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Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2022 Big Data and City─Spatial design for well-being─

Theme Big Data and City─Spatial design for well-being─

We seek designs for architectural and urban spaces that utilize big data. This competition will evaluate the logic of using some form of data and incorporating the results of its analysis into spatial design. Concrete data is fine, or even imaginary data that one would like to use in a particular way if one had access to it. Any type of data on any scale is acceptable, but the following three conditions must be met: 1) data must be used; 2) a framework for analyzing the data must be presented; and 3) the results of the analysis must be incorporated into the design of architectural or urban spaces.

The way we perceive and create architecture and cities is undergoing a dramatic shift. We have entered an era in which advances in digital technology are measuring our activities with unprecedented granularity, while data is capturing human behavior that up until now could only be imagined in the minds of architects and urban planners. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies, the patterns behind things that were invisible to the human eye and hand are being uncovered. This is truly the golden age of big data.
On the other hand, it is not yet clear what kind of urban spaces will be created by architectural and urban big data and its analysis, and how this will be reflected in design. For example, it is now possible to analyze the flow of people by tracking cell phones and analyzing density in the city almost in real time. The granularity of the analysis pertaining to the flow of people using big data and its applications to the actual design of urban spaces, however, are two completely different things.
When we think of big data, we tend to imagine things like optimization for individuals, and improvements to infrastructure such as transportation and sewage systems. However, just as maximizing the happiness of individuals does not necessarily lead to the well-being of society as a whole, it may not be a matter of simply optimizing data. Especially for those of us who deal with urban space, how can neighborhoods, districts, and cities, where individuals with different ways of thinking come together, and not just the lifestyle that “I” lead, remain in a “positive state”? It is in our current moment that we should be asking the question: “what kind of urban space can help to co-create and enhance well-being in a society that is rich in diversity?”

Yuji Yoshimura


  • WinnerMultiple1,000,000¥

The number of winners and the amount of prize will be determined by the judges.


  • 2022.06.01 (水)Registration opens
  • 2022.11.01 (火)Registration closed
  • 2023.03.01 (水)Announcement of the Winner


  • Entry and Application

    To enter the competition, please first register on the competition website. A registration number will be issued by email after the registration form is properly completed. Each applicant should keep a record of this registration number, as it will be needed for submitting your proposal. If there is any change in the registered personal information, re-registration is required. Also, if the applicant wishes to submit multiple proposals, it is necessary to obtain a registration number for each proposal.
    • No inquiries regarding the registration number will be accepted once the number has been issued.
    • Registration is only available through the competition website.
    • Use of mobile phone email address is not recommended since there might be problems in receiving the registration number.

  • Submission Requirements

    Contents: Site plan, floor plan, elevation, section, perspective drawing and axonometric drawing at any scale. You are free to include photograph of a model, detailed drawing, other chart. Your submission should include a descriptive text of your design in less than 250 words in English, which must be in 12 point type or larger. Paste this same text in your submission email. All drawings, illustrations, and texts should be laid out on two sheets of A2 (420×594 mm / 16.5×23.5 inches). You may also embed external links.
    • File format: PDF
    • File size should not exceed 1 GB (please combine two sheets in one file)
    • The registration number must be used as the name of the PDF file of each design entry (e.g., skc0000.pdf).

  • Submission Procedure

    Use your pre-registered email address and adhere to the format described below.
    1) Email subject line should read: “0000 (your registration number) / Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2022”.
    2) Attach your submission file. Be mindful of the file size. Files that do not meet the specified requirements will not be considered.
    3) Your email should include the following information: the registration number / full name, age, and profession of all the team members / team leader’s home address, telephone number, fax number (if available), and email address / a descriptive text of the design in less than 250 words.
    Note: The amount of emails right before the deadline may overwhelm our internet server, so please do not wait until the last minute to submit your entry. The competition hosts will take no responsibility for submissions that arrive late due to technical issues and will not judge such submissions.

  • Announcement of the Winner

    Winner(s) will be announced in the 2023 March issue of SHINKENCHIKU (published on Mar 1, 2023) and April issue of a+u (published on Mar 27, 2023) magazines, their digital issues and on the competition website.

  • Notice

    • Copyright of the proposal belongs to the applicant, while the publishing right belongs to Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd..
    • Submitted proposals, regardless of the result, may be published on the competition website.
    • Questions regarding the competition regulations will not be answered by the hosts. All matters not covered in the regulations listed above are left to the discretion of the entrants.
    • Proposals must not have been made public previously in any form. The work must not (in total or in part) infringe on anybody’s copyrights. Do not use images copied from magazines, books, or websites. If a copyright infringement is discovered, the prize may be taken back at the host’s discretion.
    • The winning entrants will be requested to submit high-resolution digital data for publication.
    • All fees associated with submissions must be borne by entrants.
    • Please double-check the contents of your submission. You will not be allowed to replace your proposal after submission.
    • Please avoid corrupted texts and broken links. Please embed all the linked files.
    • Entries will only be accepted if they adhere to all the regulations.


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    Yuji YoshimuraJury Member

    Born in Aichi Prefecture and moved to Spain in 2001. Ph.D in Information, Communication and Audiovisual Media Technology, Pompeu Fabra University. After working at the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency, Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT), and as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became project associate professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo in 2019.







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Registration Closed2022.05 – 2022.11