Planetary "Coopetition"

de-urbanised epidemics

Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment

Call for Entries

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. 

  • How can we describe and imagine a permanent mode of well being that is dependent and grounded on co-existence? 
  • What are the possible ways of “de-urbanising” the concept of health in relation to the built environment, with an emphasis on the issue of epidemics? 

The coopetitive participation of diverse ideas will be shared widely, published as a book and will establish a ground for later studies and actions.

More Information

Key Dates

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 

Registration Fee

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.


participating in this coopetition, you join FRIENDS OF ECODEMIA and contribute to the crowdfunding  scholarships which enable people around the world to improve their skills and create big changes in their lives, the life of others and the life of our planet   


Q1: Whether it has to be a planetary idea for a solution or by region?

 A1: You are free to touch the problem at any scale, a building, a street, a neighbourhood or a city, larger or smaller scale. 

Q2: Do we get free food here!? And why not!?

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.

Q3: Can I submit an entry that would be a combined effort from my practice and from my students?

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.

Q4: Why there is a participation fee

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. 

Q5:Are we free to organize the contents as we see fit or is there a format to follow?

A5: The coopetitors are completely free to choose the format, only please use A4 Portrait for the paper size. 

Q6: How do I register?

A6: For registration please complete the registration form in the webpage of the coopetition and kindly send the payment slip to our email address:

Q7: how do I submit my contribution?

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: 

Q8: Is there any official notice explaining more about the project?

A8: Please check the coopetition webpage and the Q&A section

Q9: The text size is just 200 words of after the selection you’ll demand another text explaining m

A9: We want to limit the texts with 200 words and to encourage coopetitors to invest more on the explanatory images. 

Q10: Can we register as a team?

A10: Yes, one registration for each entry is enough. We encourage team works. 

Q11: What is the payment method?

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 

Q12: Is there a jury?

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