Posted on: 7 March, 2019
Application deadline: July 20, 2019

Cities and refugees 2019 global student design ideas competition, Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW (Sydney), with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – Sustainable Landscapes and Cities Hub (APRU SCL).

The number of people fleeing conflict, violence and disasters across the world has never been higher.

Most refugees do not live in camps – forced displacement is now an urban phenomenon. Globally some 60% of forcibly displaced people live in cities, a number which is as high as 90% in some countries.

This global design ideas competition invites students to design a physical intervention/series of interventions that meaningfully improves the lives of refugees in the city, in the short, medium and/or long term.

Above all, design intervention(s) must result from the consideration of ‘non-physical’ issues such as social engagement, integration, livelihoods and governance.

To learn more about the competition, visit: https://citiesandrefugeescomp2019.com/

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A PDF of four A3 pages that graphically explains the intervention(s)
  • A movie of no more than 45 seconds that effectively communicates the intervention(s)
  • A narrative of no more 500 words

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to individuals or teams of students from any discipline. Students can be undergraduates or postgraduates
  • Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged
  • All entrants must be enrolled in a full or part time course from a recognised university. Entrants will be required to declare this upon submission

REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DATES

  • Competition registration needs to be before July 20, 2019, midnight Sydney time
  • To register, email compinfo2019@unsw.edu.au before the registration deadline
  • The competition submission date is August 10, 2019, midnight Sydney time
  • Submissions are made online via the competition website (this facility will be opened after the close of registration)

This is an ideas competition. The brief is to design a physical intervention/series of interventions that meaningfully improves the lives of refugees in the city, in the short, medium and/or long term.

Above all, design intervention(s) must result from the consideration of ‘non-physical’ issues such as social engagement, integration, livelihoods and governance. Intervention(s) should capitalise on what the city has to offer, for example the sharing economy, employment opportunities and diversity.

The intervention(s) can be in any city or cities anywhere in the world, responding to a real or hypothetical situation. The intervention(s) can consider any or all sectors (public, private, non-government), formal and/or informal. Interventions can also be at different scales, ranging from local to city-wide. Physical interventions include buildings (new or repurposed), infrastructure (including transport), and/or the use/reuse of public space.

Successful entries will bear the following in mind:

  1. Intervention(s) that isolate refugees, and do little to integrate refugees into the life of the city, are unlikely to succeed. Successful intervention(s) are likely to be those that also consider the wider ‘host’ community.
  2. ‘Meaningful’ intervention(s) are those that address one or more of the challenges identified above, respond to the scale of the need, and bring benefits to both refugees and to others living in the city. Ideally the benefits from these interventions would be measurable over time.
  3. Designs must be based on research and exploration. For example, critical needs might relate to housing, access to services, employment opportunities and/or social integration. It could also relate to addressing wider societal attitudes, leading to intervention(s) that prioritise advocacy, perhaps tying in with global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is a particularly complex area of engagement, where ‘solutions’ are hard to find, and where design-only interventions have not succeeded. Yet, the need for exploring and identifying meaningful ways to engage refugees in cities has never been greater.

PRIZES

  • First prize, US$5000
  • Second prize, US$2500
  • Third prize, US$1000
  • Three honourable mentions

The winning schemes will be announced at the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes conference, being held at UNSW (Sydney), August 29 – September 1, 2019

Hosted by the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW (Sydney), with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – Sustainable Landscapes and Cities Hub (APRU SCL).