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May, 2010

  1. MAN MADE REFORMULATE – Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010 Competition

    May 31, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010 Prize Awards / Competition. International Idea competition for architects, landscape architects, designers, and urban planners. Open for students and professionals.


    How can architecture solve the challenges of tomorrow?
    The intention of the competition is to challenge the participants on how to exemplify and illustrate policies on architecture, the relationship between architecture and politics, and how architecture can contribute in solving the challenges of the future.

    Architecture is politics in practice. Through architecture we inflict the political landscape, our surroundings and our society. MAN MADE REFORMULATE seeks suggestions on how we can influence the society and the challanges of tomorrow in a positive matter. We want to see old, new, shown and unknown suggestions, where the aim is to find the best ideas.

    The winner’s task will be to apply their concept onto Oslo, the capital of Norway, shown as project and exhibited as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale in September/October 2010.

    Competition phase 1:
    In this phase we ask for projects, ideas and concepts already developed, or which has been developed especially for this entry which handles the topic of MAN MADE REFORMULATE: How can architecture solve the challenges of tomorrow?

    All entries shall be handed in on the Internet at
    All entries will be published on the web site.

    The winning entry will be invited to phase 2, where the projects shall be investigated for presentation at the Oslo Triennale 2010 in September. Content and form will rely on the concept.
    3-5 runner-ups will be presented in the Triennale catalogue together with the winner.

    Competition phase 2:
    In this phase, the winning idea of phase 1 is to be placed in an Oslo context. How this is to be done shall be suggested by the jury based on the winning concept and description. The final project shall be exhibited in a convenient form, outdoor or indoor. The project will also be presented on a meeting as part of MAN MADE TALKS during the Triennale week (for more information on the program on the webpage).

    The winner will be invited to publish the entry, participate in debates and talks during the Triennale.

    Phase 1 handed in through the web: PAGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED
    Date:                                            Thursday 1st of July 2010.
    Anonymity:                                    YES
    Presentation of concept:                  For public presentation on web; Short description of the
    project and how the project can be shown for the public,
    including a budget for the installation (max 2.500 characters
    including spaces).
    Mediums, free of choice:                 Illustrations: max 4, each of max 500 kb, sizes readable on
    web-page, uploaded on the webpage.
    VIDEO/AUDIO FILE (max 1 of 10 minutes, max 50 MB/
    format MPEG/AVI or MP3)
    Printouts:                                      Max 2 A3 sized PDF’s (max 5 MB) presenting the project
    (excl. description) for evaluation by the jury. These will not
    be published on the web, but can be used in presenting the
    competition entries.

    Announcement of winner(s):           Monday 16.08.10
    Prize:                                            5.000 euro 10.000 euro for realization
    Invitation to participate at the Triennale incl. travel expenses
    and lodging
    Realization:                                   19.09.10 – 22.09.10
    Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010:    22.09.10 – 01.10.10
    Dismantling:                                  02.09.10 – 03.10.10

    Competition language:                   English

  2. Living City Design Competition

    May 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Unleash Your Imagination
    The international living Building institute, in partnership with the
    national Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the world’s most
    talented and daring designers, planners, artists and animators to
    create a new global vision: a breathtaking, compelling model for
    the future of civilization. Unleash the power of your imagination to
    envision a city capable of thriving through the centuries – one that
    will heal the land and prove that the human species can in fact live,
    in the words of E. o. Wilson, as ‘part and parcel with creation’.

    We have inherited and reproduced a built environment based on
    the catastrophically flawed premise of unlimited resources and
    infinite room for expansion. our infrastructure isolates us from the
    ecosystems we inhabit; what James Howard kunstler has described
    as a “Geography of nowhere” blinds us to the specificity of place.

    If we are to respond effectively to the environmental crisis we now
    face, we must begin by radically reimagining our neighborhoods,
    towns, villages and cities.

    Only when we have clearly envisioned the future we must create,
    will we have the courage to light “the Possible’s slow fuse”.

