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January, 2011

  1. Think Space

    January 25, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the first of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. For this year’s annual cycle, the main theme connecting all four competitions is Borders.

    Devised by OMA New York Director, Shohei Shigematsu, the first competition challenges architects and designers to rethink one of the most fundamental borders – the ground plane.

    Traditional notions of above and below ground are changing.

    Issues of sustainability, preservation, urbanization and infrastructure are all shaping the ground plane today.
    For example,

    Green roofs activate a sustainable, rooftop urbanism.
    Excavated volumes provide access and preserve historic sites.
    Retail plinths and sky lobbies multiply the urban ground within mixed-use developments.
    Transportation platforms are elevated and excavated to create highway and subway systems.
    Climate-controlled underground corridors and sky bridges provide shelter from extreme weather.

    How can we further manipulate and multiply the ground plane to develop the masterplan into the mastersection?

    In the past, sci-fi films have imagined the future of the ground plane through floating cities and subterranean civilizations. This competition is an open call for entries that similarly redefine this flexible border with program above and below. Intentionally undefined, the scale and typology of entries may range from high rises to vertical masterplanning.


    Concept Address larger issues surrounding the future of the ground plane
    Choice of Site Address the significance of your site
    Land Use Address the Programmatic Needs of Surrounding Site and Users
    Sectional Diversity Address the implications for building above ground versus building below ground in your design
    Sustainability Address larger issues of air quality as well as the reuse of
    displaced ground


    Submission Requirements
    All Submissions should be made digitally. Submissions formats include (a) one A2 sized board (landscape oriented) or (b) a bound research booklet. Submissions should also include a site section, plan, and rendering. Please include text that describes the project and clearly defines the questions that your project addresses and the approach that your project takes towards the ground as an urban border.


    January 21, 2011 by architectural competitions


    The Challenge Abstract

    We are also building an important book for the future image of london, where winners will be featured. The designers in this book will be Re-Evaluated repeatedly over the next decade for Thames gateway project advancements.

    The bio-mechanical futuristic water competition is the International call for serious 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, the city is limited in growth 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 of 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.
    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 emerge from the waves, integrating the interesting interwoven layers of the canals and rivers that London has populated and built. London’s birth was water, London’s present is a balance of city and water together, London’s futuristic city will undoubtedly be more increasingly water based formed by the rise of sea levels. The futuristic water competition seeks to harmonize the two through the explored application of bio reef  mechanical diversity architecture 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, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration.

  3. CRAFT WORKSHOP – art competition

    January 20, 2011 by architectural competitions


    Craft Workshop issues a bi-monthly publication consisting of an anthology of original works of art from different studios/disciplines using a singular and common program in its conception. This is a unique opportunity to commission artists’ creative interpretations of a common topic/program and document how different, or similar we view our environment.   

    The bi-monthly publication is donated to schools and public libraries. Our mission is to share and inform the necessity and benefits of arts education and awareness through inspiration, participation, and grants. It also serves as an archive of evolving art techniques and strategies that will hopefully illicit motivation, criticism, but more importantly, conversation.

    “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” ~ Charles Horton Cooley

  4. Le Journal Spéciale Call for Submissions

    January 20, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Call for Submissions

    December 7th, 2010 → 9:07 am by Spécialez


    Decolonization and Architecture

    In research groups, collaboratives and emerging practices, geo-political questions have once again become the territory for architectural and urban thinking. Forums such as the Perpetual Peace Project have assembled inter-disciplinary teams to discuss conditions for conflict resolution. The Conflict in Cites program at Cambridge University looks at the role that architecture and urbanism plays in divided territories – Jerusalem, Belfast, Brussels, Berlin and others – where ethno-national tensions are linked to spatial partitioning. The seminal work of the Decolonizing Architecture Institute (DAi) uses architecture, art and urbanism to provoke new readings of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. DAi is an incubator for speculation that operates through ironic readings and explicit strategies for re-appropriation, reasserting the role that spatial praxis can play in interrogating the geo-political.

    The current call for submissions continues this spatializing of geo-political inquiry by inviting reflections on decolonization as both a historical phenomenon and as an ongoing, active, contemporary condition.  The decolonization that marked the second half of the 20th century, and the independence that followed, raised questions of what to do with the “remains” of colonial architecture. In some cases, this architecture was destroyed, a symbol of power and its usurpation or of violent combat. More often, buildings were reused by new governments for entirely new purposes. Local populations, both in cities and in the countryside, occupied colonial vestiges. Is there, within this re-colonisation, a new form of alienation of traditional modes of life that become determined by imported forms of inhabitation?

