Designing for a Better Society: ‘Opportunity Space’ to Lead the Way
Opportunity Space is an international design-build competition challenging multidisciplinary teams to propose a temporary, mobile structure in an effort to support economic opportunity and social inclusion. Its first edition will take place in Malmö, Sweden.
The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, a travel stipend, and up to $25,000 to implement a prototype of its proposal in and around Malmö’s Enskifteshagen Park. The competition is organised by Van Alen Institute in cooperation with the City of Malmö, White Arkitekter, Architects Sweden and Individuell Människohjälp.
‘Opportunity Space’ is the first in a new Van Alen Institute series of Flash Competitions: challenges that bring together multidisciplinary teams of designers and other experts for short, intense projects in cities around the world to take on urgent societal issues through design. White is proud to be part of this collaboration, which has the ability to generate real solutions. By organising this competition to activate engagement and reach out to other architects and related professions, White hopes to help solve urgent social issues through great teamwork.
“White Arkitekter knows Malmö well and we know that there is both talent and conditions to create a project that contributes to a city where everyone can thrive. I’m convinced that Malmö will inspire other cities around the world”, says Monica von Schmalensee, CEO at White.
Pre-registration deadline is November 7. Applications can be submitted until November 18. The jury will announce the winning proposal in early December.
For more information – and to pre-register for the competition – please visit Van Alen Institute’s website.
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About Van Alen Institute
At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.
About White Arkitekter
White Arkitekter was founded by Sidney White in 1951 and is Scandinavia’s leading architectural firm with nearly 900 employees working in 16 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK. Our work is research focused and our expertise encompasses architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design.
For nearly two decades, White has invested in establishing a unique research-based organisation of highly qualified experts in the field of sustainable design. Our founder’s aim was to improve society through architecture and his legacy lives on in our ambition to contribute towards the building of a sustainable world.