HUMANKIND AFTER COVID-19 - The design challenge to reactivate global economy


Creative Ideas

Location (s):

  • Online


Our entire civilisation is facing one of our most challenging times since WWII. The results caused by the COVID-19 outbreak are unimaginable and unpredictable yet, but we are already feeling the drastic effects. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the UNCTAD, estimates an impact that will cost the world economy around $1 trillion, expecting the worst scenario than the financial collapse in 2008.


What does the impact mean?

  • Thousands of businesses in bankruptcy.
  • Millions of jobs lost.
  • Unstable political and social environment.
  • Fewer opportunities, and more poverty.

CHALLENGE: Propose a visionary project that helps to revive the economy of a region, city or community affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a perfect harmony of architecture, economy and environment, the competition aims to generate visionary ideas that mark the after of the pandemic and inspire different organisations to draw up a “PLAN B” for the world economy.


Project principles.

(A) Competition is open to all, and no professional qualification is required.

(B) Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).

(C) Designs can be of any program, any scale, and on any site. Participants are free to experiment and explore the subject. 

(D) The architectural concept helps to reactivate the economy from specific region, city or community.

(E) The proposal address one or more solutions for economic problems that emerged from the COVID-19 outbreak (e.g., jobs generation, unemployment, housing, reactivation for sectors like tourism, cultural or sports, support local business and entrepreneurs, macro-solutions for public spaces, etc).

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Is HUMANKIND AFTER COVID-19 restricted to only students or only professionals?

The competition is open to all designers, no matter age, location, or experience.

What type of building is required to design for this competition?

Participants are free to explore this subject. Buildings can be of any program, including open spaces and modules.


Deadline: August 21, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

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