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jumpthegap® Challenges Young Talents to Plan the Design of the Future by Thinking of Planet Earth in 2030

The competition, with over 20,600 participants from 134 countries in its seven editions, has consolidated a reference point in design all around the world

Published on March 28, 2019

The eighth edition of Roca’s International Design Competition jumpthegap® is under way with a clear commitment to the future of planet Earth. With the aim of offering a platform where international students and professionals of architecture and design under the age of 40 can show their talent by providing sustainable and innovative conceptual solutions for the bathroom space of the future, the competition has consolidated as one of the leading international design events.

Looking towards the future of design necessarily means taking into account the situation in which we can find ourselves in a few years and the solutions we can provide today to take maximum care of the planet. jumpthegap® proposes young designers and architects to think of the future of design by offering sustainable solutions and taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by United Nations, with the goal of reducing the human footprint as much as possible. With special attention to those goals focused on climate change and the protection of the environment, jumpthegap® pays special attention to the goals with a special link to the bathroom space of the future, such as:

  • Half of the world’s population, 3.5 trillion people, live in cities and by 2030 this figure is planned to reach 5 trillion.
  • By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.6 trillion people and we will need nearly three planets to provide the natural resources needed to maintain the current lifestyles.
  • Less than 3 percent of the water in the world is drinkable, of which 2.5 percent is frozen in Antarctica, the Arctic and glaciers. Therefore, mankind depends on 0.5 percent for all freshwater needs.

Since its first edition in 2004, jumpthegap® has counted on the collaboration of BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny. Also since the very beginning, the jury of jumpthegap® has stood out for the relevance of its members, renowned professionals in the world of architecture and design. In this eighth edition, the president of the jury is the acclaimed Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake.

Contestants can opt for three prizes: Professional category, for architects and designers under the age of 40 with 10,000€ in prize money; Student category, for students under the age of 30 with 10,000€ in prize money and the Special We Are Water Foundation Award with 6,000€ in prize money. The registration period is open on the website until the 3rd April.

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