The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) has launched an ideas contest to imagine how the city will look in 150 years’ time
Open to UK-based architects, students and recent graduates, the anonymous competition invites participants to submit a single bold and imaginative image showing how Scotland’s second city could look in the year 2168.
The call for concepts is part of the GIA’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The winner will receive the £1,000 Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Travelling Scholarship – named after one of the city’s greatest Victorian architects who was also a president of the institute.
In its brief, the institute says: ‘Throughout the past centuries, Glasgow has passed through various phases and styles, maintaining a very ingenious dialogue through its architecture. Much like any other post-industrial city, Glasgow has both maintained its amalgam presence, as well as left a number of issues that can be creatively resolved by the aspiring architectural society.
‘How would you like Glasgow to look 150 years from now? What story dictates the future of this multilayered city? The image is open to your interpretation and may be completed in any media. It should provoke conversations about the future of Glasgow and visualise a critical argument and view about the city.’
The GIA is the largest chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, with more than 1,200 members in a region spanning from the Scottish borders to Argyll.
The organisation administers the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, awarded every few years in honour of the acclaimed architect whose works include Holmwood House and St Vincent Street Free Church in Glasgow’s West End.
Competition entries should build on the legacy of the city’s innovative architecture and promote a discussion about the challenges in the future.
Submissions should feature a single 300dpi JPEG image large enough to fill an A3 page along with 200 words of explanatory text. Judges will include GIA president Isabel Garriga, David Reat from the University of Strathclyde, Scott Abercrombie of the Alexander Thomson Society, and Chris Stewart from Collective Architecture.
The overall winner, to be announced 23 November, will receive a £1,000 travelling scholarship at the GIA’s annual dinner in the city’s A’Challtainn restaurant.
The deadline for applications is 16 November.
How to apply