Future Bound | ReImagining Transportation


Posted on: January 14th, 2022

Future Bound | ReImagining Transportation

Future Bound, ReImagining Transportation a challenge to visualize the transport infrastructure of a city set in 2100. We have already imagined multiple versions of futuristic cities and their modes of transport from the 70s till now in novels, movies and video games. While some influence real technologies others remain fragments of our imaginations.


Fig: 1 – Urban transport (Credits-Joey Kyber)

Transport and development

Transport is the act of moving from one location to another. As mobility is an evolutionary gift to us, we have been transporting ourselves and our needs for centuries. We have gone from inventing wheels to different modes of travel by our nature of exploration and invention. The need to transport/travel after established civilizations led to trading and transport through roadways and seaways were formed. Transport has always influenced occupations, living, and eventually cultural exchange.

The development of transportation has and is still revolutionizing work, travel, and social life. Transportation networks even today prove to be one of the fundamental tools for a country. The promise of jobs, prosperity, faster travel and standard of living pulls people to cities.  

Though this attraction has also created problems of overpopulation, traffic congestion, air pollution, and other increasing issues, which have put our urban environments under pressure. 

Fig: 2 – Virgin Hyperloop Project

Future technology

Due to issues of urban overcrowding, and the demands for faster travel services. Transport systems over the world are attempting to keep ahead of its masses, companies are introducing faster means and innovation in travel every year.

For instance, the introduction of the hyperloop has promised travel at the speed of sound, thus drastically improving urban infrastructure as well as housing problems of people traveling for jobs. Other modes of transport like smart roads, autonomous helicopters, elevated cycle paths, and super-trains are some upcoming technologies that are predicted to change the way transport systems work in the cities.

Cities have an impeccable ability to adapt to change. Invention and technological advancement over the years have always affected the way our cities function. The city over time influences its people, their ambitions and the infrastructure to support it. With an increasing need to solve urban transport issues and the emergence of faster travel options, how will the transport networks in cities look like in 2100? 

Fig: 3 – Conceptual visuals for the future – SpacePort City (Credits-Noiz Architects)

Brief of the competition

We have already imagined multiple versions of futuristic cities and their modes of transport from the 70s till now in novels, movies and video games. While some influence real technologies others remain fragments of our imaginations.

With the advent of new technology every year, and humans talking about transport at the speed of light, what will the future of transport infrastructure look like? How will it influence our visions and imaginations of the future?

As architects, designers, creators, and visionaries how do we see this future unfolding in terms of transport infrastructure?

Brief: The challenge is to visualize the transport infrastructure of a city set in 2100.

Produce realistic visions of the infrastructure of transport, its mode (air, water, land), and means (vehicles/pods, etc.). Also envision a city as the background for the transport infrastructure. Use any mediums, video, images, drawings, sketches, models, paintings – and communicate your design.

 Design objectives

Research: Research and investigate the upcoming transport technologies, possible upgrades, and adaptations in the coming future. Also, study the relationship between transport and how it affects people.

Technical: Try to express through design/engineering how the transport network works and functions.

Expression: The graphic should effectively communicate its intent and landscape to the viewer.

Any of the techniques mentioned in the brief may be utilized to achieve the desired outcome. The more creative the method, the better.

Compositional outline

The usage of photographs, stylized/credited or otherwise, directly is strictly not allowed.

The use of lassoed graphics lifted from an existing image is limited to one-third of the total graphic.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.
  • For Students: A student is someone who is currently enrolled in a full-time graduate/undergraduate program at a university anywhere in the world on the date of registration. We will need proof of identity upon the result declaration. The proof of identity should clearly state that you were enrolled in the institution at the time of registration. You may also produce a bonafide/authorized certificate from the institution as proof of identity. Students are allowed to involve one mentor/professor/guide in their team provided the mentor has been authorized via a bonafide certificate of the University.
  • All the participants who do not belong to the student category will be considered professionals by default. Ph.D. candidates will also be considered professionals.
  • Institutional access is a program for students only if they are participating in the competition as a group of 20 people and want to submit 5-20 entries together. Institutional access has to be done under the guidance of a mentor/professor.
  • A team with even one professional will be considered as a professional entry.

Base Rules

  • You can submit more than one project but they have to be registered separately.
  • Your submission as part of any competition is linked to your UNI user account which stands as your identification. We do not have any identification codes.
  • Hence, your submission sheets should not include any form of identification or personal information such as your names, organization, city, etc.
  • This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.
  • Each competition requires submission of original work. If referring to an existing work like text, theory, images, or ideas, giving due credit is mandatory. Otherwise, it will be counted as plagiarism.
  • The official language of the competitions is English.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable. Therefore, should a participant or team change their mind, refuse or fail to submit an entry after registering, the registration amount will not be refunded. Read the cancellation policy for more information.
  • If there are any changes in competition brief or schedule, they shall be updated on the website.
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  • Anybody working with UNI or associated with us are not eligible to participate or receive awards in competitions hosted on UNI. That includes currently working employees at UNI, jury members, community moderators or contract agencies, and their direct relatives.

Judging Criteria

The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

  • Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
  • Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in pre-design phase.
  • Programme/Spaces: How the spaces are conceived along with the programme.
  • Design Outcome: The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions – which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill above given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.

The decision of the Judges Panel is final, no appeals will be entertained and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

Please note that the jury scores are NOT affected by the number of likes on a project. Every submission is evaluated based on the judging criteria. However, ‘Likes’ play a role in determining the People’s Choice Awards.


Last Date of Registration: 21 March 2022

Last Date of Submission:  22 March 2022

Announcement of Results: 05 May 2022


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