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POWERLESS CITY

COMPETITION

POWERLESS CITY

Non Architecture

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Timeline

Competition Launch:  1st September 

Submission opens: 15th December 

Submission Deadline: 31st Dec, 11:59 PM

Result Announcement: 01st - 15th February 2023 

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Introduction

In this competition, we encourage participants to come up with a visionary concept for life in a scenario where cities, or even individuals, are energy independent - only 2 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, program or site.

Objective

The world is experiencing the first truly global energy crisis in history. Non-renewable energy is highly polluting, and comes from sources that will run out or will not be replenished in our lifetimes - or even in many, many lifetimes - to power our increasingly industrialised society. The challenges faced by the renewable energy industry are many. Political pressures, government policies, corporate influence, age-old infrastructure, lack of proper battery storage system, and present market scenario stand in the way of a wider adoption worldwide.

Participants are asked to propose conceptual ideas for a scenario where there’s no global energy grid and cities, buildings, units or single individuals, have to be fully energy independent, either through renewable energies or creative new ways of producing and storing it.

Powerless Cities is part of the “Cities of Tomorrow” competition series, developed to re-imagine life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas. What kind of role can we play as designers in reimagining urban life? How can we produce new inspiring visions to trigger a discussion around alternative models of living?

Jury

Zean Macfarlane

Emile Revier - Partner at PosadMaxwan

Prizes

Non Architecture Competitions will award one winner, selected by the jury collectively, and 7 honourable mentions.


WINNER (1 PRIZE) 

/ 1.000 euros*

/ publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website

/ reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs 


HONOURABLE MENTIONS (7 PRIZES) 

/ publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website

/ reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs


NON ARCHITECTURE EDITORIAL PICK (MINIMUM 6 PRIZES)

/ publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website


FINALISTS (UP TO 36 PRIZES)

/ publication in the Non Architecture Journal 


SPECIAL PRIZE

The organization might establish additional special prizes and awards during the competition development and in the evaluation phase.


*Taxes will be deducted and retained by overall prize amount. The prize will be taxed as professional income or other sorts of income according to Italian law, with a range from 20 to 30% according to winners’ country of residence.

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