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March, 2010

  1. Build a Better Burb

    March 31, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Suburbia is not as built out as it seems. Consider the mapping of 8,300 acres of opportunity – vacant parcels and parking lots – in the many small downtowns of the country’s “first suburbs” on Long Island. On the occasion of the release of these revealing new interactive maps, the Long Island Index invites all architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries and everyone else interested in shaping our suburbs’ future to help us “Build a Better Burb.” This ideas competition seeks bold design proposals for retrofitting underutilized asphalt in suburban downtowns into innovative and surprising new uses, forms and urbanisms.

    Roughly equivalent to the area of Manhattan south of 50th St., 8,300 acres is a lot of land. It is still, however, only 1.1% of the land mass of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. By building in a new way on this land, rather than elsewhere on Long Island in the old way, there is tremendous opportunity to address the contemporary challenges of suburbia, by shifting focus to the prewar landscape of small towns and mass transit that languished during decades spent constructing highways, shopping malls, dream-home subdivisions and far-flung office parks. How might Long Island’s existing downtowns be creatively retrofitted – redeveloped, reinhabited and/or regreened – in ways that are economically productive, environmentally sensitive, socially sustainable, and aesthetically appealing?

    Building suburbia in the old way is no longer working. Statistical indicators show that Long Island is facing several pressing challenges: to build affordable housing and greater housing choice, especially for rentals; to reduce car dependency and congestion; to bring Long Island’s diverse communities together in a shared public realm; to improve equity and access to opportunity for all; to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers who wish to age in place; and to fight the “brain drain” of younger residents who don’t see a future here and leave.

    There has been a crisis of imagination, and your bold new ideas are urgently needed. There should be no preconceptions about what is or is not possible. What would you do on these acres of opportunity? Build a car-free community for thousands? Plant an oasis of urban agriculture? Produce renewable energy and provide well-paying green jobs? Use landscape systems to repair ruptures in regional ecologies?

    The best ideas, designs, images and videos will be selected as finalists by a diverse jury of distinguished academics and professionals and exhibited on the website. Cash prizes totaling $22,500 will be awarded.”

    http://www.buildabetterburb.org/


  2. Bali 2010: Marine Research Centre

    March 29, 2010 by architectural competitions

    After having been one of the first places in the world to be hit by a catastrophic event as a result of global warming, Indonesia has managed to recover from such devastation and chaos. In the wake of the images which were broadcast around the world just a few years ago, we have been witnesses to how tsunamis, contrary to what we might have believed, have become more frequent –as in the recent case of the earthquake in Chile- and this fact has led us to the conclusion that more than ever planning is needed for a prevention and research center. That is why, for this competition, ARQUITECTUM, together with the PELITA HARAPAN UNIVERSITY, has proposed a proper Marine Research Center which would fulfill this need. But the idea is not simply to locate it at an ad-hoc site, but instead to select a paradisiacal and beautiful place, thereby eradicating that paradigm under which research centers must always be located far from civilization or located at isolated spots, be it far from cities or the many wonderful scenic places which the world has to offer.

    On the contrary, with this project we propose to encourage the participants to demonstrate how, through architecture, a symbiosis can be achieved between science and art, between landscape and technology. ARQUITECTUM therefore aims to call upon large technology companies, developers or oil companies to incorporate within their vision the principles of architecture, for until now they have not discovered, for example, that it is possible for an oil platform to be an object which is able to commune with nature, or for an aircraft carrier to possess an architectural aesthetic, or at least to understand that it ought to possess one.

    http://www.arquitectum.com/index.php


  3. Houses for famous people

    March 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    We ask you to design A House for Bruno Taut. (or Chopin, Lady Gaga, Chekhov etc.)

    For that very complex architect who, again, had the courage to use a word that was, and still is, taboo: TRANSCENDENTAL. And he asked us to submit to it (i.e. to the transcendental).

    Should we add anything more…? Perhaps that the book he published, called “Alpine Architecture” (which can be acquired inexpensively through Amazon.com) still needs serious investigation. It is an “Utopian” book, yes, if by “Utopian” one understands a leaning towards one’s longings, as opposed to one’s more measurable projections.

