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April, 2012

  1. The Solutia World of Color Awards 2012

    April 30, 2012 by architectural competitions

    A History of Design Recognition
    In 2000, the Solutia Design Awards was born to honor architects and automotive designers whose use of laminated colored glass, made with Vanceva® interlayers, was deemed the best among entrants with special consideration for the following criteria:

    1. Creative use of laminated color glass
    2. Relation to new and developing applications of laminated glass
    3. Overall aesthetics of project
    4. Degree of attention paid to laminated glass benefits

    Today, as the creative use of color in design continues to grow, Solutia is proud to host the World of Color AwardsTM – Inspired by Vanceva. Focusing on architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, glazing engineers and other industry professionals for their innovative use of colored laminated safety glass in building design and interior spaces, the contest and the conversations around it are meant to inspire, educate and showcase greatness in architectural design around the world.

    An Open Call for Entries
    The World of Color AwardsTM – Inspired by Vanceva is open to all professional architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, engineers and other industry professionals. Any individual or group of individuals contributing to the design of a project may submit a nomination. Multiple entries from an individual or group are acceptable. Solutia employees and Solutia customers may also make nominations. Winning projects or honorable mentions from previous Solutia competitions are not eligible for consideration. Solutia reserves final decision on eligibility and accepts no liability in this regard.

    Important Dates for Your Entry
    Design and architectural projects must have been completed between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 to be considered for this contest.

    Entry Deadline – Submissions will close on March 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST

    Entry Rules and Requirements
    All entries must include the liberal use of Vanceva laminated color glass products. When submitting a nomination, please include a descriptive overview explaining the inspiration and vision for the project. Include detailed photography of the glazing used in the project, as well as several additional photos that portray the overall scope of the project. Interior and exterior views are preferred, if possible. Design studio sketches, drawings and renderings that help communicate the location, form and function of the glazing in the overall design are also strongly encouraged.

    Winners will be determined by a jury panel made up of leaders from the international architectural and design industry.

    No entry fees are required.

    Solutia reserves the right to publish submitted materials at their discretion. Winners must agree to transfer to Solutia and/or its assignees the rights to use these materials by accepting the Submitted Materials Use License in the registration section.

    UPDATE: The WOCA entry deadline has been extended to Sunday. April 15, 2012 at 11:59PM CDT.  Hooray!

  2. Mnevniki Area Architecture Competition

    April 29, 2012 by architectural competitions

    For the purpose of conservation and development of the territory system of Moscow Natural Complex, creating favorable conditions of life of Moscow citizens and improvements of ecological situation in the city, Government of Moscow organizes the International Contest for the concept development of Mnevniki area — natural site of preferential protection of the Natural-Historic Park “Moskvorezky”.

    Objectives which the developed concept is to solve:

    • Conservation of the environment, natural landscapes and historical-cultural sites;
    • Conservation of plant and animal life;
    • Creating conditions for leisure time activities (including mass leisure), conservation recreational resources and organizing rational organized use;
    • Development and implementation of effective methods of nature protection and maintenance of ecological balance in conditions of recreation use of the territory.

    During the contest the best site development concept will be chosen. Prize money of the contest amounts to 3,5 mln rubles and presupposes not more than three prizes, the amount of each is to be approved by the contest commission. The winner will be able to participate in the development of the Master plan of the territory.

    The order of the architectural contest includes following steps:

    • Publication of information on holding of the contest in Mass Media;
    • The application for contest Participation is held within the period of March, 20, 2012 — April, 17, 2012 and is realized through registration procedure in section “On-line registration” at the site The Participants shall leave their personal data following the information posted on the site and get the access to the files of Specification and Bid Documentation;
    • Acceptance of contest works from the Participants is held within the period of April, 04, 2012 — May, 20, 2012and through the site;
    • Clarification of the Specification could be provided to the registered Participants if require;
    • The organization of exposition of the contest works provided by the Participants shall take place at the Architectural and Construction Center “Dom na Brestskoy” within the period of April, 21, 2012 — May, 20, 2012;
    • Consideration of the works provided by the Contest Participants will be hold within the period of May, 21, 2012 —June, 03, 2012;
    • Announcement of the successful bidder and notification about the contest results of the contest Participants shall be held within the period of June, 04, 2012 — June, 05, 2012;
    • The awarding of the successful bidder shall be held within the period of June, 06, 2012 — June, 08, 2012;
    • Distribution of the information on contest results in Mass Media.

