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December, 2010

  1. The City of Dreams 2011 PAVILION

    December 27, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Since Governors Island first opened to the public in 2004, the attention and interest that this new public place has received has increased exponentially. In 2010, over 400,000 people visited the island through its summer season (early June to mid October) to engage in a variety of arts and cultural programs, as well as to enjoy summertime activities like picnicking and bike riding on the island.

    FIGMENT, one of the island’s key cultural partners, has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to sponsor a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion for the 2011 summer season on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2011 pavilion will be our second City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The result of our first design competition, in 2010, was the Living Pavilion, designed by Ann Ha, Assoc. AIA, and Behrang Behin, Assoc. AIA.

    We are excited to announce we are now accepting entries for The City of Dreams 2011 Pavilion competition!

    The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?

    The current state of the world is such that both economic and natural resources are limited in ways we have never experienced in our lifetimes. A new way of thinking is necessary to solve the problems that the world faces. Inevitably, the result will be a change in the basic practices that have driven the world to its current state. One place to start to activate and energize these changes in within the architecture and design community, where the movement toward sustainable design has only scratched the surface of what is possible and necessary.

    Register here or read more!

    To Submit a Proposal:
    1 Register by January 15, 2011. The fee to enter is a tax deductible donation to FIGMENT, which will be applied to the costs of building and maintaining the winning entry, as follows:
    • Student entries – $20
    • Individual entries – $50
    • Group entries – $80
    After you have registered you will receive a link to download a submission packet with the City of Dreams Pavilion 2011 Design Guide and reference images of Governors Island, the 2010 Living Pavilion, and FIGMENT projects that have been built previously on the island.

    2 Submit your City of dreams Living pavilion proposal by 11:59pm ET on February 1, 2011.

    3 Our jury will meet and we will notify all finalists by March 1, 2011.

    Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of architects and non-architects of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project. Attribution of the winner and finalists will be given based on the names of the individuals who enter, rather than to any firm with whom they are affiliated.

    Proposal Criteria

    Instead of a typical design competition, the City of Dreams Pavilion asks entrants to consider how they will construct this temporary structure in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Entrants should consider the entire lifecycle of building materials in their submission. Whether they do this by identifying companies that produce “cradle to cradle” products, garnering sponsorships from environmental or socially conscious groups, or re-using waste from construction sites, the materials used and the installation process should have as little impact as possible on the environment.
    Entrants should submit where their materials are to come from, how their structures will be transported to the site, how they will eliminate waste during installation, and how they plan to disassemble and reuse the materials after the island closes for the season. In other words, entrants are being asked to consider using “borrowed” materials—from existing construction sites and from places where the materials can be returned after the season is over and the temporary structure is disassembled.
    In the end, the goal is to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and that serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable, way of thinking about design and construction.

    We anticipate that the pavilion will be installed in FIGMENT Terrace, a courtyard surrounded on three sides by Liggett Hall, and directly through an archway through the building from Colonels Row, where many summer concerts and events take place. For the last three years, FIGMENT Terrace has been home to FIGMENT’s season-long exhibitions: a Minigolf Course and an interactive Sculpture Garden, and we anticipate that these exhibitions will be returning in 2011. Final placement of the pavilion is, however, subject to change and discussion with the Trust for Governors Island upon selection. We have included CAD plans and aerial photos in the City of Dreams Pavilion 2011 Design Guide for your use in preparing your proposal.

    Project Timeline
    Registration and submissions open: December 1, 2010
    • Registration deadline: January 15, 2011 (11:59pm ET)
    • Deadline for proposal submission: February 1, 2011 (11:59pm ET)
    • Notification of finalists, with comments: March 1, 2011
    • Finalist proposal revisions due: March 31, 3011
    • Selection of competition winner: April 15, 2011
    • Installation start: May 1, 2011
    • Installation completion: by June 4, 2011
    • Summer Season 2011 on Governors Island: June 4-October 9
    • FIGMENT NYC event on Governors Island: June 10-12, 2011
    • De-Installation: after October 9, 2011 (dates TBD)

    Please address any questions to

  2. PLAT Journal 1.5 Call for Entries MIND THE GAP

    December 27, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The distance between architectural representation and the built environment is closing. New building technologies and representational tools as well as the accumulation of economic and political capital conspire to erode the friction between them.

    Two lines on a piece of paper are not a wall. Drawing conventions are symbols that require interpretation. We have always relied on the intelligibility of these notations in order to operate. Today, however, technologies remove the need for translation; mass-customized parts go from the 3D model or database to the mill to the site without being drawn in a plan or section. Emerging superpowers are able to create buildings which push the boundaries of economic and structural feasibility; entire islands are created, landscaped, and urbanized in less than a lifetime. In a time when even the most fantastical drawings can be realized as architecture, it is easy to ignore the gap between representation and building.

