This ‘video challenge’ celebrates a diversity of built environment research from PhD students in many countries and built environment disciplines. Collectively, these videos will illustrate the importance and interest of emerging built environment research to civil society, politics and industry.
The theme of this video challenge is “WHY IT MATTERS”. This is an opportunity to explain the significance of your research, articulate a ‘big picture’ view of its potential contribution and impacts. Your video should explain clearly, succinctly and creatively why your research matters and how it fits into the wider context and might contribute to society. It should be aimed at the general public.
By engaging in this video challenge, participants will improve their communication skills and enhance the visibility of their work.
Any student currently in a PhD program related to the ‘built environment’ and up to one year after their PhD degree award.
‘Built environment’ in the broadest sense means the creation, use, operation, maintenance and stewardship of the built environment (buildings, neighbourhoods, cities, peri-urban & rural areas, infrastructure) including social, environmental, economic and physical aspects. PhDs may come from a variety of departments or disciplines: sociology, geography, construction, engineering, facilities management, architecture, planning, real estate, urban studies, environmental design, finance, project management, etc.
Completed applications and videos must be submitted before Monday, 17 October 2022 noon (UCT / GMT).
Your video should explain the significance of your research to a wide, general audience and address ‘why this matters’. It should pertain to research about the built environment and its impacts in the broadest sense: the social and physical resources, creation, use, operation, maintenance & stewardship of the built environment (buildings, neighbourhoods, cities, peri-urban & rural areas, infrastructure) including social, environmental, economic & physical aspects. The topic may be transdisciplinary in nature or be based in a specific discipline: sociology, geography, construction, engineering, facilities management, architecture, planning, real estate, urban studies, environmental design, finance, project management, business, etc.
We encourage creativity and the use of different formats that help to clearly convey your message: live action, animation, still images, visual effects.
The video must be 120 seconds or less (in total). Videos longer than this will be disqualified.
The video can be in any language, but must have subtitles in English language.
Narration and musical background are allowed.
Your video must contain original work. Any externally-sourced images, video clips or music used in your video must be licensed to you or have Creative Commons permission. If people appear in your video, they have given written consent to appear in the video and have been told it will be entered into this competition. Details of the consent and license to use your video are provided on the registration page.
Videos should be in either .mp4 or .mov format, no larger than 500mb, and 120 seconds or less in duration; Resolution should be 1920 x 1080. Video file should be named as the Reference Code you will receive by email upon submission of your entry.
The judges’ decision is final.
It’s free. There is no fee to enter. There are costs involved in producing and creating the video which are the applicants’ responsibility.
The videos will be hosted on Vimeo. Applicants will be given detailed instructions for submitting their videos to the organisers. We will upload the videos on the entrants’ behalf on our Vimeo site.
Creating a video will sharpen your own communication skills and help you to clearly explain your research to others. Entering your video will raise your profile and broaden the people who know about your work. The kudos of an award will be an important recognition and distinction for your CV. And there is also a cash prize!
The judges will consist of academic experts in the field of the built environment, working in several universities in different countries.
All facets of built environment research are welcome. A broad understanding of built environment is given. If you are not sure if your research matches the scope of the video challenge, Richard Lorch and Andreas Klee will be happy to answer your questions.
Buildings and Cities - an international, open access, peer-reviewed, academic journal publishing high-quality research and analysis on the interplay between the different scales of the built environment: buildings, blocks, neighbourhoods, cities, national building stocks and infrastructures. The journal focuses on built environment policy, practices and outcomes and the range of economic, environmental, political, social and technological issues occurring over the full life cycle.
ARL – The Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association is an independent institution for the spatial sciences under public law and is based in Hanover, Germany. The ARL offers knowledge-based analysis and advice on current sustainable spatial development issues.
All applicants will be informed by 18 November 2022.
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