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The HuB Design Competition Architecture for Humanity Charleston


Monday, August 30, 2010
The September 13th Registration Deadline is Rapidly Approaching!
Architecture for Humanity: Charleston is pleased to announce the chapters first open design competition, titled The HuB.  The goals and objectives of the competition have been developed in direct response to dialogue with various Charleston non-profit organizations.  Each group was asked to candidly answer the following questions: (1) If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you change in Charleston?  (2) How is Charleston incomplete?  Finish this sentence:  I wish Charleston had            ?  (3)  What is preventing your organization from reaching more people?  In overwhelming fashion, the themes of accessibility, connection and better public transportation emerged out of the responses.  Other re-occurring responses included the need for more community meeting space and the availability of affordable commercial space.
As a result of the non-profit survey, AFH Charleston developed the competition program, which includes a new light rail system that will provide a connection between Charlestons downtown peninsula and its surrounding communities.  This new system would make a huge step towards mending the fractured communities, reducing automobile use and congestion, and furthering the sustainability of this beautiful city.  Entrants to the competition are challenged to design the two major components of the new transit system:
The Downtown Transit Hub:  The new downtown transit hub is a mixed-use building that will be located within the heart of the Charleston peninsula.  The building will provide services for light rail, bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and will also address the growing need for community meeting space, affordable retail and office space.  We have chosen an underused site in a prominent location adjacent to the Charleston City Visitor Center on Meeting Street.  The site, which is currently used as a parking lot will be drastically improved by the new development, which will provide the prominence expected at a significant Meeting Street location and will help repair the urban-edge that has been severed by the sites current use.
The Node Transit Station:  The node transit station is a prototypical design that will be located at various locations throughout the Charleston Lowcountry.  It is a modestly scaled structure that will serve the new light rail system and the existing bus system.  The node is a singular design that will occur at multiple sites and will accompany park-and-ride style parking lots.
The two designs should collaborate to create a system of cohesive recognizable nodes for users. The HuB is an ideas competition geared towards the generation of innovative thoughts and solutions that will spark debate and help in the advancement of this rich culture.  It will occur in a single stage, aimed towards identifying the most appropriate proposal that responds to the competitions goals and objectives.
The HuB Design Competition aims to:
•Further research into the development of light rail and future sustainable development in Charleston.
•Raise awareness to the needs of our diverse community.
•Serve as a tool for exhibiting the power of design and the innovative thoughts and ideas of the emerging generation of designers.
ELGIBILITY
Open to professionals and students in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.  Designs may be submitted by an individual or a team.  There is no limit to the number of submissions by an individual; however each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee and registration.
SCHEDULE
Competition Launch: June 10, 2010
Registration Opens: June 24, 2010
Questions/ Clarifications Deadline: September 13, 2010
Registration Deadline: September 13, 2010
Submission Deadline: October 10, 2010
Jury Evaluation: October 11-20, 2010
Winners Announced: October 21, 2010
Exhibition – AIA-South Carolina Conference: October 21-23
Exhibition  Charleston: TBD
ENTRY FEE
Students:  $20 US
Professionals:  $40 US
PRIZES
1st prize:$1250 US
2nd prize:$500 US
3rd prize:$250 US
Honorable Mentions
EXHIBITION
AIA South Carolina Conference, Hilton Head, SC: October 21-23, 2010
Charleston Exhibition: TBD

