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January, 2010

  1. MAKE TIME -International competition for students on the topic of urban furniture

    January 31, 2010 by architectural competitions


    Changes in the living environment are the consequence of impact and flow of time. Space for living is inseparable from architecture, where architecture and time are in constant mutual conjunction. We invite all the students of architecture to think about the phenomenon and meaning of time in a new and different way and to use that in design of a concrete and impressionable solution – urban furniture.

    The challenge of the task is to offer an original concept that would lead to the final product, which would be represented through a certain category, material, and ratios. The aim is to accomplish consistency in the designing process. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of originality and contribution, both through the idea/concept and through the elaboration/details.

    The competition will be carried out in several stages, concluding with practical realisation of the best solutions, selected by an expert jury.

    www.teamrestart.com


  2. GREEN SHED: An open, international competition for small scale, sustainable design

    January 30, 2010 by architectural competitions

    In dense urban settings, community gardens are an invaluable public resource – they not only provide the opportunity for city dwellers to grow their own food, but they may also educate the wider community about organics, food security, and sustainability.
    Pandora Park Community Garden Society invites student and professional architects, landscape architects, builders, engineers, gardeners and designers of all kinds to take part in Green Shed: Pandora Park Community Garden Design Competition. The goal of this international competition is to generate buildable designs for a storage shed and outdoor common space for a new community garden that will showcase sustainable building strategies and materials. The winning design will be built by a team of volunteers over the summer of 2010.

    In dense urban settings, community gardens are an invaluable public resource – they not only provide the opportunity for city dwellers to grow their own food, but they may also educate the wider community about organics, food security, and sustainability.Pandora Park Community Garden Society invites student and professional architects, landscape architects, builders, engineers, gardeners and designers of all kinds to take part in Green Shed: Pandora Park Community Garden Design Competition. The goal of this international competition is to generate buildable designs for a storage shed and outdoor common space for a new community garden that will showcase sustainable building strategies and materials. The winning design will be built by a team of volunteers over the summer of 2010.

    http://www.greenshedcompetition.com/


  3. Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture

    January 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Architectural students and professionals are invited to participate in an open design competition that is being held in conjunction with the upcoming symposium, A Living Presence:  Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture. This Competition explores how the continuity of tradition ensures that truth resonates through the beauty that constitutes Catholicism’s unique architectural patrimony.  There is no detailed program or specific site for this competition.  However, projects submitted as competition entries must involve new Catholic sacred buildings or spaces (examples: a new church building or a complete chapel interior).  Submittals for both commissioned (i.e. “real”) buildings and un-commissioned (i.e. theoretical/academic) projects are welcome.  Partial exterior and/or interior renovations are not eligible, though a completely reconstructed interior space (such as a chapel interior) may be submitted.  Provide one or more images of the prior, “before”, condition for any complete interior renovation project.  Un-built projects that have been designed, and built works that have been completed, after January 1, 2000 are eligible for submittal.  Projects will be judged on two primary criteria:  1) beauty; and 2) the production of a coherent, compelling vision for how to extend and transform the tradition of Catholic sacred architecture.

    Registration & Submittals:

    Online registration must be completed by 5 pm EST on February 26, 2010, and is available through the Symposium’s website:
    http://architecture.cua.edu/alivingpresence.

    Project submittals must be received at the following address before 5 pm EST on April 15, 2010:
    A Living Presence Design Competition
    The Catholic University of America
    School of Architecture and Planning
    620 Michigan Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC  20064

    Submittal presentations must include a narrative of no more than 250 words explaining the project’s approach to the theme of the Competition.  This narrative, along with all other images, drawings, and photographs of the project, must be composed on two 30”x40” sheets mounted on ¼” thick gator board (oriented vertically) without any text or logos that might identify the designer or architect.  A copy of the completed registration form must be enclosed in an envelope affixed to the back of each board and labeled with the applicable category, “Student” or “Professional,” on the outside of the envelope.  A 300 dpi, full-size PDF of the presentation on a CD-ROM must be labeled with the name of the primary registrant and included with the submittal package.  First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded in the Student category.  A single First prize will be awarded in the Professional category.  Winners will be announced at the closing session of the Symposium and posted shortly thereafter on the A Living Presence website.  Some or all of the entries may be included in report of the proceedings of the Symposium, on the associated website, and/or in other associated publications.  Submitted materials will not be returned and become the property of the Competition organizers.

