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the competition stars in



Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the

opportunity to express their views of the future of societies through their

innovative and visionary proposals.

We are an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on

emerging themes.

The eco design, sustainable architecture, new materials, concepts and technologies are compelling issues in the societies of the future and the involvement of the whole community is imperative. In an era of globalization where communication was dominated by the technological revolution, there is the need to rethink the cities and how Man can relate in a global World as well as rethink the economic, social and cultural patterns of contemporary societies.

The young creatives and thinkers are a precious commodity that we value a lot. We want to give them a voice.



A space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity.

The aim of this competition is to present answers in 24h to social problems, visionary ideas, humanitarian causes and sociologic problems of the contemporary societies.

Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are all the necessary bases to develop a proposal that meets the premises that will be released regularly in the brief of the competition.

We challenge you to prove your talent in 24 hours!

There is a period of registration on the competition, when it ends, starts the 24H competition!

You have 24H to develop a proposal that responds to the program contained on the brief that will only be available on the same day the competition starts.

Take the risk!





The act or effect of knowing is having an idea or notion of something.

Education and information.

What we know about something or someone.

Sensory knowledge, intellectual knowledge, popular knowledge, philosophical knowledge, theological knowledge.

Pillar of a society.


«Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.» Nelson Mandela





Download the brief here on the competition day!



the beginning of the registration period:  September 26th


Promotional registration period from September 26th to October 2th at 23:59 - Fee € 20

Regular registration period from October 3rd to November 7th at 23:59 - Fee € 25

Late period of registration from November 8th to November 17th at 11:59  - Fee € 30 

After the competition start  - Fee € 50


Publication of winners and honorable mentions at on December 17th


the competition date

// November 17th to November 18th //


The competition begins on November 17th 12:00 noon and ends at November 18th 12:00 noon (London GMT + 0:00)




1st Place € 500+ publication on the website, social networks and media partners + 24H trophy +  24H registration fee + sketchbooks



2nd Place € 150 - publication in website, social networks and media partners + 24H trophy + 24H registration fee + sketchbooks


3rd Place € 50 -  publication in website, social networks and media partners + 24H trophy + 24H registration fee + sketchbooks


7 Honorable Mentions - publication in website, social networks and media partners



Esbjörn Kjell


Quote «Developing a city is like growing a beard – it may look like shit in the beginning, but give it time to grow and it will blossom into something beautiful”


Esbjörn works at Dark Architects, Norway, as an urbanist and architect. He made the most out of his years of university studying Japanese, Spanish, linguistics, history, human ecology, architecture and landscape architecture and eventually got his masters degree in 2007 (in Landscape architecture). Once described by a colleague as the modern renaissance man. Not so much because of the beard but as in someone who refuses to limit himself to a specific area or subject. Esbjörn is using his multidisciplinary background to synthesize knowledge and information turning it into concepts, ideas and solutions.

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Juliana Braga 

São Paulo, 1977


Graduated by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of USP in 2004, she has a Masters degree [2010] and a PhD [2018] by the same institution. Professor of architecture project at São Judas Tadeu University and in the City School. He has been associated with the SPBR Architects office for ten years and since 2016 he is partner of Vereda architects office.


Miguel Marcelino


(Portugal, 1981), architect (UAL, 2005), lives and works in Lisbon. Studied music from 1993 to 1998 at the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon. Worked with Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland, 2003/04) and Bonell & Gil (Spain, 2005/07), before establishing his own office in 2008, winning right on that year his first open competition.
In 2014 he is invited to join the official Portuguese representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Miguel Marcelino's built work includes the Three Courtyards House (2012), House on a Warehouse (2012), Fonte de Angeão School (2014) and the Museum of Mechanical Music (2016).
Main Honors and Awards:
2016 — Vale da Gândara Brick Architecture Prize, PT
2015 — 2nd Prize at the Baku International Architecture Awards, AZ
2014 — 1st Prize, open competition: Lisbon Faculty of Nursing, PT
2011 — 1st Prize, invited competition: Museum of Mechanical Music, PT
2008 — 1st Prize, open competition: Fonte de Angeão School, PT
2005 — Secil Prize for Architecture - Universities, PT

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Alvaro Bonfiglio


From furniture to urban design, and from Information Technology to Critical Theory Alvaro Bonfiglio works, teaches and researches without self-imposed disciplinary boundaries. Alvaro is interested in the pursuit of quality through and open-minded and multidisciplinary approach.


Born in Uruguay in 1971, Alvaro graduated form the Universidad de la República, Uruguay (6-year degree Architect Diploma) in 1999, and since then he has been involved in his alma mater academic life: He was Assistant Professor from 2000 to 2002, Adjunct Professor until 2009, and Visiting Associate Professor of Design in 2009-2010. In Uruguay he taught Advanced Design studios and lectured on Contemporary Architectural Theory and Information Technology applied to the design process. 


Alvaro lived 6 years in Japan, from 2002 until 2008, studying first and working later. In 2002 he was awarded with the Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) and was invited by Prof. Hiroshi Hara to continue his studies at the University of Tokyo. In 2006, Alvaro completed his PhD thesis, entitled “Remote Collaboration of Designers, Adaptable Networks for Unpredictable Environments” where he explored the possibilities of asynchronous collaborative visualization tools for geographically distributed design teams.


From 2004 until 2008 he worked in Tokyo for Fumihiko Maki (Pritzker Price 1993) as a member of the International Projects team. In Maki’s office Alvaro designed the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and Tower 4 in Ground Zero, New York, among other projects.


In 2008 Alvaro moved to Berkeley, CA, and divided his time among the design of night clubs —with Mister Important Design— and teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.


From 2015 until 2017 Alvaro lived in Munich, Germany, teaching online at the Academy of Art University and working as Project Architect for Koch und Partner mbH.


He currently lives and works in Manhattan, New York.



Pedro Nitshe

Born on July 25, 1975, São Paulo - Brazil.

Architect and Urbanist by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo, in 2000.

In 2001 He founded NITSCHE ARQUITETOS ASSOCIADOS LTDA with his sister Lua Nitsche, after working in the offices: Ruy Ohtake; Construtora Fazer; Edson Elito; Piratininga; Andrade Morettin.

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