The Next Generation Design Competition is open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students. The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect considerations of sustainability, distribution and manufacturing systems, economy, current technologies and materials, function, and provocative form and can speak to any one of the 6 sub-disciplines supported by the magazine—architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, product design, and graphic design. Remember that beauty is an important aspect of good design. Employees of Sponsors are not eligible. All entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules.

Entry Fee & Deadline

The entry fee is $75 for each submission. All entries must be submitted by January 4, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. Residents of the following states by law are not required to pay an entry fee: CT, MD, ND, and VT.

Maximum Number of Submissions

Up to three submissions will be accepted from an individual or team of collaborators. A separate application and entry fee is required for each project submitted.

Original Work

By submitting an entry, whether as a proposal or a working design, the entrant warrants that it is his/her original work.

Submission Process

Projects must be submitted electronically via the online submission form at Metropolis will not accept mailed materials. By clicking the submit button applications are finalized and cannot be altered at a later time.

The online application allows applicants to upload supporting materials. If an attached file is corrupt Metropolis will contact the applicant for a replacement file. In this case replacement files must be received no later than January 18, 2008 at 11:59 p.m.


A panel of judges, representing a broad range of design disciplines, will choose the winner and up to fifteen (15) runners up during the month of February 2008. The winner and runners up will be notified by telephone. Judges’ decisions are final.

Announcing the Winner & Runners Up

The winner will be featured in the May 2008 issue of Metropolis and on The runners up will also be announced in the May 2008 issue, and stories about select projects will be featured in the Next Generation section of Metropolis magazine thereafter and posted on the Web site.

Winner’s Obligations

• The winner must sign a copy of his/her application assigning the rights to Metropolis to use the design in the magazine, its web site, in advertisements and publicity, and license others to do so.

• The winner will be asked for and must present publication quality images of the winning project, defined as 300 dpi at 10” x 12”.

• The winner must provide a publication quality headshot.

• The winner will be asked to provide image credits as necessary.

• The winner must be available for interview by Metropolis.

• The winner may be asked to present the progress or outcome of his/her project at the announcement ceremonies for the 2008 Next Generation Design Competition, or in other public discussions.

• The winning project may be displayed by Metropolis at events and trade shows.

Runners’ Up Obligations

• Runners up will be asked for and must present publication quality images of their projects, defined as 300 dpi at 10” x 12”.

• Runners up must each provide a publication quality headshot.

• Runners up will be asked to provide image credits as necessary.

• Runners up must be available for interview by Metropolis.

• Projects of runners up may form the core of a traveling exhibition.

• Runners up may be asked to participate in public discussions of their work.

Accuracy and Copyrights

Information provided on the official entry form may appear in Metropolis and on Image credit information may need to be condensed or edited for space. Metropolis is not responsible for incorrect information provided on entry forms that misrepresents the copyright of original ownership of ideas.

Metropolis assumes that all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted there-in. Metropolis is not liable for violations of any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright, trademark, patent infringement, defamation, trade secrets, or trade dress on the part of the entrant. Metropolis assumes that all images provided with entries are free of any third-party rights. The entrant may submit images that are works for hire for an employer only if entrant has secured written permission for the submitted image(s) to appear in Metropolis magazine and on Metropolis will include photographer credits if that information is provided when high resolution images are submitted.

By entering this competition you agree to abide by these rules and you warrant and represent that (i) your entry is your original work, (ii) you have sufficient rights to the material you are submitting, (iii) these rights have been legally obtained and created, and (iv) publication of the material via various media will not infringe on any third party rights, including without limitation contractual rights, intellectual property rights, publicity and privacy rights, and rights against libel, defamation, and slander.

By entering this competition and accepting the Prize, or as accepting your status as a runner up, you grant Metropolis the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use your entry either as submitted or in edited form without further permission, notice, or compensation, including but not limited to in Metropolis magazine and on the World Wide Web.

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