Sea Change 2030+ Ideas Competition

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects [AILA] and its competition partners launched Sea Change 2030+, an international ideas competition designed to showcase ideas for planning, designing and managing for adaptation to urban sea level rise. The ideas competition site is Sydney Harbour, situated within the Parramatta River estuary. The competition seeks to engage designers, planners, universities, policy makers and community-based organizations.

The ideas competition seeks to:

  • Identify creative solutions for Sydney to adapt to incremental Sea Level Rise, using Sydney Harbour as a case study;
  • Foster dialogue on climate change planning between public, private, and community stakeholders in the landscape and urban design sector; and
  • Increase public awareness of the vulnerability of NSW coastlines and foreshores to the impacts of changing climate.

Entrants can choose their own spatial and planning scale. “For instance, you may choose to focus on a particular area of foreshore. Alternatively, you may address the ‘big picture’ of the total Sydney Harbour catchment system. Entrants can identify design options and strategies for new and/or existing shoreline architecture and other types of foreshore built forms.” Any or all of the following topics can be covered:

  • Human settlement– infrastructure, transport systems and shoreline buildings.
  • Open space systems – foreshores parks, public urban spaces and open space corridors.
  • Ecological systems – marine, estuarine, inter-tidal and foreshore habitats.

AILA writes: “Coastal settlements and infrastructure will be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change including sea level rise, increased air and sea surface temperature, more frequent and intense storms, ocean acidification, and changes to rainfall and run-off. Sea level rise will cause greater coastal flooding, erosion, loss of wetlands and salt-water intrusion into freshwater sources, with impacts on infrastructure, coastal resources and existing coastal management programmes. The interface between the built and natural environments is an important part of human settlements in Australia. Developing effective adaptation responses will be critical in reducing the impacts of climate change and can deliver co-benefits such as increased energy or water efficiency.”

The ideas competition is open to all. Submissions will be grouped in three categories: multi-disciplinary professional and academic teams, primary and secondary school students, and non-government organisation focused on climate adaptation policy and strategy.  

Entries must be received by June 30, 2010. Winners will be announced July 22, 2010. Learn more and submit an entry.

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