Open Call: WARMING Competition

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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 WinnerSponsored by Enscape$5,000Book Feature + Exhibition​Prevention Award$1,000 Book Feature + Exhibition​Reactive Award$1,000 Book Feature + Exhibition​Honorable ​MentionsBook Feature + Exhibition

Directors ChoiceBook Feature + Exhibition​Award Package$7,000


David Basulto- Founder | ArchDaily David Benjamin- Founder & Principal | The LivingJames Corner- Founder & CEO | James Corner Field OperationsMarion Weiss- Cofounder | WEISS/MANFREDIPaul Petrunia- Founder & Director | ArchinectLiam Young- Founder | Tomorrows Thoughts TodayAnna Dyson- Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design | Yale University Alan Organschi- Principal | Gary Organschi ArchitectureRania 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 8thSubmission Deadline August 3rd (11:59pm EST)​Results Announced September 2020

SPONSORSPremier Sponsor - ENSCAPEENSCAPE will be offering all participants a free download of their real-time rendering program for the duration of the WARMING Competition

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