Propose a visionary project that helps to revive the economy

The results caused by the COVID-19 outbreak are unimaginable and unpredictable yet, but we are already feeling the drastic effects. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the UNCTAD, estimates an impact that will cost the world economy around $1 trillion, expecting the worst scenario than the financial collapse in 2008.

What does the impact mean?

  • Thousands of businesses in bankruptcy.
  • Millions of jobs lost.
  • Unstable political and social environment.
  • Fewer opportunities, and more poverty.

The Design Challenge to Reactivate the Global Economy is open for everyone. Propose a visionary project that helps to revive the economy of a region, city, or community affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Project principles.

  • Competition is open to all, and no professional qualification is required.
  • Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).
  • Designs can be of any program, any scale, and on any site. Participants are free to experiment and explore the subject.
  • The architectural concept helps to reactivate the economy from a specific region, city, or community.
  • The proposal address one or more solutions for economic problems that emerged from the COVID-19 outbreak (e.g., jobs generation, unemployment, housing, reactivation for sectors like tourism, cultural or sports, support local business and entrepreneurs, macro-solutions for public spaces, etc).


  • First: £1500;
  • Second: £ 600;
  • Third: £ 400;
  • +7 honorable mentions;
  • Certificate and project inclusion at THE.ARK ebook.

Application process

Submission materials:

Project summary:

  • Title of the design concept.
  • Team ID and participant’s name at the right top corner.
  • Text project summary in PDF (800-word maximum) in vertical format.

Design and impact proposal:

  • Two boards A1 formatted landscape in PDF.
  •  Supporting images to include diagrams, plans, sections, concept explanations, and perspectives.
  • An economic impact proposal that includes diagrams, statistics, or infographics connected to the design concept.

Mandatory formatting:

  • The official language is English.
  • The file must be saved as a PDF and named as follows:
  • (teamID)_(design concept name).pdf
  • Each of the boards must be labeled with the TEAM ID.
  • All submissions must be sent via WeTransfer to official email:

Click here to register.