Design a place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship that positively impacts human or other factors.
Register: JUN/21/2021, Submit: JUN/21/2021, Eligibility: Students and professionals from any discipline; individually, teams up to 5 members, Fee: Students: 30 CAD (Canadian dollar), professionals: 60 CAD (MAR/22 – APR/30/2021); students: 40 CAD, professionals: 80 CAD (MAY/01 – JUN/21/2021), Awards: 3 Winners: 2,000 CAD (approx. 1,585 USD) each, 12 Honorable Mentions, up to 35 Finalists
Borders are spaces of transition – thresholds between areas with different characteristics. Whether political and imposed through human agency, or natural and made manifest through geographical features, borders have been, are, and will continue to be a staging ground for civilization’s greatest challenges. As urbanization pushes human activity towards Earth’s hinterlands, and existential threats such as – but not limited to – nationalism, warfare and climate change make geopolitical agreements more precarious, how we choose to choreograph and intersect these liminal spaces will reveal much about our priorities.
This international design ideas competition – the second in the CBDX Series – asks: How can designers intervene in borders? What logics of territory are necessary to mediate between areas on either side of a divide? Is it about “or”? Perhaps “and”? Perhaps renneither? Perhaps both? And as advancements in technology further shorten distances and der immaterial previous restrictions across space. What even is the future of borders? How do we design borderlands?
Thus, this competition asks entrants to consider the opportunities, challenges, and complexities latent within borders and propose new paradigms of operation and entropy.
The CBDX: Borderlands International Design Ideas Competition asks entrants to:
- Choose any type of border anywhere on Earth – political, natural, landscape, fiat, geometric, maritime, relic, or atmospheric;
- Choose a topic or friction that presents a programmatic opportunity, challenge or complexity;
- Design a place, structure, thing, system, process, or relationship that positively impacts the agents (human or otherwise) that are affected, influenced, or are in proximity to that border.
City Building Design Experiments and Exhibitions – is an initiative by the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL). The goals of CBDX are to collectively tackle the big issues of tomorrow, initiate change and foster new ideas, and showcase innovation. CBDX explores two topics annually through an international design ideas competition, resulting in biannual exhibitions and an annual publication.
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