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The Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition was created in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers. Metropolis saw the need for a new type of competition, one that went beyond the usual beauty pageants for finished projects, a competition that would generate and reward ideas. Metropolis celebrates the next generation by rewarding imaginative young designers, be they employed by large companies, those striving with their own young firms or on their own, as well as students.
For 2011 we are asking for a Zero Environmental Footprint for a GSA building. We challenge you to think about how we work, what we use, how we get where we need to go, hidden costs to our pocketbooks and the environment, across the whole design spectrum. Focus on one area that needs fixing—products, interiors, buildings, landscape, communication systems, or anything else you can imagine—and develop your idea fully, or develop a whole system of fixes.
Metropolis encourages you to think big and test your ideas through the Next Generation competition.
Up to three submissions will be accepted from an individual or team of collaborators. A separate application and entry fee is required for each project submitted. The entry fee is $75 for each submission.
The Next Generation Design Competition is open to all designers or architects in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students.
Submissions may be conceptual, in the early stages of development, near completion, or completed and ready for the next phase of development. Your idea must have the potential to be made, built, or otherwise realized.
The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect systems thinking, sustainability, accessibility, materials exploration, progressive technologies, historic relevance, provocative form, and beauty.