ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT is a call to put design in the service of disenfranchised communities, to reinvigorate deindustrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces for economic growth and job creation. Situated in the context of a struggling U.S. economy and the tension of stagnant unemployment, ONE Prize 2012 aims to explore the socially, economically, and ecologically regenerative possibilities of urban transformation and design. The competition is powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative planning.
The ONE Prize seeks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds:
- Can we rework the skeletons of 20th century manufacturing for 21st century innovation?
- Can former plants in Detroit become greenhouses, schools, theaters?
- Can mill towns be revamped as digital fabrication hubs?
- Can vacant parking lots become farms or parks?
- Can abandoned strip malls be reinvented?
- Can we reboot the American economy?
The ONE Prize winner will receive a cash Award of $5,000, press coverage by One Prize media sponsors, presentation of designs at lectures and exhibitions, and prominent year-long exposure on the competition website.
THREE Honorable Mentions will receive a cash award of $500 each.
All participants are asked to register and submit competition entries online.
The early registration deadline is May 31, 2012.
The late registration AND submission deadline is June 30, 2012 by midnight EST.
The ONE Prize Award is an international competition and it is open to everyone. The teams can have one or more members. The proposals can be for a real or speculative project, for one or more real sites, and located either in the U.S. or abroad, but applicable to the U.S. Further, the proposals need not be generated exclusively for this competition, provided that they address the intent of the competition.
Visit www.oneprize.org to register, submit, and receive more information.
The ONE Prize Team