The September 13th Registration Deadline is Rapidly Approaching!
Architecture for Humanity: Charleston is pleased to announce the chapters first open design competition, titled The HuB.  The goals and objectives of the competition have been developed in direct response to dialogue with various Charleston non-profit organizations.  Each group was asked to candidly answer the following questions: (1) If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you change in Charleston?  (2) How is Charleston incomplete?  Finish this sentence:  I wish Charleston had            ?  (3)  What is preventing your organization from reaching more people?  In overwhelming fashion, the themes of accessibility, connection and better public transportation emerged out of the responses.  Other re-occurring responses included the need for more community meeting space and the availability of affordable commercial space.
As a result of the non-profit survey, AFH Charleston developed the competition program, which includes a new light rail system that will provide a connection between Charlestons downtown peninsula and its surrounding communities.  This new system would make a huge step towards mending the fractured communities, reducing automobile use and congestion, and furthering the sustainability of this beautiful city.  Entrants to the competition are challenged to design the two major components of the new transit system:
The Downtown Transit Hub:  The new downtown transit hub is a mixed-use building that will be located within the heart of the Charleston peninsula.  The building will provide services for light rail, bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and will also address the growing need for community meeting space, affordable retail and office space.  We have chosen an underused site in a prominent location adjacent to the Charleston City Visitor Center on Meeting Street.  The site, which is currently used as a parking lot will be drastically improved by the new development, which will provide the prominence expected at a significant Meeting Street location and will help repair the urban-edge that has been severed by the sites current use.
The Node Transit Station:  The node transit station is a prototypical design that will be located at various locations throughout the Charleston Lowcountry.  It is a modestly scaled structure that will serve the new light rail system and the existing bus system.  The node is a singular design that will occur at multiple sites and will accompany park-and-ride style parking lots. The two designs should collaborate to create a system of cohesive recognizable nodes for users. The HuB is an ideas competition geared towards the generation of innovative thoughts and solutions that will spark debate and help in the advancement of this rich culture.  It will occur in a single stage, aimed towards identifying the most appropriate proposal that responds to the competitions goals and objectives.
The HuB Design Competition aims to:
•Further research into the development of light rail and future sustainable development in Charleston.
•Raise awareness to the needs of our diverse community.
•Serve as a tool for exhibiting the power of design and the innovative thoughts and ideas of the emerging generation of designers.
ELGIBILITYOpen to professionals and students in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.  Designs may be submitted by an individual or a team.  There is no limit to the number of submissions by an individual; however each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee and registration.
SCHEDULECompetition Launch: June 10, 2010Registration Opens: June 24, 2010Questions/ Clarifications Deadline: September 13, 2010Registration Deadline: September 13, 2010Submission Deadline: October 10, 2010Jury Evaluation: October 11-20, 2010Winners Announced: October 21, 2010Exhibition – AIA-South Carolina Conference: October 21-23Exhibition  Charleston: TBD
ENTRY FEEStudents:  $20 USProfessionals:  $40 US
PRIZES1st prize:$1250 US
2nd prize:$500 US
3rd prize:$250 US
Honorable Mentions
EXHIBITIONAIA South Carolina Conference, Hilton Head, SC: October 21-23, 2010Charleston Exhibition: TBD

http://www.afhcharleston-competition.com/

Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation – AIA Utah Young Architects Forum


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Intro

AIA Utah announces the 2010 design/build competition–Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation (BWFAI), a first-time-ever joint competition initiated by AIA Utah’s Young Architects Forum. We are calling on all young designers to step up to the challenge!

Local, national and international architects and designers are invited to participate in this blind competition to create a temporary installation (estimated to be 1 to 2 years) that will occupy the future building site for Utah’s premiere ballet company, Ballet West. The project’s site is adjacent to the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake City and is currently vacant, thus providing a unique contextual setting in Salt Lake City’s ever-changing urban fabric.

The winner of this two-stage competition will enter into a contract with Salt Lake County and receive $46,000.00 for fabrication and installation.

Please take time to explore the project brief and sign up today! Entries may be submitted from individuals, teams, design firms or other collaborations.

Competition Goals

The goal of this temporary installation is to create a unique spatial experience within the urban context of Salt Lake City. The objective of the project is to provide visitors with an outdoor recreational/leisure area and a much-needed refuge in an urban environment, while making the best use of the pre-existing space and available materials. The winning team must respond to the program and tight budget, and will be involved in every aspect of the design, development, and construction of the project.

