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February, 2011

  1. Edmonton Park Pavilion Architectural Design Competition

    February 12, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Building on the legacy of Edmonton’s historic parks pavilions, the City of Edmonton is sponsoring a design competition for five individual Parks Pavilions in five separate parks: Borden Park, Castle Downs Park, John Fry Sports Park, Mill Woods Sports Park, and Victoria Park.
    Each project will judged independently. The jury will consist of five persons, four of whom will constitute the main jury and will judge each project. For each of the five projects, a separate individual has been appointed to the jury as the fifth member.
    The main jury will be comprised of architect Steve McFarlane, MAIBC, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP; landscape architect Janet Rosenberg, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, IFLA, RCA; architect Pierre Thibault, OAQ; and City of Edmonton architect Carol Belanger, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP.
    Additional jury members are:
    * City of Edmonton landscape architect Jim Black, AALA, CSLA for the Mill Woods Sports Park and the John Fry Sports Park
    * City of Edmonton landscape architect Martina Gardiner, AALA, CSLA, for Borden Park and Castle Downs Park
    * City of Edmonton landscape architect Gilbert Catabay, AALA, CSLA, for Victoria Park
    Individuals or teams are encouraged to join the competition if they are eligible for registration with the Alberta Association of Architects. First- and second-place winners for each park will receive recognition and monetary awards for the work involved.
    The registration deadline is March 1, 2011, and the deadline for submissions is March 22, 2011. Registration is online, so please check out the competition website for all the details at

  2. Copa Arquitectura

    February 9, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Football is one of the best vehicles for social change (not to mention it’s fun to play). As fans of social change AND fun, Architecture for Humanity, Nike, and Fu.De (Football for Development) have teamed up to host a design competition for a prototype football, education, and health center for Liga FOS — a project that promotes social development through sport in vulnerable Buenos Aires suburbs.

    This is an invitation process for architects and designers. At least one member of your team must speak Spanish fluently. And, though we’re not picking favorites, at least one member from your team must reside in one of the Copa America 2011 countries. They are: Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador; Japan; Mexico; Paraguay; Peru; Uruguay; Venezuela. Whistleblowers will be frowned upon.


