The Brief



There will be a power shutdown of the NUS server on 17th Jul, from 6pm to 10pm (Singapore time).

This means the Designing Resilience International Open Competition registration page WILL NOT be available until 18th Jul 9am (Singapore time).

For this reason, and to comply with the official timing, we extend the submission deadline until July 18th at 23:59 (Singapore time).

Please note that after that time submissions will not be accepted.

Thank you very much and sorry for the inconvenience!!

In the last decade and beyond, we have witnessed natural disasters and extreme weather events besiegning human settlements across various continents at greater frequency due to the effects of climate change. From earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, to extreme temperature resulting in droughts, subsidence and floods, these events have wreaked havoc to urban areas alike; they have devastated communities, cost lives and brought destruction.

Through the DRIA International Open Competition we hope to promote and foster a substantive discussion about anticipatory, preventive, mitigation and adaptive design solutions, ideas and propositions towards the resiliency of cities in view of the effects of climate change. We hope to provide a platform to highlight the role of planning, landscape, urban and architectural design, and building and industrial design technologies in enhancing our cities and communities' resilience.

The 2017 DRIA International Open Competition encourages participants to propose innovative WATER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS at the urban planning, urban design, architecture, landscape, building technology or the industrial design scales to overcome the challenge of 'DROUGHTS & WATER SCARCITY' in our cities, neighborhoods and communities. There are no restrictions in regards to country, site, neighborhood, program, or size. Projects can focus on any city in the world, on a specific urban location or can be a general concept or design without a specific site. Submitted proposals should be original and cannot have been awarded or published previously. Creative and innovative water management solutions dealing with "excess of water" as an opportunity to solve the water scarcity problem are welcome.

The speculative proposals will engage with design and technology that connect the physical and the social aspects of a community to promote its resiliency in response to water scarcity and/or droughts as some of the effects of climate change.


We invite students, architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, engineers, designers, ngo's, organizations and everyone all over the world interested in the mission of the DRIA, to submit their proposals and ideas to the 2017 DRIA International Open Competition. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Participants may submit multiple projects, but each entry must be registered and submitted separately, with different DRIA ID numbers. Teams cannot be larger than 5 participants. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to join.