DPA-X, Dominique Perrault Architecture’s research laboratory, and Indigo Group, world leader in parking and mobility, launched Carpark Futures International Architecture Competition. Candidates, registered alone or in teams, are invited to exercise their creativity to invent the parking lot of the future, on the Euralille site, in northern France, which will be under study for 72 hours. Registrations are open from January 19 until April 17, 2022.
During 72 hours – from May 20th to May 22th – the candidates, young architects under the age of 40, registered alone or on a team, will be invited to rethink the car park of the future, on the Euralille site, in northern France. More than a hundred young architects have already registered ! Their projects will then be studied by a jury of experts from the world of architecture and urban planning placed under the co-presidency of Dominique Perrault, Architect-urban planner and member of the French Academy of Arts, and Serge Clemente, President of the Indigo Group.
An international Architecture competition in 72 hours
Open to young architects under 40 years of age, registered alone or in a team, “Carpark Futures Competition” invites architecture professionals to question the architectural, urban, technical and environmental potential of a revalorization of underground parking lots, through the study of the Euralille site in northern France. The candidates will have to propose a series of architectural interventions in response to new practices related to mobility, urban logistics and, more broadly, to changes in lifestyles and consumer habits. The jury, made up of experts from the world of architecture and urban planning, is co-chaired by Dominique Perrault, architect and urban planner and member of the French Academy of Arts, and Serge Clemente, Chairman of the Indigo
Inventing the Carpark of the future
How can underground parking spaces be transformed to adapt them to contemporary societal changes? How can architecture respond to the challenges of future mobility and urban density in the broad sense? Today, sometimes underused, underground parking lots represent important reserves of surface, volume and land, and their potential is immense. It is now necessary to go beyond a vision of the underground parking lot as a simple inert storage space, in order to allow its integration into major metropolitan developments, by introducing new programs, new uses, and new architectural qualities. The idea of an underground real estate development, or “Sub-estate”, can now be considered as a strategy for an optimized, resilient urbanism, imagining the city as a system rooted in the ground.
January 19, 2022 – Registration opens
April 17, 2022 – Registration closes
72 hours competition
May 20, 2022 – 00:01 AM – Publication of complete rules and opening of applications
May 22, 2022 – 11:59 PM – Closing of applications
June 2022 – Jury and announcement of winners
• Indigo Grand Prize: 5,000 euros
• 2nd Prize: 2.000 euros
• 3rd Prize: 1.000 euros
HONORABLE MENTIONS (3 mentions)
SPECIAL PRIZES (3 special prizes)
DPA-X, founded by architect and urban planner Dominique Perrault, is a prospective research platform. Favoring multidisciplinary interactions, its objective is to accelerate architectural innovations to accompany the new metropolitan evolutions. The diversification and insertion of the underground space in these dynamics is in line with the research and projects developed by the architect, crystallizing the concept of “Groundscape” as a strategy for resilient urban development, combining architecture, infrastructure and landscape. Awarded the Imperial Praemium and a member of the French Academy of Arts, Dominique Perrault will deliver the new Villejuif-Institut Gustave Roussy station of the Grand Paris Express in 2025, which is currently under construction, as well as the “Lightwalk” intermodal hub in Gangnam, Seoul.
About Indigo Group
Indigo Group is a world leader in car parking, personal mobility and city services. The Indigo Group’s activities cover several business lines: on-street and off-street parking, urban logistics and soft mobility. Indigo designs, builds, finances and operates customized parking solutions in more than 2,720 locations in over 350 cities and 11 countries, and manages more than 2,160 km of roadways. To meet its customers’ needs and offer the smoothest possible journey, Indigo also develops digital solutions such as OPnGO.
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