Do you go through the downtown (or city center) in your city and think something's missing? Or that something could be improved? If you had the opportunity to bring in a catalyst that can change the character of the place - what would it be? If you could add a building or retrofit some existing ones or perhaps add a park system that could exponentially improve the quality of the downtown - wouldn't that be great? If yes, then this challenge is for you! 

ArcDeck is seeking proposals for 'Radical Urban Intervention' for urban core or downtown areas from planners, urban designers, architects, creatives, design students and anyone related to the real estate industry. Select a city anywhere in the world and suggest a design intervention that could radically improve its sense of place and quality of life for residents + visitors. The intervention can be any one of the following proposals:

  1. a new building typology that is missing in an existing city downtown area / town center (infill site);

  2. tear-down and rebuild of existing building(s) to create new one in its place or an agglomeration -- but one which retains and houses the original uses in a creative way;

  3. suggest a mass transit intervention by way of improving / appending access to downtown and / or connect existing landmarks;

  4. propose park(s) / open space(s) / linear park network(s) on infill site(s) without tearing down any existing buildings or structures.

We are looking for conceptual ideas only and not detailed architectural or technical drawings. The intent is to generate design concepts that can potentially upgrade the character of downtown / city center and infuse new life in the urban core. The proposals should include innovative, original, previously unpublished ideas or concepts supported with diagrams, sketches, renderings, etc.on a single A1 size sheet along with a maximum 500 word text description. Our goal is to push the envelope and generate a dialogue about design-thinking at a city scale. Note that these are *not* meant for realization.

Find this competition on external websites:

e-architect: https://www.e-architect.co.uk/competitions/radical-urban-intervention-2020

ArchDaily: https://www.archdaily.com/946938/call-for-ideas-radical-urban-intervention

Bustler: https://bustler.net/competitions/7583/radical-urban-intervention

Competitions.archi: https://competitions.archi/competition/radical-urban-intervention/

IMPORTANT: please register below with your (valid) email address to receive a unique registration code as well as full design brief with goals, requirements, judging criteria, etc. on your email address. Submissions will not be accepted without assigned registration code.


Submittal requirement*

  • 1 (one) A1 size PDF format sheet (landscape orientation); and

  • 500 word write-up in .docx format (no images in word document).


*Note: No names, insignia, logos, company details or participant information should appear on the submission sheet OR word document. Only add the unique code (you should receive it via email upon registration) on the top right corner of the sheet. Combined PDF and word document file size shall be less than 10 MB. All material should be in English language.

Competition announcement

August 30th, 2020

Queries and responses

until November 15th, 2020

Registration deadline:

11:59 pm ET on November 25th, 2020

Submission deadline:

11:59 pm ET on November 30th, 2020

Submit online here:


Note: Participants will be required to sign-in using their Google account and enter registration code in order to submit their entry. Before submitting, please ensure that the filename is "<your_unique_code>.pdf" and "<your_unique_code>.docx". Email submissions will NOT be accepted. Combined PDF and word document file size shall be less than 10 MB.

Results announcement:

On this website on December 15th, 2020


  • We will select Top 3 entries from 2 categories: 'professional' and 'student'

  • Top 3 entries from both categories will receive 50% discount vouchers towards registration fees for our next paid competition.

  • Top 3 entries from both categories and Top 10 entries will be featured on our website and social media handles (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) with credits to the author(s). Selected others may be a part of an online publication / E-book to be published at a later date.

  • Participation certificate (via email) for all participants.

Registration fees:

None (Free)



ArcDeck.net is an exclusive online platform for generating interesting, contextual and thought-provoking ideas by way of crowd-sourcing design concepts, challenges and projects. We seek truly radical / interesting ideas with intent to generate fresh perspectives and challenge the status quo within the design industry. We do not intend to realize any of the ideas but further the design dialogue in our built environment.

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