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February, 2011

  1. Win a copy of Narrow Houses

    February 28, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The Princeton Architectural Press has generously donated 5 copies of Narrow Houses to be given away to our readers. There are two ways to enter the contest for a chance to win one of the books:
    1) Email us your best architecture photograph: click here to email us!
    2) You can “like” and then post your best architecture photograph on the wall of our facebook page:

    Deadline: March 7th
    Winners Announced: March 14th

    Once the competition is closed we will chose the 5 best photographs and publish them on The authors of the photographs each get a copy of Narrow Houses. You can enter the contest once through email and once through Facebook. Please include your name and mailing address in your emails. For the facebook entires we will send you a message if you are chosen as a winner.

    About the Book:
    Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design
    by Avi Friedman

    Since the beginning of the housing boom of the 1950s, the size of the average North American house has steadily grown while the size of the average family has decreased. Today, a growing number of homebuyers seeking smaller, more efficient residential designs are rediscovering a centuries old housing prototype: the narrow house. Measuring twenty-five-feet wide or less, these “infill” or “skinny” houses, as they are often called, are on the rise in cities and suburbs around the world. The benefits of building small and narrow are numerous: greater land-use efficiency, less building material, fewer infrastructure costs, lower utility bills, and flexible layouts. This building type creates environmentally sensible houses that allow homeowners to live within their means. Narrow Houses presents a thorough overview of the practical considerations of designing a narrow-front home, including siting, floor arrangements, footprint, and interior and exterior finishing. The book documents twenty-eight innovative examples of narrow houses from around the world designed by today’s foremost architects. Project data including floor plans and extensive interior and exterior photography demonstrate the inherent flexibility of this housing model and the many possibilities for adapting these homes to the constraints of site, climate, budget, family size, and other needs.

  2. John and Magda McHale Fellowship

    February 28, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Magda Cordell McHale (SUNY-Buffalo, 1978-99) and John McHale were participants in the London-based Independent Group who, after moving to America to work with Buckminster Fuller, went on to study the impact of emerging technologies on the future of human societies. In celebration of their diverse legacy that ranges from Pop Art to ecology, the McHale Fellowship is intended to foster an integration of teaching with creative activity and research. Candidates should propose an innovative project to be developed in tandem with a pedagogical agenda.

    Applications should be composed of a well-considered proposal for research/creative work (1500 words maximum), as well as a curriculum vita, portfolio of work, and contact information for three references.

    Deadline: Applications must be received by March 24, 2011

    Send inquiries and applications to :

    Fellowship Search Committee
    Department of Architecture

    University at Buffalo
    112 Hayes Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3087

    The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and recruiter.

  3. Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship

    February 25, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Peter Reyner Banham (SUNY-Buffalo, 1976-80) spent his time in Buffalo engaged in a scholarly project on the imaginary of American industrial architecture at work in early modernism that took the form of historical research, hands-on engagement and seminar instruction that resulted in his landmark work, A Concrete Atlantis. In celebration of experimental criticism, the fellowship is intended to support research and creative activity developed in tandem with a pedagogical agenda.

    Applications should be composed of a well-considered proposal for research/creative work (1500 words maximum), as well as a curriculum vita, portfolio of work, and names of three references.

    Deadline: Applications must be received by March 24, 2011

    Send inquiries and applications to:

    Banham Fellowship Search Committee
    Department of Architecture

    University at Buffalo
    112 Hayes Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3087

    The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


    February 24, 2011 by architectural competitions

    This year’s contest focuses on service facilities to integrate social housing

    The winning projects will be built on the Via d’Acqua of Expo 2015

    Deadline: 17th March 2011
    The contest is targeted toward architecture, engineering, and industrial design students and recent graduates (italian and foreign).

    The contest focuses on small service-based structures, on an urban or local scale, will be able to complete, or to merge with, social housing that has already been built or will soon be built. They will have a network of services that will serve as a communications link for the living spaces around the parks.

    The parks become a wonderful public space that serves as a hub for different parts of the city: a network of services
    strung along the system of the Via D’Acqua of EXPO 2015.

    For info:
    Francesco Persichetti,, +39.02.80604324

    Donwload more info:,1,30,767,3147,4693,4697

  5. HATCH Asheville 2011 and AIA Asheville Young Architects Forum

    February 23, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Groundbreaker Submission & Selection
    HATCH Asheville 2011 and AIA Asheville Young Architects Forum present the first annual GROUNDBREAKERS architecture competition for current architecture students and young professionals.  The theme for this year’s HATCH Asheville for the discipline of architecture is Design for Action! . The GROUNDBREAKERS competition is an open call to young professionals and current students of architecture that believe architecture can enact change for good. If you think design can change the world and ask yourself “What if?” on a regular basis, we are interested in celebrating your work here in Asheville! Participants can submit thesis projects, built works or any speculative works. We just require vision, innovation and a call to action.

