The theme for the first competition — equity, diversity and inclusion — was determined in response to the global Black Lives Matters movement reignited by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. CITIES FOR ALL also respond to the University of Calgary’s new draft strategy, UNSTOPPABLE: Growth Through Focus, and SAPL's grand challenge themes.
CBDX: CITIES FOR ALL, asked entrants to submit design proposals for places, structures, things, systems, processes or relationships that increase inclusion, belonging, and well-being for a group who is typically underrepresented or undervalued in the prevailing design discourse. The competition all, released in October 2020, sparked international discussion around equitable, inclusive cities.
Organized in teams of one to five, 405 people from around the world participated. The competition elicited 145 submissions from 108 cities representing 26 different countries. Winning entries were announced at virtual panel event on February 10, 2021.
More than 300 people from across the world gathered virtually via Zoom to hear the jury speak about the competition entries. Nicola Johnson, marketing specialist with SAPL, reports on the winning entries and some the most interesting design proposals →