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jumpthegap® encourages young talents to design the future by thinking of planet Earth in 2030

The eighth edition of Roca’s International Design Competition jumpthegap® is underway with a clear commitment to the future of planet Earth.


Jumpthegap® proposes young designers and architects to think about the future of design by offering sustainable solutions and taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by United Nations, with the aim of reducing the human footprint as much as possible.


With great attention to those goals focused on climate change and the protection of the environment, jumpthegap® puts special emphasis on the importance that the bathroom of the future will have in the achievement of these objectives.


Here is some relevant data that supports initiatives like jumpthegap® and involve young professionals to lead this change:

  • Half of the world’s population, 3.5 trillion people, live in cities and by 2030 this figure is planned to reach 5 trillion.
  • By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.6 trillion people and we will need nearly three planets to provide the natural resources needed to maintain the current lifestyles.
  • Less than 3 percent of the water in the world is drinkable, of which 2.5 percent is frozen in Antarctica, the Arctic and glaciers. Therefore, mankind depends on 0.5 percent for all freshwater needs.


BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny


Since its first edition in 2004, jumpthegap® has counted on the collaboration of BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny. Also, since the very beginning, the jury of ROCA’s international design competition has stood out for the relevance of its members, renowned professionals in the world of architecture and design. In this eighth edition, the president of the jury is the acclaimed Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake.


Contestants can opt for three prizes: Professional category, for architects and designers under the age of 40 with 11221.95 USD in prize money; Student category, for students under the age of 30 with 11221.95 USD in prize money and the Special We Are Water Foundation Award with 673.32 USD in prize money. The registration period is open on the website until April 3rd, 2019.





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