We’ve got a cool new design competition coming up for you — for the X-Prize — with some great cash prizes. We’ll be launching this competition the week of August 15th.

When it comes to design, Mother Nature clearly knows best. The buildings that humans currently design – homes and skyscrapers which consume tons of energy to produce and maintain – pale in comparison to the elegant, complex and efficient design solutions that can be found in the natural world. What if, like forests, our buildings could grow over time to accommodate changes in the environment? What if they could produce their own energy instead of constantly sucking energy from pollution-generating fossil fuels? What if they could heal and help their occupants instead of making them sick? The prestigious X-Prize Foundation is developing a new competition for Regenerative Buildings, and we’re teaming up with Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed to assist its ideation X-Prize by launching a new design competition on Inhabitat: BioDesign Futures! We’ll be launching the competition on the week of August 15th with a $1000 cash prize. If you’re interested in entering, read on.

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We’re calling on you to mark your calendars for the BioDesign Futures Competition — an opportunity to imagine the future of the built environment — with a shot at winning $1000 and getting your work in front of the X-Prize Foundation.

If you could use any material in the world to design the buildings of the future, what would you use? Do you think buildings one day could be grown instead of assembled? Launching the week of August 15th, the BioDesign Futures Competition is calling on “bold and innovative visions for the future of construction at the intersection of the physical, the digital and the biological.”

Visions for the following categories will be considered:

A. Spaces for living – Single family home in the suburbs – Multi-family apartment in the city – Informal settlement or slums in the context of an emerging economy – In situ revitalization of abandoned buildings in the context of cities with declining population

B. Spaces for learning or healing

Inhabitat will be announcing the launch of the competition later this month, so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can start dreaming up your visions for the future of the built environment right now. We’re going to be asking for high-resolution PDFs and JPGs in A3 size, so if you’re interested in entering, get started on your renderings now!

+ X-Prize + Eric Corey Freed + Organic Architect

Drawing by Redmer Hoekstra