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Planum News 05.2014 | Urban Urge Awards - Columbia University

28 May 2014

Mojdeh Baratloo

New York, U.S.A.
GSAPP | Columbia University GSAPP
URGe | Urban Research Group

The Urban Urge Awards are 12 grants that provide support up to $4,000 to develop and realize innovative urban and design projects. The Urban Urge Awards honor the legacy of architect, educator, community advocate and urban designer Mojdeh (Moji) Baratloo (1954-2013). The Urban Urge Awards recognize that multidisciplinary perspectives generate creative interventions to challenges of the urban environment. The Awards encourage new avenues of urban artwork, performance, installation, and support novel means of developing inquiry and generating discussion. 

The density and diversity of the urban environment presents opportunities to explore the kinetic relationship of design to the complex factors affecting our living environment, from community spaces to infrastructure to policy and economy.The Urban Urge Awards enable architects, educators, urbanists, makers, and activists to realize their ideas and effect concrete change in their local community. Through the process of research, design, and implementation, Urban Urge Fellows realize creative interventions and innovative solutions that benefit the urban experience.The Urban Urge Awards recognize projects that invest in and improve their communities in the short or long term by exploring and building upon a diverse urban network.The Urban Urge Awards foster a community of Fellows who, through their award tenure, create new innovative and interdisciplinary networks of future collaborators.  

The Urban Urge Awards are designed to push urban and design ideas to have a realized impact in urban communities. The awards are small project grants that will fund physical and/or programmatic interventions. There are six design competition design awards (Urge and Emerge categories), and six project Seed grants. Each award or grant will support testing urban concepts and doing projects that seek to have a positive community, urban or environmental impact: 

3 x $4,000 Urge Awards (open)
The three $4,000 Urge Awards will be awarded to architects, landscape architects or urban designers or planners and their collaborators based on the strength of thier approach and ideas to transform their urban environment, challenging the boundaries of the disciplines and practice in order to "make our environment better."

• 3 x $1,000 Emerge Awards (specific criteria for entry)
Awards open to recent (within the past 5 years) graduates/alumni from the following institutions:
Columbia University GSAPP, Parsons the New School for Design, University of Michigan Taubman College. The $1,000 Emerge Awards offer exceptional young design professionals the unique opportunity to explore an independent project from research to design to publication. 

3 x $500 Urge Seed Grants (open)
Grants available to anyone under 35, of any disciplinary background (including artists, performers, science and technology, community and environmental, etc.)  

3 x $500 Urge School Seed Grants (specific criteria for entry)
Grants available to teachers and/or students doing projects in New York City middle or high schools (6-12)

The $500 Urge Seed Grants recognize that creative projects start at the intersection of interdisciplinary experiences. The $500 Urge Seed Grants are available to practitioners of any background and recognize projects that engage, teach, inform, or transform your community or built urban environent. Three grants will be awarded to young urbanists (under 35) and another three Urge School Seed grants will be awarded to students and/or teachers in New York City middle or high schools.  

All interested parties, including multidisciplinary teams, are invited to enter, and may submit as an individual, a member of a team, or a firm.  

Submit your competition registration by email to  by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 15, 2014. 

• Submit your proposal by email to  by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on July15, 2014.

For detailed information on the submissions format and content, please visit the ENTER THE COMPETITION section on their website. 


• June 1st, 2014 | Q&A deadline
• June 15th, 2014 | Registration deadline
• July 15th, 2014 | Project submission deadline
• August 2014 | Finalists announced
• September 2014 | Winners announced, kick off crowdfunding campaigns
• September 2014 - July 2015 | Project development, completion and documentation
• July 15 2015 | Project completion deadline
• Summer 2015 | Final exhibit boards and presentation prepared
• Summer / Fall 2015 | Final Exhibit and Event in New York City

Mojdeh Baratloo URBAN URGE AWARDS website 
EMAIL | or directly on the website contact form