Urban Futures Competition

Are you a geography champion who wants to create beautiful and functional places for people to live?

The world needs you to be a leader in creating vibrant, liveable and resilient cities for the future.

With Melbourne’s population moving beyond four and a half million, significant challenges and opportunities for planning, designing and managing our city arise.

How will you help urban environments adapt to meet the future needs of our population?

Prize details

Win up to $500.

1st prize: Urban Futures Award, $500 and offer of one week work experience with a planner at Villawood Properties.
2nd prize: Urban Futures Award and $300
3rd prize: Urban Futures Award and $200
4th prize: Urban Futures Award and $100

Prizes will be given as gift cards for major retailers.

Your task

Provide a photo or image to communicate an identified urban problem and explain your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words.

How to enter

The competition is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 Victorian secondary school students only. Entries close:  11.59pm Sunday 8th of September 2019.

Your entry should be emailed to: urbanfuturescomp@rmit.edu.au

  • Attached the image as a .JPG to your email.
  • Submit your text in the body of the email or as a word document

The best entries will be shortlisted, with winners announced at the Urban Futures Awards ceremony at the RMIT University City Campus on:  Tuesday 17th September, 2019.

View the Urban Futures Competition's winning entries from previous years.

Terms and conditions

  1. Entrants must be currently studying year 10, 11 or 12 VCE or IB (in Victoria) in 2019.
  2. Entries open June 1st 2019, and close 11.59pm Sunday 8th September 2019.
  3. Entries must be submitted to urbanfuturescomp@rmit.edu.au.
  4. Photos or images and text must be your own work. Images must be submitted as a JPG (save/name file as your name) with a maximum file size of 1MB. Text should be submitted in the body of the email or as a word document. Only one entry per student is permitted.
  5. Entries will be judged by RMIT staff (or nominee).
  6. This is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in the competition.
  7. All short-listed entries will be notified by email by COB 11th September 2019.
  8. First prize, runners up and individual category prizes will be announced at the prize ceremony.
  9. Prizes will be available for collection at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 17th September 2019. The total prize pool is $1100 at this stage. Unclaimed prizes will go into the prize pool for the 2020 competition.

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) creates liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities that support jobs and growth in Victoria.

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc.

The Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV) is a member based professional teaching association that assists geography teachers in Victoria.

Planning Institute of Australia

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession.

Villawood Properties

Villawood Properties is Australia's leading property developer. They create innovative premium communities that you want to live in.

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