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LA+ Imagination Competition

LA+, the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture published by the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, announces the launch of an open design ideas competition for landscape architects, architects, planners, artists, and designers.

Paradisiacal, utopian, dystopian, heterotopian – islands hold an especially enigmatic and beguiling place in our geographical imagination. Existing in juxtaposition to what’s around them, islands are figures of otherness and difference. Differentiated from their contexts and as much myth as reality, islands have their own rules, their own stories, their own characters, their own ecologies, their own functions, and their own forms.

The LA+ IMAGINATION open international design ideas competition asks you to design a new island. You can locate it anywhere in the world, program it any way you want, and give it any form and purpose you can imagine.

Submission deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11.59 ET
Winners announced: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Winners + select entries published/exhibited: The LA+IMAGINATION issue will be launched/exhibited in New York City in spring 2018 (date and venue to be determined)
Q+A: Questions may be submitted to at any time before May 25, 2017. The Q+A page on this website may be updated regularly, and without notice.

USD $10,000 total prize money
• 5 winners to receive USD $2,000 and feature publication in LA+ Journal’s LA+ IMAGINATION issue
• 10 honorable mentions to receive feature publication in LA+ Journal’s LA+ IMAGINATION issue


Published on February 9, 2017

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