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Planetary Urbanism – ARCH+ International Competition

The ARCH+ Journal, in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference, is hosting an international competition called Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design. The Competition is supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany consulted by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

The Planetary Urbanism competition is about casting light on the current problems of the urbanization process, indicating strategies in the approach to these problems and presenting more advanced concepts of urbanization.

ARCH+ will award 20,000 Euro in prize money for visualizations, developed on the basis of empirical material, of data and facts.

Presentations should look behind the facts and clarify coherencies and trends and visually display spatial and temporal circumstances by tracing the forces driving their development. To master the task, all techniques of visual representation and pictorial media can be employed, but a coherent overall concept should be recognizable in the selection, transformation and presentation of the information.

Some of the possible topical groups that may be developed as main focus areas are:

  • Urban Metabolism
  • Spatial Structure
  • Population
  • Social Innovations
  • Digital City
  • Real Estate Industry

The Planetary Urbanism competition is intended for designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts; scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences; and students from both of the above fields. Cooperation in interdisciplinary teams is recommended.

The competition entries will be published by the organizers and exhibited in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference 2016 – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.