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June, 2010


    June 11, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Archiprix International invites all universities and colleges teaching architecture, urban design and landscape architecture to select 1 graduation project and to ask the designer(s) to submit the selected project for participation. Designers who have graduated since July 1 2008 are eligible. The selected designer must be registered by the school by August 1st, 2010 and projects must be received at MIT by September 1st, 2010. The projects will be presented in the exhibition, on the website and in a book with DVD. The designers of the projects will be invited for the workshops taking place in May/June 2011 in Cambridge, USA. Participation is free of charge.

    Over 1400 faculties from more than 100 countries have been invited to take part. This makes Archiprix International by far the biggest competition for recently graduated architects, urban designers and landscape architects. No other competition for young talented designers displays such a broad insight in world-wide trends in education and the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in general.

    After successful editions in 2001 in Rotterdam, 2003 in Istanbul, 2005 in Glasgow, 2007 in Shanghai and 2009 in Montevideo, Archiprix International will again stage a unique presentation of the world’s best graduation projects. Archiprix International 2011 takes place in May/June 2011 in Cambridge, USA. This fifth edition will be hosted and co-organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture + Planning. The SA+P boasts an illustrious history stretching back nearly a century and a half, providing the current students with a legacy and long tradition of pioneering excellence. The Department of Architecture was the first such department in the nation (1865) and became a leader in introducing Modernism to America.

    An International design competition inevitably raises questions of how we define global criticality. Archiprix has invited MIT and the Platform for Permanent Modernity to engage in a critical conversation about architectural practice in its totality. Is there a future for a critical global architecture project, now that our eyes have already tired of countless global icons, every monument glitzier than every previous one? Is ‘critical regionalism’ the alternative to the proliferation of global icons? Or has regional difference already been eroded to the point where resuscitating it is a matter of nostalgia? And if so, how do we deal with the rising global mutiny against globalization? Is the age after the icons one of a new muteness? Archiprix and MIT create an enormous experiment towards the possibility of defining what constitutes ‘criticality’ in architecture on a truly international scale.

    The best projects, selected by an international jury will receive the Hunter Douglas Awards, during a special awards ceremony. The awards carry the name of our partner Hunter Douglas, producer of well known brands like Luxaflex and Luxalon. The awards ceremony is accompanied by a conference, a series of presentations of participating projects, and an exhibition. The designers of the best graduation projects can participate in an international design workshop the week before the award ceremony.

    The Archiprix website will display a growing web presentation of the submitted projects. This website also contains a presentation of the projects submitted for the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 editions and the world’s largest database of universities and colleges teaching architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. For more details and the latest news please visit the official website at or the MIT host website at

  2. Trieste Contemporanea: 2010 international design contest

    June 9, 2010 by architectural competitions

    POCKET LUCK – Ninth International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea

    Theme of the contest

    In a global context of crisis characterized by economic instability and by the inefficiency or inadequacy of the political world to resolve the major social issues, in which the lack of attention to the value of the individual and the environment emerges, the following is requested: the design of a pocket lucky charm/talisman to carry in all situations that require a vibration of “positivity”, of altruistic courage, of critical spirit, of creativity and of necessary irony.

    About the contest

    Participation in the competition is free of charge.
    The competition is open to designers coming from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    The competitor must apply utilizing the online form on this website. It will be sufficient to fill out the online application form in its entirety and attach the project according to the specifications.
    The application form and the attached project must be presented by midnight on August 31, 2010 (Italian time).
    The international jury, presided by Gillo Dorfles, will convene in the month of September, 2010 and will evaluate the projects in competition.
    The prizes are the following:
    BEBA PRIZE for the youngest designer among those selected: Euro 1000,00.
    C.E.I. PRIZE for the best designer from one of the C.E.I. countries not part of the European Union: Euro 3000,00.
    GILLO DORFLES PRIZE – TRIESTE CONTEMPORANEA DESIGN 2010 for the best project: Euro 4000,00.

  3. Easter Seals:Sketch-A-Space

    June 7, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Share your creative ideas and design solutions
    in this special online competition!

    Easter Seals and Google SketchUp have teamed up to launch this first-of-its-kind online competition. The Easter Seals’ Sketch-A-Space competition offers people with autism — and those interested in learning more about autism or who have someone in their life that lives with autism — an opportunity to design their ideal, dream space using Google SketchUp’s free 3-D modeling software.

    Design the room or space of your dreams — for a chance to win $2,000 to make that dream space come true. Join us in helping to make spaces more accessible to people living with autism!

    STEP 1: Create your dream space STEP 2: Submit your space to Easter Seals
    Visit Google.
    Create your space in the Google Site Template.
    Return here.
    Submit your Sketch-A-Space competition entry.

    Instructions for Competition Entry:

    The Sketch-A-Space Contest requires you to (STEP 1) create your space in a Google Site Template, and (STEP 2) submit your entry using our Easter Seals Submission Page. To get started, you will first work in the Google Site Template to create your space and save your work as your own unique Google Site. You must name and save your entry page. This template will become your final submission, showcasing your completed space with a required video, pictures, and description of your space. Be creative! Your entry page will have a unique URL that you will use for your competition entry on Easter Seals’ Submission Page. Make sure to read all of the competition rulesbefore submitting your entry.

  4. Athens Olympic Museum Architecture Competition for Students by ArchMedium

    June 4, 2010 by architectural competitions


    The ArchMedium’s team proposes, trough this new competition, the creation of an Olympic museum in Athens, dedicated to protect and remember all those historical moments that the games have left us.

    The site is in a very particular area of the city, surrounded by representative work of the ancient Greek culture such as the Acropolis. Currently the place is occupied by a running track that will be moved to another sector of the city leaving a perfect flat land with excellent characteristics.

    The project, as a whole, aims to be a new icon of the city that engages the classic works, the new equipments and the complex structure of the city.

    Participants are requested to fulfill the requirements of the program taking into account its specific function and its insertion in a precise and characteristic urban environment.


    The goal of this assignment is to achieve an architectural ensemble that respects this unique environment while contributing to create a new architectural icon for a European capital that, while proud of its past, still wants to show the rest of the world it can be a modern city too.

    There have been many great architects that have been fascinated by this place through decades, traveling sometimes for months to visit it. This project is presented as an exciting challenge that blends history, philosophy, mathematics, geometry, modernity… and with which we are sure participants will enjoy their time.

    For this project we have an exceptional 15.000m2 field located in the heart of Athens, just a few meters from the Temple of Zeus and the Panathinaiko stadium. It has excellent views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and it can also be observed from these.

  5. Edmonton City Centre Airport Lands The Master Plan

    June 2, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Edmonton City Council has mandated that the lands now occupied by the Edmonton City Centre Airport be transformed into a world-class sustainable community. The City of Edmonton seeks talented and creative minds to prepare a master plan for this strategic property in the core of the City.

    The revitalization of approximately 217 hectares of land in the heart of Edmonton represents an opportunity for Edmonton to place itself at the forefront of global cities that are seeking to establish the highest standards for sustainability to foster a living, working, and learning environment of unparalleled environmental and social quality.

    The mission is to undertake a master planning exercise that will guide the long term development of a new community for families, parks and open space, places of work, cultural and educational institutions, and other amenities connected with a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to downtown. The mission is to provide Edmontonians with a range of lifestyle choices that embody a sustainable live style through the incorporation of design features, land uses, building practices, materials and assemblies, and technologies that will minimize the ecological footprint of this community.

    Registration&submition deadline 30th June 2010