    February 9, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The City of Tirana is pleased to announce the international design competition for a new Cultural Complex in Tirana consisting of a new mosque and a joined museum of Tirana and religious harmony.
    Geographically speaking Tirana is known as the capital city of Albania. While in the art, architecture and urban oriented milieus Tirana, throughout the last decade, is widely known as the city of colors and international competitions. During the past 6 years, Municipality of Tirana has initiated several competitions of urban planning for the development of significant areas in the city, competitions of architectural and urban design for landmark buildings and of important public spaces. The latest international competition aimed the rehabilitation of Tirana’s main square, Scanderbeg Square, where the history of the Albanian state – not yet 100 years old – was written. It is a fact already that these competitions have attracted many talented and well known architects in Europe and worldwide.
    The religious practices of the people living within the borders of Albania are heterogeneous. There are Muslims – which constitutes the majority – and Christians, each with their diverse communities of distinguished religious practices like: Bektashi, Halevy, Catholics, Orthodox, etc. It is very particular of Albania that these diverse religious communities have lived harmoniously and very close to each-other in centuries.
    The motivation of the current competition comes due to the situation of the Muslim Community in Tirana in the absence of a new mosque to fulfill the needs of Muslim citizens wanting to participate in the city mosques life.
    Tirana needs a new mosque, not only for the Muslim Community, not only to fulfill the growing needs of an increasing number of Muslim citizens that are served today by a modest network of mosques, but also because our capital should fill in a missing corner of the triangle that makes Tirana a unique place, the triangle of religious harmony among three main religions, that since ever have been points of reference and have mainly mirrored the local tradition of Tirana citizens of solidarity and mutual respect. While the other two religious communities have already received their contemplation places, today, under such conditions, Muslim community lacks its own space.
    The urgency of this competition is put forward to complete the religious triangle enveloping the city center, where a New Mosque will be finally build after the Catholic and the Orthodox cathedrals.
    From 1967 till 1990 Albanian religious institutions were closed down by the regime of the time and the clerks were persecuted or eliminated. The absence of God was propagated in schools and the theory of Darwin was to compensate any theory of creation and existence. Religious men and women were not permitted to practice religious rites and during that period the Communist Party was the only god allowed to believe in, at least in public. Most of the religious institutions were demolished or transformed into warehouse for military uses, or either in centers of communist culture propaganda. Only few were kept untouched –those buildings that had architectural and historical significance- and surprisingly the regime was sensitive towards their beauty and values. After 1990, when the communist regime collapsed, the religious institutions re-opened their doors again.
    Till now, there is not a permanent museum like space to exhibit this particular aspect of the Albanian modern history. Nevertheless is a museum or space to show the special harmonious relationship among different religions in Albania.
    The Municipality of Tirana, after having worked closely with the Muslim community and other religious communities, decided also to build the New Mosque and jointly a museum that will expose our painful religion history and emphasize the unique value of harmony among religious communities in Albania.
    The City of Tirana wants the New Mosque to became not only the city 21st century spiritual space for prayers, but a place of knowledge of the Islamic Culture with spaces dedicated to informing and educating activities for everyone interested in the history or actuality of the Islam World.
    Tirana wants to have this new space, to have this new indication, this new angle, and thus to convey to the whole, to its citizens, to its visitors, to younger generations as an expression of its own uniqueness, as an expression of a value, for which we all, regardless of beliefs, will be proud and aware of; the priceless value of that asset.
    Considering it as a worthy project for the community and, a Mosque to be an image of a new century for Tirana as a full cohesion throughout times, to store all the necessary physiognomy features of an Islamic worship building physiognomy, but also in full accordance with the ambition of Tirana to be represented as a city with a unique history of coexistence, dialogue and understanding between different religions.
    Based also on the experience of many countries that have built mosques, whether in West or East, I think we have all possibilities to give the Muslim Community an excellent New Mosque, in all related terms, and to give Tirana a Mosque to be another reflection of a new century and in the meantime we can make a complete cohesion among the ages, from Et’hem Bey on one side, where the expression of all traditional gene finds its most beautiful coverage till the New Mosque in Tirana on the other side, where the expression of the contemporary must find its most beautiful coverage, of course while maintaining all the necessary features of an Islamic worship building physiognomy. We should never forgot that like any cult building, this New Mosque should interact with all city, with the entire community and should mean something even to those who do not belong to this faith and this “something ” of course, much more than in words, lies in the image of a cult building.
    We want the new mosque not only be a place of spiritual rituals in the service of Muslim religious men but also a reference point of a magnetic force, to bring people closer to God, trust and universal values of mankind. We want the new mosque to be an open edifice inviting the entire community, not simply a closed-door service building in the city. The New Mosque will be a place of worship, knowledge and culture, opening it up to become a center of Islamic Culture. The New Mosque should be a place of spiritual peacefulness and individual as well as social reflection.
    Next to the New Mosque, the Museum of Tirana and Religious Harmony will house the documented history of our city as well as the way it has voyaged, as an indivisible part and even essential in Tirana civic coexistence; coexistence among religions.
    The design of the New Mosque and joined Museum of Tirana and its religious harmony will be based on the prepared and approved Master Plan of the Center of Tirana

    Municipality of Tirana wants to encourage all and everyone inspired architect to respond to the call for participation to this competition that will make possible to have very soon a wonderful project of new museum and new mosque and for Tirana to complete the religious triangle enveloping the city center, where a New Mosque will be finally build after the Catholic and the Orthodox cathedrals.,62,3973

  4. MINI Space Presents: Locomotion! Design Competition

    February 7, 2011 by architectural competitions

    MINI Space Presents: Locomotion! Design Competition

    MINI Spacers are always on the move and we want to celebrate it. Introducing Locomotion!, our brand spanking new movement-themed MINI Space design competition. It’s all up to you! Submit architectural designs expressing movement. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, get inspired and create! Here are the easy steps:

    1) Get Moving & Create a Visual Image & Submit
    Create and submit your architectural interpretation of Locomotion!
    – Image must be 100% your original work
    – No brand logos in your work
    – Get inspired, create, and have FUN!

