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February, 2010

  1. Integrated Habitat Design Competition

    February 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Integrated habitat design ensures that development maintains the health of the natural systems that we all depend on. The focus of the IHDC competition is to ensure that working with nature, adapting to climate change and enhancing biodiversity is integral to the design of new urban, suburban and rural built developments.

    Submissions can be for any built environment design project in an urban, suburban or rural location, of any size, anywhere in the UK and must take into account each of the Design Criteria (Ecosystem Services, Nature, Water, Energy & low-carbon, Livability, Economics).

    Designs can be for new-builds, retro-fits, open spaces, public spaces, transitional-spaces, residential, commercial, mixed-use, brown-field etc

    As a guiding principle: a bee should never be further than 20 metres from a food source within the site and a hedgehog should be able to cross the scheme in safety.

    The main award will be for the design that best integrates nature and the built environment, using innovative approaches that balance imagination and practicality and will be awarded £2,000. All runners up and winners will also be given free entrance to the World Green Roof Congress in September, as well as having their work published and displayed at a 5 week long exhibition at The Building Centre in Central London.

    For more information please visit the IHDC website:

    This competition is run by the charity RESET in partnership with
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  2. The Heathrow Contest

    February 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Welcome to the Heathrow Contest. The details here relate to the contest for architects, landscape architects and architecture students, but we’re also running a public competition which anyone can enter.

    Airplot is the piece of land in the middle of the proposed third runway site at Heathrow airport, owned by Greenpeace, Emma Thompson, Alistair McGowan, Zac Goldsmith and tens of thousands of people from around the world. The Airplot is a fundamental part of the campaign by Greenpeace and other groups to block construction of a new runway. A new runway would destroy communities, increase noise and air pollution, and contribute significantly to climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

    So far, Airplot has provided a platform from which to fight the moral and political campaign against the runway. Greenpeace is now inviting professional designers and design teams to consider how to fortify and enhance the airplot so that if necessary, we can physically block construction of a third runway.

    The winning design will gain international attention. Its aesthetic and cultural power will help us win the moral and political campaign before construction is even attempted. But above all it will be a practical solution, facilitating resistance to the development of the runway if full scale non-violent direct action is necessary.

    Of course, we hope that the winning design will never actually need to be built. No new government will be able to justify continued support for the third runway. However, as we know, governments can break promises. If BAA’s third runway plans are pushed towards construction, whenever that may be, then preparations for non-violent resistance will escalate and steps towards building our winning design will start.

  3. A house in Luanda: Patio and pavilion

    February 23, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE, which is going to happen from the 14 October to the 16 January 2011, launchs now an International Competition: A HOUSE IN LUANDA: PATIO AND PAVILLION.

    The aim of this architecture competition is to design a single family dwelling that is radically cheap to build for Luanda, a city which is under extreme demographic pressure and is undergoing an intense process of transformation, and that is suited to the cultural, economic and social circumstances of the area.

    This project, promoted in collaboration with the Luanda Triennale, should include the possibility of dwellings that allow for evolutionary solutions, and possibly self-construction, which are therefore adapted to the speed of transformation of the social fabric of Angola and Luanda, being the large African metropolis that it progressively will become.

    The objective is to select the best proposal for the design of a prototype of a family unit which leads to a patio, with a low construction cost, aimed at severely deprived families, typically consisting of 7-9 people, in an area of flat topography, located within the city limits of Luanda.

    From among the projects a shortlist of 30 finalists will be chosen. The authors of the 30 finalist projects will be contacted by the Triennale to develop a presentation model of their proposal, which will appear at the exhibition at the Museum of Electricity, to be held from 28 October 2010 to 16 January 2011.

    For more informations and to download the regulations and registration form, please visit our website:

  4. Daylight Spaces

    February 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The international architectural and design competition “Daylight Spaces 2010” is announced by Danube University Krems for the second time. Till the 26th of April projects that show an innovative use of daylight and highlight its influence on structures of architectural space, can be submitted. The focus in research and teaching of the university lies on light concepts and the use of natural light in the field of sustainable building.

    The competition “Daylight Spaces” of Danube University Krems is aimed at architects, artists, planners as well as students dealing with construction-related tasks. The merging of high quality architecture in sustainable building structures should be the primary goal of the projects. A key component is the skillful use of natural light.

    Assessment Criteria for Projects
    “We direct our attention especially to the consideration of sustainability, design quality, user needs and positive effects on the environment. The merging of modern architecture with sustainable building structures, as well as the skilful use of natural light are primary goals of the teaching and research work at our department and those should be pursued in the submitted projects as well”, explains organizer and jury member, Gregor Radinger who is program director of of the new program “Daylight Architecture” at the Department for Building and Environment.

    Submission and Prizes
    Building projects can be submitted from now on till the 26th of April. After the public jury meeting on the 3rd of May, the presentation of the two winning projects take place in the course of “Architekturtage 2010” at Danube University Krems on the 28th of May. The winners can look forward to an Artist in Residence study visit for one month each in Krems. The prizes include accommodation, € 1 000,- grant, travel costs and the use of the lightlab of the Department for Building and Environment.

