Robust – A Civic Center to protect locals from hurricanes

Submission: January 11, 2022
Registration: January 10, 2022
Language: English
Location: Houston, USA
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design a civil protection centre that can become a shelter for town people during hurricane emergencies. The aim of the design is to be a multifunctional space that is used by service agencies as well as the public for activities. It must also serve as a training facility for hurricane preparedness. It can be used as a facility for the storage of amenities and dispersal of emergency services, in the aftermath of a disaster.

It will operate as a command centre for agencies responsible for citizen protection, rescue, and management.

The structure must be fortified to stand against the hurricane hazards of storms, flooding, and flying debris. Hurricane-proof materials and technology must be explored. In the process of boosting hurricane resistance, the quality of design must not be compromised.

Design Objectives

Agile: The design of the module must be compact with easy installation and dismantling.

Resilient: The centre must be able to withstand the event of a hurricane.

Multifunctional: The spaces in the centre must accommodate a range of activities.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


  • 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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