    2) Curate with Your Entry!
    Once submitted, see your image displayed as a background on

    3) What You Can Win
    You’ll have the chance to win great prizes like a new Velorbis vintage bicycle, Jambox speakers, Apple iPad and more!

    Competition Deadline:
    Thursday, March 17th 2011 @11:59 GMT


    February 7, 2011 by architectural competitions

    An international competition organized by MAS Studio & Chicago Architectural Club

    1. Introduction

    MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the competition: NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city.

    Proposed by John S. Wright in 1849, the system was envisioned twenty years later when the State Legislature established the South, West, and Lincoln Park Commissions. Also referred as the “Emerald Necklace” since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, it is composed by a series of streets and parks, some of them designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and William Le Baron Jenney. After the mid-twentieth century, the lack of proper funding, the split of management of the system as a whole (parks would be managed separately from the streets) and the migration of residents to the suburbs were some of the circumstances that accelerated the deterioration of the system. While portions of it, such as the Logan Square Boulevards District (an official city landmark district since 2005) still maintain the original character, other parts have just become underutilized areas and oversized streets that act as barriers within neighborhoods.

    That is where we are now and this competition asks you to envision where we can be in the near future. These are some of the questions that we are asking ourselves and we want you to think about in your proposal: What if the system becomes a new transportation corridor in the city? What type of transportation would that be? What if the open space becomes an active layer and not just a passive one? What if this system provides activities that the city as a whole is lacking? What if the system becomes a tool for social cohesion? What if the system has a strong visual identity? What if it becomes an economic catalyst for the neighborhoods? What if the system is all of this and more?

    Participants are asked to look at the urban scale and propose a framework for the entire boulevard system as well as provide answers and visualize the interventions at a smaller scale that can directly impact its potential users. Through images, diagrams and drawings we want to know what are those soft or hard, big or small, temporary or permanent interventions that can reactivate and reset the Boulevard System of Chicago.

    The results of this competition will be announced in March 2011. A jury of notable professionals and academics will decide a first, second and third prize as well as three honorable mentions. All entries will be published in the forthcoming issue of the design journal MAS Context.

    NETWORK RESET is made possible in part by the generous support of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP.


    February 5, 2011 by architectural competitions

    AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine announces the opening of submissions to the AZ AWARDS, its first annual international competition celebrating excellence in design

    Online submissions are open to designers and design firms from all disciplines, manufacturers and clients for work completed before December 31, 2010.

    The 13 categories are:
    DESIGN: furniture, furniture systems, lighting, interior products
    ARCHITECTURE: residential, commercial & institutional, landscapes, temporary & demonstration spaces
    INTERIORS: residential, commercial & institutional
    CONCEPTS: unbuilt competition entries, other unrealized concepts
    A+ AWARD: students are eligible for the $2,500 prize

    Finalists will be contacted in April and winners will be featured in the AZURE AWARDS ANNUAL on newsstands June 2011.

    Enter the 2011 AZ AWARDS now!
    Check out the AZ AWARDS video!

  7. 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

    February 4, 2011 by architectural competitions

    International competition showcases projects that give old buildings new life, reduce their environmental footprint

    January 25, 2011 (Toronto) – Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change, along with its partner the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, announced today that it is now welcoming nominations for the 2011 Re-Skinning Awards. This annual competition celebrates the year’s most successful, holistic retrofitting projects.

