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June, 2010

  1. The Building: Problem or Solution?

    June 30, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Winning entries will illustrate creativity within realistic parameters, challenging the limited thought that produces buildings that are similar to the types of buildings that religious communities have always built, but that may not truly stand as solutions to the problems of the 21st century religious congregation. We hope to generate ideas that a congregation will find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring, that preserve a sense of the sacred, and a space for contemplation and worship, but that integrate completely into their communities and that lend themselves to diverse and efficient use in ways that serve those communities.

    In our work with congregations, Faith in Place staff find that many congregations feel saddled with outdated structures that were designed for an earlier period. Many of these buildings are inspiringly beautiful, and were built at great sacrifice by the then-members of their congregations, perhaps when congregations were larger, and perhaps when there were more laborers within them who could donate their labor. Certainly, many of them were built at a time when religion was more austere, and celebrated with a more white-gloved formality than exists in many current congregations. We may mourn the mystery and solemnity of those times, but to long for their return is not to solve the problems of the modern congregation. Nor is the environmental footprint of these earlier buildings one to be emulated under modern, carbon-constrained circumstances. Buildings today need to be used, and used well.

    When congregations decide to build they often use these older structures as a roadmap for what a religious building looks like. We issue this call for ideas because we observe that many of the religious buildings currently in use have become problems, even though they were designed to be solutions. Perhaps, though, they are solutions for problems that existed in the Renaissance, when their prototypes were designed! Can we create an array of new designs that are solutions to the problems we have now? How can religious architecture again present the building as solution to the problems of the modern religious organization?

    Competition Goals

    The competition’s primary mission is the development of an array of ideas that will assist congregations in the future when they contemplate significant remodeling or new building programs. It is our hope that they will decide to create buildings that are active and full of life at all times of the week, that use their spaces well and serve their communities well. And because the buildings are serving communities as a whole and are in active use, it is our hope that they will not be burdens to their congregations, but solutions for the array of problems to which religious bodies address themselves. Assuredly, this includes holding a space for sacred contemplation. But it also includes education and care of the young, advocacy with the poor and disempowered, civic engagement on critical issues of policy, and more.

    Winning Entry
    The winners will be notified through the “primary contact” for each winning team.Winners will be posted immediately on the website. All competitors will be credited by Faith in Place on its website. Faith in Place is not responsible for proper crediting by any third party publications or press. The winners will be invited to participate in a panel discussion during the week of September 20, 2010, and will be honored at the annual Faith in Place Harvest Celebration on October 3, 2010.

    Key Dates

    August 15, 2010: Registration closes
    August 31, 2010: Submission Deadline

  2. World of Color Awards

    June 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The 2010 World of Color Awards – Inspired by Vanceva® is a global recognition program created to honor innovation and inspire the use of color in the built environment.

    Architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, glazing engineers and other industry professionals will be recognized for their awe-inspiring architectural design projects that demonstrate creativity and forward-thinking use of colored glass made with the Vanceva color interlayer system.

    The call for entries is now open. Register your design here.

    Or learn more about the international design competition here.

    Architects and designers who have worked with the Vanceva product are eligible to submit their work.  The contest is currently open for entries, so visit today. Entrants may submit one or more color-inspired architecture projects into the contest.

    The contest is easy to enter and free for architects and designers to submit their projects.

  3. GINA

    June 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Within the historic area Aldgate, on the estern edge of the City of London, GINA could stand for the duration of the year 2012, coinciding with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    Global Information Network Amplifyer [GINA] was concieved through the exploration and desire to embody the pride London boasts with its hosting of the XXX Olympiad in the summer of the year 2012. The structure will contain hundreds of fluctuating ‘trend pods’ that will ultimately hold and represent the global interests of 2012 and the Olympic aspirations of nations all over the world. Epitomizing the City’s regeneration of the area of East London and serving as not only a functional amenity for providing information through a real time visualization, the intervention will also act as a transient moment of spatial/geographic interaction, organizing ones knowledge of the local and global environments.

    Based upon these ideals and through creating a habitable diagramatic architecture for the public, it is believed that GINA will act as a thriving ‘data signpost’, reinforcing the distinctive character of the site, she will facilitate the slowing down of commuters, enabling stops to habitate the site and socialise as well as simply passing through. GINA celebrates the street, and reveals its social and cultural richness by enhancing a key transitional space and suporting active social engagments and events to bring the street to life before during and after the olympic and paralympic games.

