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One Prize: an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Storm Proof: Open International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities

Early Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Regular Registration and Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013
Entry Fee: early registration is $100, regular registration (after June 30th) is $150

Rising sea levels, flooding, and increased storm intensity no longer fall in the category of scientific theory; these are the defining characteristics of global climate change. The response to these cataclysmic events is similar around the world: repair, rebuild, and defend. After Super storm Sandy, power restoration was priority number one. The push to meet the other needs of the eight million people who lost power was far from urgent.  Governments may elect to stormproof cities, protecting them from physical and economic damage. However, it is up to architects, engineers, ecologists, urban planners, and designers to stormproof cities with competent planning and design solutions that are ecologically sound and socially responsible.

Change in climate requires societal, institutional and personal change. Partnerships are crucial to create this change; through collaboration between design professionals, scientists, and economists, as well as with the spectrum of public agents, advocates, and stakeholders. Science and technology have created the tools. Using scientifically derived design, investing in public knowledge, public space and supporting long-term growth of urban ecosystems is the way to build resilient cities. A storm proofed future is imperative for maintaining existence. This is a call to combine technological and quality-of-life design to assure a bright future for generations to come.

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