    Organization and Partner
    “Daylight Spaces” is oranized by the Department for Building and Environment of Danube University Krems in cooperation with AIR Artist in Residence Lower Austria, ORTE Architekturnetzwerk Lower Austria, Eckelt Glas GmbH and Velux. The organizers want to provide with the competition a platform upon which to raise awareness of planning with natural light.

    Further information:

  5. Designing absence

    February 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Designing absence aims to create an international brainstorm generated by an absence. There are cash prices, exhibitions and a publication to win. The assignment: Design a new tower for the Cathedral of Antwerp.

    ‘By playing with the idea of the absence, we generate a focus.’
    Keeping this in mind, every participant comes up with an idea for the unfinished tower. The competition can be seen as an international brainstorm, which means everybody can join. The result doesn’t need to be functional, it can be an inflatable tower or a high tech amusement park attraction. Your entry can be a 3d render, a paper model, a collage, a black marker drawing or anything else you think fits your concept the best. On the website ( u can find a picture of the Cathedral with the missing tower. Your tower must be placed on this picture, the way how is completely free. Together with the picture of the Cathedral completed with your ‘new tower’, you should write a short explanation about your concept and submit it on the ‘Submit entry’ page.

    Good luck !

    For any further questions u can contact us at
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  6. Project Greenway: The Sustainable Accessory

    February 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Competition Brief

    Sustainability is on everyone’s mind. It has become a global priority through large scale projects to reduce carbon emissions below 1990 standards by the year 2020, as stated at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. However, as individuals, how can we affect change, and what are the short-term and individual solutions? What can be designed on the smaller scale to accessorize greater sustainable strategies like carbon sequestration, reduction of footprint, ocean waste, etc.?

    -This competition asks you to design a sustainable accessory-

    Submissions should identify an environmental issue to address and define what an accessory is and elaborate on your accessory’s strategy.
    The sustainable accessory is not just sustainable in its manufacturing but its use. The accessory can be passive (instigating active behaviors) or active in itself.
    The accessory should either mitigate an existing environmental condition or contribute to positive sustainable lifestyle choices.
    Modern manufacturing operates under an assumption of planned obsolescence. How can we re-imagine the design of objects to minimize harm in their production and maximize positive effects in their use with more effort put into conceptualizing use and less in disposal?


    Open to students and recent graduates. Submit no more than two 8″x8” sheets, and text should be no more than 300 words. All files must be in PDF format.

    Email to . Please include names of participants along with school, program and degree (if applicable).

    Deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2010 by midnight

    Jury Panel

    Phillip Anzalone
    Principal, Atelier Architecture 64 / Director, Avery Digital Fabrication Lab
    Alice Chun
    Principal, MinSoo ARC
    Douglas Gauthier
    Principal, Gauthier Architects
    Janette Kim
    Founder, All of the Above / Director, Urban Landscape Lab


    Winning submissions will be published in Abstract, BLDGBLOG, and more!

    Results Release Roundtable
    Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7 pm
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University

    For more information, visit

  7. The Museum of the Second World War

    February 16, 2010 by architectural competitions

    “So, war is here! From this day on, all our other affairs and concerns must become secondary. We are shifting our whole public and private lives onto a special track. We have entered a time of war. The whole nation’s energies must be steered in a single direction. We are soldiers, one and all! We must think about a single goal: to fight until victory!” – these words of a Polish Radio announcer on 1st of September 1939 are still ringing in the ears of Poles just like the sounds of the alarm warning the London dwellers against the German bombing raid. Every nation has its own idea of the War and every nation concentrates on its own suffering as it constructs its memory of the past. For some, the War began in 1939, for others in 1940 or 1941. There is no consensus about the War outcomes: as the peoples of the West celebrated their regained sovereignty, for the nations of the East-Central Europe the War ended in a new, this time Soviet, captivity.
    We want to create a museum in Gdansk that will show the Poles as the first nation to stand up Hitler, in the name of freedom and fundamental human values. The defence of these values was the most important reason for the cataclysm of this war. At the same time, we want to present the experience of other nations that were conquered and occupied, that offered resistance and fought on the fronts and underground as well as with acts of civil disobedience. The commonalities and differences in the fortunes of countries should merge into a full picture of this most important and most disastrous event in the history of the 20th century.
    Our Museum intends to emphasise what has until now most often been passed over: the fates of civilian populations, the daily life of soldiers and the various forms of resistance and of life in the extreme conditions brought on by war and occupation. We will address the issues of responsibility, guilt and punishment. We are planning to open the Museum in 2014.

  8. MINE THE GAP Chicago Architectural Club: Chicago Prize

    February 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Chicago Architectural Club: Chicago Prize

    The Chicago Architectural Club is pleased to announce the 2010 Chicago Prize Competition: MINE THE GAP, a single-stage international design ideas competition dedicated to examining one of the most visible scars left after the collapse of the real estate market in Chicago: the massive hole along the Lake Michigan shore that was to have been—and may yet be—the foundation for a singular 150-story condominium tower designed by an internationally-renowned Spanish architect, a tower which was to have become a new icon for the city and region. What to do with the gap? Whether or not the project is resuscitated, what else can we do with this strategic and highly-charged site? Once the motor of real-estate speculation has stalled, what can we use to propel ourselves, and the discipline, forward?
    Register Now
    The 2010 Chicago Prize Competition is made possible by the generous support of:
    The Members of The Chicago Architectural Club
    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
    Please direct all inquiries to

    First Prize: $3,500
    Second Prize: $1,500
    Third Prize: $750
    Up to 3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded.

