Last edited 26 Oct 2020

Tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. Read about the winners here.

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We have joined forces with BSRIA to launch a new competition looking for fresh and innovative ideas in response to the question:

How can tomorrow's challenges be met by today's buildings?

The competition, which is open to students and professionals from all disciplines, is seeking original ideas for design solutions to the future trends that will affect the built environment. It asks the question; how can buildings be designed today to ensure they are resilient to the changes they will face tomorrow?

Ideas could relate to:

  • Urbanisation and demographics.
  • Climate change.
  • Digital technologies.
  • Energy and efficiency.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • And more...

We are looking for ideas, so they don't have to be long answers, but answers should be made up of two parts:

  • Identify a significant future challenge.
  • Offer a design solution for how that challenge could be tackled in today's buildings.

The winner will receive £500 worth of BSRIA membership, training or publications, and along with 4 runners-up, will be featured in BSRIA's Delta T magazine and on Designing Buildings Wiki.

Designing Buildings Wiki co-founder, architect Dr Gregor Harvie said:

“We already know many of challenges that will confront us in the next few decades, and the buildings we are designing now will have to face those challenges. So it is crucial we consider what design features we should be including in buildings now to ensure they have long-term resilience. This competition is an opportunity to put forward innovative, inspiring and even controversial ideas to help start the debate.”

The closing date is 2nd November 2017. Winners will be announced w/c 20th November.

Entering is simple and will take just a couple of minutes.

  • Register with Designing Buildings Wiki by clicking the 'REGISTER' link on the top right of the page (or click on the link below).
  • On the registration page, type your idea into the 'MORE ABOUT ME' box.
  • If you want to go back and change your idea later, just log in and click 'EDIT MY PROFILE'.


Entries will be judged by representatives of BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki, based on their originality, practicality and compliance with the competition terms and conditions.

If you’ve got any questions, email us at [email protected].

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