    Competition Jury:

    His Excellency Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC
    Mr. James McCrery, AIA, Principal, McCrery Architects
    Mr. Ed Keegan, Editor at Large, Architect Magazine
    Non-voting Competition Chairman:
    Mr. Eric Anderson, RA, Patrick and Anderson Partners in Architecture
    The Competition reserves the right to substitute alternative Jurors should any of the above jurors not be able to participate.

    Entry Fees:

    Category A (Students with valid ID):  $25*
    Category B (Licensed and Intern Architects):  $50*
    *Entrants who have already obtained paid registration for the Symposium will receive a $25 discount on the competition entry fee.

    Prizes:

    Category A:  $500 1st prize, $300 2nd prize, $200 3rd prize
    Category B:  $1000 1st prize
    In addition, the jury may award Honorable Mentions to one or more additional projects in each category at their discretion.  Honorable Mentions do not carry monetary awards.  The Competition reserves the right not to name any prize winners if no entry is deemed worthy by the jury.

    http://architecture.cua.edu/alivingpresence/designcompetition.cfm


  4. Genuine Design Scholarships

    January 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Four scholarships to benefit students at New York Eleven schools

    Students of affiliated New York Eleven schools will be eligible for the Genuine Design scholarship after viewing the “Stand Up For Design” seminar online or by DVD. Applicants must then write a 2-4 page essay on one of three questions regarding design authenticity.

    Essay 1: You have just been commissioned to re-design a penthouse apartment in New York City. The client appreciates high-end modern design, yet requires you to stay within a certain monetary budget. After reading countless articles on design integrity and intellectual property, it is important to you to incorporate original works into your design approach and to help the client understand the difference between an iconic piece and a knock-off. How would you educate your client on this issue of authenticity? Please take us through the designer/client conversations and cite specific products that you would use to support your argument on genuine design. Please include illustrations when possible.

    Essay 2: The Design Piracy Prohibition Act was introduced to the Senate by Senator Charles Schumer of New York in the Summer of 2007. Congress is currently considering legislation to extend copyright protection for fashion designer’s work via this bill. Please prepare a letter to the Senator and describe why furniture designers deserve equal protection.

    Essay 3: You were selected to develop and showcase a product in an exhibit at a design museum that features works from young emerging designers like yourself. Shortly after the highly successful exhibition, you find out that someone has copied your design and is promoting it as his/her own. Please explain the steps that you would take to protect your ideas and your intellectual property.
    Deadline for submissions: February 23, 2009 – Participating schools will review all of the entries and select a pool of no more that 3 finalists from that school.

    Finalists’ essays will be reviewed by a jury of top design journalists: Paul Makovsky, editorial director, Metropolis; Annie Block, senior editor, Interior Design; Jana Schiowitz, senior editor, Hospitality Design; and Katie Weeks, senior editor, Contract. Four winners will be selected to receive scholarships of $3500, $2500, $1500 and $1000, respectively. The winning and runner-up essays will be announced in Spring 2009 at a New York Eleven event and posted on the Genuine Design and New York Eleven websites.

    http://www.genuinedesign.com/scholarship.html


  5. Rethinking Home – student design competition

    January 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    You never think it will happen to you. When in the prime of one’s life, in the peak of health, it is hard to imagine needing skilled nursing care. Yet with life expectancy rising and a record number of people approaching their senior years, it’s inevitable that some of us will require nursing home care as our circumstances change.

    A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), also commonly known as a nursing home, is a designated structure or group of structures that employs registered nurses in providing 24-hour care to people who can no longer care for themselves due to physical, emotional, or mental conditions regardless of age. A licensed physician supervises each resident’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is almost always on the premises. Most of these facilities utilize two basic types of services: skilled medical care and custodial care.

    This design competition challenges students to investigate an existing SNF and develop an original set of design standards for renovation and new construction to meet today’s use of nursing facilities while improving on aspects of living conditions and work environment. The developed program includes a set of drawings, general programmatic constraints and recommended space requirements for redeveloping a real life case study located in Florida.

