Design the Sustainable Future Competition

We are undergoing a period where environmental, economic and social “sustainable development” has to remain an essential part of our plans for the future.

At Rönesans Holding, we leverage our experience and expertise in the industry to bring together university students, who are future professionals, around the concept of “sustainability” once again.

To foster a sense of “sustainability” among university students to ensure that future generations live in healthier and more eco-friendly dwellings,

To ensure higher value and lower waste by accurately identifying project requirements, and to standardize techniques and methods by carrying out the correct processes throughout projects, and

Driven by our belief in the importance of continued learning, teamwork, sharing of ideas and mutual support, we are organizing the 7th iteration of the Design the Sustainable Future Competition this year to meet young people, who will shape the future of the world and to develop ideas for tomorrow.

As a company that is aware of the environmental and world-related sensitivities of our age, we continue to produce ideas on sustainable projects in the innovative and changing world order this year. As Rönesans Holding, we believe that a sustainable future can only be created with the generations that follow. Therefore, we leverage our experience and expertise in the industry to bring together university students, who are future professionals, around the concept of “sustainability” once again. The pandemic conditions have changed our whole lifestyle and all our habits. This process brought about a situation where people re-questioned and evaluated their relationships and thus space.

This process has affected the whole process of life in the name of living together as a society, a new fiction has emerged in all processes such as education, health, accommodation, work and tourism. In this fiction, the digital world has also taken a large place in our lives.

It is inevitable that the design of the spaces we live in will change due to our entire life style that has changed due to the effects of the virus. Social life must be sustained while isolating ourselves.

While we all hope that this process is temporary, it is a fact that such epidemics may occur in the future. In this context, it has been considered as the main goal to ensure a sustainable normal life while fighting the virus. It was inevitable that the areas to be designed were designed as open to transformation. The fact that private and public spaces are suitable for conditions that need rapid change such as a pandemic has been a reality we all experience.

In this contest, we expect designs that include innovative, functional, economical and flexible solutions to be introduced. We believe that our students from different disciplines who will participate in our idea will take their vision and knowledge on “sustainability” and “Living Spaces that Change with the Pandemic” to the next level by participating in the contest process.

The theme of our contest for 2021 was determined as “Living Spaces that Change with the Pandemic”.

Under pandemic conditions; It has emerged that architectural spatial structures must change in order to maintain a healthy and sustainable life in all areas such as education, health, housing, working, tourism, social and public life. In this process, the digital world has also gained a large place in our lives.

In order to provide a sustainable healthy life during the pandemic process; The isolated life brought about by the epidemic and the coexistence inherent in human beings should be considered together. The main subject of the competition is the design of the spaces that change with the pandemic and can transform after the pandemic in accordance with the principles of sustainability.

The functions of the contest, which are detailed below, have been determined as 3 main titles: “Living Areas, Working Areas, Social Areas”.

Scope of the Contest

Competitors will create their designs on the area they will choose under 3 main function titles within the scope of ” Living Spaces that Change with the Pandemic”. Apart from these, if there are functions they want to add, they can add them.

1-Living Areas: New spatial designs will be made for the isolated life that came into our lives with the pandemic and a sustainable healthy life suitable for transformation. The new design setup can be supported by technology, engineering and landscape scopes as well as architecture.

2-Social Areas; The social areas will be reconsidered under pandemic conditions. These redesigned spaces will be designed flexibly to serve the pandemic and its aftermath. Competitors are free for the social activity sub-function.

3- Working Areas; Working life, which is one of the important parts of our sustainable life, has gained a new dimension during the pandemic period. During this period, many people worked as home-offices. By evaluating this situation, new ideas and designs will be created about how a working life will be in a sustainable life under pandemic conditions. (Production on terrace roofs, use of houses as offices, online trade etc.)

Contestants must fulfill the following criteria in order to enter the competition. As for teams, each individual team member must fully meet these criteria.

