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September, 2010

  1. International Museum of Volcanoes (IMOV) Lanzarote 2010

    September 29, 2010 by architectural competitions

    I am writing to inform you about the opening of the registration period of
    the competition for architecture students International Museum of the
    Volcanoes (IMOV) 2010 Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.

    The best idea will be selected by the Jury for the International Museum of
    the Volcanoes (IMOV) Lanzarote 2010.

    The competition is open to all students of architecture worldwide, individually or in groups of up to three members.

    Registration Deadline:
    09/15/1910 to 11/15/1910

    Submission Deadline:

    3,500 euros in prizes for selected proposals + published in the journal
    Future Architecture + Exhibition of all proposals in + Book Collection from Pencil Editorial(30 books).

    Prestigious members that make up the jury are:

    – Mr. Jordi Ludevid i Anglada, Architect and President of the Supreme
    Council of Architects of Spain (CSCAE)
    – Mr. Felix Arranz, Architect and Director of School of Architecture
    Zaragoza, Universidad de San Jorge
    – Mr. Borja Ferrater, Architect and Assistant Director of Culture and
    International Affairs at UIC ESARQ
    – Mr. Juan Palop, Architect and Director of Planning and Architecture for Lap (LPA)
    – Mr. Ildefonso Aguilar, Artist

    More information and Bases in

    Hoping to be of your interest and hoping an appropriate difussion of the
    competition, we send a warm greeting,

    Arquideas Gestion de Concursos SL

  2. Vienna House of Music

    September 26, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Contest: Viena House of Music (VHOM)
    Type of contest: Architecture competition for students

    The House of Music is a new type of music school for Vienna that should be an important link between past and present of the city. The building will have to resolve two separate programs, a music school / conservatory and a new public space that is related to the park and the city.
    The project seeks to link the music and nature through the architecture. The Stadtpark is the chosen site, because it’s importance and because it’s located in Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse. The project has the difficulty of being close to the old town and in the middle of a park, at a time that is located along a small canal and two major avenues.
    The call is public and open to all undergraduate students, both from Architecture as from related careers like Engineering, Urban Planning, Design, etc. Students must be able to prove, by any official document (enrolment papers, student card, etc.) that, when the registration period opens, they are studying. All postgraduate students, whose undergraduate degree is not older than 3 years, can also participate.
    Participation can be individual or in group, with a maximum of six members per team allowed. Teams can have members of different nationalities and they don’t necessarily have to study in the same centre.
    The registration fee corresponds to the amount of money to be paid by each participating team, regardless of how many members the team has.

    The jury will be formed by the following members:
    Jury´s president Josep M. Montaner
    Architect Jordi Badía
    Architect and urbanist Adolf Sotoca
    Landscape architect Miguel Vidal Pla
    Choir and orchestra director Lluís Carné
    Architect Laura Spinadel (guest from Viena)

    1st Prize
    – 2000€.
    – Project publication on TC Cuadernos magazine.
    – One year subscription to Arquitectura Viva Proyectos magazine.
    – Exposition at the Architecture School of Barcelona ETSAB.

    2nd Prize
    – 600€
    – Project publication on TC Cuadernos magazine
    – One year subscription to Arquitectura Viva Proyectos magazine
    – Exposition at the Architecture School of Barcelona ETSAB

    3rd Prize
    – 400€
    – Project publication on TC Cuadernos magazine
    – One year subscription to Arquitectura Viva Proyectos magazine
    – Exposition at the Architecture School of Barcelona ETSAB

    10 honorable mentions
    – Exposition at the Architecture School of Barcelona ETSAB
    – Publication in architecture websites/blogs


    September 15, 2010 Late registration period ends
    January 31, 2011 Submission deadline

    Bases and more information:

  3. International Competition for the Centre for Promotion of Science in Belgrade

    September 24, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The subject of the architectural competition is the preparation of the Preliminary Architectural Design for the new building: Centre for the Promotion of Science. It is also required to provide urban and architectural ideas for the remaining part of the Block 39, hosting the University Campus (e.g. Universities of Belgrade: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and the Faculty of Organizational Science).

