ASA International Design Competition: Dense City

Urban public spaces create common grounds for diverse, public participation. They are places of social interaction, recreation, cultural activities, political activities, and many other public events, enhancing the quality of urban life.

As the world's population continues to grow and urban density increases, public space is dropping in proportion to private space in countless cities around the world. And it is almost impossible to add conventional public spaces like large public parks or squares, as the space left in the public domain becomes more and more limited.

The competition asks an open–ended question of how we could use architecture as a device to perform a surgical operation on the already dense city fabric in order to provide a new model of public space. To add to the quality of people’s urban life, what, where and how can we insert a place into the city? What kind of a place would it be? What is currently missing? What is not enough?  Where would we place this intervention when available city space seems scarce? How could we redefine our positive relationship with density?

The competition invites participants to strategically select a real site in a dense city, and propose a program and an architectural design that demonstrates a new model of public space, and address the city–scale urban density condition with the architectural–scale intervention.


  • April 2, 2015 Submission deadline
  • April 21, 2015 Announcement of awarded entries
  • April 28 - May 3, 2015 The winning projects and selected entries will be exhibited at Architect 15, Challenger Hall, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok


  • First Prize: 4,000 USD and a trophy
  • Second Prize: 2,000 USD and a trophy
  • Third Prize: 1,000 USD and a trophy
  • 3 Honorable Mentions:  500 USD and a trophy

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