THE URBAN ADAPTATION COMPETITION challenges architects and students from around the world to find a way to create multi-use buildings which can adapt to the changing needs of the urban community. Entrants are asked to select a centrally-located empty plot in a city area and develop an innovative modular wood design for a public building that easily adapts to the changing needs of the community.
Too often buildings are static and focus only on the current needs of the community. They serve the purpose they are designed to serve, but when cities grow and the needs of the community change, this becomes a problem. There might also be a need to quickly adapt to the changes of lifestyle, like moving to work from home office.
For example, a community might need less office space and a kindergarten instead because of a change in the demography. Or vice versa.
We need buildings that can be adapted to new needs during the building’s lifecycle.
We need urban adaptation.
The competition is organised by Metsä Wood, Aalto University and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.