The broader purpose of this competition and resulting installation is to advocate quality design and encourage artistic endeavors in Salt Lake City. With this in mind, AIA Utah is providing young designers the opportunity to design and build a temporary outdoor “Adagio” or leisure space. This installation will heighten the purpose and exposure of design within the city and inspire greater design awareness by the public.

http://www.aiautahyaf.org/

the renovation of former Civil Hospital of Gorizia in the framework of the project “Spazio giovani alla frontiera”


Saturday, August 28, 2010

It has been pubblished the call for ideas for the renovation of former Civil Hospital of Gorizia in the framework of the project “Spazio giovani alla frontiera” .
The competition is is open-ended and anonymous.
The contest announcment and all the documentation can be founded in the section call for ideas of the website.
If you want to receive further information and to be alerted about news and updates please write your e-mail address in the box you find in the homepage.

The competition foreseens the d evelopment of an Urban Project referring to the area currently owned by the Company for Health Services n. 2 Isontina, preparatory to a redesign and reorganization process of the Gorizia’s former Civil Hospital and recovery of the existing park. The competition is is open-ended and anonymous.
On the section “documents” can be downloaded the anouncement, contest regulations and the preliminary design document. To join the competition it is necessary to register, using theregistration form.

http://www.spaziogiovanigorizia.eu/

World Habitat Awards 2010 – Building and Social Housing Foundation


Friday, August 20, 2010

World Habitat Awards

The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Two awards are given annually to projects from the global North as well as the South that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. An award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.

http://www.worldhabitatawards.org/

“Ideal Theatre” Design Competition


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

“Ideal Theatre” Design Competition

The Architectural and Theatre Students “Ideal Theatre” Design Competition requires teamwork. Theatre students serve the role of “the Client” and architectural students function as “the Designer” to create their university’s “Ideal Theatre.” Teams can be part of a class or be independent students.

Introduction
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) Architecture Commission is organizing
this Architectural Design Competition to promote the teaming of college and university students enrolled
in professional architectural and theatre programs. The Architectural Commission will exhibit the entries
and honor the winners at the 2011 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina
March 9-12, 2011.
Competition Goal
The competition poses the design question, “What is the Ideal Theatre for teaching professional theatre”?
This question is to be explored and answered by a “Team” composed of at least one theatre student
currently enrolled in a college or university theatre program and one architectural student enrolled in an
accredited architectural college or university program.
Each team member has a defined responsibility. The theatre students will act as the “Client” and the
architectural students as the “Designer”. The “Client” is responsible to teach the “Designer” about the
workings and artistry of Theatre. The “Client” will define the detail needs of the theater complex and
provide at least one critique of the design produced by the “Designer.” It is desired that that the “Client”
will remain an active member of the design process. The design solution MUST be the result of a
“Conversation” between the “Client” and “Designer”. History proves the most successful theatre design
solutions take into account all aspects and needs of theatre production, artist presentation and audience
interaction.
Larger teams are encouraged. For example, the “Designer” team could be expanded to include students
of engineering, acoustics and construction technology. The “Client” represent all areas of theatre study,
including; actors, directors, lighting technology, stage crafts, costume design, makeup, stage managers,
etc. In addition the front-of-house needs of the audience and the overall fit to site must be addressed. The
“Client” should also define the type of live performance venue (opera, dance, drama, music, etc.) which
fits their particular educational program.
The “Team” can enter as individuals or as part of a structured class. Team members can be at any level
in their college or university careers. The students’ experience and knowledge of their chosen area of
study will be an asset in developing the team’s solutions. Upper level and graduate students are
encouraged to compete.

http://www.usitt.org/StudentArchitecture.aspx

Santiago de Chile 2010 – Association of Wines of Chile


Monday, August 16, 2010

In the last years Chile has turned into a leading society in the field of industrial wine production but above all, in the development of the best wine cellars in the world, having successfully merged occidental science and technology with traditional grape growing. Chilean wines assume that it must serve to contemporary taste, while still be an object of design that not only enters through the eyes but through its body that has a sensibility and a unique mixture of flavours. Consistently, Chile has contributed to improve wine style beyond its frontiers, from the simplest flavour design to the most sophisticated, turning into an example of avant-garde harvesting in the world.

