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Future of Money Design Award

28/01/2013 by architectural competitions

Future of Money Design Award


Whether we like it or not, crime is a driving force behind a large proportion of technological ‘progress’; this is especially true regarding money.  In 1817, a burglary at a British dockyard led the government to start a competition challenging locksmiths to invent an unpickable lock.  The result was the Chubb detector lock, and it remained ‘unpicked’ for 33 years.

In the past, adding another lock or increasing thewall thickness of a safe was the obvious solutionto deter theft.  However, as our money becomes completely electronic, new crimes will undoubtedly be committed which take advantage of the technology itself.  Perhaps if we could imagine what crimes might happen, we could start to think about how to prevent them. What financial crimes could be committed within a completely electronic marketplace? We invite creative practitioners to imagine and design a future monetary based crime.  A crime which utilises a loophole, a social convention or specific technology.

The competition will run in two phases.
FIRST PHASE – Initial Idea
Please submit an overview of your initial ‘future crime’ concept. Preferred format = PDF. Maximum 3 pages communicating the concept and examples of previous work (website or PDF).
Deadline for submission 20th February 2013. Send entries to

SECOND PHASE – Project Development
Shortlisted entrants will receive £500 each to develop their idea and produce a short video. The videos and concepts will be judged during the annual Tomorrrow’s Transactions forum in London, and prizes will be handed out to the winners.

The awards will be presented during the annual Tomorrrow’s Transactions forum, on the 13th / 14th March 2013, organised by Consult Hyperion.



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