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Pearls of green – Landscape design competition

Submission: November 2, 2021
Registration: November 1, 2021
Language: English
Location: Chicago
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open


The challenge of the competition is to design a park that is dedicated to the ‘Miegakure’ form of garden design. ‘Hide and Reveal’ is the essence of this concept and this dynamism generates a sense of rhythm. With this, the movement of light and darkness, the active and passive nature of spaces, and expansion and contraction in the layout are felt intensely by the person experiencing the garden.

The essence of Miegakure must be extracted in the design. The entire landscape architecture must not be discerned from a single viewpoint. A sequence of views must be created and imagined as a composition from the viewer’s experience. Achieving harmony and balance is paramount.

The challenge here is making the geographical constraints of the site work in favor of the design. Playing with the levels on-site can help provide various iterations for design concepts. Transformation of spaces through framing or concealing, and the transition of the viewer’s gaze while walking on a fixed path, must be seamless.

Competition Objectives

Layout – the existing terrain must be studied to design the layout and create areas/zones in the park design. Decide on what must be retained and what can be removed with justification.

User experience – the concept of Miegakure must be used as a tool of design for the park and its representation must be presented in the form of a narrative from visitor view.

Context – the culture, heritage, and environmental conditions of the old park and the city must be taken into consideration while designing.

Sustainability – Local biodiversity must be incorporated. The design of the park must reduce air pollution, urban heat island effect and noise pollution, and other site issues. There must be no wastage of resources and harm inflicted on the site.


  • 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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