The international competition 2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years

Prizes worth €11,000 for the architecture of our future cities – www.2031now.com

Published November 15, 2021, last update November 1, 2022
November 1, 2022

Meet the winners

Globalworth Foundation and Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association announce the 2031 NOW Awards ceremony

Globalworth Foundation and Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association announce the awards ceremony of the international idea competition “2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years” dedicated to students in architecture, city planning and design from Poland and Romania, and launched in November 2021. The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2022, between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., at Hi-Tech Learning Center of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest. Prizes worth €8,000 and the competition trophy will be awarded to the winning participants. The trophy, a 3D-printed sculpture designed by idz architecture, represents a subtle projection of a future city.

The event will also mark the launch of the catalog, in which the projects CK0000_Carthage – Eduard Untaru (1st Prize) and AN1153_A/Spire – Andrei Nițu Săraru (2nd Prize) are extensively presented, alongside the other finalist projects. The catalog also includes essays by Helle Søholt, Krzysztof Ingarden and Jakub Szczęsny, thus becoming a valuable educational and research tool for students and professors, beyond the context of this competition.

At this event will participate the organizers of “2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years”, members of Globalworth Foundation and Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association, the winners of the competition, as well as the jury members. Also, there will be present reprezentatives of the management and professors of UAUIM and students in architecture and urban planning.

“2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years has been” the competition through which we make steps towards fulfilling the commitment to build functional, sustainable and harmonious buildings with respect to the environment and the community. The applications submitted in the first edition of the competition triggered our imagination and definitely contributed to the establishment of the future of architecture. It was a great honour to evaluate the applications along with the prestigious jury members that we have managed to bring together. We have met very talented young architects with whom we hope to work in the near future”, stated Dimitris Pergamalis, MRICS Group, Head of Workplaces at Globalworth.

“The experience of 2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years, the competition we have had the privilege to run together with the Globalworth Foundation, offered aspiring architects, designers and urban planners an opportunity to imagine, design and strategize our shared environments, as well as the possibility to publicly showcase the visions that will shape our future cities. This kind of competition helps to expand the young and fresh minds that must keep on dreaming, while also working with solid matter, with constraints and, sometimes, with absurd regulations. I hope we can build on this initial success through a new creative and stimulating competition aimed at those who represent the future of architecture and, implicitly, the future of our cities.” – Arch. Bruno Andreșoiu, Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association

The competition theme invited students to imagine a sustainable and coherent urban vision that could shape and improve the environment of our cities in the near future. This had to be illustrated for a generic piece of land of 2,031 ha by means of mixed-use buildings, community spaces, parks, infrastructure, all connected in a new design that could be built in 2031.

Competition entries were evaluated by members of an international jury, highly renowned personalities in the field of architecture: Bruno Andreșoiu, Arjan Dingsté, Krzysztof Ingarden, Dimitris Pergamalis, Jakub Szczęsny and Andrei Șerbescu.

Please find details about the winning projects as well as the other nine short-listed entries at www.2031now.com/projects/.

March 10, 2022

Winners Anouncement

2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years: Winners announcement: online on March 10, 2022, at 12:00 EET

January 11, 2022

2031 NOW Webinar #3

You are invited to join the third 2013 NOW Webinar that will take place online on 13th of January, 13:00 Bucharest / 12:00 Warsaw.

Guest speaker: Arch. Krzysztof Ingarden

Details: www.igloo.ro/2031-now-webinar-3-guest-speaker-arch-krzysztof-ingarden-13-january/

December 10, 2021

2031 NOW Webinar #2

You are invited to join the second 2013 NOW Webinar that will take place online on 15th of December, 11 am Bucharest / 10 am Warsaw.

Guest speaker: Arch. Andrei Șerbescu

Details: www.igloo.ro/2031-now-webinar-2-guest-speaker-arch-andrei-serbescu-15-december

November 24, 2021

2031 NOW Webinar #1

You are invited to join the 2013 NOW Webinar that will take place online on Thursday, 25th of November, 11 am Bucharest / 10 am Warsaw.

Keynote speaker Helle Søholt – Founding Partner, CEO, Architect MAA, M. ARCH, Gehl People.

Speakers: jury members Dimitris Pergamalis (Globalworth), Bruno Andreșoiu (igloo), Arjan Dingsté (UNStudio), Jakub Szczęsny (Centrala).

