Submission: May 05, 2022
Registration: May 05, 2022
Language: English
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see the details below
Type: Open


The aim of the “WAR CITIES – Utopian and Dystopian Visions” competition is to develop one image that represents the built environment in a war scenario. The participants are asked to create one image that, going beyond the aesthetic, is able to sharply communicate a strong vision of a war scenario. To do so, designers are asked to envision two scenarios in the same image – half showing a dystopian future, where war is an everyday reality, and the other half a utopian vision, where the world is at constant peace.

Architectural representation plays a fundamental role in how a project is perceived by the audience. In order to enable the viewer to act as the intermediary between image and imagination, building and drawing, reality and representation, architectural representation should be more than a rigid drawing toward objective reality, but rather a multifaceted interpretative lens.

This competition is an opportunity to envision the impact of this crisis on the world. What a world that had never witnessed a war scenario would look like? What would be a world facing a perpetual war? How will the war impact the built environment? How will people live in public spaces? You only have one image to answer those questions.

By organizing this competition, Non Architecture aims to raise awareness of the current war events and to help refugees by donating the profits of this competition to an organization directly involved with the Ukrainian crisis.

One A3 image, half showing a dystopian future and the other half a utopian vision, based on the current war conflict between Russia and Ukraine. What a world without war would look like? And a world in constant war? Choose any location in the world and share your vision. The participants are asked to draft one image, with absolute freedom of scale, site, technique and level of abstraction.


01 – 14 April – Early registration period (30 €).
15 – 21 April – Regular registration period (55 €).
22 – 28 April – Late registration period (70 €).
29 April – 05 May – Last-minute registration period (85 €).

01 May – Submission opens on our website.
05 May – 11.59 PM – Submission closes.



1.000 euros.
Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website. Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.
Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

FINALISTS (Up to 43 Prizes)

Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions Journal.


The organization might establish additional special prizes and awards during the competition development and in the evaluation phase.
Note: The appearance on the involved architectural platforms is subject to the agenda and availability of the external platforms.


Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team members can be uploaded during the submission procedure of the final drawing.


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