As an estimated 70% of the world population will live in cities by 2050, architecture, urban design, and planning against pandemic will become even more important in years to come. But the pandemic also offers a chance to change and prepare for our future. This is the time for us to reshape the way our cities are built, maintained, and lived in. The question is: How should we shape our city for the unknown future?
The global COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has severe negative impacts on all aspects of social life in 2020. It has rapidly spread around the world, posing enormous health, economic, environmental, and social challenges to the entire human population.
Future city: Smart design for the post-pandemic world is a first competition launched by Institute of Smart City and Management (ISCM), University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city (UEH) in partnership with University of Architecture Hochiminh city, Hochiminh city the University of Technology, Handong Global University, Technical The University of Mandalay, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, Le Cnam, University of Melbourne. The competition is sponsored by HTE Global Co. Ltd, Handong Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd., and Korea Institute of Building Energy Technology. In this very first competition, participants are asked to look at the existing urban built environment and imagine how it should cope with the future pandemic.
The Institute of Smart Cities and Management (ISCM) - University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) successfully organized the international launch event, along with the award ceremony of the first international design competition. “Cities of the Future: Designing for Post-Pandemic”.
Guests in the open exhibition at StudioLab: https://www.facebook.com/ISCM.UEH/photos/pcb.173323301006243/173320124339894
Future City Exhibition: smart design: https://www.facebook.com/ISCM.UEH/photos/pcb.173323301006243/17320124339894
On September 25, 2020, the award ceremony for the competition was conducted in Ho Chi Minh City. This event was held in conjunction with the inauguration of the international event hosted by the Institute for Smart Cities and Management (UEH - ISCM).
In the first round of the competition, competitors were given the task of thinking about the urban environment as it exists today and imagining how it will react to pandemics in the future. Participants are at liberty to submit a new design in a location of their choosing, which may be either of the two provided options.
Participants are encouraged to take risks and think creatively in order to succeed in this competition. How might architecture, urban design, and planning contribute to the resilience of cities during and after an outbreak of a pandemic? Participants are required to employ novel approaches and creative conceptions in order to combat the pandemic situation, while also taking into consideration the progression of technology.
First Prize: https://www.facebook.com/ISCM.UEH/photos/pcb.173323301006243/173320274339879
Second Prize: https://www.facebook.com/ISCM.UEH/photos/pcb.173323301006243/173320257673214