With the rapid iteration of urban science and technology, facing various problems and huge challenges in the process of urban development, How should our cities adapt in the coming 30 years to become a platform for communities to thrive?

The “Community 2050” international competition, envisioning future community with urban technology, is now launched. Taking specific communities in two cities, Shenzhen of China and Amsterdam of Europe as the research sites, the competition will openly solicit outstanding proposals from experts, scholars, design practitioners, and young creatives from all over the world.

Community 2050 competition, co-organised by the Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS), the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), the international curate and communication agency, ARQ and curated by Non Architecture, will gather the joint forces of international design and research, to explore the development possibilities of communities on a time horizon of 2050 from a global perspective.


Competition Highlights

  1. The competition takes into account both professionalism and creativity. Specially set up a “professional group” and “open group”, with a total prize of 24,000 euros.
  2. The competition invites experts from the world’s top design firms and design masters to serve as the Jury member.
  3. The competition specially produced “Key Competition Insights” of Shenzhen and Amsterdam sites for participant’s reference.

Looking forward to your participation and attention


Competition Details


  • Project Background

As the smallest governance unit in the city, the community is closely related to the good life of citizens. The community has become the focus of various urban challenges around the world. The world is facing challenges such as urban densification development due to population surges and climate change caused by environmental issues. Many countries have successively proposed the sustainable development of “carbon neutrality” goal. With the development of technology, e.g. 5G mobile network, 3D Printing and smart transportation, cities and communities around the world will change in unprecedented ways.

How to integrate innovative urban technology into the design field of cities and communities, and explore the sustainable development path of its circular development, resilience and safety, ecological health, urban regeneration, and heritage protection? How to create a future scenario of people-oriented community life, taking into account the needs of diverse groups of people such as the elderly, children, and low-income groups? Community 2050 Competition will look forward to the future possibilities of community development that can be constructed by innovative urban technology through an international competition, with professional group for urban plan proposals and open group for out of box proposals .


  • Project Location

The two sites selected for this competition are located in Shenzhen (CN) and in Amsterdam (NL). The sites present common features but also radical differences. In different ways, they both represent a context and challenges that are central for the competition theme.

The first is what we define “Innovation Ecosystem”, a complex urban form supporting a community of innovators and corporations in an interconnected system. The second was framed as a “Socio-cultural Powerhouse”, for its diverse social composition, value in informality and cultural assets. For each site, we framed two areas of interest:

Study Area, which will serve to competition participants as a context to better understand the role of their intervention. The study area will serve design teams solely to the purpose of building background knowledge.

Site area, where the intervention will take place. Within this area, participants are asked to build their vision for Community 2050.

Insights document and a series of useful resources that will complement the brief and help participants in their project workflow. Participants can choose the site that better fits their interest and expertise and develop only one proposal, since winners for each site will be awarded separately.


  • Project Rules




Open only to those, who are practicing Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design professionally. Architecture firms, freelancers, deesign institutes and similar. Upon submission, a proof of registration to the chamber of commerce, VAT number or other dcumentation will be required.


Participants in this category are required to develop and submit a FULL URBAN VISION for the site selected. The Urban Design project submitted should address the whole extent of the area, with a varied degree of detail according to the design focus chosen by the participants. Massing, development principles and guidelines should be provided for the whole site. Details on architectural, landscape and public space design scale can be produced only for key nodes and highlights of the proposal. Regarding project visualization, traditional Urban Plan representation methods can be combined with more experimental and unconventional productions.




8,000 euros


5,000 euros


5,000 euros





Open to every human being with interests in the theme of the competition. This also includes people not practicing architecture, experts in other disciplines and students.


Participants in this category DO NOT have to develop a FULL URBAN DESIGN PLAN for the whole site. On the contrary, they can focus on single aspects or components of a plan, like key plots or buildings, public space, urban furniture, wayfinding, digital and technological systems, user experience and so on.Participants in this category can focus on very specific topics, nodes or design ideas. They can follow in a free way whatever fascination they might consider relevant for the theme of the competition, without the constrain of delivering a full urban design plan for the whole site. Creative out of the box ideas, project narratives and representation techniques.






1,500 euros


1,500 euros




  1. Participating teams are asked to join one of the two participation categories, according to their level of expertise and professionalism. Each category has specific requirements regarding the deliverables and the depth of the project submitted. Each team is asked to develop a design proposal for ONE of the two sites:

SITE 1: Shenzen
SITE 2: Amsterdam


  1. The competition theme proposes to look at communities through the lenses of technology and innovation.Five overall topics are considered central:
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Safety and Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters
  • Ecology and Health
  • Urban Regeneration, Densification and Heritage Protection
  • Social Inclusiveness and Community thriving
  1. THE REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION IS FREE.To take part in the competition, teams must register through the Non Architecture competition website. During registration process, teams will be asked to specify for which site and category they are participating.
  2. It is allowed for one team to register for both sites and submit two projects.Non Architecture reserves the right to close the registration temporarily for one of the two sites in case there isn’t enough balance with participation. If too many people choose one site over the other, registrations will be closed for that site to push teams to subscribe for the other one.
  3. Submissions will be evaluated only if all the terms of this brief have been respected. In case a proposal or the team doesn’t fit within the brief’s specified requirements, the project will be disqualified.
  4. The two categories will be awarded separately.


Project Sign Up


1 November 2021 Registration OPENS

01 January 2022 Submission OPENS on the Non Architecture website

25 January 2022 / 23:59 Submission CLOSES

28 February 2022 Winners’ announcement

The timing always refers to Central European Time (CET)




For question about the competition, please do contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

Notes for Registration

  1. The registration opens on 01 November 2021, and closes on 25 January 2022.
  2. For a project to be accepted, the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the Non Architecture website (nonarchitecture.eu). Only the teams that are properly registered will be allowed to submit their proposal. The registration is per team,
    regardless of how many members are on the team. If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition, they will have to register each proposal separately.
  3. After registering, Non Architecture will accept your request and provide you a registration code. THE REGISTRATION CODE WILL BE THE FIVE DIGITS CODE INDICATED AS “ORDER NUMBER”, which is sent to you once your registration is accepted.



The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR. What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization.

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