    Designed by Seán Gair, GINA is a sociocultural trend visualizing, architectural intervention, proposed as a temporary London landmark to stand for the duration of the Olympic year 2012.


    June 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    type: culture
    location: Maribor, Slovenia
    date: 2010
    status: competition
    client: Municipality of Maribor, Association of Architects of Maribor

    area: 15,180 sq.m.
    credits: Vlado Valkof, Anne Valkof, Rumen Yotov

    This is an entry in international competition for 17,800 m2 new building of the Maribor Art Gallery in Maribor, Slovenia. The complex and heterogeneous program includes galleries for permanent collection of modern and contemporary visual art and periodical exhibitions (5,200m2), children’s center (750 m2), design center (450 m2), live-work creative center (1700 m2), lecture room, library, catering (700 m2), offices, depository, and underground parking garage.
    In addition to animate forms we manipulate movement in order to induce the production of new urban life.
    Because of the substantial 6m slope of the site, the access to the building is designed from two different levels. Our study of pedestrian traffic density led to a main entrance from Drava River embankment and pier. At the same level ±0 is also the connection to existing parking garage under the Market. The other pedestrian entrance is from the existing street level +4m. The two cross intersected access paths merge into one multistory concourse plaza. It serves also as distributing hub, outdoor lobby, service center, and check point.

    The urban scheme of the Museum building is inspired by the typical Maribor city block of perimeter buildings surrounding enclosed plaza/courtyard. Gradual spaces of covered plaza/lapidarium and open outdoor plaza connect the different parts of the building and are partially open towards the embankment and the pier. One wing contains the “sky” program with the primary function of periodical and permanent exhibition galleries and the other wing – the “earth” program with supporting and secondary functions of children’s center, design center, library, etc. Each one of the wings has its own vertical circulation core. The one of exhibition galleries and management offices is enclosed and with controlled access. The other one has a set of escalators and is open from the plaza to all other functions. Two story plaza with open vertical core concept allows lecture room, catering, children’s center/ playground, library, design center, and creative center to operate independently after museum hours and to serve not only the Museum visitors but also an outside crowd. At the entry wedge of the plaza there is a removable screen or stage for outdoor performances at summertime.
    In the Program there is a clause of preserving the existing east-west street which divides the site in two. Our proposed building bridges over and tunnel under the existing street and physically connects the two parts of the site.

    Three dimensional loop interconnects periodical exhibitions galleries which have different illumination, heights, and proportions, suitable for variety of exhibitions and artists/curators requirements.

  5. The Pavilion Project Competition

    June 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Pavilion Project is a competition that aims to become an annual celebration of architecture in the grounds of UWA.

    In its inaugural year, the winner of the competition will design and oversee construction of a pavilion to provide shelter for people of the Indian Ocean Rim.

    The winning pavilion will be built at the University and will be on display during the Perth International Arts Festival in February 2011.


    You must create an exciting and original structure employing ‘green’ technologies and principles to solve the urgent need for shelter in remote areas and communities at times of disaster or distress.

    Through innovative and challenging design that transcends, extends and critiques current building practices, the winning Pavilion Project entry will present a viable solution to providing economical and environmentally friendly shelter by fusing art and architecture.


    The pavilion should be:

    • deliverable, when mass produced, to developing countries for a maximum cost of US$12,000 (AUD$14,700)
    • about 100sqm in size.


    To ensure we have diversity of approach and encourage creative thinking the brief is consciously open – the only requirement is that it provides shelter.

    It is the challenge of applicants to push the boundaries of innovative design to produce architecture that not only provides an economical shelter for areas of need, but also responds directly to specific sites and uses readily available local materials.


    The pavilion will need to be to be assembled by non-skilled workers and, in some circumstances, without power or lifting gear, so constructability needs to be a consideration. Designs should demonstrate innovative thinking and sustainable practices.


    panel of distinguished architects and academics will select the winning entry.

    In addition, an online voting system will allow the public to vote for their favourite entry. This will be available after the submission deadline: 14 July 2010 (5:30pm Perth time).