    Sponsored by S.A.G.E. and administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the program challenges students to learn about skilled nursing home design, specifically the challenges of breaking from the model of staff-centric operating philosophies to resident-directed care.

    http://www.aias.org/sage/


  6. ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY – CHICAGO CHAPTER

    January 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    STREET FURNITURE COMPETITION

    THE PROBLEM

    The fabric of any city has pockets of underutilized and neglected spaces. These vacant pieces of the city are often intended for development at some point in the future but currently sit empty and unused. Left unattended, they can become dangerous and unwelcoming areas along the streetscape. Through small acts of community we can repurpose these empty spaces and imagine for ourselves a better streetscape.

    THE CHALLENGE

    Design one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can be easily distributed to vacant sites and parks throughout the city for two months during the summer. Street furniture should not be limited to benches, we consider anything that makes a small space seem inviting, usable and safe to be street furniture. Including but not limited to: seating, planters, bicycle parking, sports or play equipment. Winning designers will have at least one piece (potentially more) of their ‘street furniture’ built and distributed to a park space in the spring for a period of two months.

    The goal of these installations is to spark a dialogue about how we use our space and encourage community participation in the decisions that affect our civic life. As such, these installations are intended to be temporary and inexpensive. Designers should also consider what will happen to the materials at the end of the two month time period.

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Two 11×17 Boards, submitted as a PDF with at a minimum a plan, section/elevation and design detail. Please list the required materials and provide a narrative that describes the following: build process, materials, estimated cost, and end of use/deconstruction plan. Scale of drawings at the discretion of the entrants. Submit any questions and final PDFs to furniturecomp@afh-chicago.org

    TIMELINE

    Submission Deadline, 5:00 pm, February 26th
    Winners Announced at the March AFH meeting
    April and May: Saturday Build Days
    June: Placement of street furniture in the first parks
    STREET FURNITURE COMPETITIONARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY – CHICAGO CHAPTERTHE PROBLEM

    The fabric of any city has pockets of underutilized and neglected spaces. These vacant piecesof the city are often intended for development at some point in the future but currently sit emptyand unused. Left unattended, they can become dangerous and unwelcoming areas along thestreetscape. Through small acts of community we can repurpose these empty spaces andimagine for ourselves a better streetscape.THE CHALLENGEDesign one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can be easily distributed to vacant sites andparks throughout the city for two months during the summer. Street furniture should not belimited to benches, we consider anything that makes a small space seem inviting, usable andsafe to be street furniture. Including but not limited to: seating, planters, bicycle parking, sportsor play equipment. Winning designers will have at least one piece (potentially more) of their‘street furniture’ built and distributed to a park space in the spring for a period of two months.The goal of these installations is to spark a dialogue about how we use our space andencourage community participation in the decisions that affect our civic life. As such, theseinstallations are intended to be temporary and inexpensive. Designers should also consider whatwill happen to the materials at the end of the two month time period.

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTST

    wo 11×17 Boards, submitted as a PDF with at a minimum a plan, section/elevation and designdetail. Please list the required materials and provide a narrative that describes the following:build process, materials, estimated cost, and end of use/deconstruction plan. Scale of drawingsat the discretion of the entrants.Submit any questions and final PDFs to furniturecomp@afh-chicago.orgTIMELINESubmission Deadline, 5:00 pm, February 26thWinners Announced at the March AFH meetingApril and May: Saturday Build DaysJune: Placement of street furniture in the first parks

    http://www.afh-chicago.org


  7. Design of a Science Center to Promote scientific temperament.

    January 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Prologue:

    We, as a nation, have been looking at education, particularly technical education, as a means to satisfy the manpower needs of our planning. Real development of the nation springs from a well developed human resource. The new developments in Biotechnology, Space research, Microelectronics, the computers and all the rest of the Hi-tech will no doubt be of great help to the rural area. But this is not the most important need nor will it bring true development to our weaker sections. True development must put the people and their land on the development path so that thereafter they can contribute to development and not just be the beneficiaries.

