Buildings sitting empty have become a more common sight for the past year due to the current health crisis. This is especially so for commercial developments such as office towers and retail malls, as well as cultural or institutional places such as museums and theatre halls. What should we do about these buildings that still have the bones and structural integrity to support activities and life? Could we reinterpret these private entities for the public good?

FUTURARC PRIZE (FAP) 2022 asks how corporate/private/state-owned entities in Asia could be reinterpreted as civic/public spaces that are good, inviting, safe and sustainable.

Could we turn them, for example, into: high-rise community farms to contribute to the local food supply; solar PV or hydro farms that feed power back to the local grid that are also sites for public amenities; or parks with play and learning areas for children, or communal facilities for the elderly?

FAP 2022 asks students to submit ideas to reinterpret an existing built entity as a public property that is safe, inviting, sustainable and gives back to the community.


 

Task

  • Pick a city in Asia. This may be a city where you live or one that you are familiar with.
  • Choose a current project with a site area of up to 100,000 square metres (10 hectares), with an existing underutilised/empty building. At the point of submission, this must be the case and entrants should provide the actual images of the site or the geographical coordinates. Both privately and government owned project sites are acceptable.
  • Understand the potential impact of reinterpreting this project on the community & the environment—this means firstly understanding the project’s current architecture & structure before evaluating the motivation for reinterpreting it with a new function.
  • Decide on reinterpretation. Propose new elements & networks that will help achieve the project’s new goals.

You may decide on the types of intervention, but collectively the area must amount up to 100,000 square metres (10 hectares). Your proposal should justify your decision on the basis of necessity, impact and replicability.

Remember that this challenge cannot be solved with ad hoc addition of greenery and water to an existing development. It also cannot be solved by architecture alone. You are encouraged to consult a sociologist, a biologist or an ecologist, where possible, or at the very least, make inroads into available knowledge on social sciences. The creation of safe, sustainable and equitable community public spaces can only be reached if there is an understanding of how social and urban systems can be integrated. Your approach should illustrate a win-win solution for both social needs and physical contextuality.

Evaluation Criteria

The jury is looking for solutions that are plausible, rooted in local conditions and cross-disciplinary. Decisions that are made on scale and delineation of site boundaries must be clearly explained. Entrants must also explain context in terms of why a particular current development is selected, what the community needs are and the known impact on the environment. The submission must be presented clearly as a proposed reinterpretation of a private project to a public one with relevant reimagined natural and social layers as well as their contributions or purposes to the greater good.

Judging will be based on a clear explanation of the following corresponding to the task:

  • REINTERPRETATION: The intervention in terms of design and functions
  • INTEGRATION: Layers of interacting natural and human-made systems
  • IMPACT: How a proposed solution affects community and the natural environment
  • REPLICABILITY: How a proposed solution might be replicated across the city or to other cities

