Register: JUN/04/2018, Submit: JUN/04/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, students, enthusiasts, architects, designers; individually, teams up to 4 member, Fee: 40 GBP (Pound sterling) (FEB/27 – MAR/12/2018), 60 GBP (MAR/13 – MAY/21/2018), 80 GBP (MAY/22 – JUN/04/2018); discount: 25% for Macro and Micro competition at the same times, Awards: Winner 1,000 GBP, Runner-up 400 GBP, 6+ Honorable Mentions, People’s Choice 100 GBP
For this challenge, we are starting a living revolution. ‘Macro to Micro’ is a two-challenge competition looking at revolutionising the way we live from the city to the human scale. In this competition, we will focus on the Macro element and ask you to engage with the idea of new neighbourhoods and greenfield developments on a city scale. Today, we live in a housing crisis. The solution is the expansion of urban areas into previously greenfield sites in schemes that are driven by profit rather than quality of life and design, which see empty land and wildlife not as assets but as usable vacant plots. At the same time, we are told that we should be more respectful of our environments. Sustainability is no longer an optional trend, but rather a vital requirement. Today, the preservation of our increasingly threatened wildlife and natural surroundings are as much a priority to us humans as urban expansion and new housing.
SO WHAT DO WE DO?
The debate today is this: do we solve the growing housing shortage crisis through urban expansion or do we focus on wildlife preservation through strict zoning laws in favour of greenbelts? It’s a lose-lose situation with no real benefit as it sets up mediocre compromises and augments a vicious cycle. Instead, we believe the debate should focus on defining a new paradigm in the way we perceive what our new urban expansions could look like in the future. What we need is a shift in perception from ‘man or nature’ to ‘man and nature’. How can we begin to see urbanisation and wildlife pockets as two elements which can co-exist successfully in symbiosis rather than in direct competition? We believe the answer to this will pave the way to a radically new system of both imagining and developing the future of our man-made environments and our existing wildlife assets together.
For this competition, your goal is to deliver a new concept of neighbourhood within a current greenfield site on the outskirts of Manchester, the United Kingdom. Your focus will be to develop a landscape-led vision for the area with the goal of maximising the existing natural assets present on site whilst at the same time accommodating for the needs for human living by providing valuable (and much needed) housing numbers. The outcome should strive to define a new paradigm of what a neighbourhood of the future could be. Challenge the status quo, push boundaries, define new frontiers and – why not – have fun. Remember that this competition is about shifting vision so don’t be afraid to dream big.