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Overview of the Contest:


Since the very first human civilisations, architecture has played an integral role in representing and reflecting the society to which it belongs, characterising cities and landscapes for years, sometimes even centuries, to come. From ancient monuments like Stonehenge and Rome’s Pantheon, through to the ultra-modern Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Gherkin in London, architectural design, much like fashion, has long been pushing boundaries and giving identity to both city and citizens. 


DPic: Architecture, Art and Image – Utopia500 is an international Drawing and Photography contest based on the concept of “utopia” and this extraordinary influence of architecture and design. The contest involves submitting two A3 plans, the first showing a certain part of any chosen city as it is now, and the second a utopian vision of how this same area could be in the future. 


We are welcoming entries from undergraduate students and young researchers all over the world, enrolled at any institution of higher education or research. Participants will be able to compete either as individuals or in groups; however we encourage the formation of multidisciplinary teams, composed of members with wide-ranging academic profiles.
For more information on the contest please follow the link to the contest’s official website. 


Deadline for submissions 15.08.2016







Organisations and Partnership


The contest is organised by UTOPIA500 in partnership with scopio Editions, Project AAI and the research group CCRE (FAUP), and is being promoted by CETAPS and the Cultural Association Cityscopio.


Institutional support is provided by the University of Porto's Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Architecture, as well as by the Art School of Porto (Escola Superior Artística do Porto) and the UNESCO Literary Town Óbidos.


DPic/ AAI / UTOPIA500 meets the requirements as laid out by the projects AAI and CCRE.

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