About the Competition
This international design ideas competition—the first in the CBDX series—asks, What does a city for all look like? How does it operate and function? How can it come into being? What place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship must be forged to engender a more just and equitable ‘city for all’? And in particular—this is perhaps the most crucial question—the competition asks, How are these aims navigated by, through, and with the current uncertainty wrought by the ongoing global pandemic and the long-term existential threats of environmental degradation and climate change?
This is the year a wide-ranging set of inequities—that have always been there—have been brought to bear. The only difference is that now a significantly larger percentage of the public, and wider society, has become aware of how urgent addressing these issues are. As various movements have demonstrated, such as Black Lives Matter, the time to act is now.
Thus, this competition asks entrants to consider how matters of equity and activism, ecology and environment, and health and wellness might converge—and unfold—within our future cities.
OPEN TO ALL: STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS; INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS.
The CBDX: CITIES FOR ALL International Design Ideas Competition asks entrants to:
Choose a non-fictional site on Earth—this could be an entire city itself, a neighborhood, a block, a building, a street, an alley, a bus stop;
Choose a non-fictional human client(s) that has been underrepresented, undervalued and/or under-addressed in prevailing/dominant design discourse; and,
Design a place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship that increases the inclusion, belonging and equity of your client within the context of your site—while keeping in mind the twin challenges of the pandemic and climate change as opportunities for your design to unfold.
Competition Announced: September 23rd, 2020.
Competition Launches + Registration Opens: October 1st, 2020.
Submission Page Opens: October 31st, 2020.
Submission Deadline: December 31st, 2020 @ 11:59pm MST (Calgary time; GMT-6).
Winners Announced/Exhibition Launches: February 10th, 2021.
Publication Launches: Fall 2021.
Entry ID request
Please read the registration instructions on the competition website carefully as failure to adhere to the proper guidelines might result in disqualification from the competition.
Step 1: Request an Entry ID. This will be your unique identifier for your submission and will allow us to keep submissions anonymous. This is an automated process: you will automatically be assigned a 10-digit number.
Step 2: Register for the competition (we highly recommend you use the same email that you used to request an Entry ID). The registration page will ask for your Entry ID (10-digit number).
Step 3: If you would like to submit more than one submission, you will need to repeat steps 1 and 2 again for each unique submission.
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Early (October 1st - 31st, 2020): $30 CAD (students); $60 CAD (professionals).
Regular (November 1st - December 31st, 2020): $40 CAD (students); $80 CAD (professionals).
$6,000 CAD total prize money
3 winners to each receive $2,000 CAD, a certificate, publication in the inaugural CBDX issue, and exhibited in a curated exhibition of the competition’s selected entries.
12 honorable mentions to each receive a certificate, publication in the inaugural CBDX issue, and exhibited in a curated exhibition of the competition’s selected entries.
up to 35 finalists to be exhibited in a curated exhibition of the competition’s selected entries.
The CBDX Series is made possible through the generous support of Stantec.