Urban Design Award

Young Visionary Architecture Competition 2021 - Winners


Haikal Azahar | Malaysia 

Project Title: Revitalizing The Taff’s Trail
Project Typology:Multifunction Community Facilities, Pocket Space, Street & Passageways.

Project Description

Primarily looking at the adjacent communities along the River Taff - Cardiff, Wales, there are multiple pocket spaces stretches along the Taff Trail that shows the potential of redevelopment & urban intervention. This project explores a bottom-up approach, that focuses on the communities needs and further develop a unique community’s ecology and circular economically, that would benefit the overall well-being of the local community.

1st runner up

Yu-Hao Chen | Taiwan

Project Title: Beyond the Boundary
Project Typology: The multiple interfaces of slums and cities

Project Description

The formation and spread of slums has made Mumbai the most contradictory city in the world. However, cities and slums are not self-sufficient, closed communities, but are inextricably linked to the city.
The project redesigned and re-planned the slum dwelling units by extending the original tightly packed houses with winding paths in a vertical direction, in exchange for more open spaces in the slum, while retaining the original privacy and convenience, and these open spaces are distributed between the city and the slum in exchange for border compatibility, thus blurring the binary border between the new town and the slum.

2nd runner up

Orlando Garcia | Mexico

Project Title: The Urban Archipelago
Project Typology: Multi-user dwellings

Project Description

The urban archipelago maintains the historic Copenhagen strategy of claiming land to the ocean. The Master plan a new layer to the city edge to take care of the threat of sea-level rise. In addition, the new edge is split into several islands to minimize the consequences of land erosion and damage to water flows. These islands will be filled with the surplus sand that the city is extracting from the new metro lines and buildings around the city. The layout interprets Copenhagen’s history by creating urban spaces and typologies with similar dimensions, scale and qualities.

Honorable Mention

Helder Simões | Portugal

Project Title: Social Infrastructure: A new way of living for African Cities
Project Typology: Infrastructure

Project Description

This proposal focuses on the articulation of the two fabrics of the city, seeking to consolidate the formal and informal area. It is proposed to create a linear infrastructure, of urban scale, which has the ability to articulate the city through paths, implementation of a social program with the inclusion of places of affluence and new centralities, and that at the same time performs its main function as infrastructure that supports the city and that is able to facilitate the access of housing (and the population) to essential goods such as water, electricity, gas and sanitation.

Honorable Mention

Ben Harrell  | UK

Project Title: Vessels of Penrhyn
Project Typology: Village Master Plan/ Flood Defense Mechanism

Project Description

Fairbourne is soon to be the first British settlement to be flooded due to climate change. In response, the local authorities have decided to remove the village from existence to prevent harm to human life and the surrounding environment, causing a displacement of its local population creating the UK's first climate refugees. However, Fairbourne will not be the only village to face this issue; many more settlements around Britain have been identified as being threatened by the invading coastline. This project explores a new typology and mechanisms to help preserve Fairbourne and other coastal settlements among tidally flooding landscapes.

Honorable Mention

Renna Chirinos | Spain

Project Title: Reprogramming
Project Typology: Reprogramming the university campus of Maracaibo, Venezuela

Project Description

Project in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela reprogramming the abandoned Campus of the Statal University, using two scales of intervention in order connect the campus with the rest of the city and the current barriers inside. Accessibility, social integration, mobility and an armony of the natural and built for not only the students, if not for the whole citizen.