Writing contest!

Over the past few years, Arup’s Cities Alive initiative has provided a platform for exploring traditionally overlooked issues in the built environment, from nighttime lighting to child-friendly urban design. Now we want to hear from you!

Describe an undercelebrated idea that you think holds great potential to shape better cities. The proposed idea should have clear relevance to the relationship between design and the built environment. We welcome submissions exploring various aspects of this relationship, whether technical, aesthetic, economic, or political.

Submission deadline: July 5, 2017 (extended from June 19)
Winners announced: September 2017

For submission guidelines, eligibility, and terms and conditions, download the contest brief.

Prizes and publication

The jury will select one grand prize submission, whose author or team will receive an award of US$1,000. Up to two runners-up will receive awards of US$250 each. Winning articles will also be published on Doggerel.

For the vast majority of challenges facing growing cities today, a new, yet-to-be-developed technology or innovation is not what we need. We need better politics, a better approach to appreciating triple-bottom-line benefits, and better ways to scale things up. We need implementation.

The jury

Francesca Birks, Associate, Arup
Francesca is Doggerel’s editor in chief and the Foresight, Research & Innovation leader for Arup in the Americas. She works collaboratively with clients to align their business objectives with their design aspirations by facilitating a strategic design process that integrates cutting-edge research, emerging cultural trends, ethnographic research, and an understanding of the client’s needs. Francesca is particularly interested in user-centered design and engaging public stakeholders in a collaborative design process.

Fiona Cousins, Principal, Arup
Fiona is an Arup Fellow and a member of the Arup Group Board. She is passionate about both low-energy design and planning sustainable outcomes for organizations, buildings, and communities. She believes that one of the greatest challenges for professionals in the built environment is to communicate the effects that the design of our buildings and cities can have on individuals and communities. She also believes that we have a responsibility to help make energy use understandable to clients and building users and that we must always advocate for low-energy design. Building on this belief, she coauthored Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate and has chaired the Urban Green Council of New York and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Brian Swett, Associate Principal, Arup
Brian Swett is Cities Leader for Arup in the Americas, working with mayors, city governments, developers, infrastructure owners, and other key urban stakeholders to foster sustainable, thriving, resilient cities. Prior to joining Arup, he served as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. Over his tenure, he led a variety of major policy and program initiatives, including developing and passing rental inspection and building energy disclosure ordinances. He also launched Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate-preparedness initiatives focused on the built and natural environment. He was instrumental in updating the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Please send any questions to doggerelcontest@arup.com with the subject line “Doggerel contest Q&A”. Updates and answers to FAQ will be available on the contest site.

Arup employees are ineligible for this contest but may participate in a separate internal competition.

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