ArcDeck Waterfront 2.0 Architecture Competition - e-architect

ArcDeck Waterfront 2.0 Architecture Competition - e-architect

Calling on designers to propose a futuristic design for waterfronts to combat the threat of rising water levels.

What do Battery Park in New York, Darling Harbour in Sydney, Quartier du Port in Monaco or Marine Drive in Mumbai have in common? These are all amazing waterfronts that have not only defined the iconic image of these cities and become go-to destinations but also are the most sought-after and expensive real estate hot spots.

Sadly, climate change, global warming and rising sea levels are posing a grave threat to our environment and leading to erratic changes in weather across the world. Due to global warming and rising temperatures, several studies including a 2019 in New York Times suggest that over 150 million people living on land may be below the high tide line by the year 2050.

While coastal cities would be the first and worst impacted, other waterways and waterfronts will soon be impacted because of the rising water levels. Already, climate change and global warming is leading to unseasonal rains and erratic incidents of flooding in major cities around the world. The most recent example is the flooding in Australia which has led to a declaration of national emergency.

The threat of rising water levels is real and imminent.

How will we live, work or play along our waterfronts in the future? What happens to the most expensive real estate in the world? How will the waterfronts around the world continue to be attractive and sought-after?


This competition challenges designers, architects, landscape architects, urbanists, urban designers, planners, and design thinkers (professionals as well as students) to imagine the future of waterfronts.

Submit conceptual ideas for design of a futuristic waterfront in any city around the world – by retrofitting it OR proposing a new design – to combat the imminent danger of rising water levels. Participants are encouraged to showcase how their design integrates with the adjacent waterfront development / existing urban fabric.

The primary goal of the competition is to propose a futuristic design concept for a ‘waterfront’ to combat the threat of rising water levels in any city around the world.

The secondary goal of this competition is to showcase how the design integrates with its adjacent ‘waterfront development’.

For the sake of clarity, a ‘waterfront’ is defined as any piece of land on the edge of a body of water (ocean, river, lake, pond, lagoon, harbor, creek, etc.), whereas, ‘waterfront development’ can include any combination of different uses located on the waterfront. Some waterfront developments focus on transportation or industrial uses (such as ports), while others focus on residential, commercial, recreational, parks, promenades and tourism-oriented uses.

The competition proposal shall yield a futuristic design for a ‘waterfront’ that can combat the threat of rising water levels along existing water body anywhere the world. The location can be rural or urban and participants are free to choose the site, size, scale, program, uses and material for this competition along an existing water body such as ocean, sea, river, lake, creek, harbor, ponds, lagoons, etc. The design may be a built solution, ecological design or landscape design (that uses nature and natural systems) as a tool for resiliency.

Participants are encouraged to incorporate the following elements within their design:

Note that there is NO intent to implement any design or concepts received as part of this competition. This is an ideas competition only.

Total prize pool of US $3,000 distributed as under:

Top 3 and Top 10 entries will be (and selected other entries may be) featured on our website and social media handles with credits to all participant(s). Selected others may be a part of an online publication / E-book to be published at a later date. is an exclusive online platform for generating interesting, contextual and thought-provoking ideas by way of crowd-sourcing design concepts, challenges and projects. We seek truly radical / interesting ideas with intent to generate fresh perspectives and challenge the status quo within the design industry. We do not intend to realize any of the ideas but further the design dialogue in our built environment.

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