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Open call for applications to The World Around Young Climate Prize

Application deadline: October 31, 2022

Applications and nominations are being accepted for The World Around’s first Young Climate Prize.

An international group of 25 talented young people under the age of 25 who have completed their own projects to address, raise awareness of, or lessen climate change in their community will get the prize. These 25 winners will each have a mentor allocated to them and will enroll in a special online design academy with lectures and workshops by selected Design Champions from The World Around.

The illustrious interdisciplinary group of Design Champions who volunteer their time include participants in The World Around’s annual summit and public programs as well as experts in their areas who are widely acknowledged on a global scale. 

They include:

Wael Al Awar (waiwawi), Noura Al-Sayeh Holtrop (Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities), Paola Antonelli & Alice Rawsthorn (Design Emergency), Nelly Ben Hayoun (Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios), Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao Estudio), Vishaan Chakrabarti (PAU), Carson Chan (MoMA), Aric Chen (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Elizabeth Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Frida Escobedo, José Esparza Chong Cuy (Storefront for Art and Architecture), Max Fraser, Antón Garcia-Abril & Débora Mesa (Ensamble), Joseph Grima (Design Academy Eindhoven), Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art), Kabage Karanja & Stella Mutegi (Cave Bureau), Alder Keleman Saxena (Feral Atlas), Dominic Leong (Leong Leong), Cyra Levenson (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Jing Liu (SO–IL), Etta Madete (BuildX), Bruce Mau, Sandhya Naidu Janardhan (Community Design Agency), Joar Nango, Julian Oliver, Emma Osore & Daphne Lundi (BlackSpace), David OReilly, Tosin Oshinowo (CM Design Atelier), Henk Ovink (Rebuild By Design), Mariana Pestana, Susan Sellers (2×4), Xu Tiantian (DnA) and Sumayya Vally (Counterspace).

Eligibility criteria 
–Applicants must be aged 25 or under at the time of application.
–Groups of a maximum of three may enter. 
–Applicants can be located anywhere in the world. 
–Applicants must be able to demonstrate an existing, functioning project of their own creation that successfully addresses or mitigates climate change in their community.
–Eligible projects could include but are not limited to: leadership and activism, innovation and invention, farming, conservation, energy access and equity, clean water initiatives, sustainable construction, engineering, journalism, film, art and digital design. 

Submission requirements 
–The prize is free to enter.
–Applicants must share a short video introducing their project and accompanying written or visual materials that show evidence of their work and its impact.   
–Submissions are accepted in English or Spanish.  
–Deadline for applications is October 31,, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

To nominate a candidate for the prize, to submit your application and for further information visit here.

The Young Climate Prize is given in collaboration with Meta Open Arts, a global partner of The World Around. A public program created in partnership with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum goes along with the award. If you have any inquiries about the award or would need more information about how people or groups can help promote it, please contact [email protected]

About The World Around  

The World Around is a nonprofit platform with a straightforward but audacious goal: to open up the most innovative concepts in world architecture to everyone. The World Around, an organization founded by Diego Marroquin and Beatrice Galilee, shares the now, near, and next in contemporary architecture and design culture with a focus on progressive, doable ideas and climate justice. Thanks to the generosity of its partners and patrons, it is able to freely share the work and ideas of the world’s top thinkers and creators through its portfolio of commissioned films, talks, and presentations on its website and YouTube channel. Learn more at and @theworldaround on Instagram. 

About Meta Open Arts

Meta Through creation, Open Arts empowers artists and fosters community. In an increasingly tech-driven and digitally based society, Meta Open Arts, founded in 2010, interacts with cultural institutions and partners with artists and designers all over the world to optimize creativity. Meta Open Arts thinks that fresh perspectives on ourselves, our communities, and the world at large can be provided by the arts.Learn more at and @MetaOpenArts on Instagram.
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