    Before we can bring our cities into balance with the ecosystems they inhabit, we must understand what that balance would look like. This is where you come in.
    Competition Rules
    To be eligible for consideration, all contest entries must comply with
    the following guidelines.
    Submissi on Due Dat e: February 1, 2011
    Audience: Living City Design Competition entries should both inspire
    and inform. The Competition is meant to provide powerful but readily
    accessible models of truly sustainable cities. Members of the general
    public should be able to view the visualizations and come away with
    a clear sense of how each city would look, feel and function. At the
    same time, entries must be grounded in real technology and presented
    with sufficient information to be useful to skilled designers, engineers
    and planners. The winning entry should be so compelling that current
    members of the green building movement will want to devote
    themselves to achieving its vision.
    Eligib le Comm unity -Subject Typ es: Contest teams may choose
    to base their models on either medium density communities (towns
    or re-purposed now walkable suburbs) or higher density urban cores
    based within the density and solar rights requirements of the Living
    Building Challenge 2.0. These decisions must be explicitly aligned with
    the Living Transect categories as defined on page nine of the Living
    Building Challenge 2.0 Standard:
    Medium Density :
    L3. Village or Campus Zone: This is comprised of relatively
    low-density mixed-use development found in rural villages and
    towns, and may also include college or university campuses.
    (F.A.R. of 0.1 – 0.49); and
    L4. General Urban Zone: This is comprised of light- to mediumdensity
    mixed-use development found in larger villages, small
    towns or at the edge of larger cities. (F.A.R. of 0.5 – 1.49)

    Competition RulesTo be eligible for consideration, all contest entries must comply withthe following guidelines.Submissi on Due Dat e: February 1, 2011Audience: Living City Design Competition entries should both inspireand inform. The Competition is meant to provide powerful but readilyaccessible models of truly sustainable cities. Members of the generalpublic should be able to view the visualizations and come away witha clear sense of how each city would look, feel and function. At thesame time, entries must be grounded in real technology and presentedwith sufficient information to be useful to skilled designers, engineersand planners. The winning entry should be so compelling that currentmembers of the green building movement will want to devotethemselves to achieving its vision.Eligib le Comm unity -Subject Typ es: Contest teams may chooseto base their models on either medium density communities (townsor re-purposed now walkable suburbs) or higher density urban coresbased within the density and solar rights requirements of the LivingBuilding Challenge 2.0. These decisions must be explicitly aligned withthe Living Transect categories as defined on page nine of the LivingBuilding Challenge 2.0 Standard:Medium Density :L3. Village or Campus Zone: This is comprised of relativelylow-density mixed-use development found in rural villages andtowns, and may also include college or university campuses.(F.A.R. of 0.1 – 0.49); andL4. General Urban Zone: This is comprised of light- to mediumdensitymixed-use development found in larger villages, smalltowns or at the edge of larger cities. (F.A.R. of 0.5 – 1.49)

  3. A Grand Idea – Inhabit. Competition

    May 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    This competition is focused on design solutions that can change our immediate urban environment into places that we can truly inhabit. The first series of ‘The Grand Idea Initiative’ is called ‘INHABIT‘. The ultimate challenge of which is to create solutions that introduce fun, sustainable, and innovative ways people use public space. The intervention can be components that are spatial, graphical, digital or purely strategic. These ideas have to be US $1000 in budget and need to maximize the return in the shape of a built design solution.

    Who should apply?
    Anyone – You could be an architect, designer, a mad scientist, a housewife, a student or anyone else interested in making cool stuff for public spaces.

    What kind of projects can be submitted?
    Projects could be aimed at designing street furniture, environmental graphics, services, online communities, anything that changes peoples behavior to how a public space gets utilized.

    Submission requirements
    A photograph of the Site – The place of your intervention, preferably in your neighborhood
    The Proposal – A 100 word design brief describing your project.
    The Design – Your proposal in a visual format, e.g. sketches, drawings, photo collages, anything that clearly outlines what you propose to do.
    The Budget & Timeline – Breakdown of the usage of the US $1000. A tentative installation/implementation timeline.