    The results of this competition will be announced in May 2010, at a public event to be held in Chicago. All entries will be published in the forthcoming issue of the CAC Journal, alongside the results of the 2008 Burnham Prize Competition, Union Station 2020.

    Competitors may submit material online anytime between March 22, 2010 and May 3, 2010. Registration is open, and may be completed anytime before the deadline.

    Entry Fee: Register Now
    CAC Members $30 2010 dues must be paid before registering
    Students: $50 Students must upload a copy of their current school identification card.
    Professionals: $90

    Lynn Becker
    Writer, Chicago Reader and Architecturechicagoplus

    Preston Scott Cohen (pending confirmation)
    Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
    Professor and Department Chair
    Harvard University

    Martin Felsen
    Partner, UrbanLab; Chicago, IL
    Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
    Director, Archeworks

    Jeanne Gang
    Patner, Studio/Gang/Architects
    Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Robert Somol
    Professor and Department Director
    University of Illinois-Chicago

    Antony Wood
    Executive Director
    Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
    Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

  9. ARC Competition

    February 13, 2010 by architectural competitions

    MAG-LAB ,ARC competition “Architectural Research Center”.

    Invitation to participate in : International Architectural Competition 2010 “Architectural Research Center”

    MAG LAB (Syria-Spain) in collaboration with Ebdaat Magazine (Architectural Creations) – ALFA 301 (Spain) And Stardust* (Spain-Italy-Brazil-USA) is Organizing the 2010 International Architectural Competition.

    The competition invites architects, engineers, designers and artists to continue investigating new ideas and concepts for the 2010 International Architectural Competition.

    The competition calls for innovative designs which take into consideration the historical and social context, the existing urban fabric, the human scale, and the environment.

    This competition of ideas will aim to give the students, architects, engineers, artists and designers enough freedom to address the challenges in the most creative and innovative way.

    All the information and details are available in the competition official website :

    For more information please contact us through:

    On behalf of MAG-LAB, Alfa 301 and Stardust*, we would like to thank you for your interesting in the Architectural Research Competition.

  10. TOGS 3: Ideas Competition

    February 12, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Art Alliance Austin continues a successful partnership with AIA-Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture to solicit ideas for the Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space 3 (TOGS 3) competition in 2010.

    Objective – The third annual Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space Ideas Competition (TOGS 3) enhances the global dialogue between art and architecture while offering emerging professionals in the fields of architecture and design the opportunity to garner international attention.
    Purpose – This Ideas Competition generates innovative proposals for a temporary outdoor structure that will function simultaneously as an exhibition space and as an architectural exhibition.

    Mission – TOGS™ challenges the visual and conceptual boundaries of the outdoor gallery space, transforming the open-air art fair experience into one that showcases the synergy between art and architecture and brings both to the public realm.
    Phase I:
    The TOGS™ International Ideas Competition generates innovative proposals for a temporary outdoor structure that will function simultaneously as an exhibition space and as an architectural exhibition.
    Phase II: Build the Winner
    While Phase I asks that entrants push the limits of the TOGS™, based on a feasibility study, the winner will be given the opportunity to collaborate with a professional team to realize a working proposal. Local codes and restrictions will apply and the TOGS™ will need to meet any local laws where applicable. Budget restraints are not required for Phase I of the competition, but can be implemented if so desired.
    Phase III: Exhibit
    Upon completion of Phase II the winning structure’s prototype will be exhibited at various locations during Art Week Austin including Art City Austin. The TOGS™ 3 prototype and jury’s selection will be available for international exhibition.

    Requirements – More Info
    Requirements and deadlines for the 2010 competition have now been posted. Use link to above to read online.

    Awards – More Info
    Each year the top three winning submissions receive cash awards, and the top 15 are recognized.

    Register Online – More Info
    You must have registered for the 2010 TOGS competition online. The registration fee is $40. The registration deadline is March 26, 2010 at midnight Central. Art Alliance Austin accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

    Supporting Documentation – More Info
    Supporting documents have been added to the site. Some documents may still be pending. TOGS will provide a site map(DWG), photographs of the site, and PDF versions of other documents for download.

    TOGS Jury
    2010 jury is in formation. Past competition jurors include Goil Amornvivat, co-founder of Tug Studio and a designer on TLC’s Trading Spaces; Deborah Berke, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at Yale University and founder of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, LLP; Dana Friis-Hansen, Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art; Elizabeth Dunbar, Associate Director/Curator of Arthouse; Lora Reynolds, Lora Reynolds Gallery; Wally Workman, Wally Workman Gallery; Louise Harpman, Assoc. AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, the University of Texas at Austin and co-founder of Specht Harpman; and Andree Bober, Director, Landmarks Program, University of Texas.