Waterless World

SAVE Waterless World

Last Submission Date: 15, March, 2021

Last Registration Date: 15, March, 2021

Country: International

Prizes: 1,000 Euros

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

In this competition, we encourage participants to come up with visionary concepts for life in a scenario of extreme water scarcity – Only 2 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site, or program. You are asked to reimagine urban life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas.

Our water resources are at risk due to a series of human-related issues: water pollution, intensive runoff in urbanized areas, climate change, saltwater intrusion, freshwater waste. Freshwater scarcity might soon be an outcome of all these processes. Participants are asked to propose conceptual ideas to mitigate and cope with the effects of a water crisis in our cities, landscapes, and rural areas.

Waterless World is part of the “Cities of Tomorrow” competition series, developed to reimagine life through a variety of creative design concepts and ideas. 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 living?

Waterless World aims to answer those questions with a particular focus on the water crisis as a result of a global water shortage.

For more information visit: https://www.nonarchitecture.eu/waterless-world/


Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. 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.


Non Architecture is also unconventional in its submission requirements. The participants are asked to submit 1 ZIP folder, named with the registration code and the title of the project (CODE_Title), containing:

  1. A presentation image (.JPEG) showing the qualities of your design, in one catchy and representative impression.
  • File name: “CODE_Title of the project_Presentation”.
  1. A functional image (.JPEG) showing a specific functional peculiar aspect of the project.
  • File name: “CODE_Title of the project_Functional”.
  1. A text document in Word (.DOC), that clearly states
  • The title and subtitle of the project (maximum of 10 words)
  • 5 keywords, at least 1 from the given list (page 5-6), that better explain your project,
  • A short project description (maximum of 200 words, must be written in English).
  • File name: “CODE_Title of the project_Text”
  1. A team document in Word (.DOC) with the team’s info in the following format:
  • Name + Surname of each team member (separated clearly),
  • Nationality (multiple options can be added),
  • Institution/company (company or university attended, to be included just in case you want it to be visible once your project is published).
  • There is no need to create a team name.
  • One team should consist of 1-4 people.
  • File name: “CODE_Title of the project_Team”


Key Dates

2 – 14 January 2021 -Special registration period (40 €)
15 January – 14 February – Early registration period (55 €)
15 – 28 February – Regular registration period (70 €)
1 – 15 March – Late registration period (85 €)
5 March – Submission opens on our website.
15 March – 23.59 PM – Submission closes
3 – 7 April – 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.

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