    Please send all these requirements in a letter size PDF format. The number of pages in the PDF document should not exceed more that 4 pages.

    What is the budget?
    US $1000

    Selection process
    The selection of the final project will be based on creativity, innovative thinking, maximum impact and practical plan for implementation.

    Important Dates

    Inhabit Competition kicks off – May 17th 2010
    Deadline for Submissions – June 17th 2010
    Winners Announced – July 17th 2010

    For more information
    Contact us at

  4. CURATE THIS! 2010

    May 24, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Join us for the adventure, the unlimited possibilities and the cross-pollination of new ideas between pARTicipating artists, architects, designers, venues, curators, art + design lovers, collectors, design directors, galleries and the pARTicipating public.

    Artists, Architects + Designers receive:

    pARTicipation listing on for a period of 1 year and automatic consideration for inclusion in all CURATE THIS! 2010 exhibitions, events, projects and productions taking place at multiple venues in multiple cities around the worldEach artist’s, architect’s + designer’s information is made public including a link back to their personal or business websites for the benefit of facilitating immediate connections. Regardless of whether or not your work is selected for inclusion in an exhibition or event, etc. hosted by a pARTicipating CURATE THIS! 2010 Venue, your listing will be regularly promoted to our growing international network of now 30,000 curators, collectors, design directors, gallerists, print and multi-media press and art + design enthusiasts. In addition, our outreach efforts extend beyond our own growing BECA network. This extended outreach for CURATE THIS! 2010 results in the exposure of pARTicipating Artists, Architects + Designers work to over 750,000 members of the local, regional, national and international art + design communities. We intend for our global outreach efforts to connect you with the global public and vice versa.

    Please download complete artist, architect + designer information and CURATE THIS! 2010submission guidelines from: We look forward to having you joining us!

  5. Solar Park South – Solar Highway – Italy

    May 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Subject: Solar Park South Works – Solar Highway – carried out by re-using Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway sections between Scilla and Bagnara to be decommissioned by the Italian Highways Authority.

    Country: Italia. Province: Reggio Calabria

    Competition promoter: Regione Calabria – Town planning and Territorial Governance Department. Proposals must provide design solutions for the Solar Park South in relation to both the values of the local landscape and the application and enhancement of renewable energies. By investigating and studying in detail sustainable solutions,
    the procedure will considerably impact on the diffusion of a culture of sustainability.

    Procedure: Open, single phase.

    Participation: Participation is open to single professionals (architects, engineers, designers, town planners, landscape architects, agronomists, botanists, artists, scientists, researchers, technologists, economists, sociologists, geographers, environmentalists, ecologists, etc., preferably participating in a multidisciplinary group), societies of professionals or engineers, firms and students. Participants must accept all the clauses of this Brief and of the Competition Rules which are available on the competition promoter’s website

    Territorial scope, official language: international, Italian/English.

    Papers: Online self-publication of 2 images in .JPG format (945×450 pixels, maximum size 200kb each) and of 2 descriptive texts in English (maximum length: 1000 characters each, spaces included). Prize and Honourable Mention winners must submit a detailed presentation of the proposal, composed of 10 UNI A4 horizontal pages, in
    pdf format.

    Jury: Membership of the Jury is made public and includes expert technicians, critics and famous personalities; their decision is unappealable and binding for the awarding authority. The Jury’s evaluation will be carried out by means of an online procedure and will focus on the quality and innovative character of the proposals, in compliance with the general principles stated in the Competition Rules.

    Awards: The total prize money of 30,000 Euros is split as follows: 20,000 Euros to the first prize, 7,500 Euros to the second prize and 2,500 Euros to the third prize. The Jury may single out up to 10 proposals for Honourable Mention. Moreover, the competition promoter may assign fellowships to Prize and Honourable Mention winners for the further technical study of their ideas and invite them to participate in the working groups of the Permanent Technical Committee for the participatory planning of Solar Park South proposal.

