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Trees Trees Trees! Design Competition

Trees Trees Trees! Design Competition
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Trees Trees Trees! Design Competition

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Admission: $9.99 - 19.99
Prizes: 5x $200
Deadline: February 3, 2020
Winner Announced: March 2, 2020


As you may know, things aren't going too well for mother earth. With challenges like deforestation, fires, pollution, and even methane from cows we are facing an uphill battle against climate change.

One of the simplest, and possibly most effective, methods to reverse the damage is to plant trees, billions of them. According to the respected Science Journal, "The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change."

This is no easy task and will require hundreds of millions of people to plant trees in their front yards, backyards, patios, open land, businesses, cities, and perhaps even rooftops. Rather than waiting on governments to take action, we can begin to form a cultural change across the planet that values trees and takes an active role in their creation.

The challenge is, how do we encourage people to do this? We don't all live on land where we can plant a tree. So do we do nothing? Functional and beautiful design could be an answer. We need more out of the planters, pots, and other ways to grow trees. We need them to be smart, sexy, inexpensive, adaptive, and more.

Bringing trees to the urban and suburban places where people live is a pressing global health issue and an intriguing design challenge.

This is your challenge, create a functional, beautiful, and inexpensive product that will encourage people and cities to grow more trees. 

We know this is a very unusual design challenge so we have brainstormed some possible areas of exploration: seating, play, food, children, storage, protection, lighting, technology, recycled materials, transportation, education, biking, art, internet, air quality, water management, desert life, animal habitats, bees, money, business, living, work, roofing, etc.

This design competition is focused on how we may develop real solutions to the need to plant more trees in urban and suburban areas. This is not a fantasy competition.


All approved submissions will be given to the jury on February 4, 2020. This jury will select 5 designs that will receive the cash prize.

Our jury will also provide a brief design review of all submitted designs, pointing out key elements that lead to the decision making process.

5x Winner's Prize: $200
Total Prizes: $1,000

Since this competition is focused on encouraging a multitude of design solutions, 5 submissions will be selected to each win the top prize of $200.

All approved submissions will be made public on a dedicated website for public viewing and comment.

Submission Guidelines

This design competition is focused on how we may develop real solutions to the need to plant more trees in urban and suburban areas. This is not a fantasy competition. 

In order to keep entries consistent, we have provided a Resources Packet. 

  • One Experience image of your design, showing any feature you wish to highlight. Make this your most dynamic image. It will be at the top of your submission. No additional text allowed in this image.
  • Two Interaction Images of your design, showing how people will interact with it in the environment it was intended for.
  • Description of your design, 250 words or fewer, in English.
  • Answer "How will your design encourage more people or cities to grow trees?" 100 words or fewer, in English.


  • No names, logos, or identifying text in the images.
  • Keep text inside the images to a minimum. You may call out important elements using text and arrows in the Interaction Images
  • Do not place multiple small views inside an image. One view per image.


  1. Sign up for the design competition today
  2. After signup, login to DesignClass and read the brief.
  3. Brainstorm!
  4. Design your innovative pot or planter.
  5. Submission deadline: February 3, 2020
  6. Submissions will be given to the jury on Feb. 4, 2020
  7. Winners announced: March 2, 2020


  • All text must be in English
  • No names, logos, or identifying text allowed in the images.
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team
  • DesignClass & GoArchitect reserve the right to suspend competition and refund entry fees.
  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant DesignClass & GoArchitect license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere

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