The 12th Plastic Worlds - Eleven's Magazine Competition - IDEA COMPETITION

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The 12th Plastic Worlds - Eleven's Magazine Competition

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Eleven Magazine opens registration for its Plastic Worlds, an Idea Competition about plastic in our Oceans, and invites creatives and visionaries from all around the world to participate.


The 12th Plastic Worlds is an Eleven's Magazine Idea Competition recently announced, dedicate to the water pollution and plastic in our Oceans, invites creatives and visionaries from all around the world to join in.

Since their start in mid-2015, the challenges launched by this UK based magazine and creative agency have received great global success. Previous competitions have been exhibited in Europe and the USA, published in multiple international magazines such as the Architecture Review, the AJ, Dezeen, Archdaily and Designboom, and have been featured in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year Awards’ in 2015, 2016 and twice in 2017.

This challenge is an effort to fight plastic waste in our waters by focusing on rivers and oceans. Plastic pollution in our oceans is one of the biggest environmental problems we are facing today on our planet. It is no longer an occurrence reserved to isolated pockets of our earth, but rather a booming global phenomenon.

We are now witnessing the exponential growth of a world-wide plastic epidemic, as our planet is becoming covered in man-made waste. Every year, we produce over 300 million tonnes of plastic. In other words, the total plastic weight we produce annually is equal to the total weight of the entire adult population of our planet.
By design, plastic is virtually indestructible and hence very hard to deal with as waste in an ecological way. Between 8 to 12 million tons of plastic pollution end up in our oceans every year. This is quickly killing our planet’s marine life – from plankton to whales, corals, birds, seals and turtles – and destroying their delicate ecosystems.


You are invited to propose innovative solutions from a design-led solution. Organizer ask you to think of ways to fight the plastic problem in our waters, from rivers to oceans and turn a threat into an opportunity.

The competition is developed around two themes, each with a specific objective and site typology linked to it.

The first is the theme of "prevention", which is linked to rivers and focuses on the concept of halting the plastic flow through interventions on these massive water infrastructures.

The second theme is "action", which is linked to the oceans and focuses on ways behind the cleaning up of the existing pollution.

Between these two themes, there are infinite degrees of cross-pollination, which you are also free to explore in your designs. For those who are interested in a more comprehensive strategy, there is also the possibility of dealing with the whole plastic pollution route: from source (river) to destination (ocean).

The competition brief is designed to describe the context and lay down some key questions within which you can operate and, by doing so, act as a kick-starter for more questions and concepts to flourish through your designs. Ultimately, it is up to you individually to define what the scope of the challenge is and what the outcome of this competition will be. Is it a structure, a series of structures, a product, a vehicle, an idea, a new place, a strategy or a combination of things?

Submission requirements:

Two landscape A1 digital sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models and/or videos are optional but welcomed. Projects to be submitted online by the 11th January 2019 by 11AM (UK Time).

A maximum of four people are allowed per team.

Only 1 project per team entry is allowed. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times.

All submitted proposal will be judged by panel of world class experts, pioneers and designers. The general public will also have a chance to vote for their favorite entry while the jury deliberates behind the scenes. The project with the most public votes will win the People's Choice Award.

Registration Fees are:

Early Bird: £60
Standard: £90
Late Bloomer: £120
Organizer offer a 10% discount to students.

Who can enter?

We invite creatives and visionaries from all around the world to join in and fight plastic pollution through raw creativity, imagination and talent.


The Winner will be awarded with £2,000 and there will be a Runner-Up award of £400. At least 6 Honorable Mentions will be announced as well.

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