Non Architecture Competitions aims to find  

unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. The second phase of competitions is structured in 9+1 themes: a Research Ecosystem with the purpose of exploring each theme from different perspectives. All competitions have their focus on tackling the big issues of tomorrow, by seeking nontraditional approaches in the architect’s work. 

We are publishing one book for each theme of competitions where we will compile the best projects but also a series of material that talks about each topic, a  Research Ecosystem to create an ongoing conversation.  

Theme Three closed on 15 August and the projects from the winners, honourable mentions and editorial picks of the three competitions (REMOTE WORK CABIN, RE-NATURE  ROME, and MANHATTAN WILDSCRAPER) will be included in the book. This call for materials has the purpose to collect relevant contributions regarding this topic and is necessary for the book Into the Wild

The aim of the Into the Wild set of competitions was to develop design proposals that explore this theme from different perspectives.


In case your contribution gets accepted to be released in the book, you will receive

ONE FREE ENTRY  to the Non Architecture Award as well!


Topics (Short version, download the full call below)

Nature is the designer of this world. We have always imagined and represented nature in a great many ways across history, painting it and worshipping it since ancient history. Today we ended up undervalued it. 

Biodiversity is on a systemic level the very foundation of human survival. It comprises all species of plants, animals,  microorganisms, and other living beings in a specific region or time, all intertwined with our existence. Its importance is assessed on three levels: genes, habitats, and species. One of the many things we’ve learned from the global shock of  COVID-19 is just how intertwined humanity is with nature.  Wildlife sightings increased, air quality improved and carbon emissions dropped, proving that one of the few positive aspects of the pandemic has been the environmental impact of lockdown.


Materials guidelines

The call for materials defines the field of interest of Into the Wild and produces a context in which to situate contributions.
Contributions can be uploaded in the form of:
/ ESSAY: a brief composition that describe, clarifies, argues, or analyzes a subject.
/ INFOGRAPHIC: a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram.
/ PHOTO ESSAY: an account of something told predominantly through photographs, with some accompanying text.
/ ILLUSTRATION(S): a visualization or a depiction of a subject, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, or another kind of image, using a graphical representation.


Materials details

/ For the ESSAY: Your paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format using the below format: must be between 500-1000 words in A4 papers with a Calibri font of 10 pt. A good reference comes from the Academic Conferences and Publishing International.
/ For the INFOGRAPHIC: All the data must have provided sources and proof checked. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. A good reference comes from the Office for National Statistics.
/ For the PHOTO ESSAY: A series of photos with the title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work with a maximum of 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each shot, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All photos must be taken by the author. A good reference comes from the Time magazine.
/ For the ILLUSTRATION(S): A drawing or a series of drawings with the title and subtitle of the project. An introduction to the work of maximum 300 words in a Calibri font of 10 pt. For each drawing, a caption is needed. This must also be submitted in A4 papers and in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All work must be done by the author.


Submission details

All the submissions must be electronically sent to the editor of NON ARCHITECTURE between the 23rd of August and the 30th of September at Accepted proposals will then be published in our book by the editorial board.
Submissions must be written in English.

23 August – Submissions Open
30 September – Submissions Close
6-8 October – Notification of Acceptance
December 2021: Expected Book Release

Please ensure your materials are carefully proofread and checked before sending.
By submitting a document you declare the paternity of the material submitted and you give rights of publication to NON ARCHITECTURE. All the articles selected will be published indicating the author’s name. Small changes might be operated by the Non Architecture Team to make the submission a better fit for the publication.



This call is not a competition, it serves solely for gathering research and offers a publication possibility in exchange. Participation is free of charge.


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