Design challenge



Innovative Minds 2018: Regenesis is an exploration into the relationship between the virtual world blending with physical architecture.  As the frequency of disasters increase around the world, designers need to address these events with new architectural strategies.  A regenesis with virtual and physical design solutions needs to be explored in this competition.  How can virtual and physical systems work in tandem to solve issues related to disasters?  Can these designs create a safer world in the aftermath? 

Some disasters occur on a macro scale and others on a micro scale, but both have significant impacts on a community.  Explore local, site-specific solutions informed by virtual processes and also how these solutions could potentially impact the global community.  

Enhance our world by instilling a regenesis with virtual and physical architecture.


First Place Winner – 1 Project

$1000 USD  The first place project will receive a monetary prize and be published on the gURROO website for an extended period of time.

Second Place – 1 Project

$200 USD  The second place project will receive a monetary prize and be published on the gURROO website for an extended period of time.

Third Place – 1 Project

$100 USD  The third place project will receive a monetary prize and be published on the gURROO website for an extended period of time.

Honorable Mentions – Select number of projects based on judging review.

Honorable Mention projects will be published on the gURROO website.


Early Registration:

$40 USD   Early registration is available until March 1, 2018.

Standard Registration:

 $60 USD   Regular registration is between March 2, 2018 and  May 31, 2018.

Be sure to add your team names and academic/firm affiliation in the PayPal registration process.


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Team Member Names:

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Any site may be chosen for the design competition.This project may be designed on any scale; micro to macro.The relationship between the chosen site and the architectural design must be clearly articulated.


Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members.  Students, design professionals, artists, and engineers are encouraged to apply.  This is an international competition.


January 1, 2018 – Competition registration begins

March 1, 2018 – Early registration deadline (last day for discounted registration fee)

May 31, 2018 – Registration deadline

June 1, 2018 – Submission deadline

June 1 – June 30, 2018- Official judging panel evaluations

July 1, 2018 – Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition announced


Project files must be submitted electronically by June 1, 2018 and include:

    • A text file (.doc) containing team member names, school or firm if necessary and the location of the individual/team (country, city, state).
    • Project Statement in 300 words or less (.doc) file format. English is the official language of the competition.
    • Two (2) horizontal boards, 24″ x 36″ 300 dpi in PDF format (.pdf).



    • Diagrams describing how the project addresses the competition challenge statement.
    • Renderings evoking an emotive quality using unique techniques.
    • Section, elevation and plan drawings.
    • Descriptive text must be clearly legible on boards and readable without extensive zoom.
      note: Project Statement does not need to be located on presentation boards.
    • Registration number located clearly in the upper right corner of both boards.
    • English is the official language of the competition.


Infringement of copyright and other intellectual property…original work of the entrant(s)
All work submitted for the competition must be the entrant’s original work. It is the entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure that the work submitted does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including, but not limited to material with a copyright, trademark and design right. Gurroo LLC shall not be responsible for entrant’s infringement of any third party intellectual property rights, regardless of whether said infringement was known or should have been known by the entrant.

Restrictions on Submitted Work
Entrant(s) may not submit work that has been implemented or that have been designed on the basis of any agreement entered into by the entrant(s) with a public, public/private or fully private entity with the intention of actual development of the project in question. Similarly, entries may not refer to projects published before the last day of the deliberations of the judging panel.

Use of Submitted Works
Entrant(s) agree that Gurroo LLC  is granted non-exclusive reproduction rights to all entries for Gurroo LLC through advertising, promotion, exhibition, print publication and digital publication that directly pertains to the competition.Gurroo LLC shall have no responsibility for any unauthorized use of the entrant’s works by any third party.

Anonymous Competition
The author(s) of each submitted work will remain confidential through the judging process, with the exception of the gURROO editor.

The schedule of the design competition may be changed by Gurroo LLC, to ensure the success of the competition, with limited or no advanced notice.

Registration Terms
All registration fees are non-refundable.  Entrant(s) agree to the terms of the competition upon registration.  If the competition rules and requirements are not followed, the applicant submitted works may be disqualified.  Preliminary judging will be conducted by competition administrator to verify project meets competition rules and requirements.  A qualified judging panel of 3-5 persons evaluate the projects submitted.  All judges of past Innovative Minds competitions work in the architecture profession.  Judges will assess how well the project answers the Design Challenge with a successful architectural solution.  The graphic quality of diagrams, drawings, and renderings, and how the overall clarity of the boards display the essence of the project, will also be a factor in the judging decision.

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