Non Architecture Competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. The second phase of competitions is structured in 9+1 themes: a Research Ecosystem with the purpose of exploring each theme from different perspectives. All competitions have their focus on tackling the big issues of tomorrow, by seeking nontraditional approaches in the architect’s work.
We are publishing one book for each theme of competitions where we will compile the best projects but also a series of material that talk about each topic, a Research Ecosystem to create an ongoing conversation.
Theme Two closed on 15 April and the projects from the winners, honorable mentions, and editorial picks of the three competitions (72H AXO BATTLE, WATERLESS WORLD, and AMSTERDAM CYCLING BRIDGE) will be included in the book. This call for materials has the purpose to collect relevant contributions regarding this topic and necessary for the book on H2O.
The aim of the H2O set of competitions was to develop design proposals that explore this theme from different perspectives.

Topics (Short version, download the full call below)

Water is a precious and limited resource. Since the foundation of early human settlements, water has been the main driver to define the way people lived and prospered. Historically it has been a primary resource for life, a safety issue, a source of energy, a key ecosystem, an element for climate control, a stage for recreation, and beautification of the living environment.
Our life directly depends on water, and from the moment humans have been able to build shelters, they tried to facilitate their relationship with it. Ever since, people designed domestic spaces to keep out rainwater, provide freshwater, access sewage, and have better climate control. They have incorporated water in their leisure space as a decorative element or as a playful feature.

Materials guidelines

The call for materials defines the field of interest of Pandemic Society and produces a context in which to situate contributions.
Contributions can be uploaded in the form of:
/ ESSAY: a brief compositions that describe, clarifies, argues, or analyzes a subject.
/ INFOGRAPHIC: a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram.
/ PHOTO ESSAY: an account of something told predominantly through photographs, with some accompanying text.
/ ILLUSTRATION(S): a visualization or a depiction of a subject, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, or another kind of image, using a graphical representation.

Materials details

/ For the ESSAY: Your paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format using the below format: must be between 500-1000 words in A4 papers with a Calibri font of 10 pt. A good reference comes from the Academic Conferences and Publishing International.
/ For the INFOGRAPHIC: All the data must have provided sources and proof checked. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. A good reference comes from the Office for National Statistics.
/ For the PHOTO ESSAY: A series of photos with title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work of maximum 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each shot, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All photos must be taken by the author. A good reference comes from the Time magazine.
/ For the ILLUSTRATION(S): A drawing or a series of drawings with title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work of maximum 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each drawing, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All work must be done by the author.

Submission details

All the submissions must be electronically sent to the editor of NON ARCHITECTURE between the 15th of May and the 14th of June at Accepted proposals will then be published in our book by the editorial board.
Submissions must be written in English.

18 – 20 June 2021: Notification of Acceptance
August 2021: Expected Book Release

Please ensure your materials are carefully proofread and checked before sending.
By submitting a document you declare the paternity of the material submitted and you give rights of publication to NON ARCHITECTURE. All the articles selected will be published indicating the author’s name. Small changes might be operated by the Non Architecture Team to make the submission a better fit for the publication.


This call is not a competition, it serves solely for gathering research and offers a publication possibility in exchange. The participation is free of charge.

Download the information related to this competition here.

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Cite: "CALL FOR MATERIAL H20" 01 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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