    Yet the interrogation of this gap has been critical for the advancement of architecture. Libeskind’s drawings and Hadid’s paintings problematized and destabilized the representation of architectural space. Archigram’s transcendence of their political and economic circumstances through drawing opened new territory for the discourse. The ascendancy of new forms of representation (the diagram, the map, the cartoon, the rendering, animation, etc.) provokes different interrogations and explorations. PLAT 1.5 invites the submission of images, essays, projects, and manifestos that MIND THE GAP.


    February 14, 2011


    Please submit an abstract and (if applicable) images by February 14, 2011. Submissions should be in American English and formatted in the Chicago Manual of Style with all sources clearly documented. Images should be a JPEG, 2 MB or smaller. Authors should have high-resolution, publication-quality images available if selected. All authors must have rights or permissions for all images submitted before final publication. Any questions should be sent to

  3. projectFIND

    December 20, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Calling all socially responsible designers!

    The 2nd annual projectFIND Design Competition, created by non-profit organization Rebuild Global, is asking all socially responsible designers to return to the drawing board and take a stand for something that is important to them – and their community.  After the success of the competition’s first completion in November of last year, Rebuild Global continues with the effort to create a shift in the way designers collectively think about and act upon the challenges in the communities they live, love and grow.  The organization is once again seeking the talents of individuals to be the voice that will educate and inspire others to seek out creative solutions.

    We are challenging you and all creative individuals who have a vested interest in our community to seek out projects that improve our community. The core objective of the competition is to inspire, educate and reach out to local San Diego residents and visitors as well as build global, environmental and artistic awareness throughout our city.

    The challenge is open to anyone or any group of passionate and talented individuals to conceptualize potential socially responsible projects.  Projects can range in scope and scale with the winning entry selected by a panel of
    judges who share an overall commitment to our environment.

    We look forward to seeing your work!

  4. The 2011 Brisbane Ideas Competition

    December 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    The aim of this inaugural competition is to provide a neutral forum for the expression and exploration of ideas about Brisbane, Australia and to help facilitate valuable public debate regarding the future of our city.

    Thank you for considering entering this competition and supporting Heise Education.

    Critical Dates

    A full list of critical dates is available on the deadline page.
    Last day for Registration – 3rd of January 2011
    Stage One Competition Submission Deadline – 10th of January 2011


    December 15, 2010 by architectural competitions

    New Competition Gives Young Architects and Designers a Forum to Discuss New Ideas and Perspectives

    Los Angeles, CA (November 8, 2010) – The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles’s growing roster of programs. The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges. Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award.

    “At this stage in their career, young architects and designers have begun forming a clear idea of what architecture is, but they probably cannot draw an audience with whom to share those thoughts,” explains Li Wen, Gensler Design Director and Arch Is Committee Head. “Arch Is offers a much-needed forum for this new generation of architects and designers and an opportunity for them to present before an audience of peers and mentors.”

    The 2010 Arch Is Jury includes: Neil Denari, AIA (Neil M. Denari Architects), Lisa Iwamoto, AIA (IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture), Mia Lehrer, FASLA (Mia Lehrer + Associates), and Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG).

    The Arch Is competition is open to any design collaborations, design partnerships, or designers residing in California who have graduated from an accredited architecture school or foreign equivalent within the last 5 to 12 years. Participants must register by January 7, 2011 (new extended deadline) and submit their materials by January 21, 2011. The winners will be announced and invited to speak at a public AIA|LA awards ceremony and forum event in March 2011.

    About AIA|Los Angeles
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. AIA/Los Angeles is a not-for-profit professional membership association.

  6. 3rd International Holcim Awards competition

    December 8, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Zurich/Switzerland, July 1, 2010 – The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition offering a total of USD 2 million in prize money is open to: sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

    Entries must be submitted online at by March 23, 2011. The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to anyone involved with approaches that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment. The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition is comprised of five regional competitions in 2010/11 and the global phase in 2012. Step-by-step instructions on how to enter the competition are available at:

    Holcim Awards (main) and “Next Generation” (student) categories
    The main category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues with contemporary building and construction. Projects are eligible for the competition if they have reached an advanced stage of design. Construction (or commercial production in the case of materials, products and construction technologies) must not have started before July 1, 2010. In addition, the Holcim Awards seeks visions and ideas for the “Next Generation” category, open to student projects created within university programs at final year bachelor level or above (including master’s and PhD).

    Measuring up to “target issues” for sustainable construction
    Submissions in both categories are evaluated by independent juries, using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these align with the triple bottom line concept of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, and innovation and transferability. For further details see:

    Internationally renowned architects and academics in juries
    The juries in the five competition regions include experts in sustainable construction, such as Angelo Bucci (Brazil), Raymond J. Cole (Canada), Wowo Ding (China), Harry Gugger (Switzerland), Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), Sheila Kennedy (USA), Ashok B. Lall (India), Winy Maas (Netherlands), Jürgen Mayer H. (Germany), Mohsen Mostafavi (USA), Amer Moustafa (UAE), Lucy Musgrave (UK), Olivia la O’ Castillo (Philippines), Joe Osae-Addo (Ghana), Michel Rojkind (Mexico), Hashim Sarkis (Lebanon), Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica), Gunawan Tjahjono (Indonesia). A full list of jury members is available at:

    Support by world-renowned technical universities  
    The Holcim Awards competitions are conducted in partnership with some of the world’s leading technical universities. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) leads the Technical Competence Center of the Holcim Foundation. Other partner universities which host the independent competition juries are: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, Mexico; l’École Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca (EAC) in Morocco, and Tongji University (TJU) in Shanghai, China. The Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, are associated universities of the Holcim Foundation.