    But we need these longings badly, since they make us dream of a better world!

    Is there any need to advocate their deep-seated raison d’etre…?

    Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format that responds to the theme to: icarchgallery@yahoo.com. We will publish all the works received on our website, www.icarch.net. There is an entry fee of 30E (15E for students) payable by Paypal through the Registration section of our website. This entry fee entitles one to participate in another competition that we launch, without paying another fee. The works that receive a merit award will be invited to participate in two other competitions without paying an entry fee, while the first prize winners will be able to do this three times. The jury will be composed of the competitors themselves, who will have the right to vote on all the works reviewed, except their own. Thus, the competitors will also be the judges of this experimental competition. The deadline for registration is April 15th, 2010. The deadline for submitting your work is May 4th, 2010 (Bruno Taut’s 130th birthday). For more information or any other related questions please contact us.Houses

    http://www.icarch.net/


  4. Making Space 2010: architecture and design for children and young people

    March 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    With a focus on meeting the physical, social, emotional as well as educational needs of every young person, from 0-18, Scotland is at the heart of an international drive to develop forward-thinking educational reform agendas.
    This strategy will result in not only a robust curriculum, but also schools and community spaces that encourage and support positive lifelong engagement with learning and citizenship.
    This ambition is shared across the world, as countries seek to develop the values, principles and practice most appropriate to 21st century education.
    Making Space 2010 will bring together innovative and inspiring examples of spaces that support effective learning  and which best serve their communities and bring them together.
    Making Space 2010 is an international award supported by the Scottish Government and OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments. Submissions are invited from across the world for the most successful building or space (indoor or outdoor) for children and young people aged 0-18 (inclusive), completed between January 2005 and December 2010.

    With a focus on meeting the physical, social, emotional as well as educational needs of every young person, from 0-18, Scotland is at the heart of an international drive to develop forward-thinking educational reform agendas. This strategy will result in not only a robust curriculum, but also schools and community spaces that encourage and support positive lifelong engagement with learning and citizenship. This ambition is shared across the world, as countries seek to develop the values, principles and practice most appropriate to 21st century education. Making Space 2010 will bring together innovative and inspiring examples of spaces that support effective learning  and which best serve their communities and bring them together.Making Space 2010 is an international award supported by the Scottish Government and OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments. Submissions are invited from across the world for the most successful building or space (indoor or outdoor) for children and young people aged 0-18 (inclusive), completed between January 2005 and December 2010.

    www.childreninscotland.org.uk/makingspace


  5. d3 Natural Systems 2010: international architectural design competition

    March 24, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Exploration of natural systems from the microscopic to the universal unearths vast design potential for overlaying cultural, ecological, and life cycle flows toward determining new architectonic strategies.

    The d3 Natural Systems Competition for 2010 invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects.  The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows.  By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.

    An architecture of emergence suggests that design expression requires purpose beyond formal assumption and aesthetic experimentation itself.  Concurrent with sustainable thought, the d3 Natural Systems Competition assumes that architecture does not simply form, but rather perform various functions beyond those conventionally associated with buildings.  Design submissions must be environmentally responsible while advancing inventive conceptual solutions.  Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable global future.

    The d3 Natural Systems Competition allows designers freedom to approach their creative process in a
    scale-appropriate manner- -from large-scale master planning endeavors, to individual building concepts, to notions of interior detail.  Accordingly, there are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or building typology.

    http://www.d3space.org/competitions/


  6. The Porch Shed Design Competition

    March 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    This sketch is my very first simple attempt.. I know you can do better!

    This competition is run in conjunction with Shedworking – The lifestyle Guide for Shedworkers and culminates on the 3rd of June with the launch of Alex Johnsons’ book ‘Shedworking – The Alternative Workplace Revolution’ a copy of which will be awarded to each of the 3 finalists as well as an Ipod Nano to the overall winner. The subject of this shed design competition, our third, is Porch sheds.

    What is a Porch Shed and what is the design brief?

