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Wikitopia International Competition

September 24

Wikitopia is an ambitious, cross-disciplinary research project, the goal of which is to realize technologically-enhanced future cities that can be continuously edited and improved by citizens like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Primarily funded by the Japanese government (Japan Science and Technology Agency MIRAI Program), the project is an international collaboration between multiple organizations and individuals spread across Japan and the US. As part of our research, we will hold an international competition soliciting a wide range of novel ideas (architectural, technological, regulational, etc.) that can shape the future of urbanism worldwide.

We seek ideas for new designs, technologies, systems, and concepts that we can realistically expect to be implemented in the near- to mid-term future. In other words, what we would like to see is not complete science fiction, but forward-looking ideas that nevertheless can inform or become part of our research agenda in the coming years.

What we call Wikitopia is a vision of future cities that are built not only by the hands of few (governments, developers, professionals, etc.), but through active, spontaneous participation of citizens. We believe that the ideas submitted to this competition will comprise the fundamental building blocks of such future cities. We look forward to receiving diverse submissions from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, including architecture, urban design, engineering, science, fine arts, activism, and many others.



The competition will be held in two separate phases: Phase 1 and Phase 2. Although the two phases are related, submission to one phase does not require submission to the other.

We expect that entries to this competition will play significant roles in shaping the future of the Wikitopia Project — in this sense, everyone who contributes ideas will become a de-facto collaborator of our project. We hope to see novel submissions that go beyond existing thoughts about how urban spaces/systems are designed, implemented, and used.

• Phase 1 Competition Deadline: September 24 (Monday), 2018

• Phase 2 Competition Deadline: December 28 (Friday), 2018