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July, 2010

  1. Stratford Kiosks Competition

    July 30, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of an open international competition to design a permanent yet flexible, free standing group of kiosks in Meridian Square, Stratford, London, for use before, during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Situated at the front of Stratford Regional Station and hosting a variety of uses, the kiosks will serve as key venues for information, orientation and services within the rapidly changing town centre.

    Since 2009 the local authority, the London Borough of Newham (LBN) has embarked on an ambitious programme of public realm works throughout the centre of Stratford with the aim of improving the quality of the town centre for those that live, work, and shop in the area, whilst also preparing to welcome the millions of visitors who will come to the area during 2012. Studio Egret West, working for LBN, has developed a master plan for the area with new public realm designs, consolidated traffic, de-cluttered spaces and major new landmark structures. Design for London has been closely involved in this project as part of the London Development Agency’s Olympic Fringe public realm programme.

    The design competition is open, but not limited to: architects, designers, artists, product designers, and related disciplines. The Architecture Foundation encourages design teams to suggest flexible and innovative yet realisable designs for this permanent structure.

    The competition will be open to entries until 5pm GMT on Friday 3 September 2010.

    http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/


  2. Auja Design Competition

    July 28, 2010 by architectural competitions

    EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is holding a design competition for improvements and ecological designs for their Jordan Rift Valley Center for Environmental Education and Ecotourism Development, also called Auja Center, in Auja Municipality, West Bank, Palestine.

    FoEME is a transboundary Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmental peacemaking organization. The organization helps develop ecotourism initiatives and has created environmental education outlets in over 25 communities in the region. In one of the Palestinian communities, Auja, an Environmental Education Center and Guesthouse is just now being completed. The building stands on a minimally landscaped site and is in need of a roof master plan to be realized with future funding.

    The proposals should demonstrate a creative way to design rooftop amenities that reflect the Center’s purpose, local ecology, and environment. The program includes shading, seating, bird watching stations, and a refreshment area to the existing rooftop and site.

    The Auja Center design competition is open to students and professionals. A panel of FoEME staff will judge all submissions.

    http://www.foeme.org/docs/Auja_Slides_for_competition.pdf


  3. 2011 Skyscraper Competition

    July 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition.

    The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a forum for the discussion, development, and promotion of innovative concepts for vertical density. It examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

    The exponential increase of the world’s population and its unprecedented shift from rural to urban areas has prompted hundreds of new developments without adequate urban planning and poor architectural design. The aim of this competition is to redefine what we understand as a skyscraper and initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify our cities and improve our way of life.

    The use of new materials, technologies, aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community.

    There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

    Registration

    Students, architects, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.

    • Participants must register by January 11, 2011.
    • Early Registration:  US $65 until November 16, 2010
    • Late Registration: US $85 from November 17, 2010 to  January 11, 2011
    • One registration = One project.
    • Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry.
    • There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted.
    • After your registration has been approved eVolo will send the registration number which will be necessary for submission boards.
    • R E G I S T E R   Y O U R   T E A M

    Schedule

    • July 19, 2010 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions
    • November 8, 2010 – Deadline for submitting questions
    • November 16, 2010 – Early registration deadline
    • November 30, 2010 – Answers to questions posted on website
    • January 11, 2011 – Late registration deadline
    • January 18, 2011 – Project submission deadline
    • February 28, 2011 – Winners’ announcement

    Submission Requirements

    This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than January 18, 2011 (23:00 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address: skyscraper2011@evolo.us

    The project submission must contain the following files:

    1. Two boards with the project information including plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 24″ X 48″ in HORIZONTAL format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of each board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. For example: 0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg.
    2. A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “statement”. For example: 0101-statement.doc.
    3. A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.
    4. All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:  0101.zip

  4. Brussels Courthouse, Imagine the Future!

    July 24, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Imagine the future for the Brussels Courthouse and its surrounding area.

    Send us your vision for the Brussels Court House’s & Poelaert square’s future and win up to € 15.000 per scenario.

    Brussels, Europe’s capital city, and its future inspire you? You want to change the image projected by the largest building built in 19th century? Then don’t hesitate and participate in this international ideas contest.

    Feel free to express your ideas with creativeness and imagination. Register now to take part in the contest. Download free the contest rules. You can get all the supporting documentation you need to express your ideas for just € 5.

    Your entries will be judged by a jury that includes architects, magistrates, philosophers and inhabitants. Registrations must be received by October 15th, 2010.

    Today, the Courthouse in Brussels doesn’t live up to present-day’s safety and functionality demands. It suffers from different problems (stability issues, fire protection, evacuation, lifts, etc.) which aren’t easy to solve. On top of which it has to be taken into account that the palace of justice is protected as national heritage.

    A strong vision is thus needed to modernize the Courthouse and at the same time preserve it as part of our national heritage.

