Culiacán features 557 park environments and applicants may select one or more green space for their design. Concepts may focus on landscape, architecture, products or art but must respond to the emerging urban context and specify appropriate materials and technologies.

The competition – supported by local charity Parques Alegres and the Asociación Nacional de Parques y Recreación México – aims to identify a range of solutions to upgrade parks within Culiacán which could also be applied to similar urban environments across the globe.

Located in the north-western state of Sinaloa in Mexico, Culiacán is a rapidly growing city which has seen its population increase from 167,000 to 1 million residents in just the past 50 years.

Proposals must respond to the local context and be applicable around the world regardless of wealth, reflect community needs, promote liveability and social inclusion, enhance the local neighbourhood and ecosystem, and improve wellbeing.

Judges will include Michael Boland from The Presidio Trust in San Francisco; Edinburgh-based Maria K Zachariades, co-chair of the World Urban Parks’ Ageing, Wellbeing and Parks Committee; and Leticia Lozano, co-founder and director of MACIA Estudio in Mexico City.

According to the brief: ‘Parkitecture is an International Design Contest created by World Urban Parks, which aims to be a worldwide celebration of innovation and creativity.

‘Parkitecture designs submitted may be landscape, architecture, products or art, hence we present an Open Design Contest to inspire and welcome the widest pool of global talent and excellence.’

Project title Parkitecture
Client World Urban Parks
Contract value Tbc
First round deadline 10 October 2023
Restrictions The application fee is $90 for a professional individual and increases to $270 for a professional group of three members. Students may apply for $25 and this fee increases to $75 for groups of three members.
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The ‘Parkitecture’ competition – organised by nonprofit organisation World Urban Parks – seeks ‘imaginative, visionary, and viable’ proposals to upgrade a single park within the city which promotes social inclusion and wellbeing for local people.

Culiacán currently features 557 park spaces ranging from formal parks to smaller green areas. Challenges facing existing green infrastructure within the city include a lack of cycle parking; poor accessibility for older and vulnerable people; lack of toilets, lighting and exercise facilities, and a shortage of blue spaces.

The overall winner – to be announced on 21 November – will receive a $25,000 while a second prize of $10,000 third prize of $5,000 and ten honourable mentions each worth $1,000 will also be awarded.

A first place student prize of $1,000 will also be awarded along with a second prize of $750 and third prize of $500.

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