  • The competition is open to Turkish or international undergraduate and graduate students studying Architecture or engineering faculties of universities which are located in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Europe.
  • Students from all years, who are majoring in one of the fields mentioned above, may enter the competition.
  • Contestants may enter the competition individually or as a team of up to five members.
  • Contestants must be continuing their undergraduate or graduate studies between the application date and the project delivery date. Students as well as who will graduate in 2021 can participate in the contest.
  • A student may not join more than one team.
  • Rönesans Holding A.Ş. reserves the right to unilaterally modify the competition, the eligibility criteria thereof and activities thereunder and so without prior notice. Applicants shall submit their projects in Turkish or in English.

Application Start Date: March 1, 2021

Application End Date: May 23, 2021

Deadline for Uploading Projects to the System: May 23, 2021

Jury Evaluation: May 31- June 1, 2021

Results Announcement and Webinar Organization: June 3, 2020

Süleyman Demirel University (Isparta)

İstanbul University (İstanbul)

Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University (Kahramanmaraş)

Dokuz Eylül University (İzmir)

Eskişehir Technical University (Eskişehir)

Elazığ Fırat University (Kocaeli),

Kayseri Abdullah Gül University (Kayseri)

İstanbul Technical University (İstanbul)

Yıldız Technical University (İstanbul)

Kocaeli University (Kocaeli)

Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University (Bolu)

Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University (Burdur)

Karadeniz Technical University (Trabzon)

Manisa Celal Bayar University (Manisa)

Boğaziçi University (İstanbul)

Gazi University (Ankara)

Bursa Technical University (Bursa)

Erzurum Atatürk University (Erzurum)

Akdeniz University (Antalya)

Diyarbakır Dicle University (Diyarbakır)

Van Yüzüncü Yıl University (Van)

Design the Sustainable Future Competition Technical Specifications

We firmly believe that a sustainable future can only be designed in collaboration with the next generations. For this reason, we created a list of specifications for you.

Gazi University – Prof. Dr. Füsun Demirel

Mimar Sinan University – Prof. Dr. Ayşin Sev

İstanbul Teknik University – Doç.Dr. Nuri Serteser

What year of students may enter the competition? May newly graduated students participate in the competition?

Undergraduate and graduate students from all years, who have created an idea, developed a solution and are able to analyze and present their project may enter the competition. In addition, 2021 graduates are also welcome to participate in the competition.


How many members may be participating teams have?

We recommend forming teams of up to five people if you are looking for brain-storming opportunities to come up with the best ideas. Team members are recommended to select a leader from amongst themselves. You may also enter the competition individually. Remember, it is quality that matters, not quantity.


I formed a team and submitted my application. How do I add my friends to the team?

After filling out the form in the “Application” section of the competition website, you will be directed to a separate page. You can add your friends to your team there. Although it is not something we prefer, you can remove or replace a team member until the application deadline. Just make sure the information about all your team members is complete.


Where is the competition site?

Due to current events, you are able to select any project site in the city where you currently live or study. We do have clear criteria for project sites, however. Make sure you’ve read the entire Technical Specifications first.


What is the topic of the competition?

What we all want is to create environmental, economic and social advantages by utilizing natural resources efficiently. Sustainable solutions are essential for our future. The competition serves as an ideal platform for sharing your ideas and knowledge with others.


How do I submit my project?

We prefer project submissions to be on two 70 x 100 papers in landscape format. Of course, the aesthetic details of the presentation are up to you. You may support your design with 3D renders and strengthen the visual presentation of your board with sketches that will help communicate your idea.


What should I write in the project explanation report?

A project, no matter how perfect it may look, is incomplete without an appropriate “Explanation Report”. We expect you to tell the story of the project, from the city where it is located to the project site, and from your solution to the sustainability, message the project aims to communicate which must be prepared using the template provided in the Technical Specifications. The Explanation Report should be no longer than two pages. A reminder: If your project includes a social responsibility aspect, we strongly recommend that you explain it in detail as this would be the distinguishing feature of your project.