    New Belgrade’s block 39 should be seen as a Belgrade prime “innovation” part of the city, a scientific park (research institutes, universities, research based business), with special focus on designing the Centre for Promotion of Science. The Centre for Promotion of Science will be an institution of service and a national bank of knowledge in the field of science for general public. It will organise innovative and educative exhibitions, and bring science closer to general public.The Block 39 consists of 11,66 ha out of which 20.915 m2 have been allocated for the construction of the Centre for Promotion the Science building.

    The promoter expects to build approximately 10.000 m2 for exhibitions areas, science club, planetarium dome theatre, conference halls, restaurant/café, as well as administration and technical units.


    September 24, 2010 by architectural competitions


    It has been said that a pessimist is an optimist who knows better.

    It was also said that Schopenhauer’s philosophy was a pessimist one.

    We wonder…!?!

    What is pessimism…????????

    What is optimism…??????????

    Sometimes the “optimism” that is trumpeted to us by the media has such an exasperating emptiness that we would gladly trade it for the darkest pessimism.

    Indeed, isn’t pessimism fuller, truer, more enriching and even more encouraging, actually, to continue to live…???

    Paradoxically perhaps we find more hope in the fruitful descending than in the frivolous and futile “ascending” towards a light that is simply not there.

    All religions, actually, encourage this fruitful “descending” that spirituality in its very essence is… a “descending” that culminates in its opposite: true ascension!

    That pain is unavoidable in this life is not at all a secret. And not even paradoxes like the one Leonardo da Vinci expressed when he stated that Pain and Pleasure are twins can console us in our endless attempt to find peace, harmony, happiness.

    It is our belief that this is what Schopenhauer himself searched for, but from the position of “the optimist who knows better.”

    Descend, dear architect, descend into pessimism, if the so-called ideology of “being happy” brings you quite often on the verge of despair…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Descend, together with Schopenhauer, and explore the riches to be found “at the bottom,” as opposed to the glittering emptiness “at the top.”

    Design A HOUSE FOR ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, much more enriching than the empty “fullness” at the top.

    You could envision this house being located in Frankfurt, where he lived his last 27 years, or in Berlin, where he studied, or in Dansk where he was born, or in Weimar, where he lived at the time when Goethe was still alive.

    Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format that responds to the theme to We will publish all the works received on our website, There is an entry fee of 30E (15E for students) payable by PayPal through the registration section of our website. The registration deadline is October 21st, 2010. The deadline for submitting your work is November 21st, 2010. This competition is our homage to
    Schopenhauer, who died 150 years ago, on September 21st, 1860.
    If you have any questions please be kind and contact us.

    Thank you,

    ICARCH Gallery


    September 23, 2010 by architectural competitions


    It is impossible to visit The Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm and not be impressed by the ineffable balance between man and nature, the ephemeral and the eternal.

    Truly great work by the great Gunnar Asplund (in association with Sigurd Lewerentz)…!!!!!

    Equally great, the Temple of Books, built by the same architect, in the center of Stockholm: The Stockholm Public Library.

    And not less good, the great addition to the Gothenburg City Hall, another masterpiece of restrain and subtlety, that sensitive austerity that is the hallmark of the Scandinavian spirit in general.

    If there were just these three works and it would still be quite enough to consider Asplund as one of the great masters of the XXth Century architecture.

    So on the occasion of celebrating on September 22nd, this year, his 125th birthday, we invite you to envision A HOUSE FOR GUNNAR ASPLUND, a house for someone who knew so well how to be Modern without turning his back on the past.

    Imagine again, if possible, an architecture that is austere, yet not cold, highly Modern, yet with a subtle clin d’oeil towards what preceded us.

    Only fifteen years younger than Adolf Loos, Asplund was not afraid to commit “the crime of ornament,” but his ornaments have a discretion that testifies about their appropriateness in their unending tension with structure. It is the genius of the North, we believe, to be able to balance so well the two dichotomic forces that in some other parts of the world only lead to exasperation.

    It seems Asplund was able to marry the Modern with the Post-Modern even before Modernity gave signs of being tired. We think this is a great accomplishment, one that does not cease to amaze and inspire us!

    So let’s pay homage to an architect worthy of it…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Design a House for Gunnar Asplund…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format that responds to the theme to We will publish all the works received on our website. There is a registration fee of 30E (15E for students) payable by PayPal through the registration section of our website, The deadline for registration is October 20th, 2010 (seventy years after Gunnar Asplund died). The deadline for submitting your work is November 20th, 2010. If you have any questions please be kind and contact us.

