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April, 2010

  1. Design Against the Elements

    April 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Design Against the Elements is a global architectural design competition meant to find a solution to the problems presented by climate change. Spurred by the devastation wreaked in the Philippines by tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and driven by a powerhouse multidisciplinary group of organizations from the private, institutional, and government sectors, the project aims to draw together the most innovative minds in the fields of architecture, design, and urban planning to develop sustainable and disaster-resistant housing for communities in tropical urban settings.

    The winning design will be built as a prototype disaster-resistant and livable eco-village in Taguig City, Metro Manila. The village will be the first green and disaster-resistant community in the country. It will provide a model that can be studied and replicated in similar areas. The finished project will house a marginalized community living in an environmental danger zone, giving them a sense of security, ownership, and awareness of sustainability that can be practiced at all levels in their everyday lives.

    The project also aims to present a definitive green building solution in a truly local context. Too often, home-owners, architects, and policy-makers think of sustainable building as a luxury that only privileged landowners and advanced countries can afford. Design Against the Elements considers green architecture as essential to survival; it has the ability to reduce the frequency and impact of environmental disasters and lessen the cycle of poverty.

  2. Reclaiming the Street design competition

    April 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    As part of its ongoing multimedia exhibition project ‘Endless City’, MAMA is launching an open-submission competition: ‘Reclaiming the Street’. ‘Endless City’ is a multi-part project, initiated in the summer of 2009, in which MAMA explores the relationships between skateboard culture, the public realm and (visual) art, with a wink to the heritage of the Situationist International.

    ‘Reclaiming the Street’ is an open-submission competition aimed at established and emerging artists, architects and skateboarders who have or wish to establish a relationship with skateboard culture. We are looking for unpublished and unrealised concepts for the (re)organisation of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders. Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces.
    ‘Reclaiming the Street’ takes the idea of skateboard culture as ‘homo ludens’ as its starting point for building bridges between the all those who make use of the public realm.

    We want you to send a design sketch for an urban intervention, environment, object or piece of street furniture that can be used by skaters and which will also stimulate use by other members of the community, thus improving the quality of a particular public space. A jury will nominate five of the submitted ideas for further development, from which a winner will be selected. All the submissions will be included in a short-term exhibition and accompanying publication.
    MAMA will do its best to implement the winning idea but can give no guarantee that it will be realised.

    MAMA is a platform for visual art and youth culture, based in Rotterdam. Alongside exhibitions in its own gallery space, MAMA organises projects on location in Rotterdam and further afield. MAMA offers an extensive programme of educational and supplementary projects. MAMA also undertakes research and develops new methods for reaching a broad public via art and culture.

    Download here the procedures and the rules for the competition.

    – call for entries launched in April 2010.
    – deadline for submissions: 31 May 2010 (date of postmark or date of delivery will be judged to be the date of receipt). Submissions received after this date will be returned unopened to the sender.
    – presentation of the designs and jury’s decision: June-July 2010
    – final presentation of nominated designs to the professional panel: early August 2010
    – presentation of the publication: September 2010

    These dates are subject to change.

    If you have any further questions about the competition, you can send them by email (subject: Reclaiming the Street) before 1 May 2010 to: the Street is supported by: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur, Stichting Mondriaan, Gemeente Rotterdam Dienst Kunst en Cultuur

  3. Time to design – New Talent Award

    April 24, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Need time to design?

    Then sign up for Time to design – new talent award 2010. The award is aimed at young designers in the beginning of their career, who have already shown potential and talent. A highly qualified jury will select the best design proposal.


    The award includes three months residency at The Danish Art Workshops with own mini studio as well as access to workshops and guidance. If accommodation is needed an apartment is available as well.

    Furthermore the winner is granted with career coaching by OeO, two weeks exhibition at the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store in Copenhagen and DKK 50,000, sponsored by TA, the Danish Association of Wood and Furniture Industries, to cover material costs.

    You can also find Time to design on Facebook. Become a fan and stay updated on deadlines and events.

  4. Electrolux: THE 2010 COMPETITION

    April 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Electrolux Design Lab 2010 invites global undergraduate and graduate industrial design students to create home appliances that consider shrinking domestic spaces. Your ideas will shape how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050 when 74%* of the world’s population are predicted to live in an urban environment.  Growing populations living in concentrated areas dictate a need for greater space efficiency. This year, special consideration will be given to designers that submit a design within the context of a range or suite of solutions/appliances. Your design ideas should address key consumer requirements; being green, adaptive to time and space, and allowing for individualization.