Jurors

Anton Siura is an accredited Landscape Architect and Founder of SIURA Studio. He has nearly 15 years of experience in handling urban design and landscape architecture projects across Southeast Asia, working with diverse Singapore and Indonesia clients such as HDB, NParks, PUB, URA, Jakarta Government and global developers with expertise in combining aesthetic design with ecological landscape, blue-green infrastructure, and climate resiliency. His recent accomplishments include winning the first prize of the Ragunan Zoo Revitalization competition in 2019 and leading the design team for Tebet Eco Garden, a pilot public park revitalization project. Besides practicing, Anton teaches at NAFA Landscape and Architecture Design Studio and has lectured at universities, private and public institutions.
blank Carlos Bañón is the architect behind the award-winning AirMesh Pavilion, which has also been awarded the Singapore President*s Design Award 2020. The hybrid 3D printing technology behind it automates the design and fabrication process, and removes the constraints of conventional 3D printing techniques. Specialising in digital design and advanced manufacturing methods within the built environment, Bañón is Director and Co-founder of AirLab Singapore, Principal and Co-founder of Subarquitectura Architects, and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He also previously held visiting professorships at various international institutions. His works have been recognised both locally and internationally, such as by the London Design Museum, Mies van der Rohe Prize Nomination, German Design Award and Singapore Good Design Awards.
blank Daniel Lim leads the placemaking practice in Think City—a consultancy and project delivery partner, working in four key areas: placemaking, resilience (environmental and social), analytics and conservation—and has spent a decade pioneering projects to activate spaces through placemaking in Penang, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. Aside from placemaking, he advocates social inclusion and community participation in culture-based urban regeneration efforts. Collaborating with local stakeholders, he is currently working on several demonstration projects aimed at innovating urban solutions and highlighting the potential of public space usage.
blank Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand. Her focus is on building productive Green public spaces that tackle climate change in dense, urban areas and climate-vulnerable communities, such as Chao Phraya Sky Park, Thammasat Green Roof and Chulalongkorn University Centennary Park. She received her Master’s in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is CEO and Founder of Landprocess and Porous City Network, as well as the Chairwoman of Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, World. Kotchakorn is a TED Fellow; Echoing Green Climate Fellow; Atlantic Fellow; has been named one of BBC’s 100 Women 2020 and the Green 30 for 2020 by Bloomberg; received an award from the United Nations as one of the winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, Women for Results; and featured in TIME’s 100 Next in 2019, a list that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of the world.
blank Quang Vũ Linh is a sustainable design architect, researcher and educator who has gained empirical knowledge and practical experience through education background in Australia, where Green practices and Green Star rating tools are well-known; and BIM technology at University College of Northern Denmark. Quang is the Board Directors of Vietnam Green Building Council, Advisory Board for EDGE (IFC, World Bank) Green building certification, Vice President of HCMC Green Architecture Club, Committee member of IBPSA International Building Performance Simulation Association Vietnam, and currently holds the Managing Director at ARDOR Green. He was awarded the Young Architect of the Year 2014 by Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association; as well as conferred Top 10 Architects Awards by BCI Asia thrice in 2009, 2015 and 2021.

 

Eligibility: Students Only

  • FuturArc Prize 2022 is open internationally to any individual or team meeting eligibility requirements.
  • The competition may be entered by any undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral student of any recognised tertiary institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design, etc; or recent graduates with less than 2 years of professional experience.
  • Each team may comprise up to five members.
  • One member of the team must also be designated as leader and identified as such on the registration form. He/she is the team’s sole representative in all liaisons with the competition registrar.
  • All members of the team are regarded as co-authors of the project they submitted together and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the competition, in the order with which their details are listed on the team’s registration form.
  • The individual entrant is regarded as the author of the project he/she submits and will be acknowledged as such in all announcements, displays, exhibitions and publications associated with the competition.
  • Each individual entrant is his/her own representative in all liaisons with the competition registrar.

Non-Eligibility

  • None of the competition organisers, their employees and/or family members, are allowed to enter the competition. The assessment committee and jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the competition.
  • Entrants must not submit any project published or made public, in part or in full, before the closing date for online submission. Entrants are prohibited from disclosing their identities, names, countries of residence and/or practice before the competition results are made public by the competition organiser. Failure to comply with any of the above may lead to immediate disqualification.
  • BCI employees and/or family members are not allowed to enter the competition. Jury members, their respective professional practices, employees and/or family members, are also forbidden to enter the competition.

Materials for Submission

COMPULSORY

  1. PANELS
  • Entries are to be submitted by following the specified template (4 panels per entry).
  • Maximum file size of all 4 panels to be submitted is 12MB; in A2 size, PDF format.
  • Images should consist only of drawings, rendered images, photographs and thumbnails.
  • The actual images of the site or the geographical coordinates should also be included.
  • Scales that are necessary to comprehend certain drawings (plans, sections, etc.) must be shown as graphic scales next to the drawing.
  • The contents of the panels should be sufficient to impart a clear understanding of the proposal; explore and present according to the stated evaluation criteria.
  • Any names, countries of residence and/or practice MUST NOT be displayed anywhere on the panels.
  1. FORMS
  • Form I: Copyright Licence
  • Form II: Declaration

OPTIONAL

  1. VIDEO
  • Video is the format of MP4, MOV or AVI with a compressed size of 10 MB

Submission Steps

  1. Register via FuturArc Prize 2022 online registration form.
  2. Submit the materials via:
    a. Email to [email protected] as a ZIP attachment; or
    b. WeTransfer link sent to [email protected].

