Which city is the most fun? Building Trust International aims to answer that question by seeking professional and student proposals to “turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a PLAYscape.” Building Trust will pursue funding and planning for the winning design in the professional category, while the winner in the student category will win $100 and the opportunity to volunteer with the build of the winning professional design.
Building Trust, a charity based in England and Wales, works with existing charities and communities in need by providing design and architecture support, as summed up in their motto, “Solving a world of issues through design.”
The PLAYscapes competition brief details the grim story of an under-active, play-less world, explaining that only a third of all teenagers get enough exercise and that five percent of adults believe they have the right work/play life balance. When people have the opportunity to play, they see benefits such as increased stamina, reduced stress, and improved social skills.
In the end, this competition intends to show how designers can make cities fun, healthy places with opportunities for play in the most creative ways imaginable. Of the suggestions within the brief, “you could re-imagine a street park, propose a basketball court on a vacant lot, [or] attach urban swings to bus stops. The possibilities are endless.”
Everyone is eligible to enter this competition, and presentation technique is at the discretion of the entrant. However, the brief recommends that the concept of the design includes sketches or renders, plans, sections, and elevations.
Registration is £75.00 for professionals and £15.00 for students; both types of registrations will be free to those entering from a developing country. For the purposes of this competition, developing countries are defined as any of the World Bank’s lower middle or low-income countries listed here.
This guest post is by Phil Stamper, ASLA PR and Communications Coordinator
Image credit: Building Trust International