    More information

  3. Inspiration HOTEL Competition

    April 27, 2012 by architectural competitions

    OPENGAP organizes this open ideas competition seeking for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary, proposals regarding a new concept for artistic inspiration spaces. Participants are invited to design a place focused on the rental of spaces that motivate creativity and concentration, allowing users to focus, inspire and develop their artistic ideas.

    Each participant or team will define the location of their project, however, the proposal must justify the choice of the location. The competition is open to all architects, designers, architecture students and to people around the world interested in the topic. Competitors can subscribe individually or as a team of maximum of 5 people.

    The proposal submission will consist of two digital images in .jpg format, not bigger than 5MB each.


    • First Prize, 2000 Euro
    • Second Prize, 700 Euro
    • Third Prize, 400 Euro
    • Mentions, Mentions will not have an economic prize.


    REGISTRATION 1ST PERIOD: From April 9, 2012, until May 7, 2012
    REGISTRATION 2ND PERIOD: From May 8, until June 4, 2012
    REGISTRATION 3RD PERIOD: From June 5, until July 2, 2012
    REGISTRATION 4RD PERIOD: From July 3, until July 24, 2012
    WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: During September, 2012
    AWARDING OF PRIZES: During September, 2012

    For more information visit our website:

  4. Rethink Hotels Architecture Competition

    April 25, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Tablet was founded in the year 2000 by Laurent Vernhes and Michael Davis, a pair of new-media veterans who were tired of predictable chain hotels and faceless hotel search engines. On the principle that today’s traveler needs fewer choices, not more, they set out to create a tightly curated list, showcasing only the hotels that matter — hotels with personality, hotels that obsess on the details, hotels where experience beats economy. That list, after a decade of evolution, makes up the selection of, the trusted source for extraordinary hotels around the world.

    The natural next step, of course, is to open a hotel. Anyone with enough money can open a solid-gold luxury hotel. Tablet’s hotel would be up for a conceptual challenge, tackling what might be hospitality’s hardest problem: creating a hotel that brings people together — where experience is shared, friendships are born, business contacts are established, and real human connections are made, all under the hotel’s roof.
    We are proposing an architectural challenge, but also an experiment in human psychology. While entrants need not confine their solutions to physical space alone — there are technological ways of making connections as well — the focal point should be the place (or places) where hotel guests and city residents are brought together.
    Think beyond the typical lobby bar, restaurant or pool deck, and draw inspiration from your own travels to design a space with the potential to revolutionize the ordinary hotel experience.

    Registration Deadline: 29 May 2012
    Submission Deadline: 30 May 2012

    Open To: All
    Entry Fee: Free
    Awards: overall Prize Value up to $20,000

    Contact Person: Nathalie Sonne
    Address: jovoto, Inc, 1220 Broadway, 9th floor, New York, New York 10010, USA

  5. URBAN ANIMAL: 2012 Animal Architecture Awards

    April 23, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Urban areas are quickly becoming the densest concentrations of human life on the planet and with that comes the well documented positive and negative impacts to local biodiversity and ecologies. But humans are not the only urban animals – squirrels, pigeons, mice, rats, crows, raccoons, beetles etc… are all species identified as synanthropes – animals that “live near, and benefit from, an association with humans and the somewhat artificial habitats that humans create around them.” These are highly-urbanized non-human animals and our potential design partners. Expanded hetero-cultures, urban agriculture, and a flexible, more resilient urbanism are all potential benefits of cross species collaborations. What other benefits exist?

    SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT Animal Architecture wants your ideas about how synanthropic design can reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space. Submissions can include past work, current research and built or unbuilt projects. Projects should focus on solving, addressing or proposing urban issues and must actively incorporate at least one, if not more non-human design partners. Winning entries will be announced mid summer 2012 and will be eligible for publication and exhibition. Details to follow.

    Register: May 13th 2012
    Submissions: June 11th 2012
    Cost: $35.00 USD for currently enrolled students, $100.00 for Professionals.

    For more information visit

  6. ParticiPlace – International Design Competition

    April 22, 2012 by architectural competitions

    In 2012, ParticiPlace’s challengers will design an off-grid living-culture center for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN), a Native American nation in Northern California. The emphasis will be on a zero-energy building which is sensitive to the local culture and place.
    The community is in the final process of re-purchasing ancestors lands where they hope to build the Living Culture Center to become a place to practice, preserve, and revive their culture for generations to come.


