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Burnham 20/20 was organized by the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) Team: Elva Rubio, Edoarda Corradi Dell‘Acqua, Kevin Harrington, Travis Rukamp, Nathan Rennich, Carlo Parente, Alison Von Glinow, and Nathan Bowman
Questions regarding the competition will be accepted until May 22, 2020. Questions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers will be posted on the Chicago Architectural Club’s website.
Looking forward, in this competition, the Chicago Architectural Club encourages architects to engage issues of the future – climate change, movements of conflict, climate and economic refugees, pollution of the environment, depletion of resources – that can no longer be avoided. What actions should the architectural community take that will ensure that our grandchildren and their children see 2120?
For the 2020 Burnham Prize, the Chicago Architectural Club is calling for new visions that address the humanization of our city. Looking at Chicago’s future and reflecting on today’s challenges, formulate your interpretation of the Burnham Plan that expresses the needs of our time. Through a project, series of projects or a larger plan, define one or more elements that address current urban issues that are able to contribute to the design of a more “human” city.
How do Burnham’s observations translate in today’s city and which new topics should be addressed?
How can we design a more “human” city today? Do existing planning and design processes sufficiently address the complexities inherent in our city today?
What are the issues of the future that cities are facing today and how can the architectural community address them?
How can cities and urban life adapt and change in light of these new challenges?
If the 1909 Plan of Chicago still serves as a reference in urban planning, looking forward, how can Chicago act as a laboratory for urban and architectural innovation for cities of the future?
The 2020 Burnham Prize Competition is open to anyone with a vision for Burnham 20/20: students, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, designers, and artists.
April 30, 2020: Competition Launch with Online Registration. Question & Answer Period opens*.
May 22, 2020: Early Registration closes. Question & Answer Period closes.
June 19, 2020: Online Registration closes.
July 3, 2020: Submissions are due at noon CST.
July, 2020: Virtual Jury Meeting, Projects Shortlist Announced.
September, 2020: Winners Announced & Exhibition Opening Event **.
*Answers to all questions will be posted to the competition website.
** This could be a fully virtual event
Early Registration Fee: $75 ($30 Students)
Regular Registration Fee: $90 (Student $50)
Students (please submit pdf copy of valid 2019-20 Student ID)
1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500
Honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury but will receive no cash prize. Select projects will be featured on the websites of the Chicago Architectural Club and other partner agencies, and are to be exhibited in a special opening event. This could be a fully virtual event. Further information will be provided.
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