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November, 2010

  1. 2011 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Challenge

    November 30, 2010 by architectural competitions


    In light of the volatile nature of the current global economy, businesses in urban centers are trending towards sustainable policies and practices which they hope will enable them to work more efficiently. One key component leading to the achievement of this goal is the commitment to smart architectural design. “Architecture that Works” is the theme of 2011 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Challenge which seeks to focus student-design groups on issues involving improving the urban work environment through innovative uses of space, structure and sociology. The desired outcome is the creation of “hyper-vertical communities of commerce” which inspires in form and “works” in function for both internal and external people populations.


    Just in its 3rd year, the 2011 Mock Firms Architectural Competition is already highly regarded on the landscape of student-based design competitions. The Mock Firms model aims to help facilitate the formation and function of simulated architectural design firms by collegiate and secondary school students. This year’s goal is to conceive, coordinate, construct and even commercialize a commercial office building project for downtown Los Angeles which will be ultimately judged by industry professionals against a field of the peers in Chicago. Teams or “firms” can consist from between 2 – 4 partners (an additional one can be an instructor) Additional classmates are encouraged be involved in the overall process as skilled “employees.”


    Currently, Mock Firms consists of the following 3 (three) categories:

    International Skyscraper Challenge (Graduate and Post-Graduate School)

    National Skyscraper Challenge (High School)

    Regional Home Design Challenge  (High School)

    The National Skyscraper Challenge brings together some of the brightest minds from high school architecture and engineering programs around the country assembling as student-firms to take on a given tall building project. Their reward is the opportunity to take part in face-to-face evaluations with some of the world’s leading design professionals. Additionally, these student-firms are positioned to assess the outcome of their ideas against the best of their academic peers worldwide. Finally, participants strive for excellence in the hopes of being designated the Top Mock Firm of the Year taking home a minimum $500 prize. Equivalent winning designations include but may not be limited to the following:\


    Top Marketing Firm

    Top Firm Organization

    Top Construction Firm

    Top Engineering Firm

    Top State Firm*

    Top Overall Design Firm

    *Contingent upon multiple

    entries from a state or school


    Nearly 40 registered student-firms

    Over 100 individual participants

    10 different participating states

    Over $2,000 in prizes distributed

    NEW FOR 2011

    • All entries will be only judged against their adherence to the rules which if in compliance will be automatic qualifiers for the competition and final project presentations. Entries will not be subject to qualifying determination based on the amount or quality of other competing entries.
    • A more, simplified and specified scoring rubric 
    • All participating firms on the secondary level will be focusing their design expertise on the same given site which will be Los Angeles, California.
    • Two new or adjusted award categories will be added. First, the Top Construction Firm will focus on the technical quality of the physical model. Second, we are honoring a Top Engineering Firm which seeks to more specifically recognize the CAD work and level of difficulty but buildabilty of your structure.
    • Non-attending firms will be able to submit additional physical materialinstructors” Breakfast Gathering
    • Tour of a major firm for early registrants
    • Attending teams can participate in the SkyRiser’s Awards Banquet for Future Designer’s
    • Awarded participants will have complimentary entry to the National Skyscraper Museum in New York City

  2. Futuristic Water and the bioreef diversity theory – City design Competition,

    November 30, 2010 by architectural competitions

    All entries must be received by may 15th 2011

    Language: English

    Main Location: London.

    International locations.

    judging will take place in two stages: at a research facility in Europe and a second in london, The research will continue to be collectively organized in London and at the BA laboratory. for the bioreef diversity book and publication which winners and top 15 -20 projects will be featured.

    ENTRY FEE: A early submission fee of only €65 per entry by 1st march is required from all participates or team representatives. a higher fee will be charged thereafter, Teams are encouraged and can split the fee. however we can only accept one project per entry fee.


    Open to all students and professionals in design, material sciences, architecture, urban planning, ecology and related professions. International Multi-cultured, Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.


    Early registration: €65 entry fee by March 1st.
    Submissions deadline: May 15th
    Winners announced: June 29th
    and Invite to join the Biological Architecture administration and research initiative.
    (which is a online Position updating your project throughout 2011)which is a
    opportunity, if you wish before the publication release in 2012.

    Design challenge

    The bio-mechanical futuristic water competition, is the International call for serious ecological ideas for the design of the biological mechanical village or urban quarter of the city – For the city of London, The competition seeks to apply a biological mechanical approach to the future environments of the city, applying the values of bioreef diversity. (the bioreef diversity theory is about the bio mimicry of our great origin and ancestors the coral reefs as the image and problem solver of our future city where great fluid diversity forms can begin to happen in the city in a controlled way.), the city is limited in growth and marooned through the implementation of the green belt. The areas for expansion are either through the current high density processes, which begin to populate flood plains, or to move eastwards denseifying east London breaking through the green belt towards the Thames estuary, where a new second generation London could rise from the waves. The idea is not new, the Thames estuary has been the topic of intense debate through the possibility of building a floating island airport off the coast of Kent, and a nature reserve with a flood gate connecting Essex and Kent in its core via a high speed monorail, These radical approaches cannot be discarded without intense exploration, Could the next east London generation be a floating one?