    ICARCH Gallery

  6. Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

    September 23, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, along with creative partners University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center, are sponsoring a design competition addressing Minneapolis’ upper riverfront, the area extending from the Stone Arch Bridge to Minneapolis’ northern city limits, along both sides of the Mississippi River. This project builds on the MPRB award-winning 2000 master plan and is the first demonstration project of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s “Next Generation of Parks” – a design-driven vision for a 21st century park system. Please download the Project RFQ for more information.

    The Next Generation of Parks is a project initiated by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to engage citizens in imagining the future of the Minneapolis park system. For more information, download a PDF project description.

    Key Dates

    • RFQ announcement – 16 September
    • RFQ submission deadline – 13 October
    • Shortlist Announced – 26 October
    • Competition brief made available to teams – 1 November
    • Team visit – 15-17 November
    • Submission deadline – 21 January 2011
    • Winner announcement, prize and exhibition launch – 10 February 2011

  7. 1st International Acabion Architecture Competition

    September 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Registration by Sa, 09.10.2010
    Online Submission by Mo, 25.10.2010

    Your chance to design the first Acabion Hub or an intercontinental vacuum tube..
    AACLB announces the 1st Acabion Architecture Competition. Architecture is defined as a contextual integrated system. AACLB announces its first international competition to enhance the knowledge of advanced architectural design towards an architecture of bionics and integrated systems within an inevitable complex context. If you are interested in an existing technology that allows you to travel fast and effectively based on the principles of nature and if you do want futuristic visions to become closer to reality, you may want to submit your proposal.
    The competition offers entries within a number of categories, such as architecture, fashion, material technology or urban planning. Acabion so far is a vehicle and transport system inspired by bionics manifesting high-performance. Acabion stands for innovation, sustainability, research and humanity. Acabion Architecture focuses on highly performative design inspired by nature, technology and the basics of living. We are looking at design proposals which do not impose but value our basic human desires now and In future. Therefore we are looking at contributions using software packages that take into account issues such as environmental powers, swarm intelligence, parametrics, beauty and culture specific wisdom. We welcome all contributions subscribing to those parameters.

    So, 12.09.2010 Announcement of Competition
    Sa, 02.10.2010 Deadline for questions
    Mo, 04.10.2010 All questions and answers to be published
    Sa, 09.10.2010 Registration Deadline (closed midnight 12am CET)
    So, 10.10.2010 Workshop in Berlin – venue tbc
    Mo, 25.10.2010 Deadline for Online Submission for entries via e-mail (closed midnight 12am CET)
    Mo, 01.11.2010 Jury Awards made public
    We, 10.11.2010 Posters must be received by Tactile Architecture
    Fr, 19.11.2010 Public Exhibition, round table in Berlin

    AACLB acts in conjunction with EUSEW (European Sustainability Energy Week) 2011, location Berlin. Webpage
    AACLB is a collaboration of Tactile Architecture, Acabion, Mikova Systems and Werkstatt für Innovation (Berlin/Lucerne).

    For more information please visit
    Host Organization:
    AACLB, Berlin, Germany

    Tactile Architecture
    Tel. +49 1515 331 0379 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +49 1515 331 0379      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

  8. Award

    September 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    CLOUDSCAP.ES AWARD is looking for:
    Innovative visionary developments with regard to a building skin, which might have an impact on:

    – energy efficiency,
    – indoor environmental quality,
    – outdoor environmental quality and/or embedded energy / resources required for construction

    We are looking for a sketch idea with: title, visualization – up to 4 images,
    statement – a short text of up to 300 words in English.

    The jury will award $ 16 000 in prizes, one possible option is the following: 1st prize: $ 10 000 / 2nd prize: $ 3 000 / 3rd prize: $ 3 000. A small registration fee of $ 50 is required to participate.

    explanation video
    green + sexy
    visual and virtual cloudscapes
    the evolution of the building skin
    the challenge
    CLOUDSCAP.ES AWARD is looking for:
    Innovative visionary developments with regard to a building skin, which might have an impact on:

    energy efficiency,
    indoor environmental quality,
    outdoor environmental quality and/or embedded energy / resources required for construction
    We are looking for a sketch idea with: title, visualization – up to 4 images,
    statement – a short text of up to 300 words in English.

