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We launched this series in 2017 as part of an effort to provide more design-focused responses to the issues that affect our cities. We started with an in-house charrette that asked architects from Make and the FSF to design masterplans for a city block based on themes like ‘power’ and ‘play’. From here, we held two competitions challenging architecture students from five UK universities to envision the vital city in the near future, with a focus on density, health and wellbeing, connectivity, and sustainability.

For both competitions, entrants workshopped their ideas at the Make studio and returned several weeks later to present their final designs to a judging panel. We published their proposals, along with the results of Make’s own charette, in a printed compendium in 2019.

Competition series

For our in-house charette, we gave each team a theme and asked them to use it to design a future city block that prioritises flexibility, connectivity and mobility. The design responses consider everything from growing trend of co-living to the advent of drone transport, with an emphasis on ideas outside the normal parameters of commercial architecture.