The Built Environment Trust along with the Mayor of London are seeking ideas that could help the nightlife of cities work better.

Architects, landscape architects, planners, environmentalists, material scientists, economists, product designers, engineers, acoustic experts and other interested parties are invited to submit ideas for better 24 hour cities. The brief is broad: we want big visions and detailed specific thoughts… all can be contenders for the exhibition, publication and prizes on offer.

Is there a new acoustic material that might revolutionise the design of music venues? Should developers be encouraged to design-in nightlife? How can landscape design help alleviate social problems? Could the energy of night-time revellers be harnessed to feed energy back into our cities? Built projects, new concepts and futuristic ideas will all be welcomed.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel of designers, planners and policy makers.

The winner will receive £1,000 and two runners up will receive £500 each. Up to 20 of the best entries will be shown in Night Time is The Right Time, a major exhibition and event programme at The Building Centre. Leading finalists will be offered speaking opportunities and promoted extensively.

Judging Panel: 

  • Amy Lamé, Night Czar for London
  • Carl Turner, director of Carl Turner Architects and founder/ designer of Pop Brixton, London
  • Dan Batterton, fund manager - Build to Rent at Legal & General Investment Management
  • Dipa Joshi, director of Assael Architecture, expert in residential regeneration and acoustic design
  • Ulla Hornsyld, director of landscape, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Jenny Watt, The Building Centre 
  • Chair of judging: Lewis Blackwell, The Built Environment Trust

Entry requirements:

  • Two A2 horizontal project pages including but not limited to sketches, sitemaps, diagrams, photographs and charts (hard copy and digital)
  • Each image included in the project pages to be submitted as individual high resolution JPEGs (300dpi)
  • One text document up to 700 words
  • One team biography
  • Video (optional)
  • Entry fee £25 +VAT / £10 for students

This competition is now over and the Night Time is the Right Time exhibition will be launched in June.

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