    On an urban scale, the underlying structure of the colonial city dictated plans for growth or served as a model for new agglomerations often starkly different from typologies that may have preceded colonization. How have these models influenced the social and urban futures of their populations? Is it possible to empty colonial architecture of the symbolism it carries or is there a form of alienation implicit in all structures and dwellings that have been left behind? How can contemporary architects navigate the influences of a colonial past, its imported spatial traditions and pre-existing spatial conditions? In North Africa, the colonial French empire created the neo-Mauresque architectural style inspired by vernacular space and ornamentation. The region also served as a testing ground for neo-Corbusian and Bauhaus ideas, becoming the terrain of another kind of intervention. How can we understand these mixed conditions within the context of the colonial experience? Finally, can decolonization be considered at a different scale, perhaps as the reuse of abandoned, large-scale sites, turned over to communities long cut-off or kept out from the spaces within? Airports, military bases and factories come to mind. Could this re-appropriation of space also be considered a kind of decolonization?

    Submissions, in English or French, may be sent as abstracts of approximately 500 words or full texts following The Chicago Manual of Style format. Proposals for reviews of recent exhibitions or books are also welcome. Contributors should include their name, email and affiliation. Authors are responsible for securing image reproduction rights and any associated fees. Please send submissions, with “Journal Submission” in the subject heading, to by January 30, 2011 to be considered for a first round of online publication.


    Le Journal Spéciale’Z, a publication of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, is an inter-disciplinary journal on architecture, art and urbanism that is published in eight monthly internet issues brought together in two yearly print volumes. For more information about contributing or to find out about upcoming themes, please write to

  5. Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building 2010-2011

    January 12, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Ala – Assoarchitetti, the Italian Association aimed to represent and promote rights and professional, economic and cultural interests of self
    employed architects and engineers, launches the eighth edition of Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building 2010-2011 that
    will take place in Vicenza, the city of Palladio.

    The Prize is unique among international awards programs for honouring the client’s role in the design process. The prize recognizes the contribution of the client’s vision, openess, flexibility, and commitment to good design.

    After just seventh editions, the Dedalo Minosse Prize for Commisioning a Building has already become one of the most important architectural awards in the world. Thanks to the collaboration with many Italian and international association and institutes, an exhibition of selected works of the seventh edition of the Prize is still touring around the world. In these years the Dedalo Minosse itinerant exhibition has been shown in 30 countries.

    The enrolment is free. Any private or public client, its architects, buildings firms, the companies supplying the works and materials, or anyone else involved in the building processing is entitled to enter the competition.
    The works must have been completed between the 1st of January 2006 and the 31st of December 2010.

    More information is provided on

  6. Design matters 2

    January 11, 2011 by architectural competitions

    This competition is a call for ideas to design a building block of an inclusive school environment that will uniquely enhance the quality of life for teens and adults with disabilities who participate in the Easter Seals VIP Academy.

    Your design should support the program goals of providing these young adults with the vocational/life skills they require to lead fully productive lives. Traditionally little or no thought has been given to the environments in which these crucial services are delivered.

    Utilizing inclusive design principles such as:

    • Access
    • Space
    • Sensory Awareness
    • Enhancing Learning
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Health and well-being
    • Safety and Security
    • Technology
    • Sustainability

    Your building block should consider (but not be limited to) the following spaces:

    • Gym/Fitness Center
    • Model residential apartment
    • Outdoor access
    • Greenhouse
    • Small group spaces
    • Individual study areas
    • Personal Care and Therapy
    • Technology Integration
    • Storage (for physical disability aids, etc.)

    Your designs can focus on all or some of the spaces listed above. Size and location are left to the discretion of the entrant.

    Reference material

    Easter Seals recently completed its Living with Disabilities study which paints a startling picture of the life-long challenges surrounding everyday life and future concerns for parents of adult children with disabilities and adults with disabilities.


    January 7, 2011 by architectural competitions

    First International Architectural Photography Competition organized by OPENGAP. This is an anonymous competition, whose theme will focus around contemporary architectural spaces. The submitted digital images can be color or black and white format.
    We encourage all architects, photographers, artists and people interested in the subject, anywhere in the world to participate in the competition.
    Contestants may submit up to 3 images per entry (all of them from same author). Each of these images can separately be selected by the jury.

