Alternate Realities

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This competition exists in an Alternate Reality. You make the rules in this realm. Does gravity exist? Do humans live on Earth? How far has technology advanced? You decide!

The aim of this competition is to explore wild design ideas – what architecture truly means and what it can achieve without any constraints. Let your imagination run wild and create spectacular designs that grab the world’s attention. The intention is to spark a conversation regarding issues plaguing the world, through design dialogue.

Design Synopsis

Architecture is a unique amalgamation of the nuances of the art world and the pragmatism of the real world; therefore, it has the power to not only capture people’s imaginations, but also to strongly influence their lives. 

Participants are required to design an architectural response to an issue that the world is facing – climate change, pandemics, biological warfare, nuclear proliferation, social inequality, etc. Your design doesn’t necessarily have to be a solution. It can also be a visual commentary. Your Architectural Response may fall anywhere on the Utopia – Dystopia spectrum. Remember, reality can be anything you want it to be in this realm.

  • Unleash your creativity – Surprise us!
  • Be critical – Say something about the world.
  • Striking visuals – Capture the imagination of architects and non-architects alike.
  • No design is too wild!


  • $2,000 USD total prize fund
  • 1st Prize: $1,000 USD, Publications
    Certificate of Achievement
    Exclusive Interview
  • 2nd Prize: $ 600 (USD), Publications
    Certificate of Achievement
    Exclusive Interview
  • 3rd Prize: $ 400 (USD), Publications
    Certificate of Achievement
    Exclusive Interview
  • + 10 Honorable mentions


Alternate Realities 2020 is open to all creative people – architects, planners, interior designers, graphic designers, and all problem solvers! Participation is encouraged from professionals and students alike.

Design proposals can be developed individually or in teams of maximum 3 participants from similar or interdisciplinary backgrounds. The official language of the competition is English.

Submission Guidelines

A total of 5 sheets of size 30 cm x 30 cm are to be submitted as a combined PDF document, which shall not exceed 5 MB.

  • Sheets 1 to 4: Graphic Representation
    These may include, but are not limited to 3-D views, sketches, sections, isometric views, plans, elevations or any other means of graphical representation. You may include text labels, architectural markings & symbols and short descriptive text but avoid long blocks of paragraphs.
  • Sheet 5: Text Summary
    Write a text summary about your design in under 250 words. The project title must be included as the heading of this sheet (not included in 250 words). There should be no images on this sheet; only text. 
  • Your Registration ID should be written in the top right corner of this sheet. Any other information which discloses your identity shall lead to disqualification. All text must be in English. 
  • Upload a single PDF file with all five sheets to your Google Drive or Dropbox and send us the sharing link through the Alternate Realities Submission Portal.
  • File Naming: ‘AR2020-Registration ID.pdf’ (ex. if your Registration ID is 1234, the file name should be AR2020-1234.pdf). You will receive your Registration ID after completing the registration.
  • Size Limit: 5 MB