Echo of Rubble -
Post-war debris product design competition


Echo of Rubble -
Post-war debris product design competition




Registration Closes: 10 May 2021

Submission Deadline: 11 May 2021

Result Announcement: 8 Jul 2021



The image of the destroyed cities in the past decades is hollow, it is consisting of components to form it which have different echoes that tell stories about the crisis and social context, such areas are dark merging series of incidents as sunlight creates quite shadows on the rubble accumulated reflecting a new hope and inspiration, ancient city rubbles have different stories to tell rather than modern cities rubble each with different echoes and means.

Recently the interest in re-activating these rubbles is widely spread in terms of recycling, new interventions of material use, and smart technologies to activate them.

The reuse of construction waste is a global issue in the crisis situation, however, the nostalgic value churned out of such friction depicts a new way to see and build value out of this constructional waste.


While it’s true, the damage from the war can sometimes be so huge, it can’t be determined how to even start rebuilding again. And before even, we rebuild the huge rubble problem as a piece of inseparable baggage that can only be solved by dumping somewhere else.

The design challenge calls for an initiative in new post-war cities, developing product ideas that can form and transport social & cultural vision as well as the real texture from the spot of crisis that makes you imagine, think,s and also hear the echo of this rubble.

We are looking for new industrial design ideas that can be created from it, as an integral design process that combines intense conceptualization, computation, post-war materials, modern materials & rapid prototyping, which give a new dimension to the rubble problem.

The design challenge is to conceive new product design interventions resulting in more like a speaking product reflecting the roughness of post-war materials and the echoes of its culture, that delivers the society a message.

Physical & conceptual exploration of continuous products that come out of rubble such as (furniture, jewelry, decorative plasters, light products, sculpture, etc.), through the use of manually designed / computational-generated forms and color gradients.

A challenge to design an exclusive structural form product that can simulate the events closely in a unique and expressive way.

Create a scalable framework of these products so that it can be replicable despite the variability in the rubble obtained from post-war sites around the world. The possibilities are many but participants are advised to stick only 1 kind of product from above or of their choice.


The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criterions:

Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.

Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.

Manufacturing Concern: How replicability and manufacturing are brought into the picture.

Design Outcome The final product outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criterions based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the above-given criterions first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.


For complete information on active prizes and details on the entry fee, visit the Awards & Fees section of the competition here:- Awards&Fees

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