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Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition 2011

The Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition was created in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers. Metropolis saw the need for a new type of competition, one that went beyond the usual beauty pageants for finished projects, a competition that would generate and reward ideas.

The Next Generation Design Competition is open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students.

The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect systems thinking, sustainability, accessibility, materials exploration, progressive technologies, historic relevance, provocative form, and beauty.


Metropolis celebrates the next generation by rewarding imaginative young designers, be they employed by large companies, those striving with their own young firms or on their own, as well as students.

For 2011 Metropolis is asking for a Zero Environmental Footprint for a GSA building. You’re challenged to think about how we work, what we use, how we get where we need to go, hidden costs to our pocketbooks and the environment, across the whole design spectrum. Focus on one area that needs fixing – products, interiors, buildings, landscape, communication systems, or anything else you can imagine – and develop your idea fully, or develop a whole system of fixes.

Please see the 2011 project brief for further details.


A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the best project. There is only one cash prize, but the runners-up will get plenty of clips from print and online coverage, in Metropolis and, to help generate buzz for their projects.

The winner will be announced in the May 2011 issue of Metropolis Magazine, which will hit newsstands on or around 27 May 2011.


  • The Next Generation Design Competition is open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students.
  • By submitting an entry, whether as a proposal or a working design, the entrant warrants that it is his/her original work and that they have permission to publish the material.
  • Up to three submissions will be accepted from an individual or team of collaborators.
  • A separate application and entry fee is required for each project submitted.

How to enter?

Projects must be submitted electronically via the online submission form on the official website. Metropolis will not accept mailed materials.

For further information, contact meeghan [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

The entry fee is $75 for each submission.