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July, 2010

  1. International Competition for the Urban Design and Harmony and Historic Conservation of Opera and Ataba Squares

    July 11, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Ministry of Culture has recently embarked on a variety of endeavors aiming at restoring the historic urban value of Khedivial Cairo. This area constitutes the original CBD, and is characterized by its distinctive architectural features and urban pattern. The National Organization for Urban Harmony (NOUH), a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Culture, is taking the lead and responsibility for the management of such conservation efforts.

    Commissioned by the Egyptian Prime Minister,  NOUH  has recently commenced a series of efforts for the urban design and harmonization of major CBD squares and roads within a comprehensive vision for the city center.

    Following up on these efforts, NOUH is currently tendering its international competition for the Urban Design and harmony and Historic Conservation of Opera and Ataba Squares.

  2. ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition

    July 7, 2010 by architectural competitions

    ARC will engage the best and most innovative international, interdisciplinary design teams—comprised of landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists, and other experts—to create the next generation of wildlife crossing structures for North America’s roadways. This competition seeks specifically from its entries, innovation in feasible, buildable context-sensitive and compelling design solutions for safe, efficient, cost-effective, and ecologically responsive wildlife crossings. In doing so, it hopes to raise international awareness of a need to better reconcile the construction and maintenance of road networks with wildlife movement.

    An emerging critical priority for both transportation and natural resource agencies is to make North American highways safer for both drivers and wildlife. The fact that wildlife-vehicle collisions have doubled in the past fifteen years has concentrated transportation agencies’ attention on engineering solutions that prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions on the continent’s roadways.  At the same time, roads have been acknowledged as a major obstacle to landscape connectivity and ecological vitality—a matter of growing concern as climate change, in the form of rising temperatures and hydrological shifts, portends increasing wildlife migrations. In this context, the continents’ road systems pose a significant threat to the long-term health and viability of North American wildlife populations. The four inter-related objectives for this competition are to:

    • Provide an avenue for international teams of design professionals to address new design challenges in the coalescent issues of road transportation safety, structural engineering, wildlife conservation and landscape ecology;
    • Explore creative new approaches, materials, and designs that address the fundamentals of transportation engineering and ecology;
    • Increase the number of potential solutions for cost efficient, innovative crossing designs that can be adapted for widespread use in other locations; and,
    • Engage design professionals and students in the interdisciplinary nature of road ecology with a real-time, in-situ application.

  3. Rome Prize by American Academy in Rome

    July 5, 2010 by architectural competitions


    Each year, the coveted Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.

    Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:



    Historic Preservation and Conservation

    Landscape Architecture

    Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters)

    Musical Composition

    Visual Arts

    Ancient Studies

    Medieval Studies

    Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

    Modern Italian Studies

    Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues’ erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer.

    Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy’s residential community, which also includes Residents and Visiting Artists and Scholars.

    Fellows are encouraged to work collegially within and across disciplines in pursuit of their individual artistic and scholarly goals.

    The Academy gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support of the Rome Prize competition.
    General Information

    Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive stipends of $13,000 and $26,000, respectively. Owing to the fluctuating dollar/euro exchange rate and the high cost of living in Rome, the stipends offered may not cover all expenses. This is especially true for prize winners who come to Rome with spouses, companions and/or children.

    Fellowships generally begin at the Academy in early September and end in early August. Winners of the 11-month Rome Prize fellowships may select to depart the Academy after nine months with no reduction to the fellowship stipend.

    For Further Information:
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    —Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be United States citizens at the time of the application.

    —U.S citizens and those foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for three years immediately proceeding the application deadline may apply for the NEH post-doctoral fellowships.

    —Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships.

    —Previous winners of the Rome Prize are not eligible to re-apply.

    —Undergraduate students are not eligible for Rome Prize fellowships.

    Individuals may submit joint applications provided the work is genuinely collaborative in nature as demonstrated by the materials submitted. In the case of joint applications, each individual must meet all eligibility requirements. Joint applications must be submitted in one package. Joint applicants selected as winners will share one prize.

    Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the Academy’s rules. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they expect to hold during their proposed residency in Rome, including sabbatical pay. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipends based on other awards held by Rome Prize recipients. Winners may not hold full-time jobs while at the Academy.
    Deadlines and Fees

    —The annual deadline for applications is November 1st. Applications will also be accepted between November 2 and November 15 for an additional fee. (see below for details).

    No applications postmarked after November 15th will be accepted.

    —If applying in one field, the fee is $30 if materials are postmarked by November 1st and $60 if postmarked betweenNovember 2nd and 15th.

    —If applying in two or more fields, the fee is $40 if materials are postmarked by November 1st and $75 if postmarked between November 2nd and 15th.

    —There is no application fee for those applying solely for NEH post-doctoral fellowships.

  4. Port of Kaohsiung Passenger Transport District: Port and Cruise Service Center

    July 4, 2010 by architectural competitions

    With a view to create a quality environment in which to serve passengers and clients, the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Taiwan R.O.C. has formulated a plan for the “Port of Kaohsiung Passenger Transportation District” and the construction of the “Port and Cruise Service Center”. Passenger service facilities and the surrounding environment will be improved, visitors will be provided with more convenient and comfortable facilities, and the offices of various port administrative agencies will be integrated within one area to enhance service quality. Furthermore, the plan will help promote international exchange and boost international as well as domestic tourism.

    The 6.13-hectare district site includes the area occupied by Piers 18-21 and their backyards in the Lingya commercial port district, POK. The Port and Cruise Service Center will be constructed first on the 2.46-hectare area at Piers 19 & 20 and their backyards to serve, upon completion, passenger vessels moored between Berths 18 to 21. The main spaces consist of vessel transportation management center, offices, conference room, boarding ramp, passenger arrival and departure spaces, integrated service counter and other service spaces.

    Forging the improvement of the quality and efficiency of passenger and commerce services with development of tourism industry, we sincerely invite outstanding architects and design teams from all around the world to tailor-make a specialized National Marine Gateway of Taiwan, R.O.C. and help build facilities that will become the locomotive for the transformation of Port of Kaohsiung.