Next7 | Arch2O Competition

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Architects, artists, urban planners, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals are challenged to envision the Next- by conceiving of a proposed [set of] condition(s) which is( are) fundamentally different from the present. The future is going to be different. How so, for this competition, is completely plastic and up to individual entries to decide and define.

Each entry should specify at least one MAJOR difference that makes the future in which the competition is set, unique from the present day. This condition should be understood to fundamentally alter what and how everything is.

We at ARCH2O put forth that sustainable approaches incorporate parametric techniques, a reexamination of the analogue, as well as forward-looking technologies. We also put forth that entrants must decide for themselves what sustainability means in, and for their futures. Entrants should consider that the time-frame for the competition is set at an undetermined point in the future, so restrictions set on current technologies may not exist. Cars may fly, fusion might work, things may be roughly the same, save for one or two defining features. Things may be better or worse. These prospective possibilities should be considered and incorporated into entries.

The competition will encompass two categories: Architecture & Design.

Download the full competition brief here



  • Dennis Jones | Virginia Tech
  • Andrea Maffei | Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Sushant Verma | Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Caroline Smith | UNStudio
  • Nathan Melenbrink | University of Hong Kong’s Shanghai Study Centre
  • Matt Davis | Arch2O


Entry Fees
$30 USD – (1 Nov- 15 Jan) Early registration

$50 USD – (16 Jan- 7 Feb.) Late registration


*Sept 15, 2013 :  Competition announcement + acceptance of questions.
*October 15, 2013 :  Deadline for submitting questions.
*October 30, 2013 : Answers to questions posted on website
*Nov 1st, 2013 : Early Registration (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
*Jan 16- Feb 16 : Late Registration (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
*Feb 16 : Project submission + Registration Closed (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
*March 30, 2014 : Winners’ announcement


The first three winners will receive a production of their winning design, 15% commission on all future sales of the item, and a copy of the competition publication.
1st place:  1000 USD
2nd place: 500 USD 
3rd place: 250 USD
And 7 Honorable Mentions.

All entries + Winners + Honorable Mentions will be published online and also in an upcoming publication produced by and available for purchase.
Download the full competition brief here

Answers of Your Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we participate as a group? If yes, what is the minimum / maximum number of members in one group?
Yes, the number of participants per group is unlimited!

Are we supposed to submit designs for the two categories of the competition, or can we choose one category and work on it?
Only one category per entry.

Is the architecture category limited to the design of a building as a final product, or can it be anything else like for example a solution for an urban problem?
The competition is open to all ideas that could reshape our future !

If the two categories are separated, how can the winning design in the architecture category be produced? Does this mean the construction of the building?

The aim of the competition is to expose your ideas to the Architecture/Design community

Is there such links to be able to see winners of past competitions?
This is the first round of Next7 competition, but the objective is simple, we need you to think of some futuristic ideas that could reshape our future, in two categories; Architecture and Design !

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