    Deadline: 1 May, 2010

    1st prize: €5,000 + 6 months’ paid internship at an Electrolux global design center.

    2nd prize: €3,000
    3rd prize: €2,000

  5. 2nd International Design Competition

    April 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    FAKRO Company and Stadslab European Urban Laboratory invite you to take part in the second edition of an International Design Competition, entitled:

    We encourage you to take part in a new challenge and create the loft of the future. The future means no boundaries. Freedom in using the light, creativity in space planning and green solutions should guide you through the challenge. FAKRO roof windows, especially proSky roof window type, enable you to attempt the impossible. More light, more space and green solutions give you the possibility to create THE LOFT OF THE FUTURE. We are waiting for unconventional, innovative and fully creative&artistic renderings, where your ideas are to be merged with our products. Consider your free-of-boundaries concept by using proSky type roof windows and other FAKRO products.


    • min. 5 proSky roof window type
    • use of light, space, green solutions
    • no architectural limits


    One award of 5,000€ will be made and consists of a scholarship, worth 4,000€, for participation in the Stadslab’s Masterclasses Georgia (Autumn 2010)
    and a cheque for 1000€.


    2nd April – 30th June






    • Creativity
    • The way of using FAKRO roof windows
    • The way of using aspects of: light, space, green solutions


    1. fill in the application form provided here (all spaces in the form are mandatory and must be filled)
    2. prepare the participant’s resume (CV)
    3. prepare the visualisation of the architectural concept using proSky roof window type and other FAKRO roof windows (possible formats are pdf, jpg or tif (300dpi, format min. A4), maximum size – up to 100 megabytes
    4. visualisation should be sent through the file hosting server here (available soon). After you sent the visualisation on the server the link which will be generated should be copied and sent to
    5. completed application form, the resume of a participant (CV) and visualization should be sent to

  6. New Aging Award 2010

    April 16, 2010 by architectural competitions

    New Aging Award 2010
    The University of Pennsylvania is launching the New Aging Award 2010 in a search for progressive architectural designs (realized or conceptual) for the elderly. With a concern that banal architecture has become a barrier exacerbating physical limitations, social isolation, and dependency, the New Aging Award is looking fordesigns that break these trends and offers a design quality that enables the elderly to lead a life of dignity.

    Any architectural project designed for, or including, a single person or a group of people who are 55 and older is eligible. The designs may range from a private house to an assisted living facility, nursing home, or continuing care retirement facility. Submissions may include the work of firms, architects, designers, students, and teams.

    Submission Requirements
    Submissions must be uploaded to The project profile must include the following:
    – A 150-250 word text description of the project
    – The lead design firm or project leader
    – Team members must be credited
    – Please submit as many images as necessary to fully explain the project (minimum 3 images).
    – the tag “NA2010” must be added as a tag to the project profile, without this tag the project will not be eligible. (Click on the “>” arrow in the teaser photo above for an example where the tag has to be entered)

    Submission Fee
    There is no fee to submit your projects.

    The jury will be led by Bill Braham, the Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and consist of Matthias Hollwich (Principal, HWKN), Winka Dubbeldam (Principal, Archi-Tectonics), and two additional jury members to be announced shortly.

    March 26, 2010
    Press Release: Award Announced, Award Submission Opens
    May 3, 2010 at 11:59pm EST
    Submission Deadline
    May 2010
    Winners Announced

    The entries will be evaluated on architectural and social innovation.  There will be two award categories, one for visionary and one for realized projects, and six honorable mentions. The winners will be published in the New Aging book to be launched in the Fall of 2010 and be announced at the New Aging Conference at the University of Pennsylvania on October 1st and 2nd, 2010. All winners and honorable mentions will get two free tickets to the conference.

