The Next Generation® Design Competition was launched in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship among young designers. The Metropolis editorial team, led by Susan Szenasy, identifies 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 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.
The breadth of proposals has been stunning including 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.