Our world is changing.

Imagine Mumbai and Miami permanently underwater, hurricanes frequently clashing against Manhattan and Manila, devastating droughts in l. a. and London, and fires running rampant in Sydney and San Francisco .

A global future like this currently occupies our imagination but inches closer to reality every day .

How will our built environment react to rising sea levels, extended droughts, climbing temperatures, and other symptoms of worldwide warming? How can our buildings and cities prevent the severity of natural disasters, degrading air quality, melting ice caps, and global climate change at large?

WARMING calls on students and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, and style to submit projects that answer our changing climate and therefore the environment.


WARMING competition participants are asked to propose new or adapted architecture that addresses problems with heating .

Participants are liberal to experiment and explore the topic – designs are often of any program, any scale, and on any site. Architecture could also be building types like homes, parks, skyscrapers, stadiums, schools, museums, libraries, transportation, multifamily housing, and more.

See how designers addressed our changing climate in last years WARMING Competition here.

Participants may propose strategies that prevent the increase of worldwide warming or strategies that react to the changing world we’ll inhabit. Participants can also take a combined approach.

PREVENT – designs and methods can address issues like renewable energy, recycling, sustainable farming, alternative transportation, or many others.

REACT – designs and methods can address issues like sea-level rise, droughts, wilderness fires, severe weather, habitat destruction, or many others.


Overall Winner
Book Feature + Press Publications

Prevent Award
Book Feature + Press Publications

React Award
Book Feature + Press Publications

Honorable Mentions
Book Feature + Press Publications

Directors Choice
Book Feature + Press Publications

Total Awards


Alice Britton | Squint / Opera
Tei Carpenter | Agency Agency
Sou Fujimoto | Sou Fujimoto Architects
Rossana Hu | Neri&Hu
Thom Mayne | Morphosis
Sheila Sri Prakash | Shilpa Architects
Lola Sheppard | LATERAL OFFICE
Neyran Turan | NEMESTUDIO
Ken Yeang | Ken Yeang Ecoarchitect


Competition Begins Mar. 22
$55 Advance Entry Ends May 25
$75 Early Entry Ends July 20
$95 Regular Entry Ends Sep. 04
Submission Deadline Sep. 05
Results Announced Oct. 2021

Jakob Rope Systems is an Official Sponsor of The WARMING Competition 2021.

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