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October, 2010

  1. Gentrified: Carving out Space for the Homeless after Gentrification: September 2011 Vignette Competition

    October 29, 2010 by architectural competitions


    Craft and clearly communicate your idea for a design school that fosters a socially-aware education for its students. In lieu of an interview or paper series for this year’s competition, SDF is relying on the talent of its participants. In Spring 2010, SDF held the first of the two programming. The winning entry was published June 25, 2010, and is available in the previous pages of this pdf. 2011 design competition participants may use the winning program as a strict foundation for their own work, a platform on which to explore their own ideas, or simply as inspiration. Your design may be as similar or as different from the 2010 program competition winner as you feel appropriate for your own design project.


    Everyone is welcome to register: entries from all countries and all fields are encouraged. Entries can be from an individual or group. Groups are limited to four people.


    Registration September 4 – November 19, 2010

    Submissions Accepted January 3, 2011

    Submission Deadline January 28, 2011*

  2. Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study

    October 27, 2010 by architectural competitions

    SUPERFRONT LA’s first exhibit of 2011 considers Detroit both as a specific city and as a set of circumstances. Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study invites not so much a comparison of Detroit and Brooklyn but a calculated misreading. How and where might the logics or circumstances of Detroit operate in Brooklyn?  At what scale of intervention or performance could Detroit and Brooklyn become indistinguishable?

    This exhibit aims to investigate Detroit as not only a given typology – the shrinking city, abandoned city, reclaimed city – but also as an everyday environment, as a specific place with specific moments. To reconfigure the relationship between typology and specificity, we welcome Detroit studies of Brooklyn and Brooklyn studies of Detroit. Through a range of works from multiple disciplines, the exhibit aims to produce a case study (an empirical inquiry that investigates a phenomenon within its real-life context) of a Detroit that may or may not exist.

    Artists (visual and performance), architects, planners, urban designers and other practitioners are invited to submit investigations, research, and existing work in any medium.

    Call for entries – please submit work for consideration in any format. By email: submit links, text description, or attached files no larger than 2 MB to . By hard-copy, submit to SUPERFRONT BK, c/o Chloë Bass, 476 Jefferson Street #202, Brooklyn, NY 11237.  Please do not send original work. If you request that materials be returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.   For consideration, all materials must be received by November 22nd.

    Architects, artists, urban designers, and planners selected for exhibition will be notified November 30th.

  3. 2011 Hines Competition now accepting applications

    October 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Call for Applications!

    Sep 092010

    Big ideas. Bold visions. The enduring legacy of Gerald D. Hines.
    Do you envision a more innovative built environment? Put your skills and ideas to the test in the ninth annual ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition and compete to win $50,000.

    Successful real estate development and design in the 21st century requires intensive collaboration across disciplines and sectors. In the Hines Competition, you will have the chance to form a multidisciplinary team with four other graduate students in the United States or Canada and tackle a real land use challenge in a U.S. city.

    Deadline for applications:
    December 3, 2010
    Applicants notified of eligibility:
    December 10, 2010
    Competition dates:
    January 17 – 31, 2011
    Finalist teams announced:
    Week of February 21, 2011
    Site visit by finalist team rep:
    March 4, 2011
    Final presentations to jury:
    March 31, 2011

  4. A101 project

    October 21, 2010 by architectural competitions

    A101 is a project for a new city of 150.000 people and 13 million m2 of housing near Moscow and the largest development of the Masstab Company. The planning for the city as a whole was designed by an international group of urban designers headed by the Dutch office Maxwan.

    At this moment the project has entered a new stage – the detailed design of part of the development. In the near future, 1,2 million m2 of housing will be constructed on an area of 154 ha on the basis of a masterplan that is designed in competition by four renowned teams:

    MVRDV – The Netherlands

    KCAP/Next Architects – the Netherlands

    Hilmer Sattler Albrecht – Germany

    EDDAE – Spain

    This masterplan and the rest of the A101 project are based on the Block City concept that was developed by the competition’s curator Bart Goldhoorn. This means that 80% of the urban blocks in the project should have a standard size.

