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48hrs contest for Dubai Hyperloop announced

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Build Earth Live has announced an international ideas competition to ‘speed design’ a new Hyperloop route connecting Dubai with Fujairah

Open to architects, engineers and designers, the contest is sponsored by Dubai’s Future Foundation and its Road and Transport Authority which plan to construct a Hyperloop in the future.

Participating teams will have 48 hours – from 26 to 28 September – to draw up plans for innovative new passenger termini at Dubai and Fujairah which is one of UAE’s seven emirates.

Unveiled by Space X and Tesla-founder Elon Musk three years ago, the open-sourced Hyperloop technology aims to transport passenger capsules in pneumatic tubes at up to 1,190km per hour.

A prototype is currently being trialled by start-up company and contest sponsor Hyperloop One in the Mojave desert.

BIG, AECOM and Arup were announced as architectural partners for the test track project – 56km north of Las Vegas – earlier this year. Multimillion Hyperloop systems are also currently planned in central Europe and Scandinavia.

Dubai’s elevated Hyperloop network is expected to reduce travel times between the two cities – which are 105km apart – to less than 10 minutes.

Build Earth Live organiser and Asite chief operating officer Nathan Doughty commented: ‘This is a particularly exciting Build Earth Live event because the winners may well see their design implemented as part of the world’s first commercial hyperloop.’

The full brief and site details will be published in interoperable formats immediately before the contest starts with participating teams free to exploit any compatible technology to develop their designs.

During the contest all concepts will be uploaded to a cloud-based BIM collaboration site where visitors will be free to comment.

Six finalists will travel to Dubai for the judging and awards. While there are no cash prizes it is thought the overall winning team will work with Dubai’s government to deliver the ambitious scheme.

The deadline for registration is 25 September.

Hyperloop station concept

Hyperloop station concept

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Lisa Murphy
Albert House
256-260 Old Street

Tel: +44 2077497887
Email: lmurphy@asite.com

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