‘Macro to Micro’ is a two-part competition looking at revolutionising the way we live and inhabit our world at multiple scales from city to human. In Macro to Micro, we ask participants to face these problems head on. How can we design new paradigms of living at multiple scales, which address the need for more housing whist at the same time protecting and preserving the landscape they are developed within?
The Macro Challenge
In this challenge participants will focus on the city scale. There has been a conflict over the years between man-made vs nature. As we become increasingly urbanised, we are asked to expand our footprint at the expense of surrounding natural landscapes. We ask creatives to engage with the idea of urban vs landscape and imagine a future where the boundaries are blurred into a new paradigm of living where urbanism and wilderness are intertwined as one ecological system.
The site for this challenge is a green-field area just a few miles outside of Manchester, UK. In this challenge, participants are asked to engage with the human scale and in particular reimagine a new typology of housing. In addition to seeking out contemporary strategies of building homes through modern or innovative technologies and materials, we ask participants to develop designs which in themselves are embedded within the landscapes and wildlife which they occupy.
Macro to Micro is open to all creatives – both professionals and/or students – from around the world. Participants can compete individually or in a team of up to four people. Each team is asked to register and submit their proposals online by the 4th of June 2018, in the form of two digital A1 landscape sheets accompanied by an additional 500 words explanatory text. Models and videos are highly encouraged but are not mandatory. Source and images Courtesy of Eleven.
- Competition Opens: 27th February 2018
- Early Bird Fees change to Standard Fees: 12th March
- Standard Fees change to Late Bloomer Fees: 21st May
- Registration Closes / Submission Deadline: 4th June 11:00am (UK Time)
- Public Voting Opens: 6th June
- Winners and Awarded Notified: 2ndJuly
- Official Awards Presentation hosted by BETA Housing Manchester 2018: 12th July
- Exhibition hosted by BETA Housing Manchester 2018: 12th July
Article by Marco Rinaldi