  7. “Lets Not Talk About Architecture”

    April 14, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Urban cities today are a complex ecosystem of multiple cultures, traditions, heritage, living spaces, economic development and social needs. While the role and responsibility of creating sustainable living environments in these cities often fall on the shoulders of local government agencies, it is inevitable that many gaps still remain. The varied needs of different communities living in urban cities demand that many more creative ideas and solutions are birthed to plug these gaps and contribute to a better and more holistic built environment for everyone. These ideas for the built environment need to go beyond programmatic function and aesthetic form to consider culture, heritage, collective memory, social and environmental sustainability, community structure, social justice and human connections. These new ideas for our cities need to push the boundaries of architecture design and explore new solutions that are relevant to communities, are connected to the ground and actively sow towards a more sustainable future.

    A three-step process has been created for the competition brief. Each of these steps is not to be conceived in a chronological way but should be read as a manual in approaching the project.

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    Step 1: Let’s Hear It

    Seeking out your surroundings to identify issues
    Firstly, what is an interesting condition of the city that you are from that you think defines your community? This condition has to fit into one of the following themes:

    1. Architectural Heritage: How does your community deal with its architectural heritage?
    2. Urban Gentrification: How is your community tapping onto the opportunities and challenges of gentrification?
    3. Contestation of Spaces: Are different communities (local and foreign) contesting to create their own spaces? How are these spaces used and can they be integrated?
    4. Displacement of Community: How can your community be reintegrated after being displaced?
    5. Building for the poor or disadvantaged: How can you devise spatial strategies to empower them?
    6. Multi-generational common spaces: How do you create common spaces for different generation of people to interact?

    Next, chose a site that is approximately 400m x 400m to work with. This could be an existing neighbourhood or the part of the city/ neighbourhood that you intend to work on.

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    Step 2: Let’s Cook It

    Plan methods of collaboration & engagement with relevant community group

    Choose a specific group within your community to work with collaboratively in addressing your selected condition. The main emphasis of the competition will be on exploring methods of collaboration through your spatial intervention. While this is not a typical architectural design competition per se but you will still be required to provide Plans, Elevations and Sections where necessary to explain the rationale of your intervention.

    For example, if a public square is too large and underused one possible intervention could be by adding market stalls to provide more programmatic density for the area. Such a form of intervention should be reflected in your Plan drawings.

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    Step 3: Let’s Taste It

    Revealing areas of design interventions

    Finally, prepare action plans and design schemes projected onto a feasible time schedule. Review also how your design intervention is able to empower the community that you’re

    working with. While this is a theoretical project, you are strongly encouraged to attempt to implement the project should you have some initial leads. The implementablity of the project will be a critical aspect of the judging process.

    1. Eligibility

    1.1 The competition is open to participants, from any country or territory.

    1.2 Each team should consist of at least one architecturally trained member.

    1.3 Each participating team should be made up of at least 4 people with a maximum of 6 in a team.

    1.4 Each participating team may submit only one (1) entry per registration for the competition.

    1.5 Each participant can be part of a few project teams as long as the team leader for each team is different.

  8. “PASS – PASS – Progetto per abitazioni sociali e sostenibili” in Rome

    April 12, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The “PASS – PASS – Progetto per abitazioni sociali e sostenibili” competition has been set up by ATER – Azienda Territoriale per l’ Edilizia Residenziale the territorial agency for residential housing for the Commune of Rome, and is promoted and funded by the Lazio Regional Authorities. It falls within a wider, more general context the intention of which, through Regional Law No. 21 of 2009 ” Special Measures for the building sector and actions for residential social housing” is to promote public and social housing in the area.

    The institutions involved aim to increase the availability of public housing by creating new subsidised housing and the recovery of existing buildings or parts thereof.

    The competition identifies consolidated situations in the ‘public city’, where there are a large number of unused or under-used areas

    that represent a significant surface area in which to create new housing, so as to help reduce the housing crisis.

    Part of the built-up area indicated in Area Plan No. 15 – Tiburtino III, has the characteristics and potential to provide spaces that can be converted to different uses, thus increasing the availability of homes and triggering requalification of the entire area.

    The competition is an experimental look at the possible plans for functional and aesthetic conversion and sustainable energy, setting up a challenge that is open to the world of professional architecture. The aim is to provide innovative solutions and proposals that can be used as a reference when drawing up the general plans applicable to the entire region, opening up once again the theme of a public city, which based on new investigations into homes and housing brings back together the subject of the physical and social make-up of the city itself.