    The jury will award $ 16 000 in prizes, one possible option is the following:
    1st price: $ 10 000 / 2nd price: $ 3 000 / 3rd price: $ 3 000

    explanation video

    green + sexy
    “Green and sexy” has become synonymous with the combination of great design and minimal environmental footprint (with respect to the consumption of non-renewable resources). This could be everything from equipment (mechanical, sanitary, etc.), materials or a conceptual approach that is integral part of a design.

    The CLOUDSCAP.ES AWARD is looking for innovative developments with regard to a building skin which might have an impact on:

    energy efficiency
    indoor environmental quality (thermal-, acoustical- or visual comfort, air quality)
    outdoor environmental quality (heat island effect caused by structures, fresh air supply into the city, local environmental conditions, etc.)
    embedded energy / resources required for construction
    Transsolar also has a blog called “green + sexy”. The blog more and more becomes an open source platform of discussion for ideas in the context of design and environmental footprint.

    visual and virtual cloudscapes
    Transsolar KlimaEngineering will present „Cloudscapes“ at the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice (August 29 – November 21, 2010) in cooperation with Tetsuo Kondo Architects.

    Clouds are natural phenomena of our climate. Creating them indoors is only possible through climate engineering and is a visualization of our practice which normally goes unseen, hidden in buildings. “Cloudscapes” is an abstraction of a climate phenomena which unveils our techniques in the air around us.

    Next to the visual cloudscapes, Transsolar – in collaboration with its international partners – will invite visitors to take part in the competition for innovative ideas related to building skins 
CLOUDSCAP.ES AWARD, creating virtual cloudscapes of ideas.

    the evolution of the building skin
    The building skin’s appearance has changed a lot during the last 150 years. Beginning with the curtain wall constructions in Chicago in 1870, by separating the facade from the load bearing structure the facade becomes a driving force for architects and engineers. The Bauhaus style, with its fully glazed industrial buildings, led to problems with user comfort. The invention of the insulating glass is for sure the next step to be mentioned. The oil crisis of the 1970s created the awareness of the need for a more sustainable building envelope and for saving energy. The double facade developments in the 80s seemed to be the solution for bringing back the natural ventilation, but was also criticized for comfort issues and overheating problems.

    Now we have gained the knowledge to build these buildings without problems, we can simulate the design in an early stage of its development and forecast the building’s performance. We are able to install decentralized mechanical service units into our highly developed unitized facades to fulfill the user’s comfort, we are able to choose from a wide array of solutions to create the best possible solution.

    But now we have to face a new problem: climate change. The building industry has to find answers and the facade will play a big role in this challenge. It’s time to change our mind; maybe the fully glazed, highly equipped facade isn’t the answer. How will the facade look like in the future? We think glass will still be a major part of it, but well chosen and positioned in areas in which it could serve its potentials. The facade will get new surfaces that create added value like energy production, sun harvesting or light redirecting. The huge field of new materials will lead into new solutions to fulfill the requirements of the future. The decoration of the future will be a function, not materials that just look cool. The conclusion: we have to create buildings that are able to sail, instead of motoring on full throttle.

    the challenge
    The CLOUDSCAP.ES AWARD will be launched on September 15th and will run until December 30th, 2010, winners to be announced in January 2011. All participants are invited to post their work on the website during this time. On the 15th of each month 6 finalists – the projects with the most votes for that month – will be selected and placed into a separate gallery, not participating in the voting process anymore. The monthly winners will have the possibility to work on their project until the final submission date on December 30th. The jury will select the 1st place award and two 2nd place awards from the 18 finalists.

    The first participants will have less time to elaborate on the idea before posting it to the website, but more time to receive votes, and after the monthly selection, more time to develop it. The participants who decide to work more on their ideas and post them later will get less feedback and have less time for improvements.

    It is important for each participant to choose the strategy that fits best for them.

    This is an international competition open to everyone, not only architects and engineers, but also artists, students, dreamers, inventors are encouraged to participate.

    There is no age limit; the projects may be carried out individually or in groups, with no restriction on the number of members of the team. However, each team project must have a primary contact person. Individuals may submit entries as individuals and/or as part of a team.