    The Challenge:

    The learning process is not just listening or pen pushing but experiencing and acquiring skills. Intelligence development also depends on giving wide exposure to the student in the formative periods. So for practical experience of science learning one has to design a Science Center for rural areas lying on Delhi-Agra highway.
    This Science Center is a Creative Space with a volume of approximate 7500 cubic Meters and there will be maximum 200 users at a time. This design should house permanent and temporary exhibitions, laboratories and workshops, a conference center, cafes, office space and a distinctive competition hall. The dimension of site is 40 m X 60 m with a maximum 30% allowed ground coverage.
    This project also aims towards achieving a target of Sustainable building, which comprises, use of eco-friendly construction materials, clean and efficient use of energy and the best of waste management techniques. The form and designed spaces will be representing various fields of knowledge:

    • India on the Move
    • Human and the Environment
    • Practical learning
    • Roots of Civilization
    • Young Adult Gallery

    Candidates can add more spaces according to their needs. Participants can also make any valid assumption related to their design, but must be clearly stated and justified.

    Eligibility:

    This competition is open for all Students. A team may comprise a maximum of three undergraduate students or two Post graduate students.

    Submission requirements:

    The competition will be held in two stages,

    First Stage:

    Interested teams can send their conceptual sketches and thoughts explaining their approach towards solving the problem, not exceeding five A4 size sheets, they can either be posted or e-mailed. (Postal address – see bottom) Soft copies, [preferably in .pdf , .doc, .jpeg formats] around 5 Mega bytes in size should be e-mailed to arch.cogni@gmail.com with subject line SPOTLIGHT10 .

    Second Stage:

    Deserving teams will be short-listed according to the judgment criteria mentioned and will compete for the final stage of presentation. For the final presentation one should give Plans, Sections and elevations on appropriate scale . Candidates can give perspectives and blown up axonometric and walkthroughs explaining the design. A panel of 4 A1 size sheets will be provided for each team, in addition to the LCD Projector for presentations and walkthroughs.

    Dead Lines:

    Last Date for Registration of teams along with their thoughts on design is 21st Feb 2010. The final presentation will be held during COGNIZANCE ‘10. All the short-listed teams will be contacted individually and the results will also be published on our website.

    Correspondence:

    For all the queries and questions, you can contact:
    Manish Singh
    Coordinator -Spotlight, Cognizance 2010
    Department of Architecture and Planning,
    IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand -247667
    phone : +91- 9411502160
    E-mail : arch.cogni@gmail.com


  8. Piraeus Tower 2010 – Changing the Face/Façades Reformation

    January 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    GreekArchitects.gr and DuPont Hellas S.A have proudly launched an open architectural ideas competition entitled: “Piraeus Tower 2010 – Changing the Face/Façades Reformation”

    The initiative of our architectural ideas competitions is the localization of urban issues at vital points of Greek cities and the attempt to resolve them through Architecture, presenting to the citizens and State the real proportion of Architecture in the real urban space.

    For all the above, a Tall Building at the port of Piraeus that is abandoned for more than 30 years was located. It is a 22-storey building, 84 m. tall and it is known as “Piraeus Tower”. The only tower of the area is “sleeping” in one of the bigger ports of the Mediterranean that presents a dynamic growth at the last decades.

    The main issue of the competition is not the completion of another high rise building, whose completion is pending for years. The problematic exceeds the narrow limits of the dialectic regarding the construction or not of high rise buildings and skyscrapers in Greek cities and particularly in Athens.

    The competition is focused only at the reconstruction of the external façade of the building in order to set off a synectic and clear position regarding the conversation of the Tower with the Piraeus urban landscape and how this new “facade” takes part in and partially forms the relation between the Port, as an important entrance and exit point of the capital, and the urban complex of Athens.

    The objective pursued through the competition Piraeus Tower 2010: Changing the face. Façades reformation is to include the building in the urban landscape through the design proposal and to highlight it as the landmark for the wider area.

    GreekArchitects.gr and DuPont Hellas S.A. would like to welcome all the participants and wish you good luck.

    Website Competition:

    Greek:
    http://www.greekarchitects.gr/competition2010

    English: 
    http://www.greekarchitects.gr/competition2010/piraeus/en/


  9. Governor’s Island City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

    January 20, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Since Governors Island first opened to the public in 2004, the attention and interest that this new public place has received has increased exponentially. In 2009, over 275,000 people visited the island through its summer season (late May to mid October) to engage in a variety of arts and cultural programs, as well as to enjoy summertime activities like picnicking and bike riding on the island.