    That’s why the Belgian Federal government has decided to examine all possible scenarios resulting from the consequences of a partial or total removal of departments which are now housed in the Courthouse but which require a higher level of security.

    The contest is launched during Belgium’s Presidency of the European Union.

    The purpose of this contest is not to submit a finalized urban planning or architectural project but to imagine the future allocation – whether judicial or not – of the Brussels Courthouse and of the surroundings of Place Poelaert.

    The contest is meant for professionals from all countries, either active in the field of architecture, urban planning and Justice or engineers, market development engineers, artists, … as well as schools active in these fields.

    http://www.brusselscourthousecontest.be


  5. A101 Block City Urban Block Competition

    July 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Mashtab Development Company is announcing a masterplan design competition for a new residential development located near Moscow.

    The development will create a comfortable urban environment with over 1 million sq m of housing, services and open spaces on a 127 ha site.

    The development is a part of the “Project A101”  – a new town of around 150.000 people and 13 million sq m of housing located south of Moscow.

    The competition will consists of two stages: the first stage is an open selection procedure for architects and urban designers based on portfolios, the second one a closed competition among four selected participants with a total fee of 400.000 USD.

    The competition is based on the Block City concept that was developed by Bart Goldhoorn and Aleksander Sverdlov in the context of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2009.

    The Block City concept aims at combining the advantages of standard design with the qualities embedded in the traditional city with its clearly defined urban spaces. This is done by defining a standard for the plot size of the urban block. When this standard is applied both in the design of urban areas and in the design of housing blocks, it is possible to use identical projects for housing blocks in different places while keeping their urban qualities.

    The client is looking for projects for housing blocks with standard dimensions that can be applied in the Masterplan.

    http://www.masshtab.ru/eng/competition/


  6. 72 Hour Urban Action

    July 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    72 Hour Urban Action Project is an international rapid architecture and
    design festival. It is defined by community needs, an extreme deadline, a
    tight budget and limited space.

    We invite teams of architects, students, designers, artists and craftspeople
    to respond to community needs and wants in relation to its public spaces.

    Selected teams will have three days and three nights to plan and realize
    their projects in response to missions assigned to them on takeoff day.
    Selected projects will remain on site permanently.

    The first 72 Hour Urban Action will take place in Bat-Yam, Israel as part of

    the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism.

    Apply by August 8, 2010 | Takeoff on Biennale Launch, September 25, 2010*

    http://www.72hoururbanaction.com/


  7. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2010 Awards

    July 18, 2010 by architectural competitions

    For nearly 25 years, EXHIBITOR has brought you the world’s most prestigious exhibit-design competition, honoring the crème de la crème of trade show exhibits. Expanding on the success of that program, EXHIBITOR announces its Expo 2010 Awards competition, honoring the most impressive work from the 2010 World’s Expo in Shanghai, China. With categories ranging from Best Pavilion and Best Exterior Design to Best Exhibit and Best Use of Technology, the competition will be judged by a panel of multidisciplinary design, marketing, and communications experts who will ultimately choose which entries represent the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer. Enter your Expo 2010 project into this unique competition, and you’ll receive a chance to be named among the world’s best — oh, and you’ll win a custom-designed, Expo-inspired trophy, editorial coverage, and serious bragging rights! 

    The final deadline for entry is August 9, so act fast!


    Overview:
    From jaw-dropping design to wow-inducing technological wizardry, the 2010 World’s Expo in Shanghai, China, is brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2010 Awards competition seeks to honor the most impressive work Expo 2010 has to offer.


    Eligibility:
    Entries must be pavilions, exhibits, or elements of pavilions and exhibits appearing at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.


    Categories:
    • Best Pavilion: All pavilions that are part of Expo 2010 in Shanghai are eligible to enter this category, including corporate pavilions, country pavilions, theme pavilions, etc. Judges will consider all elements of the pavilion, from exterior design to interior design to the overall attendee experience (including any activities, presentations, etc.). All entries in the Best Pavilion category are automatically eligible for the People’s Choice award, which will be determined via online vote.

    Best Exterior Design: All pavilions that are part of Expo 2010 in Shanghai are eligible to enter this category, including corporate pavilions, country pavilions, theme pavilions, etc. Judges will consider only the entry’s exterior design, along with information regarding the inspiration behind the design.

    Best Exhibit: Entries must be individual corporate or cultural exhibits within pavilions. Judges will consider the design of the exhibit, as well as any activities, presentations, etc.

    • Best Use of Technology: This category is open to any application of technology within a pavilion or an exhibit. Entries may include anything from immersive large-scale projection to augmented-reality applications to 2-D bar codes to robotics and more. Judges will look for innovation, evaluating entries based on the uniqueness of the application, and how the technology enhances the attendee experience.

