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Help fight California’s water crisis in Archinect’s “Dry Futures” competitionSeptember 1st, 2015

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The clock is ticking for America’s most populous state: drought-choked California is in the midst of a water crisis and only has about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs. In response to the unprecedented water crisis, Archinect launched “Dry Futures,” an open ideas competition that “seeks imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California’s drought.” There are two competition categories: a Speculative category for proposals that incorporate technologies not yet imagined, and a Pragmatic category for responses that can be implemented with current technology and economic conditions. There will be two first place winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a custom one-week survival kit that includes a backpack. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015 at 10 pm PST.

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Prizes are the same for both categories:

1st $1,000 CASH + custom 1 week survival kit including back pack

2nd custom survival kit- 1 week supply of food/water/emergency items

3rd custom survival kit- 72 hours supply of food/water/emergency items

These custom survival kits are curated with Archinect staff picks, including products kindly provided by Mountain House (survival meals), Life Gear ("Wings of Life" packs & "Grab and Go" packs), MENOSUNOCEROUNO ("Just in Case" packs), GRAYL (water filtration cups), and Reliance (water storage containers).

All winners and honorable mentions will be exhibited online on Archinect and Bustler.


Your submission will require a title, author(s), text description, and imagery (Must be JPG, GIF or PNG format in RGB (not CMYK); Max. file size: 2MB). The submission will be uploaded and reviewed by the jury online, so it’s highly recommended that you format your submission with imagery that is easily viewable on computer screens rather than large format printed boards.


See for full jury list.