Do I need to prepare a video presentation alongside drawings?

We want to hear about the project from you; how you want to tell us about it, by drawing or writing, is up to you. If you think that the presentation board and explanation report are sufficient to communicate your project effectively, you may submit only these documents with your application. However, please note that, as a visionary designing the future, your verbal explanation of the project in a video, which is the most popular modern communication method, would be highly beneficial. We have two important rules for videos: we want to hear only your voice in the video, but please refrain from mentioning your name in the video. The second rule is; you must upload your video to the relevant section of the competition website along with your presentation board and explanation report.


What should I place in the identification envelope?

A document certifying your student status, which can be obtained from the university registrar or via the e-government system. The CD containing your uploaded documents. A print-out of the form provided in the last page of the Technical Specifications, completed and signed. Please ensure that the envelope is not bent, folded or marked in any way before submitting it.


Sample Application

Group Name: A name of your choosing.
Password: A password of your choosing.
Name: Ahmet
Surname: Değirmen
Republic of Turkey ID Number: 12345678901
Undergrad (X) or Grad ( ) (Selection of one of these should be mandatory. Application cannot be completed without selecting either one.)
University: Erciyes University
Department: Architecture
Year: 4
Mobile: (536) 123 45 678
Email: ahmetdgirmen@gmail.com

Design the Sustainable Future Awards

First Place

TL 20,000

Second Place

TL 16,000

Third Place

TL 14,000

Honorable Mention

TL 10,000

RGY (Rönesans Real Estate Investment) Special Award

TL 10,000

Urban development and utilization award

TL 10,000

Innovative idea and detailed solution award

TL 10,000

Best practice award

TL 10,000

Visual design award

TL 10,000

Social sustainability award

TL 10,000

Information about the Webinar will be announced via Rönesans Holding social media accounts.

The competition is organized by Rönesans Holding. Contact information for the team organizing the competition on behalf of Rönesans Holding is provided below.

RÖNESANS HOLDİNG A.Ş.

Atatürk Bulvarı No:144-146 Protokol Yolu Çankaya Ankara

sgt@ronesans.com

The competition is organized by Rönesans Holding.

Contact information for the team organizing the competition for Rönesans Holding is given below.

RÖNESANS HOLDİNG A.Ş.

Atatürk Bulvarı No:144-146 Protokol Yolu Çankaya Ankara

sgt@ronesans.com

Winners of the sixth iteration of Design the Sustainable Future intercollegiate idea competition have been announced! We thank 900 students from 75 universities who shared with us their ideas for a sustainable future.


First Place
Meryem Akar – Necmettin Erbakan University
Merve Karaca – Necmettin Erbakan University
Ayşe Özkan – Necmettin Erbakan University
Beyzanur Kesgin – Necmettin Erbakan University
Esma İsnaç – Necmettin Erbakan University

Second Place
M. Aras Dönmezer – Eskişehir Technical University

Third Place
Süleyman ULUIŞIK – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
Emine DOĞAN – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
Berfin BAYRAM – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University

Honorable Mention
Merve Öz – Gazi University
Seda İlayda Yağmur – Yıldırım Beyazıt University

RGY Special Award
Berk Kesimoğlu – İstanbul Technical University
Merve Hasekioğlu – İstanbul Technical University

Urban Development and Utilization Award
Selin Çamur – Yeditepe University
İrem Sertelli – Yeditepe University

Innovative Idea and Detailed Solution Award
Umut KAYA – İstanbul Technical University
Mehmet ATIŞ – İstanbul Technical University
Onurcan Toğay – İstanbul Technical University
Kerem Hancı – İstanbul Technical University

Best Practice Award
Oğuzhan Koral – İstanbul Technical University
Sinem Celen – İstanbul Technical University

Visual Design Award
Kıvılcım YAVUZ – Yaşar University
Furkan Şahin – Yaşar University
Furkan Özata – Yaşar University
Aleyna Koyuncu – Yaşar University
Göktuğ Gülsever – Yaşar University

Social Sustainability Award
Mert Adabağ – İstanbul Bilgi University
Fikret Aytolun Alkan – İstanbul Bilgi University

Winners of the fifth iteration of Design the Sustainable Future intercollegiate idea competition have been announced!

