Responding to Europe’s migration crisis, Opportunity Space is an international design-build competition to create a temporary mobile structure that will foster economic opportunity and social inclusion in Malmö, Sweden.

More than a million migrants entered Europe in 2015, setting off a vast and decentralized social experiment as local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals improvise strategies to connect people to jobs, classes, housing, and to each other.

Beyond the headlines and political rhetoric, the migration crisis in Europe has highlighted one of the toughest challenges that cities around the world will face for decades to come: In an era of great uncertainty, how and where can people find opportunity?

The competition will bring new and established residents together to produce a public space hub for education, job assistance, and social inclusion programs that benefit everyone in Malmö.

Malmö is an ideal place to explore this question. Malmö is a gateway to Scandinavia, and a city that is rapidly growing and diversifying. It was also the point of arrival for the vast majority of refugees and asylum seekers (or “new arrivals”) settling in Sweden—up to 10,000 a week at its peak in autumn 2015.

Opportunity Space situates the needs of new arrivals within the larger goal of creating a more inclusive economy for everyone. The project will establish a replicable process for engaging diverse stakeholders to design more economically and socially sustainable neighborhoods.

The organizers invite multidisciplinary teams to create a mobile physical structure that makes education, social inclusion and job assistance resources more visible and accessible to job seekers and the general public.

There is no entry fee for this competition!

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

This challenges is open to all multidisciplinary teams of designers and other experts for short, intense projects in cities around the world to take on urgent societal issues through design.


The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, a $5,000 travel budget, and up to $25,000 to implement their proposal in and around Malmö’s Enskifteshagen Park.

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