    Awards: Up to 3 GROUNDBREAKERS will be chosen by a jury of leading figures in design. The winners will receive funding to travel to HATCH in Asheville, NC April 14-17 2011 to present their work and participate in an inspiring weekend of mentoring, networking and dialogue with luminaries and other groundbreakers in Architecture, Design, Fashion, Journalism, Music, Photography.

    Jury: Jurors will be announced soon. The jury will be comprised of leading international / national figures in architecture and design.

    Eligibility: Entrants must be architecture / design students or professionals that have graduated from a school of architecture within the last 10 years.

    Registration Deadline: The registration deadline is March 14, 2011, 11:59 PM PST. The fee to register is $25.00.  To register and pay the registration fee with Paypal go here . Once you have registered and paid the registration fee you will be sent a unique ID number that you will include with your submission along with your contact information.

    Submission Deadline and Guidelines: To be eligible submissions must be received via email at by March 21, 2011  11:59 PM PST.  Participants are to submit a maximum 10 page folio of a work or works addressing the competition theme Design for Action! in .pdf format (max. page size 8.5”x11”).  To insure a blind review process no personal information or images of the likeness of the participant can appear on any pages of the folio.

  6. InDeSem 2011

    February 23, 2011 by architectural competitions


    Do you want to take part in the InDeSem’11 workshop? If so, due to the limited amount of participants we can receive, we’ve cooked up a small assignment to prove your skill. Read below for more details.


    Historically, built space has been a platform for social interaction. Nowadays, thanks to new means of communication such as Facebook, Second-life, Skype, etc. it’s possible to easily encounter with spatially distant people. It’s hard to deny that changes take place in our social behavior and the way we connect to other people.
    But what’s the impact of new media onthe traditional public space?
    How can you as an architect anticipate on the above-mentioned with physical or spatial tools? And how can architecture provide new ways of social interaction? Technology already brought us possibilities to contact each other virtually. Now it’s time to integrate these modern technologies in physical objects which will (re)connect our physical and virtual environment.


     Create a physical, architectonic intervention that connects the physical and virtual world. This addition to the public space has to create or contribute to social interaction. Advanced technology can help to provide social interaction, but creating new technological features is emphatically not the main goal ofthis assignment. Use a specific public space in your own city to illustrate your generic architectural design that links the physical and virtual world. Describe your solutions in words and images.

     Competition entry

    -Format: 297 mm x 297 mm pdf
    -Don’t put your name on the presentation panel for fair judgment.

     Include in a separate pdf file:

     -Full name and address
    -Date of birth
    -Email address
    -Home university and faculty
    -Motivation of application (200 words)

  7. sketch

    February 16, 2011 by architectural competitions


    call for submissions deadline: February 28, 2011
    accepted submissions annouced: early March
    exhibition opens/Monterrey, Mexico: March 2011

    Sketching is a fundamental and time-tested tool of design communication, an intuitive practice that conveys ideas and assumptions rapidly and directly.  More recently, the conventional act of sketching has been profoundly transformed by a proliferation of diverse methodologies and emerging digital technologies.  While the perception and notion of what constitutes a sketch continues to expand, many designers are reconsidering and expanding upon the historical role of sketching.  This emerging dialogue reveals unparalleled synergies between 21st century innovation and classical tradition.

    Sponsored by the Universidad de Monterrey in association with New York-based curators d3, Sketch, the opening exhibition for Tadao Ando’s lecture to be held at the Universidad de Monterrey in March 2011, seeks to investigate this discourse by embracing the full range and potential of sketching in conceptual design.  Sketch will revisit the use of classical approaches, while engaging with the new technologies that have expanded the opportunities of sketching as a conceptual generator.  The exhibition offers a forum to reflect upon the transformative forces impacting sketching in design.  We invite artists, architects, designers, and students from across the disciplines to join this dialogue.


    Guinevere Johnson
    Professor, Department of Architecture
    DAAD, Universidad de Monterrey

    Gregory Marinic
    Professor, Department of Architecture
    DAAD, Universidad de Monterrey

    Ivan Aguirre, curatorial assistant

    Submission Requirements:
    CV and up to 5 PDF images.  Image format: 28cm x 43cm (11″ x 17″) portrait (vertical) orientation.  Please send documentation to:
    subject line: SKETCH

    Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011

  8. Facing the Floods

    February 16, 2011 by architectural competitions

    We will have all seen and heard much about the extensive flooding recently, from Australia to Sri Lanka, and right the way across in Brazil. In the face of such chaos and disaster it is striking how this has effected first-hand people of many different cultures and classes. It’s a strong reminder that humanitarian design is not always just for the underprivileged in our world, and sometimes circumstances can throw a stable and strong society into massive humanitarian need. Even some of you reading this I’m sure will have seen personally the devastation of floods in the past few months.

    There are links to a small sample of articles on the floods for further reading at the bottom of the page, but take a second to watch the slide show of photos below, taken from the Boston Globe Big Picture reports from Australia and Brazil.

