DE-URBANISED EPIDEMICS: Planetary Coopetition

DE-URBANISED EPIDEMICS: Planetary Coopetition for Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment

Submission: May 30, 2020
Registration: May 20, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open

Urbanised humans are the most invasive species on Earth, consuming the majority of the planet’s resources. In an endless battle with nature, the urban fosters an unhealthy condition resulting in extinctions and planetary crises, endangering the livelihood of both humans and non-humans. Meanwhile, in the contemporary urbanised world,  health is interpreted as the temporal psychological and physical condition of a human body.

A permanent and holistic conception  of (well)being and its widened territory embracing  the vitality of the entire nature are often neglected. Health in the urban environment is inscribed in infrastructures, rather than being a generative concept for a nurturing habitat. The paradigm of our times is that of treatment-an act after the damage has been done, rather than wellbeing, a sustained state of healthiness. 

The emergence of epidemics brings forth the significance of a new concept of health and wellbeing in relation to the built environment and beyond. It is evident from the zoonotic sources of the latest epidemics that humans have penetrated deeper into ecozones not occupied before.

Not a competition but rather a “coopetition”, this is a call for planetary solidarity to change the unsustainable and fragile “status quo” with speculative scenarios that explore health and wellbeing from the lense of ecology. 

  • How can we describe and imagine a permanent mode of well being that is dependent and grounded on co-existence?
  • What are the possible ways of “de-urbanising” the concept of health in relation to the built environment, with an emphasis on the issue of epidemics?

The coopetitive participation of diverse ideas will be shared widely, published as a book and will establish a ground for later studies and actions.

Key Dates

Pre-Registration & Questions Deadline 15 April 2020

Deadline for Early-Bird Registration: 15 April 2020

Deadline for Late Registration: 20 May 2020

Submission Deadline: 30 May 2020

Results Announcement: 15 June 2020

Book Publication: 15 September 2020 

Registration Fee

Early-Bird Registration before 15 April 2020: £35

Late Registration after 15 April 2020: £55


All coopetitors win in various ways and will contribute to the publication of the coopetition work and will receive a copy. The review team will also announce 10-20 non pecuniary awards for the best ideas, texts, presentations and designs and select additional projects for the publication in the book. All the registration fees will fund the publication of the book. 


Everyone, individual or as a team, is invited to contribute to this coopetition. However, we encourage multidisciplinary teams with diverse skills, from designers to scientists.


Collage or illustration, Bird’s Eye View Perspective, Section or any other creative image (1-3 A4 portrait), and 200 words text