ONE Prize: Blight to Might

Terreform ONE, a think tank focused on ecological design led by innovator Mitchell Joachim, announced its call for entries for the third annual ONE Prize competition. This year’s competition, Blight to Might, seeks to “put design in the service of disenfranchised communities” by seeking out bold new design ideas that regenerate the underused post-industrial parts of our built environment and create jobs in the process. “This is a call for action to convert vacant buildings, abandoned factories and deindustrialized cities into the building blocks of creativity and entrepreneurship, and to empower the next generation of innovators to reinvigorate communities on both a local and global scale.”

The organizers write: “In the U.S., years of deindustrialization have accompanied increased incidences of unemployment and a decline in innovative capacity; 42,400 factories have closed since 2001, 425,000 industrial sites have been abandoned and 5,500,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost.” In their mind, repurposing all this aging industrial infrastructure left over by the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs could help pave the way for a new wave of “domestic job creation.”

U.S. and international landscape architects, architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds are invited to submit concepts. Over the past two years, the competition has drawn 1,200 contestants from 25 countries. 

This year’s high-profile jury includes Julie Bargmann, ASLA, founder of D.I.R.T Studio; Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of the High Line; and William Moggridge, Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others.

The winner will get $5,000 and coverage by ONE Prize media sponsors. The winning designs will be presented in lectures and exhibititions, and featured on the awards Web site.

Register by June 30 (Registration costs $150).

In other news, for those in the D.C. area this weekend, be sure to check out The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s series of free tours: What’s Out There. This year’s D.C. What’s Out There offers a “spotlight on Italian Design,” with tours of Tregaron; Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden; the National Cathedral; Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, and others.

Image credit: Terraform ONE

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