Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment
Urbanised humans are the most invasive species on Earth, consuming the majority of the planet's resources. In an endless battle with nature, the urban fosters an unhealthy condition resulting in extinctions and planetary crises, endangering the livelihood of both humans and non-humans. Meanwhile, in the contemporary urbanised world, health is interpreted as the temporal psychological and physical condition of a human body. A permanent and holistic conception of (well)being and its widened territory embracing the vitality of the entire nature are often neglected. Health in the urban environment is inscribed in infrastructures, rather than being a generative concept for a nurturing habitat. The paradigm of our times is that of treatment-an act after the damage has been done, rather than wellbeing, a sustained state of healthiness.
The emergence of epidemics brings forth the significance of a new concept of health and wellbeing in relation to the built environment and beyond. It is evident from the zoonotic sources of the latest epidemics that humans have penetrated deeper into ecozones not occupied before.
Not a competition but rather a “coopetition”, this is a call for planetary solidarity to change the unsustainable and fragile “status quo” with speculative scenarios that explore health and wellbeing from the lense of ecology.
The coopetitive participation of diverse ideas will be shared widely, published as a book and will establish a ground for later studies and actions.
Pre-Registration & Questions Deadline 15 April 2020
Deadline for Early-Bird Registration: 15 April 2020
Submission Deadline: 30 May 2020
Results Announcement: 15 June 2020
Book Publication: 15 September 2020
Early-Bird Registration before 15 April 2020: £35
Late Registration after 15 April 2020: £55
All coopetitors win in various ways and will contribute to the publication of the coopetition work and will receive a copy. The review team will also announce 10-20 non pecuniary awards for the best ideas, texts, presentations and designs and select additional projects for the publication in the book. All the registration fees will fund the publication of the book.
Everyone, individual or as a team, is invited to contribute to this coopetition. However, we encourage multidisciplinary teams with diverse skills, from designers to scientists.
Collage or illustration, Bird’s Eye View Perspective, Section or any other creative image (1-3 A4 portrait), and 200 words text. Please only use the 5 digit code on the submission sheets and do not include your names. If you work as a team, please send a separate file including the names of the team members.
Aslihan Demirtas is an architect and the principal of the interdisciplinary studio Aslihan Demirtas Architecture & Research Office and cofounder of KHORA based in Istanbul
A1: You are free to touch the problem at any scale, a building, a street, a neighbourhood or a city, larger or smaller scale.
A2: If you mean, you want to address the problem of malnutrition or healthy food and the role of the built environment we will absolutely support you.
A3: Depends on your school’s policies. We encourage teamings and we would appreciate it if your students are informed and share their works willingly.
A4: There is no fee but sharing the expenses and also supporting the crowdfunding scholarships of ECODEMIA. We believe that sharing the costs of the coopetition including the publication of the book, TAX payment, and marketing, is also another way of cooperation. We do not expect any profit from the organisation of this coopetition. However, if there will be any surplus, it will be transferred to the funding of the scholarships of ECODEMIA.
A5: The coopetitors are completely free to choose the format, only please use A4 Portrait for the paper size.
A7: Please send the original files including 1-3 A4 Portrait image(s) in jpeg format and 200 words text in .doc format to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A8: Please check the coopetition webpage and the Q&A section www.deurban.org/epidemics
A9: We want to limit the texts with 200 words and to encourage coopetitors to invest more on the explanatory images.
A10: Yes, one registration for each entry is enough. We encourage team works.
A11: You can pay with your credit cards or PayPal account. As soon as you complete the registration form we will send an invoice to your email address and you can proceed with the payment. Please be advised that to benefit from the early bird registration discounted participation fee, your payment must be completed before 15 April 2020. If you do not receive any invoice in a day following your registration, please inform us by sending an email to email@example.com
A12: We have a review team. We prefer to use the term review and not jury. Please check their list and biography in the webpage of the coopetition www.deurban.org/epidemics