NEXT BIG ONE - An International Open Ideas Competition
Date Started: August 2013
Date Complete: Ongoing
Phase 1 - Research
August 2013 - June 2014
Phase 2 - Competition
Competition Launch - June 30, 2014
Registration & FAQ Deadline - August 31, 2014
Submission Deadline - Sept 30, 2014
Winners Announced - October 31, 2014
Recent major natural disasters have brought into question the abilities of global cities to confront imminent high-magnitude earthquakes. Combined with the risk of tsunamis, these disasters can be catastrophic and dramatically alter cities, including functional and social routines. This has consequently prompted the design community’s recent preoccupation with “disaster resiliency.” Is your city prepared for the “Next Big One?” How can design help cities be more resilient?
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.
Phase 1 is a Research Platform that familiarizes the general public and competition participants with this natural disaster. Phase 2 is the International Open Ideas Competition that aims to generate ideas on designing for disasters.
With the support of the other organizing bodies, AFH-Vancouver launched the NEXT BIG ONE competition in June 2014.
Designers were challenged to propose innovation solutions that satisfies the following criteria:
1) Exemplify INNOVATION in disaster design,
2) Promote COMMUNITY RESILIENCY before and after disasters,
3) Meet the MULTI-HAZARD PARAMETERS for the worst-case scenario.
Architecture Research Office
Stephanie Forsythe & Todd MacAllen
Bing Thom Architects
City of Vancouver
Stephanie Chang, The University of British Columbia School of Community & Regional Planning
Susan Herrington, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Neal Lamontagne, The City of North Vancouver
Denise Liu, Edison & Sprinkles
Tamsin Mills, The City of Vancouver
Sean Pearson, RUFproject
Leslie van Duzer, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Andy Yan, Bing Thom Architects
Project Lead: Arthur Leung
Krista Jahnke, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Matthew Lahey, Intern Architect AIBC (AFHv Trustee)
Linus Lam, Architect AIBC MAA MRAIC (AFHv Trustee)
Heather Stuart, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Mira Yung, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Bing Thom Architects
The City of Vancouver