warming_architecture competition

WARMING Architecture Competition

Submission: August 03, 2020
Registration: August 02, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Our world is changing. Imagine Miami Beach permanently underwater, hurricanes constantly clashing against Manhattan, devastating droughts in London, and heatwaves that render Barcelona unlivable. A future like this currently occupies our imagination but inches closer to reality each day.
What does our world look like in this future? How do our lives change? How will our built environment and decisions as a society react to rising sea levels, extended droughts, climbing temperatures, and other symptoms of global warming? How can our buildings, processes, and lifestyles prevent the severity of natural disasters, degrading air quality, melting ice caps, and climate change at large?

WARMING calls on students and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, design, and engineering; plus problem solvers from all backgrounds to help guide and imagine humanity’s pathway forward on Earth.


Quite often, the severity of global warming is overlooked or ignored. Information is commonly presented in scientific detail that is not easily understood or related to. As designers, architects, and problem solvers, we can depict the future that we may soon face, along with humanity’s role in shaping it.

​Participants may propose strategies that prevent the rise of global warming or strategies that react to the changing world we will inhabit. Participants may also take a combined approach.

PREVENT – designs and strategies that address issues such as renewable energy, recycling, sustainable farming, alternative transportation, etc.

REACT – designs and strategies that address issues such as sea level rise, droughts, wilderness fires, severe weather, habitat destruction, etc.


WARMING is open to all designers and disciplines. Participation is encouraged from architects, planners, graphic designers, engineers, and all problem solvers who are looking to take action against climate change.

Teams may be comprised of one to four members from similar or interdisciplinary educational and professional backgrounds.

Past projects can be adapted and submitted to the competition. Projects that have been previously submitted to other competitions are not permitted for submission to WARMING.

Submission Materials(4) 16″ x 20″ (40.64cm x 50.8cm) graphic representations formatted landscape and (1) 8″ x 10″ project text summary (under 200 words) formatted landscape. All materials are to be submitted as a combined PDF document. Graphic representation boards may not include text other than number labels (ex. ① ② ③). Graphic boards will be reviewed by jury members alongside their respective text summaries, where number labels may be defined.


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