    A porch, balcony, verandah or deck at the entrance to a shed forms the  transition between the garden and the interior space. In the winter months it is a spot to get shelter from the rain while you fumble for your keys, in the summer months it becomes a glorious place to sit outside enjoying the garden or lazing in your hammock with a long cool drink.

    Porch designs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so use your imagination to come up with the ultimate porch for a shed, it may be a simple classic design or a complete wrap around, it could be very clean lines or richly decorated the choice is yours.

    http://www.secrets-of-shed-building.com/porch-shed.html


  7. Bearden Place Design Competition

    March 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    This ongoing initiative consists of a concept for a design competition and also to build up to 6 single family attached or detached residential housing units on three vacant lots in the Willard Hay neighborhood at the northwest corner of Sheridan Ave. N. and Plymouth Ave. N. This site is currently owned by the City of Minneapolis. Please also view Introductory and Welcome letter as written by Tom Streitz (City of Minneapolis and signed by two initiative sponsors).

    Enclosed herein please find several design parameters that are more specific about the actual product desired. This specificity will allow for a greater understanding of the needs of this project and will ultimately lead to a more “level playing field” among the design contestants. The program for this development is to be of an attached or detached townhome type product with each owner getting a deed to the land below their particular home. Each home to have its own sewer, water, gas, electric, cable and telephone services. Specifically, this program is not for a condominium declaration type of product where sewer and water run under the entire building.
    Design Parameters:
    1. All development and construction to meet all local and national building codes and energy codes to enable a building permit to be issued for the project.
    2. At the completion of construction of each dwelling unit, a Certificate of Occupancy must be able to be granted from the City of Minneapolis, to the project builder; and
    conveyed to the ultimate unit owner.
    3. Development and construction must meet, and be able to be certified by the Minnesota GreenStar Bronze Program.
    4. Up to 6 dwelling units may be designed for this site. The unit designs may be of 2 story designs with basement, 2 story walk‐up designs (3 floors total in keeping with
    any City of Minneapolis or State ordinances or Codes) with garage and entry on grade level, or possibly split level designs. All designs are encouraged to include a
    live‐work space for home office or in‐home studio.

    This ongoing initiative consists of a concept for a design competition and also to build upto 6 single family attached or detached residential housing units on three vacant lots in theWillard Hay neighborhood at the northwest corner of Sheridan Ave. N. and Plymouth Ave. N.This site is currently owned by the City of Minneapolis. Please also view Introductory andWelcome letter as written by Tom Streitz (City of Minneapolis and signed by two initiativesponsors).Enclosed herein please find several design parameters that are more specific about theactual product desired. This specificity will allow for a greater understanding of the needs ofthis project and will ultimately lead to a more “level playing field” among the designcontestants.The program for this development is to be of an attached or detached townhome typeproduct with each owner getting a deed to the land below their particular home. Each home tohave its own sewer, water, gas, electric, cable and telephone services. Specifically, this programis not for a condominium declaration type of product where sewer and water run under theentire building.Design Parameters:1. All development and construction to meet all local and national building codes andenergy codes to enable a building permit to be issued for the project.2. At the completion of construction of each dwelling unit, a Certificate of Occupancymust be able to be granted from the City of Minneapolis, to the project builder; andconveyed to the ultimate unit owner.3. Development and construction must meet, and be able to be certified by theMinnesota GreenStar Bronze Program.4. Up to 6 dwelling units may be designed for this site. The unit designs may be of 2story designs with basement, 2 story walk‐up designs (3 floors total in keeping withany City of Minneapolis or State ordinances or Codes) with garage and entry ongrade level, or possibly split level designs. All designs are encouraged to include alive‐work space for home office or in‐home studio.

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/foreclosure/Foreclosures_Steps_to_Recovery.asp


  8. The 2010 ResilientCity Competition

    March 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The 2010 ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition Is Now Open!

    The 2010 ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition is an exciting opportunity for architects, city planners, urban designers, engineers, and landscape architects, including students, graduate students and interns of these disciplines around the world to contribute ideas about creating more resilient cities.

    Purpose

    The purpose of the competition will be for you to explore ideas and opportunities for increasing the resilience of your city to the present and future impacts of climate change and peak oil. To this end, the 2010 competition’s theme will be:

    “Building Urban Resilience where you are with what you have.”

