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Design and Build 2021 Competition

Design and Build 2021 Mars Challenge


Competition Abstract

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) in Englewood, CO seeks conceptual design proposals for its Design and Build Competition from art, architecture, design and other creatively focused USA based collegiate students, teams, and/or classes. This year’s theme is “Out of This World” and submissions should address the challenge of designing a Monument for Mars. Contestants must design an installation, public art work, architecture, landscape architecture or other form of monument for Mars. The design should utilize architecture, landscape architecture and/or sculpture/installation as a solution while considering environmental impact and sustainability in use of materials. Contestant’s designs will need to respond with their conceptual project under the premise that human kind from Earth will one day occupy Mars and will require a monument designated for the achievement. Entries will be reviewed by the MOA Board of Trustees and Executive Staff.

MOA will award the top three entries with the following prize structure*:
1st place– $5,000 + winning entry to be archived & featured on competition website
2nd place– $2,500 + winning entry to be archived & featured on competition website
3rd place– $1,000 + winning entry to be archived & featured on competition website

In addition there will be an Honorable Mention prize of $500.
*If entered as a university class, prize will be awarded to department in which the class resides within the university, with funds going directly to the benefit of department students.

Winning submissions will be placed on the MOA Design and Build Competition archive website.

Download the full competition brief with complete entry details. Mars site renderings may be downloaded here.

Schedule & Important Dates

-June 23, 2021 Competition launches

– October 1, 2021 Submission deadline

– October 15, 2021 Top five proposals selected

-October 22, 2021 Proposal finalist presentations (in-person or via video conference)

-October 29, 2021 Winning entries announced

Email or call us at 303-806-0444 EXT. 3 with any competition questions.

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