Streetlife and Landezine call multidisciplinary teams of young designers to submit ideas for redesigning ‘Lost Sites’!

6 recognitions / €15.000 in prize money
Registration deadlines: April – December 2022
Final submission deadline: 15 December 2022

Lost Sites

In times of social and environmental distress, the world is increasingly more aware of the significance of open space and the issues of urbanisation. Qualities of urban sites are lost due to various social changes, rising parking needs, inappropriate design, neglect, and, unfortunately still – war. The competition is looking for multidisciplinary solutions to spatial issues concerning urbanisation.

Streetlife Design Competition calls students, young landscape architects, architects, industrial designers, artists, visual artists to submit concepts for the redesign of lost open spaces.

Pick a lost site and redesign it.

Lost Sites ideas competition is looking for small troubled open spaces and design solutions that are site-specific but universal at the same time. From urban centres to residential housing on the margins, the competition seeks ideas to improve the quality of urban outdoors and challenges modes of urbanisation.

Your chosen site needs to be publicly accessible open space in European or North American territories: Canada, United States, United Kingdom and the following countries of the European continent: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

The winning project will be an innovative and strong conceptual work that successfully deal with several spatial issues where the conditions allow: memory of the site / genius loci / sustainability / user-centred design / urban biodiversity / climate resiliency / inclusive social space / empowerment of communities / sustainable mobility …

The winning project will not be built. However, participants may choose to work with local communities and hand them their project to empower their ambitions to improve public spaces in their immediate vicinity.

Timeline

20 April – Call for entries opens
– Early Bird Registration:  before 30 June
– Main Registration: before 21 October
– Late Registration: before 9 December

15 December: Deadline for submissions
23 February: finalists announcement

Prizes

€15.000 in prizes:

1st Prize – €7.000
2nd Prize – €3.000
3rd Prize – €2.000

3 x Special Mentions – €1.000 each

+ Winners will also be promoted digitally via Landezine.com.

The Jury

Julie Bargmann
Founder of D.I.R.T.
Eric Manfrino
Co-founder of LAND'ACT
Jenny Osuldsen
Director at Snøhetta
Antje Stokman
Professor at HafenCity University
Peter Krouwel
Director and owner Streetlife
Zaš Brezar
Founder and editor-in-chief, Landezine

Quick Rules

Teams that are not registered can not participate.

Teams can comprise students, young professionals or both. No team member must be older than 35 on 15 December 2022. In other words; if you were born before 15 December 1986 you can not participate.

All members of teams will need to present proof of age and education/study.

Each team must include a landscape architect (or landscape architecture student). It is highly recommended that the teams are multidisciplinary, comprising at least one designer from another design or other relevant discipline (architect, industrial designer, visual artist, sociologist, ecologist etc.)

The sites must be located in European or North American territories: Canada, United States, United Kingdom and the following countries of the European continent: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

Sites need to be publicly accessible open spaces.

The site can be any urban space, from urban centres to the margins of urbanisation in the countries subjected to this competition (European and North American territories). The maximum size of the site is 1 hectare (2,47 acres).

The final deadline for submissions is 15 December 2022. All competition entries will need to be submitted by the deadline. Material that will be received later, will not be included in the judging process and the registration fee not returned to the registered team. If a registered team will fail to submit the material according to the rules of the competition, the registration fee will not be returned.

Registration and Fees

All teams that wish to take part in the Streetlife Design Competition must register before 9 December 2022 (fill an online form and pay the registration fee). Teams are registered when the registration form is submitted and the registration fee paid. After successful registration teams must submit the material before or on 15 December, 2022.

There are three deadlines for registration with corresponding fees:

  • Early Registration fee: before 30 June: €50
  • Registration fee: 1 July – 21 October: €75
  • Late Registration fee: 22 October – 9 December: €100

Submissions from unregistered themes will not be considered by the jury.

Registering needs to be done via landezine.com. Registration fees can be paid via PayPal and all major credit card types.

To register, you will need to do the following:

  1. Download the Instructions pdf and receive the registration link. Inside the pdf you will find all the necessary information.
  2. Pay the registration fee and fill out an online form
  3. After registration, you will receive a link where you can download the submission folders. Folders will need to be filled with the submission material and sent to lostsites@landezine.com via wetransfer.com no later than on 15 December, 2022.

Submission material

All material needs to be sent digitally via wetransfer.com to lostsites@landezine.com. There is no printing necessary.

To submit material, you will need to download the submission folders, fill them with the material and send them to lostsites@landezine.com via wetransfer.com. The submission material will need to include the following:

1.) A3 booklet / pdf / max size 100MB / max number of pages: 10 / landscape orientation

The following content needs to be presented in the booklet accross the 10 pages:

  • analysis, problem
  • objectives, project statement
  • siteplan
  • sections
  • details and schemes
  • pedestrian views

2.) A folder with all images separately as jpgs (siteplan, schemes, renders, collages, photos of models …) All jpgs should be at least 2000px by the longer side.

3.) Filled Word file that is included in the submission material

Tips and suggestions

It is difficult to design a successful outdoor project without a landscape architect. But there are other profiles involved in the design. We are looking for multidisciplinary teams that promote and stimulate collaboration between the disciplines: Landscape architecture, architecture industrial design, visual arts, sociology and relevant social sciences. Organize a diverse team!

No site is blank, there is always history and there is always context. Work with layers of time and translate them into something new, fit for the future. If you find something interesting, write about that in the submission material.

Think about the wellbeing of all species, consider the soil, invite insects and birds.

Deal with stormwater input/output. Make all elements storm/climate-resilient.

Consider micro-climate, what heats up and what cools down.

Deal with atmosphere, the character of the place. Try to avoid realistic renders and be more creative and abstract. Include photos of models, collages, drawings, experiments, mood-boards … Think laterally, create an ambience, include some of the references from arts, culture, pick a song for your site. You are designing experience.

Put some effort into the presentation, your submission will be judged by the jury and published on the competition website.