Please note that you need to complete both steps in order for your entry to be considered legitimate. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification.

Indicate in your email subject the project name and your name (or team leader’s name); for example: Rebar House_Dinda Wijaya

Prizes

The jury is looking for solutions that are plausible, rooted in local conditions and cross-disciplinary. Decisions that are made on scale and delineation of site boundaries must be clearly explained. Entrants must also explain context in terms of why a particular current development is selected, what the community needs are and the known impact on the environment. The submission must be presented clearly as a proposed reinterpretation of a private project to a public one with relevant reimagined natural and social layers as well as their contributions or purposes to the greater good.

  • All winners will be awarded with the FuturArc Prize Trophy and the following cash prizes*.
  • First Place: Cash prize of SGD8,000 plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc app
  • Second Place: Cash prize of SGD3,500 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc app
  • Third Place: Cash prize of SGD2,000 plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc app
  • Citations (up to 12 citations will be given): SGD500 each plus 1-year subscription to FuturArc app
  • Awards will be given based on quality of entry, regardless of the country of origin.
  • Awards given to team entrants will be presented to the team representative and are to be shared at the discretion of the team members.
  • Each winner/winning team will receive:
    Cash prize
    One trophy (only 1 trophy will be awarded for each winner or winning team)
    Certificates
    Complimentary subscription to FuturArc app
  • Each citation recipient/team will receive:
    Cash prize
    Certificates
    Complimentary subscription to FuturArc app
  • In addition to the awards, all projects from winning entrants and citation recipients may be published on FuturArc website and in an upcoming edition of FuturArc.
  • The jury shall have full freedom to decide on the awards and citations. The jury decision shall be final and binding on all entrants.
  • The competition registrar reserves the right to not award any prize where the jurors agree that submissions are of insufficient quality.
  • Provided that physical events are allowed to take place, winners will be recognised at BCI Asia Awards (BCIAA)—a gala event that attracts key architecture, building and construction industry players in all seven BCI Asia countries.

* Competition Organiser reserves the right to change the prizes

Media Partners & Supporting Organisations

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to pay to participate in the competition?
No fee is required.

2. Can I submit in person?
Entrants are encouraged to tender all submissions in electronic format online (see Submission Steps), but hard copy submissions sent to local offices may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

3. Can I submit additional materials?
Under no circumstances will the jury consider additional panels, materials or individual images that do not fit into the submission template.

4. Will I be notified about the outcome of the submission?
Only winners and merit recipients (i.e., runners-up) will be notified individually via email towards the end of April 2022.

5. How do I submit multiple entries?
Each UNIQUE project should be presented using the full set of templates. For example, for 3 different projects, entrants should submit 3 sets of [Panels + Declaration forms] (one set for each project).

6. I am not allowed to display any names, countries of residence and/or practice on the panels, but should I still indicate my email address and project location?
Yes, the absence of any names, countries of residence and/or practice on the panels is to ensure anonymity among the jurors. But you still need to display the email and project location on the panel at the top right corner for the competition’s administrators.


Key Dates

  • 22 November 2021: Registration & submission start
  • 25 February 2022: Registration & submission end
  • 11 March 2022 (23:59 SGT): Extended Deadline
  • End of April 2022: Results & individual notification
  • May & June 2022: Awards*
  • September & December 2022: Publication in FuturArc

*Awards ceremony dates are to be confirmed.

 

 

Enquiry
For any queries, please contact us at [email protected]

About Us
FuturArc Prize was launched in 2007 by the BCI Group of Companies through its publication arm, FuturArc, to generate forward-thinking, innovative design ideas for Asia. The competition offers a platform to professionals and students who are passionate about the environment. Through the force of their imagination, it aspires to capture visions of a sustainable future.

Competition Registrar:
FuturArc Prize
300 Beach Road
The Concourse
Singapore 199555
Email: [email protected]

FuturArc is the Competition Organiser. FuturArc is a quarterly publication that recognises the impact of buildings on society and the environment, promoting architecture that is socially and ecologically responsible.

The Competition Registrar is BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the BCI Group of Companies.