Register: OCT/16/2017, Submit: OCT/16/2017, Eligibility: Students, young professionals, architects, engineers, planners, designers, experts from any discipline, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 180,000 RUB (Russian ruble) (equivalent 3,000 EUR), 2nd Prize 120,000 RUB (equivalent 2,000 EUR), 3rd Prize 60,000 RUB (equivalent 1,000 EUR)
HSE Graduate School of Urbanism (Moscow) is launching the first international contest for students and young professionals ‘Cities for a flying world’. The aim of the competition is to promote discussion and research in order to generate insights and visions about the city to come, and to contribute to the development of flying technologies that will transform our environment in future. The contest is a part of the new master’s programme of the Graduate School of Urbanism ‘City and Technology: Prototyping Future Cities’.
The competition programme challenges participants to design a project related to the future of cities when flying technologies are widespread. Humanity is trying to achieve new heights and transform the air into the new ground. Even though people already know how to fly, how will the world change when flying devices are everywhere? Who would be new pedestrians in a city of self-driving vehicles and how will social life be changed? What will happen when a window of a house becomes a door to your flying car? There are a lot of scenarios presented in books and the movies about future of cities, but a future like this is coming soon.
Participants will be free to decide on the subject, scale and location of the project. Proposals could answer (but are not limited to) the following questions:
- What will cities look like when citizens have flying vehicles?
- How will buildings change if the roof or the window becomes a new entrance? Can buildings be built from top down?
- What will public transport using flying technology be like?
- How will deliveries by drone affect city communications?
- How will life be improved in poor neighbourhoods by drone technology?
- Will zeppelins be used in aerial leisure or logistics?
- What will the flying cars of the future look like?
- How could new modes of vertical transportation impact the development of cities?
- Could there be aerial zeppelin communities and how will they be organised?
Participants can develop a project for a new city, new building, new device, new social platform or a mix of all of the above. We are looking for the best proposals with ideas for the world to come (in the not too distant future), where flying technologies will change the way we work, live and play in the city.