Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Greening the 
Industrial City

In Partnership With

Greening the 
Industrial City Greening the 
Industrial City

Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the US, is the largest metropolitan area in the US without zoning regulations. As a result, the city is a patchwork of uses with industrial and commercial zones ensconced in residential neighborhoods. These industrial zones were often distributed in a way that disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color, subjecting residents to pollution, noise, and decreased neighborhood quality.

For the Greening the Industrial City competition, participants are asked to submit a masterplan proposal for an industrial park that was built over a natural waterway. The proposal would need to find clever ways to expose the natural beauty of the waterway underneath the industrial park, as well as address neighborhood concerns.

The top entries from the competition will be critiqued by in-person jurors following a TEDxHouston Countdown event. The countdown is a series of TED talks focused on innovative solutions and thought leadership in addressing the effects of global warming. Selected competition entries will be displayed in the auditorium of the TEDxHouston Countdown speaker series.

Download the full competition brief for more information!

The competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.



6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
2,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement


Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.

All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]


Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Amna Ansari UltraBarrio USA
Juan José Castellón RICE University in Houston USA
Dalia Munenzon One Architecture & Urbanism USA
Kirby Liu POST Houston USA
Marcus Martinez UltraBarrio USA

Key dates

Closing date for registration

14 October, 2022

Closing date for project submission

18 October, 2022 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

06 November, 2022

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    24 September - 14 October
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    190 €
  • Students
    125 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Registration Deadline
    24 September - 14 October
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    190 €
  • Students
    125 €
+4.5% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a lpreviously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here -
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