    We are asking you to design for flood victims. You can look closely at one area which has been recently effected, or tackle the subject on a wider level- we want you to explore what you think is necessary in these chaotic situations and what you would like to implement to improve people’s living. This could be in terms of safe shelter, protecting belongings, temporary infrastructure, saving buildings, access and transport, or any aspect which you think is important! The main focus is on providing a quick response, your design or strategy should be something that can be implemented swiftly after flooding strikes. The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 28th February, and the winner will be announced in the following week.

    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
    Click the “pay now” link on the 
    Enter Now page to pay the £3 entry fee.
    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.

  9. Treehouses In Paradise

    February 15, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The details:


    The competition is simple: To design the perfect structure in the perfect place where everything you need is acessible. a challenge to reveal a remarkable abilty to form images and ideas of things never directly experienced in day-to-day life. Here also is a celebration of the creative process. Very few of the typical restrictions will hamper the schemes and dreams of the architects,Artists and designers, allowing for an unusual level of freedom: the structure has to be stabilized in coconut palm trees well above ground, few if any walls are required. no heat or cooling mechanisms are necessary, and there are no building codes to adhere to. These high tec low cost treehouse structures will allow the world a glimpse into an architectural future that is deeply respectful of the environment, a current trend that will one day truly become the standard in building design.



    The competition sites are near the beaches of Fiji, Vietnam,china and Maui, where there are no existing trees. the majority
    of the tree houses will be in coconut palm trees that will be brought to the site and planted as per the design. the tree size is the designers choice, they can vary from ten feet to forty-five feet in height.

    You must consider that all palm trees grow from the top up, a construction in a palm tree two feet from the ground will never move up.

    All connections to a tree must be in the form of a stainless- steel sleeve about 3/16-Inch Thick and about ten inches high.
    For the high decks, It is not a good idea to make rigid connections between all the trees as the trees can be blown in different directions and fight each other in high winds.The sites in southeast Asia are liable to have typhoons and heavy monsoon rains, Which means you must design to resist heavy wind loads. Basically, you must use natural materials but, although tin is not natural, corru-gated tin is natural in the jungle as roofing material because of the rain.

    You can also choose to design a roof of vinyl/plastic that is stapled on and replaced every year. This kind of roof also serves to
    let in light in the dark areas under the tree canopies. The sites and climate allow for a close relationship to nature and a openness not normally allowed in construction. There is almost no need for walls, only for screening materials which are available locally in beautiful colors.

    The total floor area should be between five-hundred and one thousand square feet and should accommodate two to six people
    . No structural elements may touch the ground except for access stairways. For the there are several varieties of hardwoods in china. Vietnam, and Fiji. In Hawaii you have to be more creative. The designs must include a toilet and a shower of ecological nature. The shower will have propane water heaters, the toilets
    will for most part be compo-stable, as most sites may not have either sewage or septic systems. you can incorporate the ground-floor area for cooking and showers,
    most sites will not have electricity, even for construction. However, since good handicrafts-men are plentiful, designs that emphasize craftsmanship are encouraged. Building codes for tree houses have not yet been regulated in any of these countries. the winning tree houses will be adjusted , when necessary, to make them safe for human habitation.
    The entries must include plans, sections, and elevations as well as sketches, significant details, and any written information you may deem important. The winners will be asked to submit a small scale model or a 3d file.

    The winning designs will be judged by firmness, commodity, and delight,

    The designers of those tree houses selected for the top one hundred will win a free months stay at one of the authors treehouses in Hawaii or china. Winners of the First,Second and third place will win, in addition to a free stay, free round trip airfare. but if you are too busy for a trip no problem we still want your tree house Designs, winners will also receive a cash prize: First place $5000 Second place $4000 and third place $3000.


    February 1st Start date

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    August : 29th Deadline


    2 x A2 Landscape orientated pages/panels. Sent as digital
    files to


    Your choice! Hand drawings as well as computer
    drawings and/or mini animations are encouraged.

    Entry Fee



    Please note that you get your unique entry code number, after completing the
    online registration.

    With thanks to the bbc London and the National Geographic channel for sponsoring 50% of the entire project.

    Good Luck

  10. DawnTown Miami 2011 Floating Stage Design Competition

    February 13, 2011 by architectural competitions

    DawnTown Miami is an annual architecture ideas competition meant to bring creative and inspiring new solutions to Downtown Miami. Now in its fourth year, DawnTown is partnering with a local historic preservation group to help bring prominence to an early piece of Miami’s modern architecture period. This year’s contest topic is to design a complimenting structure to the Miami Marine Stadium in an effort to allow the historic site to become a great event space once again: The new structure will be The Floating Stage.

    The competition seeks out fresh and inventive designs that will help promote not only downtown but the City of Miami, and it’s historical connections to modern architecture.

    To enter, please visit us at WWW.DAWNTOWN.ORG to download the competition brief. Registration is free and open to all designers, professionals or students.

    First Prize…$5000
    Second Prize…$2500
    Third Prize….$1000
    Fourth Prize….$500
    Fifth Prize….$250

    Follow us on our website WWW.DAWNTOWN.ORG for up to date information or through our Facebook and Twitter pages

    Good luck!