Open Call: WARMING Competition

Our world is changing. Imagine Miami Beach permanently underwater, hurricanes constantly clashing against Manhattan, devastating droughts in London, and heatwaves that render Barcelona unlivable.

A future like this currently occupies our imagination but inches closer to reality each day.

How will our built environment react to rising sea levels, extended droughts, climbing temperatures, and other symptoms of global warming? How can our buildings and cities prevent the severity of natural disasters, degrading air quality, melting ice caps, and climate change at large?

WARMING calls on students and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, and design to create and imagine the future of our built environment as it responds to our world's greatest challenge.


WARMING competition participants are asked to propose new or adapted architecture that addresses issues of global warming. Participants are free to experiment and explore the subject - designs can be of any program, any scale, and on any site.

​Participants may propose strategies that prevent the rise of global warming or strategies that react to the changing world we will inhabit. Participants may also take a combined approach.

​PREVENT - designs and strategies can address issues such as renewable energy, recycling, sustainable farming, alternative transportation, or many others.

REACT - designs and strategies can address issues such as sea-level rise, droughts, wilderness fires, severe weather, habitat destruction, or many others.


Overall Winner
Sponsored by Enscape
Book Feature + Exhibition

Prevention Award
Book Feature + Exhibition

Reactive Award
Book Feature + Exhibition

Honorable ​Mentions
Book Feature + Exhibition

Directors Choice
Book Feature + Exhibition

Award Package


David Basulto- Founder | ArchDaily
David Benjamin- Founder & Principal | The Living
James Corner- Founder & CEO | James Corner Field Operations
Marion Weiss- Cofounder | WEISS/MANFREDI
Paul Petrunia- Founder & Director | Archinect
Liam Young- Founder | Tomorrows Thoughts Today
Anna Dyson- Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design | Yale University
Alan Organschi- Principal | Gary Organschi Architecture
Rania Ghosn- Founder & Partner | Design Earth | Associate Professor | MIT School of Architecture


Competition Release February 3rd
$55 Advanced Entry Begins February 3rd
$75 Early Entry Begins April 6th
$95 Final Entry Begins June 8th
Submission Deadline August 3rd (11:59pm EST)
​Results Announced September 2020

Premier Sponsor - ENSCAPE
ENSCAPE will be offering all participants a free download of their real-time rendering program for the duration of the WARMING Competition 2020.

Official Sponsor - Louis Poulsen
Louis Poulsen is the official lighting company for the WARMING Competition 2020.

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: WARMING Competition " 21 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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