    March 20: Competition opens
    April 21: Site visit and workshop at the PPN (will be documented online for those who cannot attend)
    June 10: Submissions due
    September 4: Winners announced

    First Prize: $3,000
    Second Prize: $2,000
    Third Prize: $1,000

    In addition:
    Sustainable Engineering Innovation Prize: $3,000
    Social and Cultural Integrity Prize: $2,000

    For more details check our website:

  7. Open Agenda

    April 20, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture. Open to recent graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.

    This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia.

    The Reward
    Three proposals will be awarded seed funding of $2000 for development of their research proposal towards a publication and a public exhibition in Sydney in 2012 at Sydney Customs House to coincide with the Sydney Architecture Festival. The three teams or individuals will also have the opportunity to present a public lecture on their work in Sydney as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival events.

    Terms and Conditions
    Click here for full details, terms, and conditions.

    Submission Requirements
    1. Registration for competition and $50 fee by 27 May 2012, download here
    2. Max 10 x A4 page illustrated proposal as a PDF (file size not to exceed 5MB) by 30 May 2012
    3. Completed cover sheet by 30 May 2012

    March 2012
    Launch, Open Agenda 2012 registration opens

    27 May 2012
    Registration closes

    30 May 2012 (midnight)
    Deadline for proposals to be received

    June 2012
    Winners announced

    24 October 2012
    Public exhibition and launch Open Agenda 2011 Publication during Sydney Architecture Festival

    More information:

  8. Sketch A Facade Competition

    April 18, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Kingspan Benchmark has joined forces with the AJ on a ‘Sketch a Facade’ Competition, to get Chartered Architects and Student Architects sketching.

    The AJ invited Alan Dunlop to talk about sketching on 21st March at Kohn Pedersen Fox’s new gallery on Langley Street, London. Alan’s lecture was truly inspiring, showcasing Paul Rudolph, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Ed Ruscha and many more. All fantastic pieces of work with their own interpretation, whether it was showing the whole landscape, a focused area, in black and white or full colour. In case you missed it, please feel free to download the presentation here.

    Now it’s your turn! It can be any facade, building – iconic, industrial, shed, tower. We want to see what buildings inspire you – whether it’s the shape of the building, the textures, the landscape, you show us.

    To enter the competition, please email your sketches and drawings to, titling your email ‘Benchmark sketch’, or post them to: Stephanie Geisler, Emap, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7EJ.

    The deadline for entries is Friday 18th May.

    The best will feature in the AJ and the winning sketch will receive £500.
    The best sketch by a student will win an annual subscription to both the AJ and the Architectural Review.

    We wish you the best of luck!


    April 16, 2012 by architectural competitions

    “Redesign of the existing cereals’ stock house building facilities (SILO) and its surrounding open space into a Museum for Underwater Antiquities  and Regeneration of part of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Coastal Zone – transformation into an open public space for outdoor activities”

    The competition will be held in accordance with the current legislation (Decree 26804/2001 (b’1427/11),L 3316/2005), the terms of this document and all the decrees existed on the date of the announcement’s postage for publication on the E.C. Newspaper and local press.
    According to these terms every one who is interested is kindly requested to submit an architectural proposal.

    1. Project Owner – Contracting Authority – Competition Organizer
    · The project owner is the Piraeus Port Authority (P.P.A . SA)
    · The Competition Organizer is the Piraeus Port Authority (P.P.A. SA) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT)
    · The Contracting Authority is the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA sa)

    2. Competition Type
    Open Architectural Competition Outline Design according to case b.2, paragraph 2, article 1 Decree 26804/2001 (b’1427/11). This project is very significant and constitutes a historical and cultural intervention to Piraeus Port.

    3. Awards
    Competition jury will award the prizes with gross amounts €118.000,00 according to the article 11 of Decree 26804/2001 as specified in the following table:
    1st prize: €33.040,00
    2nd prize: €28.320,00
    3rd prize: €23.600,00
    4th prize: €18.880,00
    5th prize: €14.160,00

    4. Study fee determination
    The study fee specified up to 60% of the final study fee. The estimated fee for the final design study is up to €585.095,00

    5. Terms
    Eligible for participation are individuals or consortia formed of individuals or legal entities who throw recognition by the professional body in their country of residence and are entitled to use the occupational title of “Architect”. The submission verifies the applicant’s approval of the tender’s terms. The first prize-winner has to prove his eligibility to carry out the study in accordance with the current legislation. Otherwise he has to cooperate with the team that meets the eligibility requirements. This cooperation is subject to the competition organizer‘s approval.