This is why the challenge for this competition is to design a Museum that has XX Century History of Wine exhibition areas and also be a landmark for the city of Santiago. To this end, the plot where this project will take place is located at Cerro San Cristobal, since this hill is the most natural and, at the same time, urban backdrop to lay out a natural/artificial product such as wine. This is an amazing opportunity for the winning architect to become well known in a potentially growing market such as design of wine cellars and vineyards of all South America.

http://www.arquitectum.com/index.php

AA Berlin Laboratory 2010 – experiments in dwelling


Sunday, August 15, 2010

“In what follows we shall try to think about dwelling and building. This thinking about building does not presume to discover architectural ideas, let alone to give rules for building. This venture in thought does not view building as an art or as a technique of construction; rather it traces building back into that domain to which everything that is belongs. We ask:
1. What is it to dwell?
2. How does building belong to dwelling?” Martin Heidegger, Building Dwelling Thinking

“The parameters of building plan and life style are no longer aligned. The plan still follows the parameters of the industrial society whereas life styles have diversified and have left the relationships between class, family, gender and architectural typology behind.” Arch+ Magazine

Post-wall Berlin has emerged as a major player in contemporary cultural production. As a laboratory of lifestyles and modes of production, it attracts an influential community of highly creative people from around the globe. The AA Berlin Laboratory continues to explores the role of experimentation and interdisciplinary ways of working, harvesting this exceptional energy. Now in its second year, this intense workshop explores tools and systems of experimentation, focusing on the idea of dwelling.

No other city has been as enthusiastic as Berlin in experimenting with modes of living. From mass housing to highly individualistic visions of living and extreme communal regimes, Berlin has long pushed the boundaries of what it means to live together. New organisational forms of dwelling, combined with alternative implementation methods, are currently challenging the roles of both architect and local authority in the process of delivering dwellings for the city.

During this intense nine-day workshop participants will work both in the laboratory/studio and the field/city, revisiting existing experiments in dwelling and the social ideals that shape them. In search of new logics of living, students will use emerging computational and rule-based design systems to develop prototypical forms of dwelling relevant to the city of Berlin. The workshop will be led by AA and Berlin-based tutors and hosted by Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB). In addition, a public programme of visits, lectures and seminars with speakers from different disciplines will provide a stage for debate.

The laboratory is open to anyone interested in experimental design in the context of this vibrant city.

http://berlin.aaschool.ac.uk/

2011 8th OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organised every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). For more information on the activities of OISTAT please see:www.oistat.org

We are pleased to announce the launch of the next TAC, to be completed in 2011. Selected entries of TAC are exhibited and cash prizes awarded at the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) the major international exhibition of scenography and theatre architecture, which takes place every 4 years in Prague in the Czech Republic. The next PQ is due to take place in June 2011. It is considered by many to be the most important theatre design event in the world.For more information please see: www.pq.cz

Competition Theme for TAC 2011

Most spaces for the performing arts (drama, music theatre, dance, concerts and other forms) are housed in specialized buildings, built for the purpose.

While there will always be a need for these buildings, there is increasing interest amongst theatre practitioners in the use of existing buildings and settings, which are not purpose built theatres, to present productions. These settings, sometimes known as ‘found space’, can often provide a unique atmosphere, which resonates with a particular production or style of presentation, in a way that may not be possible in a conventional theatre. While these spaces may lack the technical infrastructure and facilities of a theatre, they can make up for this through the atmosphere provided by the special character of the place, its interaction with the performance and the opportunity to explore less conventional forms of presentation. Many new theatres are also created by converting existing buildings, where the character of the original building contributes significantly to the special atmosphere, and provides a sense of continuity with the past.