    Simultaneously with the closed competition for the masterplan Masshtab Company invites architects from all over the world to send in projects for an open competition for urban blocks that can be used in the A101 project. Since it is planned to build over 500 blocks, the result of the competition will not just be the choice of one winning project, but the creation of a catalogue of possible solutions that can be applied on different locations and in different stages of realization of the A101 project.

  5. The 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture

    October 20, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, to be awarded in June 2011, will reward notable renovations carried out in Europe during the past five years.

    rehab 6 [Résolution de l'écran] reconversion des moulins de la Meuse à Namur 98 [Résoluti atelier d'art urbain [Résolution de l'écran] rehab. 3 [Résolution de l'écran] rehab.2 [Résolution de l'écran] Ian Begg chateau écosse à recadrer [Résolution de l'écr rehab 5 [Résolution de l'écran] rehab. 4 [Résolution de l'écran] rahab 9 [Résolution de l'écran] plessis [Résolution de l'écran] statut sphinx [Résolution de l'écran]

    During the 20th century, a tabula rasa town planning policy often prevailed and existing buildings no longer suitable for their original use were sacrificed regardless of what they represented for local people.

    Today, and this will be even more so in the future, a very large part of architecture concerns the renovation of existing buildings that are often given a new use. Factories, workshops, covered markets, warehouses, barracks and various public and private, secular and religious, abandoned or escheated buildings are restored to life and are appreciated all the more for being a part of the collective memory and history or a town or neighbourhood of which they are often structuring elements.

    The 2011 Prize will seek to reward projects that are part of a process of urban renaissance, which highlight the pre-existing patrimony, improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods and favour mixity.

    The prize money is 30,000 euros, made available to the jury by the prize founder, the architect Philippe Rotthier.

    The prize-winning and mentioned projects will be presented in a catalogue and exhibited in October 2011 at the Brussels Architecture Museum, the inauguration of which will be simultaneous with the prize-giving ceremony


    October 18, 2010 by architectural competitions

    LAMP LIGHTING SOLUTIONS values the creativity, innovation and sustainability of the lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project.

    The awards are divided into 4 categories:

    1. Architectural Exterior Lighting
    Lighting projects for exterior illumination such as: facades, sport facilities, monuments, canopies, etc.
    2. Interior Lighting
    Lighting projects for interior illumination such as: shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, single buildings, offices, etc.
    3. Urban and Landscape Lighting
    Lighting projects for urban illumination such as: squares, roundabouts, avenues, streets, parks, bridges, etc.
    4. Students Proposals
    This year’s theme is “Nomads”; lighting projects for mobility areas such as: airports, harbors, metro, bus and tram stations, taxi stands, bicycle stops, etc. Only idea-based projects will be accepted.

    The jury will determine four finalists in each category and four winners, with a total economic reward of 33.000€, higher than 2010:

    • Architectural Exterior Lighting Award: 10.000€
    • Interior Lighting Award: 10.000€
    • Urban and Landscape Lighting Award: 10.000€
    • Students Proposals Award: 3.000€

    The jury’s verdict will be announced at a special event in the city of Barcelona during the month of June 2011. The LIGHTING CONCEPTS ’11 book will include the finalists’ projects.

    Any lighting designers, architects, urban planners, interior designers, engineers, landscapers or students who are authors of a lighting project can participate.
    Registration for the awards and the submitting of projects can be made on-line at from 1 November 2010 until 28 February 2011.

    The panel of judges will include prestigious professionals specialised in the lighting design, architecture, interior design and press sectors.


    October 17, 2010 by architectural competitions

    We learn from the radio that “the most powerful” actor on the planet is Johnny Depp, because his films earned we don’t know how many billions of dollars… and that on the second place, as “the most powerful” entertainer is Lady Gaga… with we do not know how many billions…

    And in so many other places, from radio to TV, to the countless cable channels, to the web, to newspapers, to advertisements of all kinds, we learn the very same thing… that MONEY is the true king and god of our time.

