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January, 2010

  1. USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Small, Green, Affordable Presented by Salvation Army’s EnviRenew Initiative

    January 18, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Salvation Army joins the U.S. Green Building Council this year in hosting USGBC‘s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition. Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top four entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.
    Through its EnviRenew initiative, The Salvation Army is kicking off a large-scale residential green building campaign in five neighborhoods in New Orleans, facilitating the construction of 125 new homes and the renovation of 125 existing homes over the next three years through the provision of grant financing to homebuyers and homeowners. EnviRenew identifies sustainability as a critical component of comprehensive neighborhood recovery and engages green building issues within broader discussions regarding affordable housing, community capacity, neighborhood renewal and storm-resilience.
    The Salvation Army and the U.S. Green Building Council recognize that financially vulnerable individuals, families, and neighborhoods are particularly in need of the benefits that sustainable design and green building practices bring. This partnership challenges entrants to design homes that demonstrate both short-term and long-term affordability, a high quality of life for their residents, and replicable strategies that contribute to our understanding of how to build affordably, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.

    The Salvation Army joins the U.S. Green Building Council this year in hosting USGBC‘s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition. Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top four entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.

    Through its EnviRenew initiative, The Salvation Army is kicking off a large-scale residential green building campaign in five neighborhoods in New Orleans, facilitating the construction of 125 new homes and the renovation of 125 existing homes over the next three years through the provision of grant financing to homebuyers and homeowners. EnviRenew identifies sustainability as a critical component of comprehensive neighborhood recovery and engages green building issues within broader discussions regarding affordable housing, community capacity, neighborhood renewal and storm-resilience.

    The Salvation Army and the U.S. Green Building Council recognize that financially vulnerable individuals, families, and neighborhoods are particularly in need of the benefits that sustainable design and green building practices bring. This partnership challenges entrants to design homes that demonstrate both short-term and long-term affordability, a high quality of life for their residents, and replicable strategies that contribute to our understanding of how to build affordably, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.

    http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/naturaltalent/2010


  2. MAKETIME – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS ON THE TOPIC OF URBAN FURNITURE

    January 17, 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 competition is open for all the students of basic, Bachelor and Master Studies of architecture from Serbia and from abroad.
    It is necessary to keep in mind that the conceptual solution will be produced in practice. Authors of projects produce their solutions themselves and they should take care of clarity, details, attractiveness, and originality of presentation and possibility of production within the certain deadline.

    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 competition is open for all the students of basic, Bachelor and Master Studies of architecture from Serbia and from abroad.It is necessary to keep in mind that the conceptual solution will be produced in practice. Authors of projects produce their solutions themselves and they should take care of clarity, details, attractiveness, and originality of presentation and possibility of production within the certain deadline.

    http://www.teamrestart.com/


  3. suckerPUNCH competition

    January 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    suckerPUNCH challenges entrants to use progressive, speculative strategies and design for the fort tilden field house and its surrounding sports fields and courts. This ideas competition serves to investigate architectural problems such as form, engagement with landscape, materiality, structure and aperture while also investigating ambitions of architectural atmosphere, styling, effects, and mood. new conceptions of digital processes and fabrications are called for to successfully create a sophisticated strategy that integrates architecture and landscape while also investigating performative opportunities whether in the building’s systems and their materiality or in the way the building curates mood and organizes leisure. the program calls for a creative architectural solution of versatility and adaptability in order to enable various programmatic uses depending on both the time of day and the time of year. through an experimental assemblage and design of the playing fields and their adjacent seating, unique opportunities can emerge for both the stands relationship to the surrounding site and the spectator’s relationship to the playing field. the field house and its environs function primarily as event space whether for sport or leisure and the ambition for its styling, atmosphere and intended effects should be curated in coordination with the architecture.
    the field house will exist as a storage facility, meeting place, and social center connected to the new playing fields at fort tilden. the site offers remote, clean land ideal for recreation while still being within new york city’s orbit. the fields and field house should be conceived as existing for little league play, use by local high schools, as well as adult club sports. the field house will contain facilities related to sports such as locker rooms, training rooms, as well as social areas including a lounge, cafe, and observation deck. the cafe and lounge will be used for causal socializing following games as well as more formal events such as sports banquets and be available for events such as weddings or private parties. the fields will allow for the playing of football, soccer, baseball, softball, and track and field as well as access to the nearby trails for runners and cross country events. the field house will also contain year round basketball courts, tennis courts, and a pool.

