Shaping Spaces Together — Design Competition

Explore how community engagement can shape spaces that inspire, connect, and enrich lives. 

Shaping Spaces Together — Design Competition
Awards

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🏆 Finalist

Brian Wenzel, Ian McLaughlin, Allison Furlan, Michael McHugh

Pivot North Architecture
ID: 1042
🏆 Finalist

Claire Bandy

Claire Bandy.Architect
ID: 1032
🏆 People's Choice Award

Özge Hocalar & Saba Ahmed Farheen

ÖSA Lab
ID: 1036
Submitted Designs

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Muhamad Aniq Bin Herman

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1001

Tianxiang Wu

Shenzhen University
ID: 1002

Putri Nur Iqlima Bte Nazib

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1003

Carina Yak

ID: 1005

Lee Chu Xin

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1008

Sylvia Naw

ID: 1009

Gabe

ID: 1010

Rachel Goh

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1011

Chin Jing Jie

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1012

Mona Solomon

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1015

Lee Hong Zhe

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1016

Zhida Yu

ID: 1017

Honey Chia Han Ning

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1018

Choo En Ding Edwin

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1019

Dhani Salbini

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1020

Ivan Koh

ID: 1021

Dexter Chua

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1022

Luke Goh

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1023

Ong Li Zhen Shenisse

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1024

Wang Yupeng

ID: 1025

Manimaran Rajaveni

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1026

germaine ang

Ngee ann polytechnic
ID: 1027

Leslie Edano

ID: 1028

Renee Nelson

ID: 1029

IFFAH NURSYAFIQAH

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
ID: 1030

Katarzyna Jamiol

Cracow University of Technology
ID: 1031

Claire Bandy

Claire Bandy.Architect
ID: 1032

NADA Alouache

SAKARYA university
ID: 1033

Tare Egbedi

ID: 1034

Hin Nok Lo Stephen

Newcaslte University
ID: 1037

Emanuela Ilić, Nevena Timotić, Nikola Povrenović

University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture
ID: 1038

Christine Gonzales

Academy of Art University
ID: 1039

Nurudeen Muhammad

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
ID: 1040
Brief

How do we design for impact? In a world bustling with innovation, we often overlook the potential within our own communities. This competition is a chance to harness your community’s spirit and design something with local value.

Your challenge is to transform and enhance a local public space that is overlooked or poorly maintained. This transformation should be beautiful and add value to the lives of those who encounter it. We encourage you to foster social wellbeing and enhance people’s lives through your design.

Some examples might be: turning an alleyway into space for public art, rejuvenating a forgotten corner of a park, or finding new uses for underutilized parking spaces; the possibilities are endless.

As part of your competition entry, you must gather feedback from the community who will use the space. This feedback is core to designing something that is not only beautiful but also functional for those who interact with it everyday.

Engage is a new tool created for designers, like you, to simplify the process of gathering feedback. You’ll use it to harness the wealth of knowledge within your community and gather important insights.

Join this competition and explore how community engagement can shape spaces that inspire, connect, and enrich lives. 

Awards

Grand Prize: $500

All approved submissions will be judged by a panel of anonymous designers. This panel will determine the Grand Prize Winner and the 2nd Place Winner.

2nd Place Winner: $250

Designer's Choice Award: $250

All approved submissions will be opened to public voting on our blog. The submission with the most verified votes will be named the Designer's Choice Award winner.

Timeline

Stage 1 deadline:  Dec 15, 2023

Stage 2 deadline:  Jan 15, 2024

Voting Starts: Jan 20, 2024

Voting Ends:  Feb 12, 2024

Winners announced: Feb 15, 2024

How to Participate
STAGE 1
  1. Find an underutilized public place in your town with the potential to enhance social wellbeing within the community. 

    Examples: alleyway, secluded corner of a public square, unmaintained pedestrian tunnel or bridge, small vacant lots, parking lots or spaces, etc.
  2. Think of ways in which you can enrich the space and turn it into a community asset.
  3. Identify the people most likely to be impacted by your design. Create an engagement using Engage to gather their feedback on what they would like to see on the space. You can use a snapshot from Google Maps or photos of the space to gather feedback. You must use a Sticky Notes question in this engagement.

    Here are some example questions.
    - What would you like to see happen with this space? 
    - What are the biggest challenges that have to be addressed?
  1. Share your engagement and gather insights that will help inform your design. We suggest running your engagement for at least a week and gathering at least 10-15 responses.

Example Stage 1 — Engagement

Example Stage 1 — Results Dashboard

STAGE 2
  1. Get cracking! Use the feedback to design something unique and valuable for the space that adds value to your community.
  2. Create another engagement, using Engage, to gather feedback on your proposal. You must use a Sticky Notes question in this engagement.
  3. Share your engagement and gather feedback. We suggest running your engagement for at least a week and gathering at least 10-15 responses. The award judges will be looking at the results of this engagement.

Example Stage 2 — Engagement

Example Stage 2 — Results Dashboard

Submission Guidelines

STAGE 1

  • Stage 1 - Engagement Link. (We suggest running your engagement for at least a week and gathering at least 10-15 responses) 
  • Stage 1 - Sticky Notes Results Dashboard Link (Don't forget to enable the link.)

STAGE 2

  • Stage 2 - Engagement Link:  (We suggest running your engagement for at least a week and gathering at least 10-15 responses) 
  • Stage 2 - Sticky Notes Results Dashboard Link (Don't forget to enable the link.)
  • 1 Banner Image that shows your proposal.
  • 1-2 Supporting Images that show your proposal
  • Written Description, fewer than 500 words, in English. Tell us about your design and how it is driven by community engagement.  

Important

  • No logos in the images.
  • Images must be square or 16x9 ratio.
  • Keep text in the images to a minimum. No text is better.
  • Images must be in jpg format
  • Images must be under 3mb each.
Timeline

Stage 1 deadline:  Dec 15, 2023

Stage 2 deadline:  Jan 15, 2024

Voting Starts: Jan 20, 2024

Voting Ends:  Feb 12, 2024

Winners announced: Feb 15, 2024

Rules
  • All text must be in English
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • One design submission per person or team.
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team. Maximum team size: 4. 
  • Participants retain all rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant Engage license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere
  • Awards are paid using Paypal.