    America won, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Gone is the shame that would have made any European in the past (but is it still true?) lower his head, when mentioning money in such a blatant manner. And gone is the time when Schopenhauer wrote:

    “But this very necessity of involuntary suffering (by poor people) for eternal salvation is also expressed by that utterance of the Savior (Matthew 19:24): “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Therefore those who were greatly in earnest about their eternal salvation, chose voluntary poverty when fate had denied this to them and they had been born in wealth. Thus Buddha Sakyamuni was born a prince, but voluntarily took to the mendicant’s staff; and Francis of Assisi, the founder of the mendicant orders who, as a youngster at a ball, where the daughters of all the notabilities were sitting together, was asked: “Now Francis, will you not soon make your choice from these beauties?” and who replied: “I have made a far more beautiful choice!” “Whom?” “La poverta (poverty)”: whereupon he abandoned every thing shortly afterwards and wandered through the land as a mendicant.”

    – Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena, Vol. II, §170

    But today, Ladies and Glentlemen, from New York to Djakarta, from Los Angeles to Beijing, from Washington to Moscow, from Houston to Paris, from Chicago to Amsterdam, from San Francisco to Sidney, from Boston to Sao Paolo, MONEY RULES.

    America won, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Its “powerful” ideology won.

    The dollar and the dollar mentality still rules (even if the dollar itself kind of struggles, for some time now).

    People whisper with great emotion, barely breathing, the numbers related to the “fifth element,” as Brodsky called money. Not only fire, water, air and earth, Ladies and Gentlemen, but also MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! The more, the better…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We invite you to reflect on money seriously.

    Is America right, America of the strongest(?) army, America of the strongest(?) corporations, America of the tallest (not any longer) buildings, America of the strongest(?) – that is, the most voracious form of Capitalism…?????????????

    Did indeed money win, Ladies and Gentlemen…??????????????

    Is Schopenhauer forgotten…??????????????

    Are the Scriptures forgotten TOO, even those that are “righteously” and “piously” under the arm of the President of the “strongest” country on earth when he enters the “strongest” (is the word appropriate?) church…??????????????????????

    What is the true value of money, Ladies and Gentlemen…????????

    Is becoming rich truly glorious, as even the Chinese are busy to declare now…?

    Don’t be timid, Ladies and Gentlemen, do not tremble in front of this paper god…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look straight into its fearful eyes, because this is what we believe, that money is for the weak and the fearful, and design, mockingly or sternly or furiously, or adulatingly (if the paper god seduces you): THE HOUSE OF MONEY.

    Maybe later on we will ask you to design a house for its very opposite:


    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 no entry fee for this competition. The registration deadline is December 15th. The submission deadline is January 15th, 2011. If you have a questions, please contact us.

    Thank you,

    ICARCH Gallery

  8. Exhibition Road Competition

    October 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The Victoria and Albert Museum wishes to create a major new gallery with the capacity to deliver its high-profile programme of temporary exhibitions, a new museum entrance and a courtyard to create an informal and inviting relationship with Exhibition Road.

    The gallery, providing approximately 1500m2 of relatively uninterrupted (column-free) exhibition space, will be formed below street level, on the only undeveloped site in the Museum. Above the gallery there will be a new external courtyard-style space, linking the V&A to Exhibition Road through Sir Aston Webb’s historic arched stone screen and creating a new entrance into the museum. The new courtyard will need to be flexible so that the space could be used for installations, performances, for events or a cafe.

  9. Aspern Lakeside Park Landscape Design Competition

    October 13, 2010 by architectural competitions

    It is the object of the competition to obtain a design concept for the modular open space system of the Aspern Lakeside Park, to be composed of a Central Park, West Park and East Park as well as a Lakeside Promenade for Aspern Vienna’s Urban Lakeside. The Lakeside Park is to cover a total area of approx. 9.7 hectares and will form the central element of the newly emerging city quarter aspern Urban Lakeside in the north-eastern part of Vienna. It is envisaged to implement the landscape design project in two construction stages until 2020. The amount of Euro 5 million has been set aside as net production costs for the first construction stage.

  10. The 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

    October 11, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Project Eligibility/Who May Apply

    • The project must be a real place, not just a plan or program.
    • Since site visits are integral to the award process, the project must have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success.
    • The project must be located in the continental United States. It is not feasible to conduct site visits at other locations.
    • There are no distinct categories. Projects may include any type of place that makes a positive contribution to the urban built environment.
    • Urban environment is broadly defined to include cities, towns, villages, neighborhoods, counties and/or regions.
    • Previous applicants and Honorable Mention winners may apply up to three times. Previous winners are not eligible.