Details: www.igloo.ro/join-the-2031-now_webinar-25-november-keynote-speaker-helle-soholt

November 15, 2021

Competition Launch

Globalworth Foundation and Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association launch the international competition “2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years” dedicated to students in architecture, city planning and design from Poland and Romania. By expressing a future vision within a project until January 20, 2022, the winning participants will be rewarded prizes worth €11,000, as well as the possibility to present their proposals at the High Tech Learning Center within the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest, and to publish them in the catalog of the competition.

Future architects from Poland and Romania are expected to take a visionary approach to the shaping of our cities in the near future. Competitors are therefore invited to develop an urban vision in which spaces can act as generators of better places for both direct users and the nearby community. This will be illustrated for a generic piece of land, an area of 20,310 square meters (2,031 ha). The theme requests participants to introduce in this part of the city mixed-use buildings, community spaces, parks, infrastructure, all connected in a new design that can be built in 2031.

Competition entries will be evaluated by members of an international jury, highly renowned personalities in the field of architecture. The jury includes notable urban planners, international architects and representatives of the organizers: Bruno Andreșoiu, Arjan Dingsté, Krzysztof Ingarden, Dimitris Pergamalis, Jakub Szczęsny and Andrei Șerbescu.

2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years is the competition through which we make steps towards fulfilling the commitment to build functional, sustainable and harmonious cities for our business communities and not only them. We are glad to have with us in this endeavor a partner like Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association, with the help of which we support the future of architecture in the two countries where Globalworth is a market leader: Poland and Romania. Globalworth builds office buildings and in our daily work we have all become aware of the increased importance of architects. They are the ones who shape our homes, office buildings, cities – in other words, places where, in our turn, we shape our lives. We hope this international competition, with its prestigious jury it has managed to build, will encourage and solidify the future of architecture, said Georgiana Iliescu, Executive Director of Globalworth Foundation.

For architecture students competitions are one of the most efficient ways of anticipating and dealing with the challenges of the profession they are preparing for, and they should definitely be included in the academic curriculum. Idea competitions enrich the young mind that must keep on dreaming while also working with heavy matter, with constraints and, sometimes, with absurd laws. Therefore confronting oneself with the themes and the rigours of idea competitions is a deeply formative experience. Being able to create, to receive the feedback of an experienced jury and to win an award represents a great chance that no student should be deprived of. 2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years, the competition we have the privilege to run together with Globalworth Foundation, offers prospective architects an opportunity for creative thinking and the possibility to publicly showcase the visions that will shape our future cities, added Bruno Andreșoiu, President of Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association.

Several academic partners from Romania and Poland, more precisely the most prestigious schools and professional associations of architecture, have joined the competition, supporting the project implementation.

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: €5,000 + Catalog publication
  • 2nd Prize: €3,000 + Catalog publication
  • 3rd Prize: €1,500 + Catalog publication
  • 3 mentions of €500 each + Catalog publication

Submission deadline: January 20, 2022

Announcement of results: March 10, 2022

For more information on the competition theme, requirements and calendar, please visit www.2031now.com or contact us at welcome@2031now.com.

2031 NOW_our cities in 10 years is a competition powered by Globalworth Foundation and organized by Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association.

Institutional partners: The Romanian Order of Architects, The Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest Branch, The Union of Romanian Architects, SHARE architects, Romanian Register of Urban Planners, The Romanian Professional Association of Urban Planners

Academic partners: “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest

Media partners: aici a stat, Architektura-murator, Arhitectura, de-a arhitectura, Designist, ENTR, feeder, Graphic Front, IQads, Modernism, The Institute, urbnews.pl

About Globalworth Foundation

Globalworth Foundation was founded in 2018 by Globalworth, the market leader in office buildings in Romania and Poland, and is a non-profit entity, being independent of the group's commercial activities. The mission of the foundation is to develop projects on three main pillars: people, places and technology.

So far, the Globalworth Foundation and Globalworth have allocated over €800,000 for the construction of the first High Tech laboratory within the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest, for scholarships and documentaries for teachers, international competitions and special projects for architects from Romania.

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About Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association

Founded in 2008, Igloo – Habitat and Architecture Association aims to contribute to the articulation of a coherent public space through activities (editorial and cultural projects, events) aimed at raising the standards of visual culture and education in a society that is still looking for landmarks in architecture and urban policies. The association has so far carried out successful projects, with themes in the fields of architecture, heritage, design and urban culture, constantly addressing not only the guild of architects, but also a wider audience, with interests in the cultural sphere.

For more information about the editorial and cultural activity of the association, visit www.igloo.ro and our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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