The Metropolis Next Generation® Design Competition was launched in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship among young designers. Every year, our editorial team, led by Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief, identify what they believe is the most critical issue facing the built environment and challenge the Next Generation to solve it.

A panel of high profile, globally recognized jurors, architects, designers, end-users and thought leaders is assembled. Through the lens of good design—incorporating systems thinking, sustainability, accessibility, materials exploration, historic relevance, and technology, a $10,000 prize is awarded to the winning entry.

The breadth of proposals has been stunning: building projects, urban planning and community building schemes, responsive interior environments, population pressure issues, new materials, ergonomics, product design, social and housing solutions, environmental management, water purity, and waste disposal in crisis situations and so on.

For any questions email nextgen@metropolismag.com

2012 Winners

Read more about this year's Next Generation® Design Competition

Family Recipe

A young designer creates an ingenious set of cooking tools (with accompanying app) that enables her autistic brother to cook for himself.

Aiming High

A new generation of designers takes on an ambitious set of pressing social challenges.