  6. Building Back Better Communities – A Government of Haiti Iniative

    June 23, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Building Back Better Communities has been initiated by the Government of Haiti to investigate alternative forms of permanent housing for displaced citizens. A prototype housing Expo will take place in Port-au-Prince from early October 2010. The development of an exemplar housing settlement will follow shortly after.

    The Government of Haiti wishes to attract as wide a response as possible from across the world. Designers, architects, contractors, consultants and suppliers are all warmly invited to participate.

    The following materials contain all you need to take part in rebuilding a brighter future for the people of Haiti.

    There are two separate Lots, but applicants may apply for both if they wish. Applicants are advised that the deadline for first stage responses is Monday 28 June 2010, 5:00pm EDT.

  7. Royal Parks Foundation Drinking Fountain

    June 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The RIBA is delighted to announce the launch of an international open design competition on behalf of The Royal Parks Foundation and Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the design of a new drinking fountain which can then be installed throughout the Royal Parks in London.

    Tiffany and Co. Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $1.25 million gift to the Royal Parks Foundation (USA), a charity established to enable America to support the natural history and heritage of London’s Royal Parks. The programme, called Tiffany – Across the Water, focuses on ornamental and drinking fountains in the capital’s eight Royal Parks and will see the creation of a stunning new fountain in St James’s Park, restoration of the Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens, as well as improvements to drinking fountains to benefit the Royal Parks’ 37 million visitors each year.

    The competition challenge will be to create a well-designed drinking fountain to replace older Parks’ fountains which cannot be restored. The winning designer will see their work turned into reality in the Parks, with the hope that the design will eventually be adopted in other green spaces around the world.

    The competition will follow a two stage process with up to 3 teams being shortlisted at stage two and invited to an interview to present their concept design. The competition will be open to entries from all design disciplines, e.g. architects, engineers, product designers, artists etc.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will launch the US/UK initiative on Monday 14 June by announcing the international competition.

    The deadline for submissions is 22nd September 2010 with details of how to enter and the full brief available from the competition organisers, RIBA Competitions ( Further information can also be found on the Royal Parks Foundation website

  8. suckerPUNCH competition

    June 18, 2010 by architectural competitions

    ///the COMPETITION

    this open international ideas competition is for the integrated design of an innovative music venue in the east river state park located in williamsburg BROOKLYN. the new park is the site of the ‘JELLY Pool Parties’ summer concert series which brings 10,000 fans to the site on sunday afternoons to enjoy free performances by progressive independent artists. suckerPUNCH challenges designers to develop a network of stages and facilities which can accommodate and enhance these performances through a progressive design strategy. as the epicenter of cutting edge music, art, and fashion in brooklyn, williamsburg demands an architectural intervention that integrates the most contemporary of design ideas, techniques and processes. the stages and facilities should be designed as a differentiated system where unique moments can emerge from a cohesive environment within the park. the stages can be permanent structures or they can be transformative and adapt in order to accommodate the infinite possible future scenarios for the site and its incarnations in the off season. the organizers are proposing such future functions as the performances of opera, classical, and pop music as well as movie screenings and outdoor markets. designs should consider atmospheric conditions such as lighting and water as well as performative shading features as these performances will be held in the heat of the summer and span from the afternoon into the night.

    ///williamsburg BROOKLYN

    the village of williamsburg was established in 1827 and originally used for industrial purposes because of its location along the east river. williamsburg eventually merged with the city of brooklyn and continued to grow as large companies set up their factories in the area such as the domino sugar refinery. the completion of the williamsburg bridge at the turn of the 20th century connected williamsburg directly to manhattan causing a major influx of population. eventually in the middle of the 20th century industries began pulling out of their williamsburg factories in favor of cheaper locations. the area became riddled with crime as a large population existed without jobs and an industrial wasteland as home. in the late 1980s artists and young people began moving to the neighborhood for its cheap rents and huge warehouse spaces. by the turn of the millennium the neighborhood had a new population and was a thriving cultural center for art, music, and entertainment. in 2005 williamsburg was largely rezoned to allow for large residential towers to go up in the neighborhood and along the waterfront. the population continues to grow as well as the number of music venues, boutique stores, and renowned restaurants.[1]

    ///site CONDITIONS

    formerly a 19th century shipping dock, the site of east river state park was opened as a public park in 2007. the site was known as palmer’s dock, named after lowell palmer. he was an 1870s maker of barrels and casks, who sidestepped the congested shipping lanes and streets of manhattan by bringing in ships of flour, sugar and other commodities directly from new jersey.[2] the docks were used commercially until 1983. the land remained inactive until purchased by the new york state office of parks, recreation and historic preservation. the park is seven acres of gently sloping, riverfront land with large concrete pads left over from the shipping sheds. the site is along the river and offers amazing views to the manhattan skyline and new york city bridges. the park is three blocks from bedford avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare of the neighborhood.

