HEALING – Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities

SAVE HEALING – Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities

Last Submission Date: 22 August 2020

Last Registration Date: 22 August 2020

Language: English

Prizes: 2 Prizes 1000€ each + 6 Honourable Mentions

Type: Open Competition, Idea Level Competition

Category: Concept

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About Competition

Our world is changing fast, while ambitions and challenges match in importance. In this context, design can play a huge role. How do we imagine the world to be? What range of possibilities we haven’t discovered yet? What’s a Non-Architecture for a World in crisis? In 2020 we started the second phase of competitions to address the issues of tomorrow.

In line with our style we propose 9+1 themes – ten critical topics to work on, but this time they come with a framework to make sure that each theme is explored from different design angles. Rather than a program, a research ecosystem composed of various competitions running in parallel and exploring the same theme from different perspectives.

Our exploration journey will start from a theme zero, a special step in our research program: Pandemic Society.

In this competition, we ask you come up with visionary concepts for alternative urban life in relation to the COVID-19 emergency – Only 3 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site or program. You are asked to reimagine urban life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas.

Cities have historically been hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social connections, and much more. While being the core of global development, they have faced considerable challenges, becoming the main stage to experience tangible consequences of our society’s biggest criticalities, like scarcity of resources, climate change, natural disasters, health, ecosystems loss, epidemics, education, crime, and poverty.

Their central role in human civilization is expected to gain further relevance since the United Nations predicts that by 2050 two thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. What kind of role can we play as designers in reimagining urban life? How can we produce new inspiring visions to trigger a discussion around alternative models of urban living?

HEALING –Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities aims to answer those questions with a particular focus on the current emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Non Architecture Competitions will award two winners, selected by the jurors individually, and 6 honorable mentions.


Winners (2 Prizes)

1.000 euros worth in gift cards from one of the major online shops chosen by the winner.

Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

FINALISTS (42 Prizes)

Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions Journal.


The organization might establish additional special prizes and awards during the competition development and in the evaluation phase.



Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team members can be uploaded during the submission procedure of the final drawing.



The jury members are the following:

Maura Ambrosiano – Associate Partner at Foster & Partners

Enno Zuidema – Director and Urban Planner at MVRDV


Key Dates

1 – 20 May 2020 -Special registration period (40 €) (30€).

21 May – 14 June – Early registration period (55 €).

15 June – 18 July – Regular registration period (70 €).

19 July – 16 August – Late registration period (85 €).

17 – 22 August – Last-minute registration (100 €).

10 August – Submission opens on our website.

22 August – 23.59 PM – Submission closes.

21 – 27 September – Winner announcement.

The timing always refers to Central European Time (CET)


About the Organizer

Non Architecture Competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. From 2016 to 2019, Non Architecture organized a series of 10 competitions pointed at reinventing functional architectural typologies.  In 2020, we entered a new phase structured around nine themes. Non Architecture Competitions built a Research Ecosystem with the purpose of exploring each theme from different perspectives and multiple competitions. They will all have their focus on tackling the big issues of tomorrow, by seeking non-traditional approaches in the architect’s work.


For more Information about the competition visit the Organizer’s Website here.

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