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An International Open Ideas Competition

13 August 2014

Important Dates

Registration Closes: 31 August 2014
Submission Deadline: 30 September 2014
Winner Announcement: 31 October 2014
Award Ceremony: 31 October 2014




The objective of this single-stage open-ideas competition is to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence; rather than a disaster response or recovery plan.


Proposals should create innovative solutions to resolve the conflicting requirements in the design for the multi-hazard risk combination of earthquakes and tsunamis. For example, an elevated floor to accommodate flooding may become a “soft storey,” detrimental in an earthquake. How can a community remain “resilient” by either returning to its original or near-original state, or maintaining its performance after a disaster? The design can be any component of a city comprising a community aspect, and also exemplifies innovative disaster preparedness.

The following are questions to prompt brainstorming and should not limit your ideas:
• How can buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes dissipate seismic movement or wave action?
• How might energy be harnessed from natural disasters?
• How can food production be sustained by adapting to urban surroundings?
• How can the economy be maintained to ensure livelihoods before and after a disaster?


Proposals must promote social interaction and cohesion before and after disasters. Community engagement cultivates a sense of belonging among individuals and to their surroudings. Disasters do not only physically destroy homes; more importantly, they also uproot the memories of places people call home.


Participants must choose multi-hazard risk locations susceptible to both earthquakes and tsunamis, and design for the following worst-case scenario derived from previous earthquake and tsunami events as well as predictions of the “Next Big One [1]:” an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a tsunami with a velocity of 700 km/h from the epicentre and maximum wave height of 30.0 m.


Subject of email: “NEXT BIG ONE – [Registration Number]”
(e.g.: “NEXT BIG ONE – 1234”)

File name: Should correspond with the entrants’ registration number.
“[Registration Number]-1.jpg, [Registration Number]-2.jpg”
(e.g.: The team with registration number 1234 should submit files labelled, “1234-1.jpg” and “1234-2.jpg”)

Entries must be anonymous and must not include any identifying logos, insignia, or names. The registration number should be clearly labelled on the top right corner of the submission.
 Entries to be in English only.

Submitted to:

Option A: 2 Digital Images

Image Dimensions: ARCH D 24” (h) by 36” (w) (2300 px by 3450 px)
Image Format: .jpeg or .pdf (boards may be combined into ONE pdf)
File Size: 5 MB maximum per board

Option B: 1 Digital Image & 1 Video Clip

Digital Image Requirements as per Option A.
 Video Format: .mpeg or .mov
 File Size: 5 MB maximum
 Video Length: 30 seconds maximum

For full competition information, please visit Next Big One website

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