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Coinciding with the next issue (#18) of Kerb, the annual landscape architecture journal edited by students at RMIT, Melbourne, is their first ever international design competition, PlastiCity FantastiCity. The competition brief sounds wildly open ended, which could frustrate some but hopefully will only foster astonishing visions of the future city.

Imagine the limitless world of a child. Creative boundaries have not yet been conceived, limits not yet understood. We want to see your city in all its wildness. A child can compose a world of immeasurable fantasy and pleasure yet the regulations that we currently adhere to have diminished our ability to make this our reality.

What if when you take a lunch break, parks literally broke from the earth, airlifted above the clouds escaping into the sunlight, landing within the hour leaving you at peace with the world?

PlastiCity FantastiCity is remodeling the constructed city at any chosen scale to become a world of playful opportunity, where nothing that manifests itself in today's cities is present. This ideas competition seeks a multidisciplinary approach to discover new potentials and possibilities within the world and in particular for the Landscape Architecture profession.

The registration deadline is December 18, 2009, and the submission deadline for panels is January 18, 2010.

Winners will receive cash prizes in addition to page spreads in Kerb 18.

PlastiCity FantastiCity
  • kerb18
  • November 24, 2009 at 5:37:00 AM CST
  • Although the brief may seem open ended it is intended to enable stimulation and provide a platform for designers to envisage a future city. There are many potential futures for any city, how will we know which one we want to be apart of if we don’t see them now?

  • Anonymous
  • November 24, 2009 at 9:37:00 PM CST
  • I just signed up, their judges are pretty awesome, some guy from China, Ma Yansong from the MAD Architects and the entire design team from NIP Paysage in Canada is on board. Apparently there's a big buzz going through Europe especially in Holland. should be good but I don't know how they expect to judge it with a jury from different parts of the world

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