    Like last year’s competition there will be a $1,000 CAN prize for best planning and design idea, but there will be an additional prize of $1,000 CAN for the best video mini-documentary.

    New this Year!

    This year, instead of asking you to put forward planning and design proposals for one of either two urban design scenarios, or one of two building design scenarios, the scope of the competition is now wide open for you to come forward with ideas for your own scenarios for increasing the resilience of the city you live in. In doing this, you are free to explore and develop broad based planning and urban design strategies for your city as a whole, or you could focus in on developing strategies for increasing resilience through specific building design strategies.

    However broadly or narrowly you wish to cast your ideas net, your aim should be to develop ideas that are consistent with the competition’s theme of “Building Urban Resilience where you are with what you have.” But we should note that in doing so, you should not understand the phrase “with what you have” to restrict you to how much money you have, or how much political power you have, but rather what talents and ideas you have!

    New Video-Doc Category

    Like last year’s Design Ideas Competition, this year’s competition will provide you with the opportunity to put forward plans and strategies developed in the form of drawings, words and sketches. However this year, you will also have the opportunity to submit your ideas in the form of a video mini-doc (up to 10 min max length), either separately or in combination with your drawing and text-based submissions.

    No Entry Fee!

    This year there will be no registration fee! We have dropped the registration fee this year because we wanted the ideas competition to be open to as many people around the world as possible, and were concerned that, even though small, an entry fee might discourage entrants in cities and countries were their exchange rates would make $20 CAN a prohibitive sum for students and small scale practitioners.

    Ideas Competition Blog

    During this year’s competition we be encouraging competition participants to collaborate with one another through a Competition Forum Blog. This blog will be set up with the purpose of answering questions about the competition and offering participants the opportunity to discuss their project ideas and connect with others doing the competition.

    I very much look forward to this year’s Ideas Competition as a great opportunity to further explore how we can make our cities more resilient to the present and future stresses of global climate change and peak oil. We look forward to your thoughts and suggestions on this year’s competition!

    http://www.resilientcity.org/


  9. Safe Trestles

    March 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu manmade paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.

    In response, a coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity, are launching “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach. This coalition is looking for cohesive designs that eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks, help to restore wetlands that have been damaged by the present path, preserve and improve vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment. The new path should ensure continued access to the resources by all members of our community and adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

    While placing no limitations on the originality or imaginativeness of design ideas, we are looking for tangible low-impact solutions that can actually be built at a future date. Ideally, the winning entry will be sensitive to the remote and undisturbed nature of the area—providing safe access without compromising the pristine environment and views of this rare example of natural Southern California coast.

    The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the area, restore and protect the coastal environment that has been damaged by foot traffic, provide view points and educational opportunities related to the past and present conditions as wells as protecting its future.

    Competition Structure

    This is a two-phase open competition to generate visionary ideas for a safe trail and railroad crossing that provides access Lower Trestles. After the eight-week Phase 1 period, 4-5 finalists will be selected to develop their designs in Phase 2 with a $5000+ stipend each.

    http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/trestles


  10. reNEWable Times Square: Designing Temporary Surface Treatments

    March 12, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City invites eligible artists, designers, organizations, and non-profits living or operating within the City to propose temporary design solutions to renew the surface treatments at all five plazas and smaller ancillary spaces located on Broadway from 47th to 42nd streets. These temporary surface treatments will enhance the plazas while a long-term capital reconstruction project is initiated for the Bowtie beginning in 2012 in partnership with the Department of Design and Construction.

    The final selected design shall be translated into a surface treatment by a contractor selected by the New York City Department of Transportation. The selected artist shall be awarded a design fee in the amount of $15,000 to be funded by the Mayor’s Fund.

    The design is expected to be installed by mid-July. The temporary treatment will remain in place for approximately eight months and will be monitored and maintained by the Times Square Alliance. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, April 16, 2010. Questions and answers will be posted to this website. Details on how to submit questions are contained in the RFP.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/broadway.shtml