NUWAO Design Project

An opportunity for young people to design urban environments for the future.

NUWAO stands for Nature-based Urban design for Wellbeing and Adaptation in Oceania. The NUWAO project aims to develop nature-based urban design solutions, rooted in Indigenous knowledges that support climate change adaptation and individual and community wellbeing in different contexts across Aotearoa and Oceania.

NUWAO's design competition invites design professionals and practitioners, university students, youth/rangatahi and the general public to envision  innovative nature-based urban design solutions. The competition invites submissions of urban design, landscape design, architecture, temporary structures, interior architecture, public infrastructure and buildings, etc. The scale may be a single site or structure, up to a concept for a whole town or city.

Category 3 is for young people and the general public
NUWAO particularly encourages young people to participate. You can enter as an individual or a group and your submission can be in any form. It may be drawings, an essay, a song, a series of interviews, a video etc. Be creative!

The deadline for entries is 5pm on the 18th of November, 2022 so there is plenty of time for students to do some deep research and innovative design thinking.

Find out more

To find more details, register your interest, and find resources and ideas for teachers and students, visit the NUWAO competition page.

To help inspire entrants, NZCER has made two articles from the 2020 Set Special Issue available for free download:
- Envisioning a better future through interrelatedness and whanaungatanga
- Tackling climate-science learning through futures thinking

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