Transcend – Public square clock tower design competition

Submission: November 2, 2021
Registration: November 1, 2021
Language: English
Location: Worldwide
Prizes: $24000
Type: Urban Design


Design a public timepiece that reflects the advancement of humans through millennia. ‘Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend’, this philosophy will hold true for eternity. Time can neither be stopped nor reversed and measuring it is what helps us make sense of the world. Obelisks for shadows, hourglasses with sand falling, candles melting away, all of these, were the earliest devices of measuring time.

These ingenious methods were used to design the form of a clock. When mechanisms emerged, they were embedded in timepieces for precision time-keeping. Clocks with pendulums, which are now obsolete, are still known for their antique aesthetic.

In their time, pendulum clocks reduced the gain and loss of seconds by a huge range, compared to their predecessors, leading to a decline in their usage. Although they are obscure now, these ancient timepieces had charming looks that drove curiosity and mysticism, as compared to the clocks of today. Meanwhile, modern clocks serve their purpose with ease, accuracy, and efficiency.


Ideation – The theme is to derive a suitable expression of time and this must be represented adequately in the design proposal
Blend – A seamless blend of the past and the present, must be achieved to design a timeless timepiece, for an unpredictable future. Landmark – The design must create a visual impact on the context. Consider material palette, form, lighting, and so on.
Context – The design must take into consideration the site conditions and the culture and heritage of its surrounding


+ The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
+ The team limit for this competition is 4 members maximum per team.
+ You can register more than one team but they have to be registered separately.


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