    Any employees or members of corporate bodies of the CLOUDSAP.ES AWARD team or a sponsor or their relatives by birth or marriage shall not be eligible for participation. The same shall apply for persons related to one or more of the members of the Jury by birth or marriage.

    A small registration fee of $ 50 is required to participate. The payment via PayPal will allow each participant to submit 1 work to the web-gallery.

    The submission of the ideas is in 2 parts: sketch idea – for each entry uploaded to the web-gallery, and idea proposal – for the finalists.

    The sketch idea will be uploaded to the website and will participate in the voting. The following pieces should be submitted:

    title: The title of the project should be appropriate for the idea, catchy and preferably concise.
    visualization: Up to 4 jpg/jpeg/png/gif images are required to describe and visualize the idea. One of them will be chosen by the participant to be the “main image” which will appear on the web platform as the representative image of the project. The recommended size for the image is 1200×1200 pixel and it should not exceed 6MB in actual file size. Please keep in mind that the images will be viewed on a screen, so ensure text and details are large enough to be read, but the file small enough to load fast.
    statement: A short text of up to 300 words in English.
    The idea proposal will be submitted by the finalists until the final submission date. For this second part of the submission the finalists will upload to the web gallery one of the following:

    visualization: 3 additional jpg/jpeg/png/gif images to the ones submitted in the 1st part, or 6 reworked images in addition to the “main image” which will not be changed during the whole duration of the competition. The size and resolution of the images will be the same as for the 1st part.

    video: 1 embedded video from a vimeo account to explain and illustrate the idea, the process etc. This should not be longer than 3 minutes in length.

    For more information visit:

  9. FABRICATE Call for Work

    September 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    FABRICATE is an International Peer Reviewed Conference with supporting publication and exhibition to be held at The Building Centre in London from 15-16 April 2011. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, FABRICATE will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes will include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.

    FABRICATE has emerged as the first in a series of focused events from the highly successful ‘Digital Architecture London’ Conference and ‘Digital Hinterlands’ Exhibition in September 2009. Organised by The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in collaboration with The Building Centre London, this conference intends to frame discussion around the presentation of built or partially built works by individuals or collaborators in research, practice and industry selected from submissions through our Call for Works (extended deadline 20 September 2010).

    Representing the broad disciplinary spectrum from design to production, the presentation of built work will contribute alongside leading invited speakers from Australia, Europe, North America, and Asia. A significant and supportive context for the event will be provided by London’s extensive network of global creative consultancies, many no more than a short stroll away from the venue.

    We welcome original, innovative and pioneering projects for the Call for Works and we would also encourage works in progress to enter too. Submission requirements emphasize strong and informative visual material with succinct analytical text and project synopsis. Selected conference submissions together with articles from keynote speakers will be featured in ‘FABRICATE: Making Digital Architecture’ published by Riverside Architectural Press and launched at the conference.

    For more information visit:

  10. Philips Livable Cities Award program

    September 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Every one can participate:!/pages/Premios-Philips-Ciudades-Habitables/138464979522266?ref=sgm
    winner receives EUR 75,000

    We are looking for ideas and concepts
    that have not yet been implemented.
    These ideas must:
    • Demonstrate a ‘simple solution’ to the complex challenges of keeping cities livable;
    • Be original, and not previously proposed or developed, either in whole or part, by anyone else;
    • Be implementable within a maximum
    of two years

    There are three Award categories:
    • Well-being Outdoors: Initiatives that will
    help make citizens feel safe and secure in public spaces, or help create city identity
    and foster a sense of belonging;
    • Independent Living: Initiatives that will
    help the growing number of elderly
    people living alone to feel secure and comfortable in a city, and/or enable
    them to live longer at home with the appropriate access to healthcare;
    • Healthy Lifestyle at Work and Home: Initiatives that will support a healthy body and mind, whether through a person’s surroundings or other essentials such
    as exercise, sleep and diet.

    One overall winning idea from any of the
    three categories will receive a grant of
    €75,000. Two additional ideas from the remaining categories will also each receive grants of €25,000. In addition, the winners
    will have the opportunity to promote their ideas and their cities.
    2 winners of the remaining categories receive EUR 25,000 each