Register: JUL/01/2018, Submit: JUL/01/2018, Eligibility: Architects, UX designers, civic leaders, educators, landscape designers, industrial designers, urban planners, design strategists, graphic designers, non-profit leaders, students, community groups; individually, (multidisciplinary) teams, Fee: Professionals 100 USD, students 30 USD (APR/17 – MAY/15/2018); professionals 150 USD, students 50 USD (MAY/16 – JUL/01/2018), Awards: 1st Prize 7,500 USD, 2nd Prize 3,000 USD, 3rd Prize 2,000 USD, Honorable Mention 1,500 USD, Student 1,000 USD
Our world is witnessing a time of record migration and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are now more than 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Cities are on the front lines of this global crisis. Sixty to seventy percent of displaced people now live in cities. As the number of urban displaced persons grows, so does the moral imperative to welcome and embrace them.
While immigrants and refugees face many challenges in their new urban lives – language, access to services, work and housing, cultural barriers – they also bring new energy to our cities and economies. Their success is our success.
What design processes, approaches and solutions will help us connect and empower immigrants and refugees in our cities? How can design foster urban environments that welcome newcomers of all backgrounds, ensuring that all feel valued and are empowered to participate in the social, civic and economic fabric of our shared communities?