    Best Activity/Interactive: This category is open to any activity or interactive experience within a pavilion or an exhibit. Entries may include hands-on or virtual experiences where attendees interact with a staffer, a kiosk, a touchscreen, or any other element within the pavilion or exhibit. An interactive that employs technology is eligible for entry in both Best Activity/Interactive and Best Use of Technology categories.

    • Best Presentation: Entries may include live, multimedia, or pre-recorded video presentations within an exhibit or pavilion. Judges may consider everything from the effectiveness of the presentation medium to the impact of key messaging to the memorability of the presentation as a whole (including the design of the presentation space, if applicable). All entries in this category must include video footage with their entry materials.

    • Elements and Details: Entries may include any innovative elements or materials that are part of a larger exhibit or pavilion. Examples may include a stairway, lounge, reception desk, product display, light fixture, seating ensemble, presentation stage, entranceway, kiosk, conference room, flooring, ceiling, wall, etc. Innovative materials could include anything from sod to recycled bowling balls to tree bark. Judges will consider the aesthetics, appropriateness, and overall impact of each entry. Each element/material is considered a separate entry.

    • People’s Choice: All entries in the Best Pavilion category are automatically eligible for the People’s Choice award, which will be determined via online vote. No additional fees or entry forms are required.

    http://www.exhibitoronline.com/topics/expo2010-cfe.asp


  8. Designing hospitality. NABA Master programs scholarships competition

    July 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    In 2010 NABA -Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano- celebrates its 30th birthday and joins Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 100 campus in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The number of international students hosted by the Academy, nowadays accounting for the 20% of the students population, will therefore significantly grow in the incoming years. That’s why NABA launches a competition aimed at collecting the best ideas and projects focusing on hospitality, a specially relevant subject for an institution welcoming every year more than 200 students from more than 40 different countries, based in an increasingly multicultural town such as Milan.

    Hospitality as welcoming culture and openness towards innovation and change. A subject especially relevant for NABA, used to explore the continuous mutations of identities, territories, forms of life and communication, through creative practices such as visual arts, fashion and design.
    8 full scholarships (one for each program) are available for the authors of the best hospitality-oriented projects, declined in the various areas of NABA Master programs starting in January 2011:

    –      Communication Design – Two-year Master of Arts Degree
    –      Film and new Media – Two-year Master of Arts Degree
    –      Product Design – Two-year Master of Arts Degree
    –      Textile and new Materials Design – Two-year Master of Arts Degree
    –      Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies – Two-year Master of Arts Degree
    –      Digital Exhibit and Set Design – One-year Master Program
    –      Interior Design – One-year Master Program
    –      Photography and Visual Design – One-year Master Program

    http://www.master-naba.com/page.php?contentId=376


  9. The Annual National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) Design Competition(ANDC)

    July 16, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Annual NASA Design Competition(ANDC) is NASA’s own design competition, which touches upon issues ranging from current trends to theoretical approach of architectural design.

    Utopia…a dream of a dream! A word more ethereal than specific or objective. A state of perfect being in totality, which perhaps can not be achieved. Having accepted the fact, can we talk about a more realistic approach to try and achieve as much as possible of this dream and make it realistically possible through architecture?

    Is it possible to create a structure which is more ethereal than concrete?….at least in early stages of conception and then slowly it can be transformed to more concrete forms.

    How do we, as an individual, perceive this state of perfection knowing that in its ultimate true sense it is unattainable.

    Lets take a simple example of day and night.. Physical nature of things-never changes! Physical nature of space-never changes! Yet the addition of light or the lack of it or the intermediary stages create different dimensions in our perception! Can we play with this or similar thought?

    Students should first try to understand and define the true nature of a utopian state and then try to translate the same into physical forms and shapes.

    So…..
    Can we create a structure which at different times of the day, or whatever, APPEARS DIFFERENT?

    http://www.nasaindia.co.in/andc.html


  10. Integration of Art and Architecture Competition – Hatch Fest

    July 14, 2010 by architectural competitions

    HATCH is a year round non-profit organization, designed to develop and foster the growth of creative minds in various industries through mentorship, exposure, and networking.

    Since it’s inception in 2004, Hatch has successfully developed an environment, from HATCHfest to HATCHlabs that strikes the enthusiasm and stimulation of young artist’s creativity throughout the world, by connecting new filmmakers, musicians, photographers, designers, architects, writers and fine artists with award-winning veterans in the entertainment industry. The inspiration of one affects the lives of millions.

    The Competition
    The Integration of Art and Architecture is an open competition focusing on the celebration and unification of multiple artistic disciplines through architecture. Any project that integrates multiple art disciplines into a single project is eligible.

    Jury
    Hatch Space Panel participants comprised of local, national and international known architects, professors from Montana State University School of Architecture.

    Judging Criteria
    1) Innovation of materials and systems
    2) Environmentally responsible
    3) Community integration
    4) Successful integration of multiple art disciplines

    Entries are encouraged to utilize “Green” building practices.

    http://hatchfest.org