Under the theme of ‘Telling Time’, Urban Commissions returns for its 5th edition, presenting architects and designers with a notable opportunity to conceive and produce an urban product that will stand the test of time.

The winning proposal will be unveiled during Dubai Design Week this November and permanently installed in Dubai Design District (d3) amongst the existing winning projects from previous years, contributing to the development of the design community in Dubai through environmental enhancements.

The 2019 edition pays homage to the Deira Clocktower, built in 1965 at a point where major routes used to converge, making the structure an important monument of the city. Seeking proposals for an urban clock, which can explore the ancient methods of time telling, combined with innovative solutions and new technologies exploring composite materials that produce a unique design that displays the current time.

Across its past editions, Urban Commissions has celebrated four winning projects – selected from over 400 submissions by designers and from over 30 nationalities living in the UAE. Anna Szyoni took home the prize at the inaugural edition for her project ‘IDO Bench’, followed by Hinjal Kumar and his project ‘Biked3’ which won the second edition, and SuperFutureDesign* with their ‘MuTable’ shining at the third edition, followed by the fourth edition in 2018 where Khalid Al-Tamimi won the prize for his water feature ‘Fayyd’.

Register interest to submit by June 22. Dubai Design Week calls on individuals and collectives living in the UAE to submit their design proposals for consideration.

Urban Commissions is a design competition launched by Dubai Design Week in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3).

For more information on submission guidelines and the application form, click here.