    Registration/Submission: The deadline for online registration is 15 July 2010; papers must be submitted by 30 July 2010, following the online procedure stated in the Competition Rules and in the competition website.

    Registration fee: No registration fee is due..

    Info: Parco Solare Sud Technical Committee – Regione Calabria Town planning and Territorial Governance Department,

  6. Leuphana – Landscape Architecture

    May 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Present State
    The design competition has been launched on May 3, 2010. Landscape Architects are welcome to apply online until June 1, 2010. For further information to the application procedure please see “Application“.

    Competition Tasks
    Aim of the project is the re-design of the outdoor campus facilities of Leuphana University in accordance with Daniel Libeskind’s key design principles as set in his strategy plan. The area extends over 15 hectare. In the course of the Leuphana freshers week early October 2010, involved landscape architects will be commissioned as Visiting Lecturer to support students in making a film about specific campus sites.

    The competition is a restricted one-stage design competition preceded by an international application procedure. The competition is anonymous. The competition language is German. Foreign participants are allowed to submit all documents and drawings in English.

    It is intended to shortlist 5 landscape architects and 2 successors through an international open application procedure.

    The competition addresses Landscape Architects of WTO member states.

    Prices and Fees
    For three awards and two acknowledgements the promoter provides net 18,000 Euros. Each participant who submitts auditable design documents receives a net fee of 5,000 Euros.Each participant commissioned as Visiting Lecturer receives a gross fee of 1,000 Euros.

    The jury consists of five members supported by a range of technical experts: e.g.:

    Design Jurors

    • Prof. Daniel Libeskind, Leuphana University Lueneburg
    • Martha Schwartz, martha schwartz partners, Cambridge/US
    • Tobias Micke, ST raum a., Berlin/Germany

    Time Schedule
    Application deadline: Tuesday June 1, 2010
    Participant selection: June 10, 2010
    Jury Colloquium: June 3, 2010
    Distribution of competition materials:June 21, 2010
    Participants’ Colloquium (site visit): June 30, 2010
    Online forum: June 21, 2010 to July 9, 2010
    Submission of entries: September 6, 2010
    Jury Meeting: October 8, 2010

  7. LEAF Awards 2010

    May 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Now in its seventh year, the LEAF Awards honours the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.

    The awards are open to all individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the world of architecture. Previous winners have included the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, SOM, Steven Holl and Terry Farrell.

    As a winner of one of the category awards you will have the opportunity to collect your award at the prestigious ceremony on 10 September 2010 in London, UK. By entering and ultimately winning you are able to place your organisation as a leading practice within the international architectural community.

    We are anticipating more than 400 key industry professionals to attend the LEAF Awards in September 2010. The awards will be held at an exclusive 5-star hotel in London which will provide the perfect venue to compliment this prestigious event.

    How to submit an entry

    For display purposes, Arena International Events Group will mount each entry on A2 boards.

    For this we require the following:

    ■ A 400-word overview of the project, including:

    • Location and site characteristics

    • Construction systems

    • Any specific materials used for the project(s)

    ■ A maximum of ten high-resolution images with captions. (Images should be sent as high resolution as possible, minimum 300dpi.)

    ■ A high-resolution image of your logo (minimum 300dpi). Please supply the text in a Word document and images as .jpg documents.

    In submitting the above material, you grant to Cornhill Publications Ltd indefinite, worldwide, non-exclusive, fully paid licence to reproduce and display all text, images, trademarks, logos and other provided content.

    All entrants are encouraged to include copies of preliminary sketches, alternative preliminary schemes, information on context, precedents for the design and excerpts from working drawings.

  8. Urban SOS – student competition 2010

    May 14, 2010 by architectural competitions

    In its second year, our open student ideas competition for 2010 seeks to engage students in the design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental and related fields, with the urban conditions that are now facing the majority of the world’s population.