    The risk of flooding and density problems points to need for radical thinking, bringing the exciting prospect of populating the estuary and Thames with a new generation of floating eco villages, Thames bridge communities, and farms could emerge from the waves, integrating the interesting interwoven layers and networks of the canals and rivers that London has populated and built. London’s birth depended on water, London’s present is a balance of city and water together, London’s futuristic city will undoubtedly be a water based city formed by the rise of sea levels.

    The futuristic water competition seeks to harmonize the two through the explored application of the bio reef mechanical diversity architecture theory to its future environments. The use of new materials, technologies, (green tidal, wind, sea, bio fuel and solar energy ideals). Aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization,population increase, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration.

    City designs originally designed for other world cities but provide extremely commendable qualities which may be useful for London, will also be considered for the bioreef diversity publication if clearly demonstrated how the concept can be adapted – world examples section.

    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 very specific constraints in the most creative way. Proposals could tackle housing issues in London, tackle and propose a financial and research technology hub, which brings thousands of jobs, with 21st century homes, urban farm integrations, public green spaces that has rich urban vibrancy and street life , the question is how does London grow and prosper in the 21st century as a fluid diverse world city, but with sustainability at its core. The full brief and competition material can be found on the competition website.,


    The Awards recognise innovative and sustainable solutions to current issues faced by London but also to engage with global innovative ideas, which are capable of being transferred or adapted for use in London.

    Entries are assessed by a panel of international judges, a cash award, book publication,AB LAB access, and unique websites linked to the foundation, will be presented to the two winning projects.

    15-20 Honourable mention projects will also be featured in the bio-diversity book along with unique connected websites to the foundation with personal forums. This gives everyone a serious platform for self publication but to engage in debate and discussions.

    All submissions will receive an archive page (mini website) on the foundation website with full project description and personal forum and entry into the network paradigm.

    a Special Student Award will also be a part of the awards: to be announced.

    Submission requirements

    two 24” by 36” colour boards (landscape orientation) presented as digital files in PDF format at 300 dpi. Total combined files size is 20 MB. + word document can be uploaded separately, These boards are the visual summary of the transformation each team envisions for London city.

    A word document of between 1000 – 3000 words describing the project.

    Files should be named by your unique entry code number and submitted on the website registration page or sent to

    for example your files should look like this:
    Entrycode677board1.pdf 10mb
    Entrycode677board2.pdf 10mb
    and Entrycode677.doc if you would like to submit a word document as well.

    The competition is open to all students, Architects, Artists, individuals, and organisations, including central and local governments, community-based groups, NGOs, research organisations and the private sector from any country in the world.

    We strongly encourage the formation of interdisciplinary competition teams. We invite you to consult with or research professions not usually included in design competitions. Consider including biologist students, climatologists; public health experts, educators and urban activists along with designers, engineers and urban planners.

    There is no limit on the number of entries a given organization may submit, but all entrants must pay the full entry fee and each entry must meet every contest requirement to be considered.

    Jury – The Jury has been carefully constructed to test the projects ecologically, and how it supports or contradicts the bioreef diversity theory.

    Entries will be assessed by a large panel of international judges, representatives from BA foundation (2) Architect (1) Biologist (1) the British biological architecture foundation,(2) Engineer (1) Biologist (1) representatives from across the international bio-diversity organisations (2) Ecological Coral reef Experts . and Guest Architects in the Biomimicry Field (3). Judging will take place at a chosen research facility in Europe, Foundation headquarters in London,and at the BA,LAB and indian ocean facility,

    for the bioreef diversity book and publication winners will recieve a variatiion of between 10-15 pages each, within the book.

    winner announced 29th June.

    2011 -2012

    your projects will undergo rigorous testing in 2011, For government submission, and other projects which are government connected, where we can identify whether building regulations can be changed to allow a new fluid formed London generation to flourish. And allow planners to grant fluid diversity for the sake of bio mimicry, which allows greater natural efficiency- and the sustainability of our planet.

    The competition is one of the early initiatives of BA. for architects, students and designers to prove the needed shift in planning, and prove the needed fluid diversity to be allowed and the huge positive contribution it can make on our city environments. Which will make way for the investment to be allowed into the city for projects, which will otherwise be blocked through past planning laws. For now we are searching internationally for beautiful fluid diverse projects, which deal with the issues – outlined in the competition description and others you may already be researching.Building a database of beautiful designs for the environment of London city.

    Unleash the power of your imagination to envision a London capable of thriving through the future centuries.

    For more information, go to:


  3. The SPIRETEC Competition, India 2010

    November 30, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Spire World announces an open architectural design competition for its project SPIRETEC, a 62,750 square meter mixed use area that is part of an IT office complex, spread across approx 85,000 square meters of land; with a built potential of approx 1,75,000 square meters. The project is in Greater Noida; part of the Delhi – National Capital Region (NCR) India.