These are the basic themes to be explored in this competition.

Provocation by Professor Dorita Hannah, Architecture Commissioner for PQ 2011

“The auditorium is often considered a static object designed to contain performance. But performance cannot be contained… it exceeds architecture, especially in this age of media spectacles, fluid technologies and uncontainable bodies. So what role does the auditorium now play other than forcing us to perform as well-behaved spectators? If we acknowledge that architecture itself performs, as space-in-action, then perhaps we can explore new strategies for experiencing live performance as a more dynamic, creative and communal spatial event.”

The Brief / Overview

Competitors are asked to design a theatre space for a particular type of performance, which must be defined by the competitor. This may be a conventional performance or something more experimental, using a range of media and technologies.

In this way it is hoped to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between the performance itself and the space, which it inhabits.

The aim is to create a space, which supports the chosen type of performance in the best possible way. It should explore how a performance space could be designed to reflect the cultural ethos of the 21st century and whether performances in our time arebest housed in purpose designed theatres or can take advantage of more open, flexible settings, to meet the needs of artists and respond to an increasingly global information culture.

In particular, competitors should attempt to answer the question on why people continue to choose to visit live performances, despite the overwhelming amount of digital entertainment now available to them. Central to this is the sense of community provided by a shared experience.

In this way the TAC will underpin the central theme of PQ´s Theatre Architecture Exhibition, exploring the question -

“Now / Next – Performance Space at the Crossroads”

For more information please see:

http://www.pq.cz/en/architecture.html

Key Dates for the Competition:

1 July 2010: Official start of the competition

1 October 2010: Final date for questions.

11 March 2011: Closing date for despatch of entries and payment

25 March 2011: Latest date for receipt of entries

30 March – 13 April 2011: Jury meeting and report

16 April 2011: Notification of the prize-winners

16-26 June 2011: Exhibition of prize-winning and selected entries
at the Prague Quadrennial.

17 June 2011: Official announcement and prize-giving

http://www.oistat.org/

Whitehaven Central Harbour Site Competition


Monday, August 9, 2010

1.1 Invitation

Britain’s Energy Coast Cumbria and Magnus Homes invite submissions to a two-stage, International Open Design Competition for a circa GBP £10m mixed-use development on a prominent site overlooking Whitehaven Harbour.

The Competition is organised with the support of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Competitions Office and Places Matter! (the architecture centre for the Northwest).

Britain’s Energy Coast is a £2 billion package of regeneration projects that will establish the West Coast of Cumbria as a major national hub for low carbon and renewable energy generation.
Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria is responsible for delivering Regeneration and Economic Development Programmes to achieve the objectives of Britain’s Energy Coast Master Plan in order to develop sustainable communities in Allerdale and Copeland, whilst making a substantial contribution to achieving key regional and national objectives for carbon reduction and security of energy supply.
The project will be part of Britain’s Energy Coast Place Programme which includes Commercial Developments, Residential Developments, Community and Education Facilities, Infrastructure, Public Realm and Mixed Use Developments.

Magnus Homes is an experienced house building company based in the north of England.  It specialises in constructing quality homes and apartments with an eye for design.  Magnus Homes is part of the Pentakan group of companies.

Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria has been working in partnership with Magnus Homes to support the development of this key development site on Whitehaven Harbour as this project directly contributes to two of Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria top priority outcomes:  improved quality of business accommodation and to improve the quality and diversity of housing.
The site was identified as one of the priority key development sites as part of the Whitehaven Town Centre Development Framework.  Britain’s Energy Coast has entered into a post-competition legal agreement with Magnus Homes, such that the winning architect will be appointed by Magnus Homes to develop their design proposals up to RIBA Stage D (planning application) in the first instance.  Subject to the scheme successfully obtaining planning permission (and its commercial viability), Magnus Homes intends to retain the winning architect through to project completion.

