Open Call: Urban Commissions 4.0

The fourth edition of Urban Commissions, the design initiative by Dubai Culture and d3, is now accepting applications. As before, the winner gets a grant of AED 50,000 to make the winning submission.

The brief is for an urban water feature that can be placed in the outdoor area of d3. It can be a pond, birdbath, fountain, or “any design that invites people to gather around water for enjoyment”; but it must occupy no more than four square metres, it should be capable of being relocated from time to time, and it must weigh less than 400kg per square metre. The design must be comprehensive, meaning that it must include all technical solutions for fountains or movement in the water and those elements should be fully integrated into the body of the design.

Crucially, your design should be capable of being manufactured and installed within a budget of AED 50,000.

The call is open to anyone residing in the UAE – individuals or teams, professionals or students – and the winning design must be entirely manufactured in the UAE. Submissions must include at least one and a maximum of five digital files showing the proposed concept; they like to see physical models, renderings, architectural drawings and/or sketches.

More information here; the registration form is here. The deadline is 30 January.

The inaugural winner was the clever IDO bench designed by architect Anna Szonyi (above right). Year two went to Hinjal Kumar for her design of a hybrid shelter/bicycle storage unit named ‘bike d3’ (above left). The third edition winner was SuperFutureDesign* for their communal table, MuTable (right).

All Urban Commissions have since been placed in the walkways of d3.

What do you think?

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