    Jury Members:

    Ajoy Choudhary, Aniket Bhagwat, Ashish Bhalla, Kai Gutschow, Ken Yeang,
    Lucien Kroll, Michael Sorkin, Peter Bosselman, Peter Head, Pradeep Sachdeva,
    Sanjay Prakash, Suparna Bhalla, Tay Kheng.

    Awards and Citations:
    Up to five honorable mentions will get an award of US$10,000 each.
    Three winners will get an award of US$ 25,000 each.
    The AOD shall receive a contract for US$ 250,000.

    Last date for Registration is 15th December 2010. Winners will be announced in the third week of February 2011

    For details please log on to:

  4. d3 Housing Tomorrow 2011

    November 29, 2010 by architectural competitions

    d3 is an organization committed to advancing innovative positions in architecture, art, and design by providing a collaborative environment for architects, artists, designers, and students from around the world.  Our New York-based program of exhibitions, events, and publications is focused on generating dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries in art and the built environment.  Our mission seeks to unearth new approaches to connecting, form, space, and materiality with innovative notions of interiority and exteriority at various scales.


    submissions only:

    competition categories

    CATEGORY 1: Open category that calls for sustainable residential design proposals envisioned for worldwide site locations.  All projects will be entered into this category.

    SPECIAL MENTION CATEGORIES: All projects will be eligible for typology-specific special mentions.


    Category 1
    · First Place   $1000 cash prize
    · Second Place  $500 cash prize
    · Third Place   $250 cash prize
    Special Mention Categories
    · High-Density Housing 
    · Medium-Density Housing
    · Low-Density Housing
    · Deployable Pod
    · Modular Interior
    · NYC

  5. Next Generation Design Competition 2011: Get Zero

    November 25, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Metropolis, the leading magazine for architecture and design professionals, announces the theme for its annual Next Generation® Design Competition, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The challenge is to take an ordinary GSA office building in Los Angeles, apply immense skill and creative energy, and GET ZERO – Zero Environmental Impact.

    GSA, one of the world’s biggest landlords, is being challenged by its Administrator Martha Johnson to achieve a Zero Environmental Footprint for its existing office buildings. She’s likened this challenge to the Apollo Space Project of the 1960s (the same decade when hundreds of new, modernist government buildings, like the one in downtown LA, were built). GSA’s colossal existing stock of buildings, over 9,600 of them in the U.S., poses an even bigger challenge: How can forward thinking-design transform backwards-looking buildings?

    NEXT GENERATION 2011: GET ZERO aims to supply the firepower with design ideas that GSA can use to further its aim, using the 8-story building at 300 North Los Angeles Street (in the Civic Center area of Los Angeles), as the test case for entrants

  6. 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

    November 25, 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?


    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.

  7. NESEA Student design competition

    November 22, 2010 by architectural competitions

    In a world that is changing rapidly, it is essential for buildings to conserve both energy and materials, provide a comfortable and healthy indoor environment, be durable, affordable, and desirable.  While the majority of current building construction is performed on-site, this competition will focus on the alternative; modular building technology.

    Competitors will be challenged with the design of a small residential community on a 4 acre vacant lot located in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Teams will submit a complete design package that will include a site plan, community center, and housing units for 20 families. They will be asked to clearly disclose both the heating loads and estimated cost of construction on their final presentation boards.

  8. Say thanks

    November 19, 2010 by architectural competitions


    It’s time for a break from the norm

    We want YOU to design the next best award to recognize great work.

    Design your ideal award and submit your design to the competition. Other visitors to the site will vote on the submitted designs, and the highest average score among eligible designs wins.

    The competition is to design a trophy-like award or memento that can be used to acknowledge and honor great work. These items would be given by companies and organizations to high performing employees, to acknowledge anniversaries and other milestones, and to otherwise recognize outstanding work.

    We want you to think of ideas beyond the typical brass and walnut plaque, the glass paperweight, or the lapel pin. Think of something you would really want or would really use, something you would be proud to receive in recognition of your own great work.

    Items may be for display purposes only or may be multi-use and functional. Items that are to be displayed in some way should be able to be hung on a wall or displayed on a desk or mantel.

    Designs may be a literal representation of the accomplishment or may be abstract representations of achievement (e.g., smart idea, team success, extra effort, great service, job well done).

    Items should allow an area for personalization, such as the recipient’s name, date, accomplishment or the actual name of the award.

    Items should be able to be reasonably produced within a few key price points, costing $10, $25, or $50 each.

    O.C. Tanner has some manufacturing capabilities in-house. Designs are encouraged to meet these parameters, though designs do not necessarily need to conform to these standards to be eligible to win. These in-house manufacturing capabilities are:

  9. Medellin 2010 Arquitectum

    November 19, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The “City Museum” besides becoming a milestone with local identity for the city of Medellín, in harmony with the hill Nutibara (important determinants of the city), aims to “remember to heal and dream to project” Three important references that clarify the intent of the “City Museum” are the Paulista Museum, the City Museum in Buenos Aires and the City Museum “in Mexico.Three significant projects that tell the story of the cities where they are located.

    more details:

  10. Spazio giovani alla frontiera -International Call for Ideas

    November 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    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 the registration form.