    The Re-Skinning Awards invites the best minds in architecture, design, building, and engineering from around the world to submit building projects that demonstrate the innovative use of energy retrofitting technologies. Retrofitting and re-skinning involve the implementation of design solutions to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of older, energy-inefficient buildings. This competition recognizes the year’s most progressive retrofitting projects that are make our cities more sustainable.

    With outdated insulation, heating, and cooling systems, most buildings are inefficient by today’s green standards. In Toronto, office buildings, shopping centres, and urban dwellings account for 63% of the city’s emissions, and in other major cities worldwide buildings account for 60% to 80% of emissions: 60% in London, 72% in Hong Kong, and a massive 79% in New York. These numbers make it clear that solutions for climate change must include improvements to the aging, inefficient buildings in our cities.

    “The Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards address the challenge of buildings in our cities, the largest contributors to urban greenhouse gas emissions, head on,” says Dr. Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint. “The awards honour the forward-thinking designers, engineers, developers, and building owners who are reducing our cities’ carbon footprint, one building at a time.”

    New this year is a partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, that will help build on the success of the Awards’ inaugural year in 2010, where winners were announced the United Nations World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro.

    “The Daniels Faculty is delighted to partner with Zerofootprint for the Re-Skinning Awards, as it’s a great fit with our multi-disciplinary approach,” says Dean Richard Sommer. “The most important design challenges we face today escape the exclusive purview of any one discipline or professional expertise. Successful re-skinning projects are the result of inspired teams modeling new practices in the field.”

    A panel of global experts in architecture, engineering, sustainability, and design will judge the entries. A number of world-renowned green leaders and innovators will also serve as advisors. Winning entries will be selected based on a number of criteria, including resource and operational efficiency, aesthetics, reproducibility, the use of information technology to make the buildings “smart,” and the social benefits accrued from the retrofit.

    The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011. For more information about the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards, including detailed entry criteria and a list of last year’s prize winners, visit:

    A book of the 2010 Re-Skinnning Awards finalists and winners is also now available on the Zerofootprint website.

    Zerofootprint is a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design thinking, and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. Visit:

    The John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto is the leading architecture and design school of its kind in Canada, with graduate study and research programs focused on the development of more climate change sensitive buildings, landscapes and cities.

    Anna Starasts
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  8. Treehouses In Paradise Fantasy designs for the 21st Century

    February 4, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The details:


    The competition is simple: To design the perfect structure in the perfect place where everything you need is accessible. a challenge to reveal a remarkable ability 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

    March :

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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.


    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

  9. Fondation CLU Lighting Grant – 2010-2011 EDITION – THEME : LIGHT IT FOR HUMANITY

    February 3, 2011 by architectural competitions


    Fondation CLU Lighting Grant
    2010-2011 EDITION

    The contest proposes to question our traditional ways of providing light to the great population. The CLU Foundation wants to give a new meaning to Public lighting and to sensibilities humanity to take advantage, to share and to take ownership of all available lighting. The boundary between street lighting and the end user can disappear to become the service point of lighting to the community. Public lighting is a response to the needs of human beings, and your solutions will be the answer.

    More than $ 5,000 in grants and distinctions

    Date for submission : May 2, 2011

    To learn more about the competition:

  10. Design and Composition Competition

    February 3, 2011 by architectural competitions

    This is a call for entries by composers and architects, working in collaboration, to explore the deeper relationships between space and music. Entrants are invited, alternatively, to compose music and propose design interventions for particular sites (for a list, visit the website listed below), or to write music based on architectural/spatial logic(s). Winners of the first stage will be asked to introduce and perform their pieces on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin on October 19 & 20, 2011, as part of the Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music Symposium, organized by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and the Center for American Architecture & Design at The University of Texas at Austin.
    Students as well as professionals are invited to enter.
    Deadline for Stage One entries is May 17, 2011.
    For more information visit