    This year, we are exploring the topic of ‘Transformations,’ looking at seven cities in particular that are in the midst of a change or collection of changes that represent both challenges and opportunities to the shared futures of each city. Entrants must submit a site redevelopment plan that addresses specific issues in one of the following seven cities:

    • Beijing, China
    • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    • Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Istanbul, Turkey
    • Phoenix, USA
    • Port au Prince, Haïti
    • São Paulo, Brazil

    The top four finalist/teams will travel to Barcelona to attend the World Architecture Festivalfrom 3-5 November, 2010, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.

    Please browse through the following pages to learn more about the Urban SOS: Transformations competition, how and when to apply. All applications will be submitted via this website, via on online form. here.

  9. Seaside Arquitectum

    May 12, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Faced with the proliferation of beach houses at luxury, closed and exclusive bathing resorts, many clients have opted for quieter places; not necessarily far from the beach, but where they can enjoy greater freedom and more space without all the complex ties formed by the rules that oblige them to adhere to the internal regulations of such condominiums. It is within the context of this return to nature that small lots have begun to proliferate (between 2,500 and 5,000 square meters), in which people have started to establish small accommodation for themselves and their closest relatives, creating a new and socially interesting phenomenon: the country-beach house, which is accommodation that functions during both summer and winter and which does not centralize its activities around a single nucleus, but instead disperses its facilities throughout the area of a comfortable lot, thereby providing a certain degree of independence in the form of zones and sub-zones, creating in this way distinct spaces, which may be differentiated by the type of light, vegetation (or the absence of the same), or simply through differences in colors, texture or materials.

    ARQUITECTUM is able to present this particular, highly interesting case to graduates and students of architecture throughout the world because the client in question has decided to call upon a wide range of architects in order to encourage innovative and powerful ideas designed to master and to reinvent the family environment.

    The project is a country-beach house which can be developed in stages, beginning with a constructed area of 50 m2 and ending as a multipurpose project of approximately 350 m2 of constructed area. Each stage will add complementary uses to the previous phase, beginning with a minimum space for a couple, and finishing with a house with all the complete services capable of receiving as many as 12 guests.

    Special Registration Deadline 05/17/2010
    Early Bird Registration Deadline 06/14/2010
    Late Registration Deadline 07/15/2010


    May 10, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design proposes DINGBAT 2.0, an open, single-stage, international design competition, reconsidering Los Angeles’ ubiquitous dingbat apartment building for the 21st century. All designers, architects, artists, engineers, students, and other interested parties are fully eligible for participation in this competition.

    This is an ideas competition that calls for the consideration of two design issues regarding the Dingbat and it’s impact on the urban fabric of Los Angeles. Two boards (digital-only submittal) will be required for the competition. One board will address the typology of the Dingbat at the scale of the individual building (are they to be retrofitted? replaced?), and the second board will consider the larger urban scale of an entire city block within a ‘Dingbat neighborhood’. Three separate sites in three distinct Los Angeles neighborhoods will be considered for the competition.

    Dingbat 2.0 asks designers to re-envision the Dingbat, and, in so doing, offer a revised vision for L.A. itself. In order to redefine the Dingbat, it is essential to understand what has made it so successful (or at least ubiquitous) and determine what form of Dingbat-ness will best define a new identity for an emerging 21st Century Los Angeles. In short, this is not Banham’s Dingbat. Instead, Dingbat 2.0 is a complete re-invention of the typology, one that could allude to L.A.’s residential future, rather than simply glorifying one of the many pop-cultural icons of its past.

    Competition Schedule:

    April 1: Competition announcement
    April 12: Complete Competition Brief available
    May 31: Registration period ends
    June 4: Submission deadline
    June 12: Jury
    June 19: Winners announced + Exhibition

    Prizes and Entry Fees:

    A total of $9,000 USD in prize money will be awarded in the following categories:

    – 1st place $4000 USD
    – 2nd place $2000 USD
    – 3rd place $750 USD
    Honorary Mentions*

    – 1st place $1500 USD
    – 2nd place $500 USD
    – 3rd place $250 USD