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.
More information https://wup.connectedcommunity.org/programs/parkitecture