The jurors have evaluated 650 project submissions from 25 universities across Turkey. We are delighted to announce the winners, and extend our heartfelt congratulations.

First Place
Meryem Akar – Necmettin Erbakan University
Merve Karaca – Necmettin Erbakan University
Ayşe Özkan – Necmettin Erbakan University
Beyzanur Kesgin – Necmettin Erbakan University
Esma İsnaç – Necmettin Erbakan University

Second Place
M. Aras Dönmezer – Eskişehir Technical University

Third Place
Süleyman ULUIŞIK – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
Emine DOĞAN – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
Berfin BAYRAM – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University

Honorable Mention
Merve Öz – Gazi University
Seda İlayda Yağmur – Yıldırım Beyazıt University

RGY Special Award
Berk Kesimoğlu – İstanbul Technical University
Merve Hasekioğlu – İstanbul Technical University

Urban Development and Utilization Award
Selin Çamur – Yeditepe University
İrem Sertelli – Yeditepe University

Innovative Idea and Detailed Solution Award
Umut KAYA – İstanbul Technical University
Mehmet ATIŞ – İstanbul Technical University
Onurcan Toğay – İstanbul Technical University
Kerem Hancı – İstanbul Technical University

Best Practice Award
Oğuzhan Koral – İstanbul Technical University
Sinem Celen – İstanbul Technical University

Visual Design Award
Kıvılcım YAVUZ – Yaşar University
Furkan Şahin – Yaşar University
Furkan Özata – Yaşar University
Aleyna Koyuncu – Yaşar University
Göktuğ Gülsever – Yaşar University

Social Sustainability Award
Mert Adabağ – İstanbul Bilgi University
Fikret Aytolun Alkan – İstanbul Bilgi University

Design the Sustainable Future Category Awards

First Place

31257BG (ESKİŞEHİR OSMANGAZİ UNIVERSITY)

Second Place

25186SA (KARADENİZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

Third Place

73568EG (İSTANBUL KÜLTÜR UNIVERSITY and İSTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

Honorable Mention

16437MD (ULUDAĞ UNIVERSITY)

RGY Special Award

17414AU (ABANT İZZET BAYSAL UNIVERSITY)

Special Awards

Urban development and utilization

10517DM (ANTALYA BİLİM UNIVERSITY)

Urban development and utilization

10203NO (MİMAR SİNAN FINE ARTS UNIVERSITY)

Innovative idea and detailed solution 

24862AD (İSTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

Visual design

05150YK (MEF UNIVERSITY)

Social sustainability

05821SD (YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

Architectural Competition Awards

  • FIRST PLACE
    11235YA
    Gazi University
  • SECOND PLACE
    09537AC
    TOBB University of Economics and Technology
  • THIRD PLACE
    42501TH
    Anadolu University
  • HONORABLE MENTION
    05142AS
    Çankaya University

Engineering Competition Awards

  • FIRST PLACE
    14572CB
    International Antalya University
  • SECOND PLACE
    01956MT
    Middle East Technical University
  • THIRD PLACE
    10587GM
    Uludağ University
  • HONORABLE MENTION
    27233MA
    Fırat University

Design the Sustainable Future 2015

Designed to meet young people who will shape the future of Turkey and create a synergy with them, the “Design the Sustainable Future” intercollegiate competition received applications from 1117 students. Rönesans concluded the Design the Sustainable Future competition with an award ceremony on the evening of March 9, 2015, awarding the winners and eight honorable mentions from universities across Turkey.

  • FIRST PLACE
    90760
    Kocaeli University, Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • SECOND PLACE
    Titreyen Çizgiler
    Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture
  • THIRD PLACE
    SIRKULADIES
    Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Architecture