arup writing contest

Doggerel Writing Contest

Submission: June 19, 2017
Registration: June 19, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Grand Prize 1,000 USD, up to 2 runners-up 250 USD each
Type: Open


“For the vast majority of challenges facing growing cities today, a new, yet-to-be-developed technology or innovation is not what we need. We need better politics, a better approach to appreciating triple-bottom-line benefits, and better ways to scale things up. We need implementation.” (Brian Swett, Cities Leader for Arup in the Americas) Over the past few years, Arup’s Cities Alive initiative has provided a platform for exploring traditionally overlooked issues in the built environment, from nighttime lighting to child-friendly urban design. Now we want to hear from you!

Describe an undercelebrated idea that you think holds great potential to shape better cities. The proposed idea should have clear relevance to the relationship between design and the built environment. We welcome submissions exploring various aspects of this relationship, whether technical, aesthetic, economic, or political.


Judges will consider the following:

  • Proposed idea’s potential to improve one or more critical aspects of urban life
  • Creativity and originality
  • Demonstrated command of the historical and theoretical context, as well as understanding of the potential for implementing the proposed idea
  • Clear, accessible language and ideas


Each submission must be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Multiple submissions are permitted. Each submission shall be written in English.

Images (photography, sketches, graphics, infographics, etc.) are not required but are welcome! If imagery is included, the author must have legal permission to reprint it. If imagery is not included, Doggerel editorial staff may source or illustrate as appropriate.

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