Submissions due: January 29, 2018

About the Competition

The Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council are pleased to co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Student Design Competition as part of the 2018 National Planning Conference.

This year's competition focuses on the Sharing Economy, particularly as it relates to:

  • social/equity issues
  • regulations
  • economic impacts
  • physical impacts
  • the role of planners

Interdisciplinary student teams will be challenged to apply innovative sharing economy practices to a pre-determined site in New Orleans. Selected team finalists must be available to present their entry at the National Planning Conference, April 21–24, 2018, in New Orleans. The winning team will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

Learn more and apply

Competition Overview Webinar

Representatives from the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council hosted an informational webinar in early January to provide an overview of the competition and background material on the designated project site in New Orleans.

View the recording


Previous Winners

2017

The 2017 Student Design Competition invited interdisciplinary student teams to apply place-based Smart City technologies to a specific New York City site. The winning team, L.E.A.P. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, creatively identified a four-part vision — L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future — detailing how Smart City technologies could be used to improve Livability, Empowerment, Accessibility, and Play on site.

Winner

L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Poster

Report

Finalists

Four additional teams were selected as finalists and presented their ideas at the National Planning Conference in New York City.

Smart CATS

Kansas State University

Poster

Report

Adaptive Strategies

New York University

Poster

Report

UCLA MURPs

University of California, Los Angeles

Poster

Report

The All-Nighters

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Poster

Report