    FIGMENT, one of the island’s key cultural partners, has joined forces with The Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (ENYA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to sponsor a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion for the 2010 summer season on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion.

    The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to enjoy a planned or impromptu performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island.

    Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?

    The current state of the world is such that both the economy and natural resources are limited in ways we have never experienced in our lifetimes. A new way of thinking is necessary to solve the problems that the world faces. Inevitably, the result will be a change in harmful habits that have driven the world to its current state. One place to start to activate and energize these changes in within the architecture and design community, where the movement toward sustainable design has only scratched the surface of what is possible and necessary.

    Instead of a typical design competition, the City of Dreams Pavilion asks entrants to consider how they will construct this temporary structure in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Entrants should consider the entire lifecycle of building materials in their submission. Whether they do this by identifying companies that produce “cradle to cradle” products, garnering sponsorships from environmental or socially conscious groups, or re-using waste from construction sites, the materials used and the construction process should have as little impact as possible on the environment.

    Entrants should submit where their materials are to come from, how their structures will be transported to the site, how they will eliminate waste during construction, and how they plan to disassemble and reuse the materials after the island closes for the season. In other words, entrants are being asked to consider using “borrowed” materials—from existing construction sites and from places where the materials can be returned after the season is over and the temporary structure is disassembled.

    In the end, the goal is to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and that serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable, way of thinking about design and construction.

    Essential requirements of the proposal are as follows:

    Create a gathering place for 50 or more people, providing shade and rain cover
    Consider the full lifecycle of the materials used—where they come from and where they will go after the island closes for the 2010 season
    Provide for the design and construction of the project, including sourcing all materials.
    All materials must be able to be transported on the Coursen Ferry (12’6” clearance)
    The structure must be freestanding, and cannot penetrate the ground to a depth greater than 6”
    The design must be approved by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), and the NYC Department of Buildings prior to construction
    Include a budget that anticipates all costs of fabrication, transportation, installation, and de-installation

    Optional considerations:

    How will the pavilion support educating the public about arts programs on the island?
    How will the pavilion support informal performances or lectures?
    What other kinds of activities could take place in the pavilion?

    Process:

    Submissions open: January 1, 2010
    Registration deadline: February 8, 2010
    Deadline for entries: February 16, 2010
    Notification of finalists, with comments: March 1, 2010
    Finalist proposal revisions due: March 31, 2010
    Selection of winner: April 15, 2010
    Construction start: May 10, 2010
    Construction completion: by June 5, 2010

    Selection criteria that the jury will consider:

    Proposal feasibility and buildability
    Lifecycle considerations and overall environmental impact
    Adherence to theme
    Design impact
    Innovative use of materials

    To enter:

    Register by February 8, 2010, by following the links below. The fee to enter is a tax deductible donation to FIGMENT, which will be applied to the costs of building and maintaining this project, as follows:
    Student entries – $20
    Individual entries – $50
    Group entries – $80
    Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of architects and non-architects of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project. Attribution of the winner and finalists will be given based on the names of the individuals who enter, rather than to any firm with whom they are affiliated.

    The final entry should be submitted via email by registered entrants by February 16, 2010, and should include a total of three (3) 11”x17” pages in PDF format. The first two (2) pages should detail the proposed design, and the third page should include supporting documentation such as materials, budget, construction schedule, etc. The entries should not disclose the names of the entrant(s) in the PDF file, only in the covering email.

    http://figmentproject.org/2010/long-term-exhibitions/the-city-of-dreams-pavilion/


  10. Lamp Lighting Solutions’10 Awards

    January 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Light plays a significant role in the architecture, and Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards aim to promote the culture of enlightenment among industry professionals.

    Categories:
    1 – EXTERNAL ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING
    2 – INTERIOR LIGHTING
    3 – URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
    4 – STUDENT PROPOSALS

    € 30,000 at stake!

    Deadline for submission of projects: from 1st December 2009 to February 28, 2010

    Lamp S.A.

    http://www.lamp.es/awards

    Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Premios-Lamp-Lighting-Solutions/142476367233?ref=mf#/pages/Premios-Lamp-Lighting-Solutions/142476367233?v=wall&ref=mf