Open Call: Un-School Copenhagen

The world is facing a huge learning crisis. Education systems have become so generic and systemic that it doesn’t provide personal, innovative and optimized care to its pupils. While countries have significantly increased access to education, being in school isn’t the same thing as learning. Worldwide, hundreds of millions of children reach young adulthood without even the most basic skills like calculating the correct change from a transaction, reading a doctor’s instructions, or understanding a bus schedule—let alone building a fulfilling career or educating their children.

Education is at the center of building human capital. Delivered well, education – along with the human capital it generates – benefits individuals and societies. But Pedagogy faces a real test in today’s times for it has remained very stagnant and rigid in its discourse. One big reason the learning crisis persists is that many education systems across the developing world have little information on who is learning and who is not.

Schools are supposed to be the real ‘Innovation Incubators’ that shape children of the future. Schools ought to inspire wonder, creativity and innovation through teaching and learning. Schools should offer welcoming environments that instill confidence to pursue our dreams and interests. Schooling environment, since the industrial revolution has done very less to revamp their gloomy, isolated and lifeless spaces.

The competition seeks the creation of a ‘school for the future’ (age group 5-12) that completely negates the regularized building typology of existing ones. The competition seeks to radicalize the school system through architecture not only in terms of improving the quality of study environment but revamping the system and breaking all the physical and metaphorical class divisions into an entirely new school system. The participants should devise new pedagogical systems that would negate the generic teaching strategies and give more importance to personal interests and aspirations of the students. The competition seeks ideas from participants to create a fun environment for a middle school that understands the individual needs of each child yet being very collaborative in nature.

Prizes worth EUR 2500 are up for claim with the distribution as follows:
Apart from the winners, the jury will select ’10 Editors’ Choices’ who will be featured on our website and several other international magazines and websites across the world. The winners and Editors’ Choices will be provided with an honorary certificate.

The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.
Early registration: - 1st November 2019- 30th November 2019
•For foreign nationals: 40 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1200 INR PER TEAM

Standard registration: - 1st December 2019- 31st January 2020
•For foreign nationals: 60 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1500 INR PER TEAM

Late registration: - 1st February 2020- 28th February 2020
•For foreign nationals: 80 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1800 INR PER TEAM

Submission deadline: 29th February 2020

Result: 25th March 2020

*All deadlines are 11:59 PM- 00:00 IST (India)

As a part of our initiative to encourage more student participation, we offer great discounts if a minimum of 5 teams register from one particular architecture school/university. Contact us at to avail the offer.

•Switch reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
•Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
•Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
•The official language of the competition is English.
•The registration fee is non-refundable.
•Contacting the Jury is prohibited.

Please see the terms and conditions section on

This is an open international competition hosted by Switch to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for any proposal to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.


Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Open Call: Un-School Copenhagen
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    February 28, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    February 29, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Hekla Park, Copenhagen
  • Price

    For Foreign nationals: 40 EUR PER TEAM; For Indian nationals: 1200 INR PER TEAM

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Open Call: Un-School Copenhagen" 05 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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