Competition Announcement - Superscape 2018 "Urban Renewal"

Competition Announcement - Superscape 2018 "Urban Renewal"

Superscape 2018

Population growth, increasing urbanisation and social change pose new challenges for architecture and urban planning. Reflecting these processes of change, Superscape opens a creative space for unconventional ideas meant to deliver new impulses to real-life architectural output and urban development. The biannual prize seeks to encourage innovative and visionary architectural concepts exploring new models of living and strategies for inhabiting an urban context over a broad expanse of 30 years.

Departures, Renewal and Stability in the Digital Age

Ever increasing in size, the city has created building typologies and structures in the 20th century which have left their imprint upon urban space and its dynamic to this day. Increasing urbanisation and digitisation drive social change processes with ever-increasing speed. Architectural construction measures can hardly be adapted to this speed while still conserving resources. Between analogue and digital worlds, sharing and prosuming, data security and targeting via data harvesting, ways of life, consumer and communication habits are also changing. This is associated with higher demands for urban living spaces that are geared toward the future, as an increasing amount of existing building structures and substance becomes redundant.
At the same time, the city population keeps growing, more living space is required and the associated needs of its inhabitants are also influenced by digital change. In the context of social and technical networking, ecological sustainability, smart cities and smart homes, the goal is to explore innovative potentials and problem solutions that architecture can offer, and to dare to imagine visionary future scenarios and design experiments in response to spatial and social challenges in the urban space in 2050. Multiple questions arise in this context:

How will current urban substance fare in the future? Which possibilities of second or intermediary usage can be developed in order to revive existing buildings and avoid vacancies?
Which building typologies will be affected, and how can these spaces be designed and used in innovative manners (e.g. a large shopping mall within an urban catchment area, office buildings from the 1970s within the expanded city centre now surrounded entirely by residential areas, or large retail locations within rising quarters on the fringes of city centres, etc)?
What is the role of economic dynamics and innovative technologies?
Which solutions may turn out to be both ecologically, socially and functionally sustainable?
Which options and potentials result from the context of social and technical networks for architecture, urban planning, living spaces and inhabitants?
What is the role of the interaction between architecture and digitisation? What forms might this take and how will digitisation affect space and human cohabitation within it?
How must this interaction be oriented in order to create an added value for inhabitants?

The Award Process and Procedural Basis

The first phase of the architectural competition is an anonymous, open process. After the expert jury has nominated the shortlist, the individual protagonists will be invited to a non-anonymous process, during which the project sketches are to be elaborated further. The legal basis for the process is this call for entries and the answers to the questions asked of the procedural organisation, which can be viewed in an anonymised version at The competition will be carried out in German. Submissions in English are accepted as well. By submitting materials, candidates acknowledge the rules of the competition. The decisions of the expert jury are final. The adjudication and the ranking of the submissions cannot be appealed. Legal recourse is excluded.


Eligible candidates must have at least a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or design from a university or academy. Multi-disciplinary teams are eligible, provided they have at least one member which fulfils these criteria. Eligibility must be proven by submitting a copy of the degree certificate. If the submitted project or concept is the subject of a commercial assignment or a research project, this must be stated explicitly.

Criteria for Exclusion or Elimination

The following are excluded from participation:
• Anyone involved in preparing the text of the call for entries.
• The preliminary adjudicators and jury members, their close relatives, as well as their office or company partners.
• A submission shall be excluded if the candidate tries to influence a member of the expert jury in his or her decision as a jury member.

Prize Value

The architectural award Superscape 2018 carries a cash value of 10,000 Euro (including the VAT rate applicable in the winner’s country of residence or business). The shortlist nominees will receive an allowance of 2,000 Euro to help defray their costs (also including the VAT rate applicable in the participants’ country of residence or business).


End of submission Phase 1: Monday, March 12, 2018, 4 pm CET
First meeting of the Expert Jury: Monday, April 16, 2018
Public announcement of the shortlist: End of April 2018
End of submission Phase 2: End of August 2018
Final meeting of the jury: September 2018

Expert Jury

Marie-Therese Harnoncourt (AT),
Ina Homeier (AT)
Christoph Luchsinger (CH)

Download the information related to this competition here.

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Cite: "Competition Announcement - Superscape 2018 "Urban Renewal"" 26 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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