WARMING Competition WARMING Competition

WARMING Competition


Our world is changing.

Imagine Miami Beach permanently underwater, hurricanes constantly clashing against Manhattan, devastating droughts in London, and heatwaves that render Barcelona unlivable.

A future like this currently occupies our imagination but inches closer to reality each day.

What does our world look like in this future? How do our lives change? How will our built environment and decisions as a society react to rising sea levels, extended droughts, climbing temperatures, and other symptoms of global warming? How can our buildings, processes, and lifestyles prevent the severity of natural disasters, degrading air quality, melting ice caps, and climate change at large?

WARMING calls on students and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, and design; plus problem solvers from all backgrounds to help guide and imagine humanity’s pathway forward on Earth.

For the WARMING Competition participants are asked to propose new or adapted architecture that contains strategies for addressing issues of global warming. Participants are free to experiment and explore the matter - designs can be of any program, any scale, and on any site.

As architects, designers, and problem solvers, we can depict the future that we may soon face, along with humanity’s role in shaping it. Participants should illustrate their designs in a way that communicates the issues of global warming they are addressing and what strategy(ies) are being used to respond to those issues.

​Participants may propose strategies that prevent the rise of global warming or strategies that react to the changing world we will inhabit. Participants may also take a combined approach.

​PREVENT - designs and strategies can address issues such as renewable energy, recycling, sustainable farming, alternative transportation, or others.

REACT - designs and strategies can address issues such as sea level rise, droughts, wilderness fires, severe weather, habitat destruction, or others.

Overall Winner
Sponsored by Enscape
Book Feature + Exhibition

Prevention Award
Book Feature + Exhibition

Reactive Award
Book Feature + Exhibition

Honorable ​Mentions
Book Feature + Exhibition

Directors Choice
Book Feature + Exhibition

Award Package

WARMING is open to all designers and disciplines. Participation is encouraged from architects, planners, graphic designers, engineers, and all problem solvers who are looking to take action against climate change.

Teams may be comprised of one to four members from similar or interdisciplinary educational and professional backgrounds.

Past projects can be adapted and submitted to the competition. Projects that have been previously submitted to other competitions are not permitted for submission to WARMING.

Submission Materials: (4) 16" x 20″ (40.64cm x 50.8cm) graphic representations formatted landscape and (1) 8" x 10" project text summary (under 200 words) formatted landscape. All materials are to be submitted as a combined PDF document. Graphic representation boards may not include text other than number labels (ex. ① ② ③). Graphic boards will be reviewed by jury members alongside their respective text summaries, where number labels may be defined.

David Basulto- Founder | ArchDaily
David Benjamin- Founder & Principal | The Living
James Corner- Founder & CEO | James Corner Field Operations
Marion Weiss- Cofounder | WEISS/MANFREDI
Paul Petrunia- Founder & Director | Archinect
Liam Young- Founder | Tomorrows Thoughts Today
Anna Dyson- Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design | Yale University
Alan Organschi- Principal | Gary Organschi Architecture
Rania Ghosn- Founder & Partner | Design Earth | Associate Professor | MIT School of Architecture

Competition Release February 3rd
$55 Advanced Entry Begins February 3rd
$55 Advanced Entry Ends April 5th
$75 Early Entry Begins April 6th
$75 Early Entry Ends June 7th
$95 Final Entry Begins June 8th
$95 Final Entry Ends August 2nd (11:59pm EST)
Submission Deadline August 3rd (11:59pm EST)
​Results Announced September 2020

Premier Sponsor-ENSCAPE
ENSCAPE will be offering all participants a free download of their real-time rendering program for the duration of the WARMING Competition 2020.

Official Sponsor- Louis Poulsen
Louis Poulsen is the official lighting company for the WARMING Competition 2020.


cash prize award: $ 7,000.00 USD

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