DBR presents PAUSE a Design Competition in partnership with TED2017 ‘The future you’. This year TED is making the conference more explicitly personal. We are questioning what individual space looks like; the personal and private; the open and closed. How do we design an environment and experience that is nurturing, human, satisfying, and exciting?

DBR is a non-profit school that teaches design and construction as an agent of social change. For the last three years, their students have created unique structures for TEDsters to gather and connect during the conference. Each structure is designed to be upcycled to provide a legacy use in their community and to elevate the TED message.

Part of the challenge will be considering the end use for the structure within a forested site. With a local site being considered, they are excited to see how the future purpose of the structure can help shape its use at TED. The challenge will be to capture both the experience of TED and the experience of the forest. The pavilion is about personal reflection. A pause within the forest, within the city. A place to reflect, gather, or interact, the applicant will define the user encounter. To develop an identity of place and experience, but to also recognize and respect the surrounding environment. These are all concerns that should be considered while addressing the design and program requirements.
The challenge is to create a space to reflect personally and in the same breath, share that experience with others. Can taking a PAUSE and connecting to nature answer the questions that TED is exploring?

Both Individual and Team submissions are accepted. However, the winning prize cannot be shared.

Entrants will be challenged to propose construction with wood as the primary structural material. The winning design will be built by the DBR Build Team and showcased at TED2017. The winning entrant must be present in Vancouver from 14-28 April, 2017 for the structure installation and TED conference.

There is no entry fee for this competition!

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all full-time post-secondary students or young professionals in Architecture, Engineering and Design. Verification of student/graduation status may be requested.


Prizes include one Conference Pass to TED2017, airfare to Vancouver from a North American airport and accommodation in Vancouver for the length of the pavilion installation and TED conference.

Official website

For all further informations about the PAUSE – International Wood Design Competition – DBR & TED2017 visit the following official website:


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