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One Prize 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough

Brooklyn-based design collective Terreform One announces the second annual One Prize Award, an open call for proposals for the NYC Blue Network and Clean Tech World Expo E3NYC in 2014, with $10,000 to go to the winning contestant.

Since 2006, Terreform One has been a pioneer in green design and sustainable construction technology. With visionary proposals in the fields of public transit, waste reuse and community development, as well as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the Terreform One team has pushed the conceptual envelope for ecologically sensitive architecture; One Prize is the group’s annual design and science award to promote green design in cities.

Last year, the competition attracted 202 teams and 850 team members from 20 different countries in 5 continents.


For those of you who don’t know, Terreform One is a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities.

In 2011, One Prize challenges contestants to propose the NYC Blue Network by expanding waterborne transportation and linking the five boroughs with a series of green transit hubs incorporating electric passenger ferries, water taxis, bike shares, electric car-share and electric shuttle buses as well as providing in-water recreation, water-oriented educational and cultural activities and climate resilience.

All submissions will be evaluated by the jury based on:

  • core premise and objectives
  • inventiveness
  • design approach developed at a conceptual level
  • opportunities for implementation

A lot more details can be found in the competition brief.


The best proposal will be awarded the $10,000 grand prize, while all finalists will receive prominent year-long exposure on the competition website. After the jury announces its decision on 15 July 2011, winner and finalists both will present their designs at a ceremony to be promoted by the competition’s media sponsors.

The winning entries will also be featured in a web symposium that will match designers with leading experts in the relevant fields of cleantech, infrastructure, electric vehicles, real estate development, and market analysis, with an eye towards taking the proposals to the next level.


  • All submissions are non-returnable and all registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Copyright to the work is retained by the original author teams.
  • Terreform One and E3NYC retain the right to use any and all submitted work for press, publication, and exhibition purposes.

How to enter?

Submissions, formatted as a single PDF file no larger than 15MB should be emailed to info [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

A submission fee of $200 per entry is required from professional firms and teams, $100 per entry from students and student teams.