The Ecological Community Competition FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What should be assumed about linkages to the surrounding area?
Other than allowing for at least two means of ingress and egress, for purposes of this study, the assumption is that this is a highly orchestrated core, incorporating as many provisions for daily living in close proximity as possible.

2. What about all the traditional code constraints like density, coverage, height and floor area ratios?
Just keep in mind that you are not fitting into any constraints of the present. You are designing the future.

3. Are there any limitations to the size or qualifications of the team?
As long as all the participants are enrolled and in good standing in a college or university in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, there are no limitations and multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged. While there are no limitations to the size of the teams, for the winners, funds provided by the Foundation for travel and lodging for associates with the Taliesin West event is limited to two persons per team.

4. When does the pursuit of creative solutions become too far-fetched to be relevant?
There are no limits other than the ability of your presentation and reasoning to be convincing. This is the nature of creative, exploration.

5. Can our 30-acre submission have a thematic name and purpose; much like the way Taliesin West was all about the culture and outreach of architecture?
Yes, as long as there are no specifics that get in the way of your ability to convincingly address the ecological pursuit of doing more with less by way of design.

Feel free to ask any other question.



9 Responses to "The Ecological Community Competition FAQ"

  • By Peter Salamon April 10, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Hello, my name is Peter, I am an urban design student at SCAD. I have a group interested in entering The Ecological Community competition, and wanted to inquire about the deadlines. Is there a preregistration date, or are materials to all be submitted by the final deadline? We wanted to double-check that the date for this is June 2nd.

    Thank you, have a great day!

  • By Alejandro Lopez May 5, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    when you say colored drawings? is that only done by hand? or computer work is allowed?

    • By Vernon Swaback May 10, 2014 - 12:31 am

      Hello Participants:
      Please feel free to use your own color technique. Drawings can be colored with markers, color pencils, computer renderings, etc.
      Thank you.

  • By Thomas Courboin May 11, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    Hello, my name is Thomas, I’m currently finishing my Design major at Concordia University in Canada. I’m wondering if students who are enrolled in a University program are accepted, even if they will have graduated by june 26th? (Which would be my case).

    Thank you!

    • By Vernon Swaback May 12, 2014 - 3:26 pm

      Yes, you will qualify for the competition because you will graduate after the Submission Deadline. Looking forward to see your proposal.
      Thank you.

  • By Duncan June 2, 2014 - 7:18 pm


    We are trying to upload our jpegs but are finding the 4mb limit very constricting. Compressing four 48×36 150dpi jpeg images leaves us with poor image quality.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you,


  • By Vernon Swaback June 3, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    DEAR STUDENTS!!! THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING! Please contact us if you have any questions! By June 13th we will select the winner(s).

    We have sent out an email to all PARTICIPANTS. I you have not received our email, please email us at

    Thank you.

Leave a Reply