Design It: Shelter Competition Submissions

The end is nearing for the Design It: Shelter Competition, so I wanted to show you some of the entries that have already been submitted.  I just submitted my cabin for the competition, which I’ll write about more soon.

There’s still plenty of time to get started on your own 100 square foot shelter.  And trust me, SketchUp is so easy to use you could have a shelter designed and modeled within an hour.  If you’re looking for inspiration definitely check out the already submitted designs for this competition.

Stream + Mountain + Sky Shelter B


3 thoughts on “Design It: Shelter Competition Submissions

  1. Mile High Pixie

    Can’t wait to see more about your shelter. Does it have to have all the amenities of life, or is it a really basic way to stay out of the elements? Your sketch reminds me of an assignment I had during my first year of architecture school, and it was one of my favorite projects of the whole six years.

  2. J. Bancroft

    Great design.

    Turns out they rejected half the submissions. The staff refuses to state why submissions were rejected-only “may have been”

    The staff allowed changes and resubmissions to early designs.

    All submissions need to be re-instatated. If not the judges should pull out of the contest.


  3. Eric Post author


    I also was a victim of the infamous rejection email. My first submission didn’t jive with all of their regulations, so I went back and made the necessary tweaks to my design so that it would conform to what they were asking for. I received my acceptance email after resubmitting my design, and then a week after the deadline I was notified that my design did not meet their criteria.

    I’m not too sure what the judges are doing if they’re notifying people that their design conforms when submitted and then rejected after the competition ends. Most architectural competitions allow some bending of the rules since the primary purpose of the competition is to evoke a radical solution to the design problem.

    Despite the obvious inconvenience caused by the people running this competition, I definitely had fun wrestling with the design problem. Hopefully next year this competition embraces the people who are willing to color just a little bit outside the lines.


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