Superscape: a prize for architectural concepts

The biannual prize seeks to encourage innovative and visionary architectural concepts that explore new models of living and strategies for inhabiting an urban context over a broad expanse of 30 years. Reflecting processes of change, Superscape opens a creative space for unconventional ideas meant to deliver new impulses to real-life architectural output and urban development.


The Grafted City by Alberto Roncelli

The project presents a critical reading of the anonymous spaces – the remains or leftovers – of today’s city and investigates a model of urban densification that is conceived to support the sustainable lifestyle of tomorrow. The Grafted City doesn’t describe a new city but, rather, examines the potential of an existing one. Above all, the landscape of the Grafted City emerges from the recovery of inad equately used spaces and the encouragement of the creation of a network of architectural experiments based on lightweight construction methods as a means of triggering, testing and iterating new models for sustainability. The city of the future, and its businesses, cannot afford to leave any spaces unused.

The project is in two parts:

1. Mapping – A case study was set up in order to illustrate the potential of the Grafted City and to indicate these leftover spaces. The analysed area is Nordvest, a district in the North of Copenhagen. It was possible to identify over 200 unused spaces, nine of which could be defined as potentially useful for the Grafted City project.

2. Exploring – In addition to the selection of these leftovers, 16 projects were in vestigated. The use of these spaces in line with the principles of sustainable urban development over the course of the coming decades can be broken down into four aspects: space for non-human beings, for food production, for cultural activities and local communities and for the sustainable use and reuse of materials

2022 THEME: GREEN SHIFT - Visions for sustainable living

The urgency of the climate crisis, which is being felt globally, is the starting point for a broad process of rethinking that has also taken hold in the construction industry. The long-term protection of the environment and climate, not least as a qualitative habitat for humans and animals, is one of the most urgent goals of modern architecture.

In the context of digital networking, social sustainability, smart cities and climate care, it is important to explore innovative potentials and problem solutions of architecture as well as to dare visionary views of the future and design experiments that address future challenges of urban space in the year 2050.


The first phase of the architectural competition is an anonymous, open process. The jury consisting of Renate Hammer, Maria Vassilakou and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein has now nominated six concepts for the shortlist. The individual protagonists will be invited to a non-anonymous process, during which the project sketches are to be elaborated further. During a second jury meeting, the winner of Superscape 2022 will be chosen.

  • Carbon Capture Towers
  • The Grafted City
  • The Upcycling Hub:New Spatialities for the Circular Cities
  • Would you like to take the climate walk with me?
  • Stadtlandschaft
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Realtime Participatory Living

You can find detailed information regarding the shortlist here.


€ 10.000,- for the winning project,

€ 2.000,- for each finalised shortlist project


JP Immobilien,
WBV-GPA, Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte,

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