    100 prize winning projects in the first two competitions
    In the 2nd Holcim Awards competition 2008/2009, almost 5000 projects from 120 countries were submitted. The 52 prize-winning projects included the global winners: Holcim Awards Gold – River remediation and urban development scheme, Fez, Morocco. Silver – Low-impact greenfield university campus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Bronze – Sustainable planning for a rural community, Beijing, China. “Innovation” prize – Self-contained day labor station, San Francisco, USA. Details about the 100 prize-winning projects from both the 1st and 2nd competition cycles are available at:

  7. Global Design Competition: Redesign the Globe Cafe in Seattle

    December 7, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Help us grow a new sustainability design resource in Seattle and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

    The Global Design Competition is open to individuals and organizations world-wide and aims to collect a broad variety of design solutions for low carbon restaurants by any means possible, including but not limited to reduction in the need for electricity, food product choices, localized power generation and waste energy capture and reuse.

    We encourage participants to form multidisciplinary teams to ensure feasibility of designs by taking into full account the areas of building design and construction, appliance engineering and restauranteering.

    The primary goal of the competition is to create a shareware reference collection of design solutions for sustainable restaurants and cafes that will serve as models, in Seattle and other cloudy places. The database will also function as a services directory for design teams.  Extrapolating a design in this space is beyond the scope of this contest, which is solely to create a reference collection of designs that are usable across an array of building configurations that include ground floor retail spaces in mixed use buildings.

    The Global Design Competition is an entirely not-for-profit project. The organizers will not profit financially from the competition. All prize money is donated by sponsoring businesses and the organizer, a resident of Seattle who does not work in the renewable energy field. All solutions will be posted for public reference on the Internet, through the Department of Energy and other publicly accessible open-source/shareware sites.

    The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2011. A winner will be announced June 15th, 2011.

    The Global Design Competition will award a $10,000 prize to the winning design.

  8. LIFEedited

    December 6, 2010 by architectural competitions


    Design a jewel box of an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420sf (~39 m2).


    What if we could save money, radically reduce our environmental impact, and have a freer, less complicated life?

    Treehugger founder Graham Hill has part of the answer: we need to have less stuff and live in smaller spaces, like the 420sf (~39 m2) apartment he will renovate in 2011. With some design and technology magic, we think 420 square feet can allow for working at home, space for 2 guests to stay over, a sit-down dinner for 12, lounge space for 8, and maybe even a steam room.

    So we’re asking you to redesign a small space thinking about these core ideas:

    • transforming space – use one space for work, play, sleep, guests
    • digitize everything – photos, books, music
    • from ownership to access – think Netflix, Zipcar, Airbnb, etc.
    • only the essentials – cut down on extraneous stuff, leaving only what’s really necessary

    The winning concept will be used in a renovation of a 420sf apartment in New York City in mid 2011. Ideas will remain online as reference, to inspire and encourage others to rethink how they buy, rent, renovate and furnish their future properties.

    Task Definition

    Create a design based on Graham Hill’s 420 sf apartment. The design needs to support the life of a real person in the apartment – someone who works, eats, lives, and entertains. We’re looking for apartment designs that allow for:

    • a sit-down dinner for 12
    • a comfortable lounging option for 8 people
    • space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy
    • a home office
    • a work area with space for a rolling tool chest
    • a hideable kitchen

    As the room function is changed, it should not feel like you are sleeping in your office or eating in your bedroom. At the same time, it should be easy and quick enough to change the room function that one would actually do it.

    We believe feedback and conversation can help you improve your ideas. You have the ability to post and update your entry at any time up until the submission deadline — and we highly encourage you to do so. In return, you’ll receive feedback from Graham, your peers, and our jurors.


    Photos of the space we’ll be renovating are available in this Flickr set.

    For those who have AutoCAD, DWG files are available here.

    If you don’t have AutoCAD, there are still plenty of ways to get involved! Google Sketchup is a free 3D modeling tool with a huge library of pre-made components available. We’ve created the basic plan for the apartment that you can use as a starting point, available here.

    Floorplans and concept sketches are also great submissions. Here are floor and elevation diagrams in PNG form, and more detailed ones in PDF are available here.

  9. Taichung Gateway Park International Competition

    December 1, 2010 by architectural competitions

    Taichung City Government has been actively pursing the planning work for Taichung Gateway City in response to globalization trends, anticipated growth of Taiwan-China trade, Central Taiwan development objectives as well as Taichung’s own vision to become a livable international metropolis. The goal is to create a visionary, innovative and international urban environment while at the same time establishing close links between Central Taiwan and the rest of the world.