Planetary Urbanism – ARCH+ International Competition

Deadline: 1 July 2015
Open to: international designers, scientists, students in the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, arts, information and communication and others
Prize: 20,000 Euro


The ARCH+ Journal, in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference, is hosting an international competition called Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design. This competition is about casting light on the current problems of the urbanization process, indicating strategies in the approach to these problems and presenting more advanced concepts of urbanization.

Presentations should look behind the facts and clarify coherences and trends and visually display spatial and temporal circumstances by tracing the forces driving their development. To master the task, all techniques of visual representation and pictorial media can be employed, but a coherent overall concept should be recognizable in the selection, transformation and presentation of the information.

Some of the possible topical groups that may be developed as main focus areas are:

  • Urban Metabolism;
  • Spatial Structure;
  • Population;
  • Social Innovation;
  • Digital City;
  • Real Estate Industry.


The Planetary Urbanism competition is intended for designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts; scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences; and students from both of the above fields.


ARCH+ will award 20,000 Euro in prize money for visualizations, developed on the basis of empirical material, of data and facts.

How to apply?

Tho whole competition is free to enter. All the competitors must register online  HERE. The registration is available until 1 July 2015. The presentation should include 3 to 4 A2 pages in portrait forma. They have to be submitted both on paper and in digital form. The explanatory text and list of sources have to be also included. The panels are to be written in English; the explanatory text and list of sources should be written in both English and German, if the first language of the participant is German.

For more specific information please visit the Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present website.

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