    June 9th, 2010Expiry date for CIG payment Registration and delivery of documents (simultaneously)

  9. 2010 TCA Student Design Contest Overview

    April 9, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Contest Announcement

    Mt. Vernon, IA, USA: TCA International Student Design Competition: The Concrete Classroom sponsored by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and the Tennessee Concrete Association.

    Students in the field of architecture, currently in a graduate or undergraduate program are invited to present conceptual designs for a new education and training facility for a state concrete association, specifically designed with emphasis on the practical sustainability using site cast concrete panels and components known as “Tilt-Up” concrete.

    The Concrete Classroom 2010 is an international, open, single-stage ideas competition.

    Registration Deadline: September 15, 2010
    Entry Deadline: November 1, 2010


    The Tennessee Concrete Association owns 1.88 acres of property (light industrial zoning) less than 2 miles from the heart of downtown Nashville. The association currently occupies a building on the property that has been adapted for office use but desires to build a state-of-the-art training center for use by members and potentially to rent to other groups needing training space. This is a real site and has some existing buildings and infrastructure (shown on the site plan) and the new building will need to respond appropriately to the site.

    The primary purpose of the building will be as classroom and educational space, but will also serve as a meeting space for the Association’s Board of Directors as well as other types of meetings (committees, small receptions, seminar presentations, etc.) Easy conversion of the space from one function to another is essential, and the space should encourage collaborative exchange and learning. Views to the outside are encouraged, but control of light levels will be important to the functionality of the space while in ‘presentation’ mode.

    The Association wants the Training Center to be a showcase of concrete and sustainable building practices, especially those utilizing Tilt-Up construction methods. Obtaining a LEED Platinum certification for the new center is the goal and LEED Gold is a minimum requirement for the project. Energy-efficiency is a key goal and the Association desires for the new building to be as close as possible to a ‘net-zero’ building in terms of both energy and water use in the operational phase. Innovative and unique solutions are encouraged, but must be balanced with ease of construction and affordability.

    The Association desires the entire project to be a ‘learning lab’ that can help future projects of all kinds better implement effective sustainable building practices.  The space needs to serve as a living exhibit for the concrete construction techniques utilized in its construction as well as highlighting the features that were incorporated into the structure to earn LEED credits. Visitors and students alike should be exposed to these features as part of occupying the space, and consideration should be given to making building features as interactive as possible with the goal of producing a self-guided learning tour of the building in the finished product.

    You have been awarded the contract, and need to prepare for your first owner meeting with a proposed solution.

  10. Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing

    April 7, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Submission Deadline: May 10, 2010 before 5pm Eastern Time

    The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invite architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2010 YAF/COD Ideas Competition: Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing. In this year’s unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the issue of temporary relief housing that could have a permanent function, through a concept design problem.


    Entries will be submitted electronically through an online submission site. Submissions will consist of drawings and renderings presented in PDF format. All materials must be uploaded through the submission site before by 5pm ET on May 10, 2010.


    Design temporary relief housing for refugees from natural or other disasters using sustainable strategies and following the Living Building Challenge. The proposed solutions should provide housing for approximately 500 displaced families as well as the necessary support services.

    While successful site adaptability is a key goal and criterion for this Competition, the specific site to demonstrate the solution consists of approximately 200 acres. It includes the Astrodome and the surrounding parking lots. Entrants may include modifications to the structure of the Astrodome in their proposal, may allow the Astrodome to remain untouched and focus solely on the surface parking areas, or may have some combination of the two. Individual entries may focus their solutions on the provision of either temporary or permanent housing. Entrants are encouraged to address issues of uncertainty associated with either types of housing and with temporary solutions that become permanent.


    Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami June 10–12. Selected entries will be displayed on the AIA Web site.


    Thursday, April 1 – Competition begins; online submission site opens
    Monday, May 10
    – Submission site closes
    Wednesday, June 9
    – Entries exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention
    Thursday, June 10
    – Winners announced at the NAC/YAF/COD Reception at the AIA National Convention in Miami, FL.

    Submission Fees

    AIA Member $100
    Non-AIA member
    $ 40


    Barton Phelps FAIA
    Barton Phelps & Associates
    Los Angeles, CA

    Lawrence Scarpa FAIA
    Pugh + Scarpa Architects Inc.
    Santa Monica, CA

    Mehrdad Yazdani Assoc. AIA
    Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
    Los Angeles, CA


    If you have questions concerning this awards program, please contact