DISPLACED: Design for Inclusive Cities

Submission: June 12, 2018
Registration: June 12, 2018
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


DISPLACED: DESIGN FOR INCLUSIVE CITIES calls upon designers of all disciplines to apply the power of design thinking to the urgent need to welcome, support and empower urban immigrants and refugees. We seek game-changing ideas that radically rethink aspects of our designed urban environment to improve the lives of everyone. Beyond the issue of immediate shelter, how can the design of our urban environments create a sense of sanctuary that nurtures and strengthens long-term resettlement?


Our world is witnessing a time of record migration and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are now more than 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

Cities are on the front lines of this global crisis. Sixty to seventy percent of displaced people now live in cities. As the number of urban displaced persons grows, so does the moral imperative to welcome and embrace them.

While immigrants and refugees face many challenges in their new urban lives — language, access to services, work and housing, cultural barriers — they also bring new energy to our cities and economies. Their success is our success.


What design processes, approaches and solutions will help us house, connect and empower immigrants and refugees in our cities? How can design foster urban environments that welcome newcomers of all backgrounds, ensuring that all feel valued and are empowered to participate in the social, civic and economic fabric of our shared communities?


First Prize – $7,500 USD

Second Prize – $3,000 USD

Third Prize – $2,000 USD

Honorable Mention – $1,500 USD

Student – $1,000


April 17: Competition opens

June 12: Competition closes

July 19: Jury deliberation

September: Winners announced

December – February: Winners exhibited


Early Bird (by 5/15): Professionals $100/Students $30; Standard $150/$50

Go to the competition’s website