In the last decade and beyond, we have witnessed natural disasters and extreme weather events besiegning human settlements across various continents at greater frequency due to the effects of climate change. From earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, to extreme temperature resulting in droughts, subsidence and floods, these events have wreaked havoc to urban areas alike; they have devastated communities, cost lives and brought destruction.

Through the DRIA International Open Competition we hope to promote and foster a substantive discussion about anticipatory, preventive, mitigation and adaptive design solutions, ideas and propositions towards the resiliency of cities in view of the effects of climate change. We hope to provide a platform to highlight the role of planning, landscape, urban and architectural design, and building and industrial design technologies in enhancing our cities and communities’ resilience.

The 2017 DRIA International Open Competition encourages participants to propose innovative WATER SOLUTIONS at the urban planning, urban design, architecture, building technology or the industrial design scales to tackle the challenge of DROUGHTS & WATER SCARCITY’ in our cities, neighborhoods and communities. There are no restrictions in regards to country, site, neighborhood, program, or size. Projects can focus on any city in the world, on a specific urban location or can be a general concept or design without a specific site. Submitted proposals should be original and cannot have been awarded or published previously.

The speculative proposals will engage with design and technology that connect the physical and the social aspects of a community to promote its resiliency in response to droughts and water scarcity as the effects of climate change.

We invite students, architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, engineers, designers, ngo’s, organizations and everyone all over the world interested in the mission of the DRIA, to submit their proposals and ideas to the 2017 DRIA International Open Competition. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Participants may submit multiple projects, but each entry must be registered and submitted separately, with different DRIA ID numbers. Teams cannot be larger than 5 participants. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to join.