and propositions towards the resiliency of cities in view of the effects of climate change. We hope to provide a platform to highlight the role of planning, landscape, urban and architectural design, and building and industrial design technologies in enhancing our cities and communities’ resilience.

The 2017 DRIA International Open Competition encourages participants to propose innovative WATER SOLUTIONS at the urban planning, urban design, architecture, building technology or the industrial design scales to tackle the challenge of DROUGHTS & WATER SCARCITY’ in our cities, neighborhoods and communities. There are no restrictions in regards to country, site, neighborhood, program, or size. Projects can focus on any city in the world, on a specific urban location or can be a general concept or design without a specific site. Submitted proposals should be original and cannot have been awarded or published previously.

The speculative proposals will engage with design and technology that connect the physical and the social aspects of a community to promote its resiliency in response to droughts and water scarcity as the effects of climate change.


We invite students, architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, engineers, designers, ngo’s, organizations and everyone all over the world interested in the mission of the DRIA, to submit their proposals and ideas to the 2017 DRIA International Open Competition. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Participants may submit multiple projects, but each entry must be registered and submitted separately, with different DRIA ID numbers. Teams cannot be larger than 5 participants. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to join.


17 April 2017        Start of registration and submission period

17 July 2017          Registration and submission deadline (All submissions are due by 11:59 pm Singapore time)

18 August 2017   Announcement of competition results at 17:30 pm Singapore time (Time to be confirmed)

– There is a registration fee of SGD 90 (ninety singapore dollars) per project. Only credit card payment is accepted.

– Once you have done the payment you will receive the DRIA ID number to be placed in your panels,


1ST PRIZE – SGD 2,500

2ND PRIZE – SGD 1,500

3RD PRIZE – SGD 1,000

*There will also be 7 special mentions. Winners and special mentions will be published in the DRIA website AND IN THE 2018 PROGRAM BOOK.

Go to the competition’s website