    6. Submission deadline, registration and documents provision
    In order to facilitate the possible participants, all competition data is available on the official site of the competition at the following address, though any alteration to the contents of the provided data is strictly forbidden. All submissions must be delivered to P.P.A. Head office, by 20 September 2012 at 12.00 p.m. After this time no entry is going to be acceptable.

    7. Jury
    The jury comprises 7 regular members and their corresponding deputy members. The selection of the jury members will be according to art.12 Decree 26804/2011

    8. Language of Competition
    The competition documentation is available in Greek and most of it is also available in English.
    The Greek language documentation is the original and takes precedence over the English translation.
    The texts in the competition proposals must be written in either Greek or English

    9. Notices
    The publication date of the Brief in E.U Publication Office is 30th March 2012.
    The deadline for the applicants to receive the Brief and the Competition Documents is the 6th August 2012.
    The deadline for the submission is on 20th September 2012 at 12:00p.m.
    The deadline for the applicants to submit any queries is 14th May 2012.

    Piraeus, ….

    Chairman and Managing Director

  10. Innovative Minds Architectural Design Competition

    April 15, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Design Challenge
    In today’s world creative ideas are becoming crucial to success of all populations especially when social, economic and technological issues are becoming more complex.  How can “innovative minds” be invigorated by an architectural design to promote solutions for our complex problems?

    An architectural design needs to become a catalyst for the innovative mind within physical and or virtual environments.  This design needs to promote the human condition by inspiring the minds of the intended users to an unprecedented level.  This may be accomplished on any scale; micro or macro.  The designer will decide how to inspire users to develop or use their innovative minds directly or indirectly as a result of the architectural design.

    $1000 + (10% of registration fees) to winning project.  Personal Profiles will be created on the Gurroo website promoting the authors of the winning project.  The winning project will also be showcased on Gurroo website for an extended period of time.

    Honorable Mentions – 10 Projects will receive this award.  These awards will be determined by the preliminary judging conducted by Gurroo LLC and the Official Judging Panel with no association with Gurroo LLC.  Honorable Mention projects will be showcased on the Gurroo website.  Candidates will also be involved in the judging of the winning project.

    Open Source Design Tools Donation
    10% of Registration fees will be donated to an open source design programming organization to ensure the development of open source design programs.  These tools are encouraged to be used in the development of competition submissions.  A list of several programs may be found on the Gurroo website.

    Registration must be completed by May 1, 2012.  Individuals or teams must pay a $30 fee.  The registration fee will be collected through Google Checkout.

    Innovative: The introduction of something new. A new idea, method or device. Mind: The part of an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons.

    Site Selection
    Any site may be chosen for the design competition.  Open site selection.

    Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members.  Students and Design Professionals are encouraged to register.

    January 2012 – Competition Requirements Announced
    February 1, 2012 – Registration Begins
    May 1, 2012 – Registration Deadline
    June 15, 2012 – Submission Deadline
    June 16- June 22, 2012- Preliminary Judging Evaluation by Gurroo LLC.
    May 23-May 29, 2012- Official Judging Panel Evaluation
    June 30-July 6, 2012- Honorable Mention Judging
    July 9, 2012 Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition Announced.

    Submission Requirements
    Boards must be submitted electronically by June 15, 2012 to Gurroo LLC to qualify for the competition.  Registration must be completed prior to project submission.
    1. Project Statement (300 words) .doc file format.
    2. Two (2) boards, 24″ x 36″ 300 dpi submitted electronically in PDF format. Horizontal orientation.

    Board Requirements
    1. Renderings evoking an emotive quality using unique techniques.
    2. Section, Elevation and Plan drawings, which best describe the project.
    3. Diagrams describing how the project addresses the competition challenge statement.
    4. Registration number located clearly in the upper right corner of both boards.
    5. Correct spelling and punctuation in all text.
    6. Text must be at least 12 point font.
    7. English is the official language of the competition.  No other languages may be used.

    For more information visit competition website