    ///performance venue PROGRAM

    main stage 60’ x 40’
    main stage seating/standing area 15000sf
    secondary stage 30’ x 10’
    secondary stage seating/standing area 5000sf
    [2] bathroom facilities 1000sf each
    [2] bar tents 1000sf each
    [3] food tents 1000sf each
    lounge/visitor center 5000sf
    dodgeball court 30’ x 60’
    water feature at the discretion of the entrant
    [10] vender kiosks 100sf each
    [2] ticket booths 100sf each

    This is an international open ideas competition. There are no plans for it to be constructed. This competition is not affiliated with the New York State Parks.

  9. PLACES OF INVENTION Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History

    June 16, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History ( is planning a new exhibition called Places of Invention. The exhibition will explore several questions about creative communities, including:

    • What social, psychological, and spatial elements spark creativity?
    • How do these elements give rise to places where invention thrives?
    • How does collaboration affect innovation?

    Contribute to the exhibition development process! Join the Lemelson Center in making the Places of Invention exhibition itself a hot spot of innovation and an environment for sustained learning. Open for submissions April 30 – June 30, 2010.
    Submit your ideas and possible solutions for one or all of these design challenges:

    Design an interactive space

    How can Museum visitors build a miniature place of invention within the exhibition?

    Design an interactive exhibit space on which visitors can build and model their own ideas about hot spots of invention. Ideally, also suggest a mechanism that enables users of a Places of Invention companion website to view the physical exhibit space in real time, and contribute to or comment on what’s being built.

    Design a collaborative activity

    How can Museum visitors practice the collaborative skills modeled by known innovators? Design a game, a scavenger hunt, or other activity that enables Museum visitors to solve a problem or complete a task together.

    Model your place of invention

    What aspects of your environment affect your own creative process? Use a virtual environment, computer-based design tools, or manual design tools to model your own place of innovation—actual or imagined.

  10. The 2010 World of Color Awards

    June 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The 2010 World of Color Awards – Inspired by Vanceva® is a global recognition program created to honor innovation and inspire the use of color in the built environment.

    Architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, glazing engineers and other industry professionals will be recognized for their awe-inspiring architectural design projects that demonstrate creativity and forward-thinking use of colored glass made with the Vanceva color interlayer system.

    An Open Call for Entries

    The World of Color AwardsSM – Inspired by Vanceva® is open to all professional architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, engineers and other industry professionals.

    Any individual or group of individuals contributing to the design of a project may submit a nomination.

    Multiple entries from an individual or group are acceptable.

    Solutia employees and Solutia customers may also make nominations.

    Winning projects or honorable mentions from previous Solutia competitions are not eligible for consideration.

    Solutia reserves final decision on eligibility and accepts no liability in this regard.

    Important Dates for Your Entry

    Design and architectural projects must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and
    December 31, 2009
    to be considered for this contest.

    Entry Deadline – Submissions will close on August 15, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST

    Entry Rules and Requirements

    All entries must include the liberal use of Vanceva® laminated color glass products.

    When submitting a nomination, please include a descriptive overview explaining the inspiration and vision for the project.

    Include detailed photography of the glazing used in the design, as well as several additional photos that portray the overall scope of the project. Interior and exterior views are preferred, if possible.

    Design studio sketches, drawings and renderings that help communicate the location, form and function of the glazing in the overall design are also strongly encouraged.

    Winners will be determined by a jury panel made up of leaders from the international architectural and
    design industry.

    No entry fees are required.

    Solutia reserves the right to publish submitted materials at their discretion. Winners must agree to transfer to Solutia and/or its assignees the rights to use these photographs in their brochures, websites, direct mail pieces and public relations or general marketing activities. Those submitting project nominations shall be responsible for seeking and/or securing any copyright or other intellectual property rights for their submissions to include photography credit information.