The Competition is open internationally to architect-led design teams which (at Stage 2) will also need to include the services of a structural engineer and M&E consultant, as a minimum.  Magnus Homes intends to appoint its own Quantity Surveyor who will assess the deliverability of the schemes (particularly at Stage 2) and provide post-competition cost control.  Architectural students who have successfully completed their RIBA Part 2 studies and are working towards their Part 3 qualification are also welcome to enter the competition.  However, such applicants must give due consideration to a proposed delivery strategy in the event of them being short-listed and potentially being in a position to go on and win the competition.  The Winner will need to demonstrate an ability to take a scheme of this nature and magnitude through to planning and successful project completion.  The selection process will be organised as follows:

Stage 1:        Submission of concept designs which will be assessed anonymously.

Stage 2:        Up to five schemes will be selected to proceed to Stage 2 and anonymity subsequently lifted.  Stage 2 will involve further exploration and refinement of the Stage 1 ideas, with the short-listed teams invited to attend an interview and make a presentation to the Judging Panel.

1.2 Aspirational statement

The 2,600m2 [0.26Ha] site occupies a fantastic setting adjacent to Whitehaven Harbour and represents one of the most impressive current development opportunities in Cumbria.  Over the past decade, the former working port has been transformed into a thriving marina for leisure craft, with significant investment in associated public realm improvements.  The redevelopment of the site presents an opportunity to continue this regeneration via the contribution of an active harbour frontage, with improved visual and pedestrian links to the town centre.

The scheme should reinforce the distinctiveness of Whitehaven, and seek to complement, via the use of high quality architectural approaches, the local vernacular rather than necessarily offering a pastiche of it.  The scheme should respond to the context of the harbour-side setting and its marina, but should be mindful of its position between the harbour and the Town Centre, to achieve a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality.

Whilst allowing Whitehaven to become known as an exemplar of creative, high quality contextual design, the scheme will have to present a commercially viable proposition.

http://www.riba-whitehavencentralsite.org.uk/

SCHOOLS OF TOMORROW – student design competition


Sunday, August 8, 2010

INTRODUCTION

The design of educational facilities serves as a major focus for architects and the communities in which they live and work. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that there were 95,726 public schools in the United States in 2005, nearly 10,000 more than in 1995. And even in the current economic downturn, the American Institute of Architects indicates that the design and construction of schools represents the driving force of designs fees for architecture firms in the United States.

While population growth is projected to level off in the next few years, schools will continue to serve as the center for education in the community. School districts in the US will need to start building schools that address the needs of their users, needs that reach far beyond the color of paint in the classroom. And these large buildings will also need to start using technology and building systems to help reduce their economic and environmental impact.

Elementary schools in particular have generally simple programmatic requirements and allow for tremendous creativity within the design solution. The challenge comes in making a building that functions in the simplest way possible for the young minds of children, provides a modern workplace for the teachers and staff and promotes the spirit of its community. Kawneer and AIAS give students a chance to meet these challenges in the 2010 Schools of Tomorrow Design Competition…

COMPETITION OBJECTIVES

  • To research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an elementary school that serves the selected site and community.
  • To build knowledge about materials, products, and daylighting techniques (primarily using Kawneer architectural aluminum building products and systems) that can help earn LEED® certification points while creating a bright and fun atmosphere for learning.
  • To design a sustainable facility utilizing the USGBC LEED® building standards.*
  • To design a facility that uses the physical environment too support the learning process.
  • To encourage the use of sustainable and universal design principles for development of both the building and site.

*While AIAS design competitions include specific building products and services like rating and credentialing programs, this should not necessarily be construed as an endorsement by the AIAS.

http://www.aias.org/kawneer/program.php