    Awards – WINNER, € 1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred Euros), exhibition, printed photo, diploma and dissemination in media.
    – SECOND PRICE, € 400 (Four hundred Euros), exhibition, photograph printed, diploma and dissemination in media.
    – THIRD PRICE, € 200 (Two hundred Euros), exhibition, printed photo, diploma and dissemination in media.
    – MENTIONS, exhibition, printed photo, diploma and dissemination in media.
    – FINALISTS, exhibition, printed photo, diploma and dissemination in media.

  8. Let it Snow

    January 7, 2011 by architectural competitions

    In 2001, a major report by the Scottish Executive found that in a two week period, there were as many as 500 people who had slept rough for at least one night. These figures were collected by a survey of projects and services working with homeless people across Scotland. The same report found that:

    • Over 80% of rough sleepers were male.
    • 45% were aged between 25 and 40 years.
    • 25% were under 24 years old.

    The Government’s official figures for June 2010 show that 1,250 people were sleeping rough on any given night in England, but many reports claim that the actual figure is around 3 times that amount.

    The Challenge

    We are asking you to design for the homeless this winter. You can focus on designing for the temporary, ie. the people who will be spending just one or two nights on the streets, or the more long term ie people who will have to spend quite a while sleeping rough. Things you can consider might include warmth, security, easy mobility, low cost, and how could your idea could be distributed or implemented in Scotland’s cities.

    Because of the christmas break and exams, this competition will run for two months, but feel free to enter before the deadline! The deadline for entries is midnight on Wednesday 9th February, and the winner will be announced once term begins again.

    Submission Guide

    • Send your concept as a single Landscape image. It can just be a scanned drawing, doodle, or a photograph, ideally for us it would be an A3 Jpeg at 300dpi, but if you can’t manage that then don’t worry! (oh, and don’t put your name or logo in the image)
    • A maximum of 100 words can be included on your image to help explain your concept quickly.
    • Email your submission to us at
    • Send us your £3 entry fee via pay-pal

    Prize & Judging

    Half the money collected from entries will be sent straight to Anusaran to fund their building project in West Delhi. The other half of the money goes to the competition winner, as decided by a panel of tutors from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. The prize will be awarded via pay-pal, or a viable alternative if that’s an issue.

    We don’t deduct and charges, or take running or admin costs out of these amounts.

  9. NYC’s Worst Bathroom Design Challenge

    January 7, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Who wants to win a client for the holidays?

    We have one: Meet Kenny Lao.

    Kenny has been so busy founding Rickshaw Dumplings, being the subject of an MTV special, becoming one of Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30, Crain’s 40 under 40, and successfully operating a fleet of dumpling trucks that he forgot to take care of the little things, like his bathroom. That’s why we need you and your design expertise: help turn one of NYC’s worst bathrooms into a porcelain palace.

    Sure, bathrooms in New York are small, but what they lack in size they usually make up for in economy of space, tidiness and design.  Kenny’s bathroom is another story.

    We want to help Kenny out and get you a new job at the same time. The competition asks for you to redesign Kenny’s bathroom.

    View the video brief here.

    Architizer and AF New York have put together an amazing team to help you out.   Brizo will provide all the fittings.  Duravitwill provide all fixtures.  AFNY will offer accessories to be selected from the Cosmiic and Frost collections, along with hardware from Valli & Valli.

    Task Definition
    Create a design for Kenny’s bathroom that is efficient, attractive, and suited to Kenny’s needs.  Specifically, Kenny’s wish list includes:

    •    Ability to drink directly from the sink.
    •    Separate hot and cold water valves
    •    Soap dishes that do not collect water
    •    Ability to hang wet clothes
    •    Tankless toilet if possible
    •    Bench in shower
    •    Awesome mirror above sink and also in shower (antifog a plus!)
    •    A bright and light space
    •    Easy to clean and looks clean , even when dirty
    •    Powerful showerhead plus a handheld shower spray

    Things Kenny could do without:
    •    A tub
    •    A shower curtain, or even a glass partition

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

    DWG files, floor and elevation diagrams are available by request when you register for the competition on PayPal. Register here.

    A brief history of Kenny’s apartment building can be found here.

    The competition opens for submissions on the 8th of December, 2010.
    Registration via PayPal is due January 28th, 2011.
    Submissions are due on the 30th of January, 2011 at 11:59PM.
    Winners announced the 5th of February, 2011.