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Self-Sustaining Eco Village Emporda | Open Competition

Self-Sustaining Eco Village Emporda | Open Competition


  • Type: Open Competition
  • Last date of Registration: 15/09/2023

About Competition

Challenge: to design a self-sufficient eco village in the protected wetlands of Empordà

 How can humans occupy spaces that inspire harmony with the natural environment? What can we, as designers, do to accomplish this and create architecture that avoids destruction of the natural world while also benefitting our environmental impact?

 We now live in a world where architecture takes valuable resources and causes destruction of the natural environment. We are looking for a design scheme that builds a connection between humans and nature and gives back to our natural surroundings, rather than only taking from them.

 Our brief asks for an innovative and creative design focusing on the user experience and connection to the surrounding nature and wildlife with a minimal environmental impact. We are looking for designers to create an Eco Village, nestled within the protected wetlands along the coast of Empordà, Catalonia. The challenge is to create sustainable and environmentally conscious structures that sit peacefully within the site and allows both humans and nature to share the same space. 

The village should provide all the amenities for comfortable living in a modern society, but set a precedent in innovative and sustainable architecture – working with this incredible landscape to produce lightweight and undetectable building that bond humans and nature.

 The competition will be judged by a talented and multidisciplinary set of jurors, who work across different creative sectors. Winners of this competition will receive a cash prize and their entry will be exhibited on our website and across all of our social media channels. This will give the winner an opportunity to showcase their incredible work and make connections with potential employers.

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Submission / Key Dates

Early Bird Pre-Sale: NOW OPEN

Public registrations open from early 2023.

Submission: 11.59pm (UK time) 15 September 2023

Results Announcement: 30th November 2023