    suckerPUNCH challenges entrants to use progressive, speculative strategies and design for the fort tilden field house and its surrounding sports fields and courts. This ideas competition serves to investigate architectural problems such as form, engagement with landscape, materiality, structure and aperture while also investigating ambitions of architectural atmosphere, styling, effects, and mood. new conceptions of digital processes and fabrications are called for to successfully create a sophisticated strategy that integrates architecture and landscape while also investigating performative opportunities whether in the building’s systems and their materiality or in the way the building curates mood and organizes leisure. the program calls for a creative architectural solution of versatility and adaptability in order to enable various programmatic uses depending on both the time of day and the time of year. through an experimental assemblage and design of the playing fields and their adjacent seating, unique opportunities can emerge for both the stands relationship to the surrounding site and the spectator’s relationship to the playing field. the field house and its environs function primarily as event space whether for sport or leisure and the ambition for its styling, atmosphere and intended effects should be curated in coordination with the architecture.
    the field house will exist as a storage facility, meeting place, and social center connected to the new playing fields at fort tilden. the site offers remote, clean land ideal for recreation while still being within new york city’s orbit. the fields and field house should be conceived as existing for little league play, use by local high schools, as well as adult club sports. the field house will contain facilities related to sports such as locker rooms, training rooms, as well as social areas including a lounge, cafe, and observation deck. the cafe and lounge will be used for causal socializing following games as well as more formal events such as sports banquets and be available for events such as weddings or private parties. the fields will allow for the playing of football, soccer, baseball, softball, and track and field as well as access to the nearby trails for runners and cross country events. the field house will also contain year round basketball courts, tennis courts, and a pool.

    http://www.suckerpunchdaily.com/2009/12/13/fort-tilden-field-house/#more-1693


  4. BRATISLAVA “NEW CITY CENTRE” INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION

    January 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Penta Investments is seeking to appoint an architect to design a large scale mixed use development in the city centre of Bratislava through a 2-stage pre-qualified and invited competition.
    Deadline for Expression of interest: 26th January 2010

    THE PROJECT
    Project goal is to create part of the “new city centre” with the highest quality of urban spaces and architecture, while accommodating more than 120.000 m2 of offices, residences, retail and culture.
    Surrounded by an attractive neighbourhood and serviced by excellent pedestrian access to the medieval part of the city of Bratislava, the competition site calls for the provision of a first class project.
    Project construction: 2011 – 2013

    COMPETITION
    Type of competition:
    Two stage competition (Pre-qualified and Invited)
    Qualification for participation:

    Stage One
    Stage one of the competition calls for an Expression of interest from any licensed European architect. A total nos. of three architects will proceed to Stage Two

    Stage Two
    Three shortlisted architects from Stage 1 and five invited European architects of international standing will be asked to produce a design and make a presentation to Penta.

    For more information visit:
    http://www.pentainvestments.com/project-culenova.html


  5. The City * The Arch * The River

    January 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    For the first time in a half century, the National Park Service is revisiting one of the world’s most iconic monuments – The Gateway Arch – to integrate the magnificent memorial and its grounds with St. Louis, the Mississippi River and Illinois on the other side. They’ve announced a new international design competition, calling on the world’s best designers and architects. The competition starts now.

    This story begins in September 1947, when a national design competition was held to produce a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase and the era of American Westward Expansion. The jury chose the most audacious entry – a gleaming 630-foot stainless steel arch, the first of several masterpieces by the gifted but short-lived Eero Saarinen.

    Completed in 1965, the Gateway Arch instantly became an international destination and won immediate recognition as one of the world’s premier works of public art.

    Time has been kind to the Arch, which still astonishes with its boldness and beauty. The grounds immediately surrounding it, designed by the late Dan Kiley, are also widely regarded as a masterpiece. But the site has become a kind of island – severed and isolated from the rest of the city – on its west, north, and south – and from the Mississippi River and points east.

    Now, in the spirit of Saarinen, new inspiration is being sought. A call has been issued in accordance with a new General Management Plan by the National Park Service to better “frame” this American masterpiece. The goals: weave it back into the fabric of the city and the region … rejuvenate connections … welcome and draw people for repeated visits … and re-energize the region for living, working and visiting. As in 1947, this competition aims to invite and extract “the best from the best” to create a model for integrating open space into a city’s urban fabric. All with a construction finish line of October 28, 2015 … the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

    http://www.cityarchrivercompetition.org/