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April, 2012

  1. MOBILIciTY – Tirana Multimodal Station

    April 13, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The project for the new Intermodal Train Station in Tirana intends to meet the requirement for an overall renewal of the city, in terms of comprehensive revision of the rail and road mobility. The new pole is intended to become the hub of exchanges and therefore to have the ability of connecting both the urban areas and the areas outside the city, in compatibility with the existing railway network. This is why the municipality of Tirana intends to collect all around the world ideas that could respond to the new needs introduced by the city’s current expansion. New ideas to reinterpret existing mobility systems and the relationship between the machines and men.

    The presence of such an influential new core within the current urban tissue requires strategic choices that encompass great responsibility, both in terms of reorganization of a major road and railway receptivity. Unlike many European capital cities, where the presence of the railway station already weighs heavily on the central urban contexts, the competition site is located in a completion area, far away from the city centre. One of the problems that the new intermodal system should take into account is the connection with the heart of the city. By establishing easier connections to the main activities and services in the existing urban fabric, the use of new infrastructure at different times of the day will be further improved. The new intermodal centre will not only meet the standard requirements of railway stations, but it will also offer a viable alternative in respect to a functional mix that can best interpret the constant changes taking place in a city like Tirana.

    In this context, the dual character that has characterized this topic for centuries becomes a design research tool aimed at finding new ideas that give an answer to this emblematic coexistence. Urban space tends to increasingly metabolize the railway system, which becomes one of the main characters of a mobile city.

    1st prize: 1500 €
    2nd prize: 1000 €
    3rd prize: 500 €

    March 1, 2012
    Special registration begins – Question period is open

    April 30, 2012
    Special registration deadline

    May 1, 2012
    Early registration begins

    May 31, 2012
    Early registration deadline

    June 1, 2012
    Late registration begins

    June 30, 2012
    Late registration deadline

    July 15, 2012
    Project submission deadline

    July 20, 2012
    Jury meeting – Evaluation period begins

    September 15, 2012
    Winners’ announcement

    Exhibition at the Tirana Architecture Week

    More information: 

  2. [un]restricted access from military space to civic space

    April 11, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Challenge

    The Open Architecture Challenge reaches beyond traditional bounds of architecture by challenging designers and architects to partner with community groups and to develop together innovative solutions that improve the built environment.

    The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge invites architects, designers and creatives around the world to re-design retired military sites. This competition asks designers to partner with communities surrounding these former places of conflict to transform hostile, and oftentimes painful, locations into sites where groups can create civic change.

    How Many Decommissioned Sites are There?

    Good question. Help us build a global count of decommissioned military sites. Click here to add a site to the map. They can be any kind from any place. The only rule is: It must be an abandoned, closed or decommissioning military site. We are asking you to work on a site near you but it you can’t find one, you can choose one of the following:

    Site 1: Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, Guantánamo Bay (Cuba)* Gitmo Here
    Site 2: NSA “East Bank”, New Orleans, LA (USA)
    Site 3: Johnston Atoll, Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
    Site 4: Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Tustin, CA (USA)
    Site 5: Flak Towers, Vienna (Austria)
    *Currently not decommissioned yet scheduled for closure.


    October 18 2011: Challenge Launch
    May 1 2012 [Extended!]: Registration Ends
    June 01 2012 [Extended!]: Submission Deadline
    June 01 2012: Semi-Finalists Announced
    June 29 2012: Winner + Finalists Announced
    Fall 2012: Exhibition of Entries

    More informatio:


    April 9, 2012 by architectural competitions


    1. Propose a new, contemporary, attractive, functional and easy-to-remember image, ensuring that the Peru Pavilion will reflect Peru’s attractions and encourage the general public to learn more about this country’s many and varied tourist destinations.

    2. Increase visitor numbers in a decentralized and sustained manner, promoting the diversification of the country’s tourist attractions.

    3. The objective of the competition is the design of the Peru Pavilion (for the World Travel Market – WTM). The proposals presented will be referential and able to accommodate adjustments before the WTM commences. These adjustments will be made jointly with PROMPERU and will be the result of an evaluation of the specific requirements of each travel market.
    It should be understood that the design proposals chosen as winners will be used by PROMPERU not only in the WTM, but also in all the presentations mounted by Peru in tourism fairs in Europe, Latin America and Asia, beginning in November 2012 and continuing throughout 2013.

    4. The design of the pavilion should be based on a flexible and graphic architectural system, capable of being adapted to different needs.


    The area to be occupied by the pavilion measures 400 square meters, in the form of a rectangle located in the middle of the Fair, composed of 42 meters by 9.5 meters with four open sides that will accommodate a series of stands and communal areas for information, a gastronomic bar, an area for events, a meeting point, and rooms for gatherings and interviews, in accordance with the specifications given below. These stands must meet the minimum requirements and technical specifications detailed in this document, and it is essential that the following aspects be precisely defined: materials to be used, textures, qualities, functionality, furnishings, spatiality, color scheme, lighting design, distribution and utilization of institutional graphics.

    1st PRIZE: US$ 20,000 (TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) for the development of the project, 2 plane tickets to London (from Peru or anywhere else in the world), as well as accommodation, meals and transfers during the 4 days of the WTM.

    2nd PRIZE: Luxury travel package for 2 persons x 4 days in Peru (destination of choice).

    3rd PRIZE: Luxury travel package for 1 person x 4 days in Peru (destination of choice) and 9 honorable mentions.

    • START OF COMPETITION    March 20th, 2012
    • ANSWERING OF QUERIES Answers will be updated at the F.A.Q for the entirety of the Competition
    • SPECIAL REGISTRATION    From March 20th until April 16th 2012
    • EARLY REGISTRATION From April 17th until May 14th, 2012
    • LATE REGISTRATION    From May 15th to June 18th, 2012
    • REGISTRATION DEADLINE    June 18th, 2012
    • SUBMISSION DEADLINE    until June 25th, 2012
    • JURY EVALUATION    From June 26th until July 16th 2012

    Karin Chaman Arch. :
    Jordi Puig Arch.:
    Enrique Bonilla Arch. : Dean, University of Lima´s School of Architecture

    Further Information

  4. HOME International Open Design Competition

    April 8, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Building Trust international have just announced a new open design competition, which seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions and in the worst cases sleeping rough.

    We are asking designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalised within society a safe place to live. Building Trust international ask contestants to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international will work alongside local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.

    The competition welcomes applications from all students and young professionals in the field of architecture, design and engineering.


    Final date for registration – 30th June 2012
    Closing date for all submissions – 31st July 2012
    Announcement of winners to be posted on – 15th August 2012


    Professional Category:
    1st prize: We will pursue funding and planning for the winning design. There will also be 9 honourable mentions.

    Student Category:
    1st prize: $500. There will also be 4 honourable mentions.


    The competition brief can be downloaded from below: or pdf

  5. HOF – Horizontal Farm New Delhi

    April 6, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The British had assumed control of Delhi in 1803. The then-existing city of about 125 thousand had been founded by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 and, over the years, the population of the Indian capital, after independence, has grown beyond the 13 million units.

    New Delhi had continued to lure British tourists, who found it far more attractive than Indian districts in the colonial metropolis. The fast and continued growth of the city population has generated, as in many other megacities of the world, an economic and social imbalance. About 6 million people live in slums in the suburbs of New Delhi. The formation of slums is closely linked to economic cycles, trends in the distribution of national income, and in recent years with national policies for economic development. The negative effects of globalization(especially the boom and economic failures that have gradually increased economic inequality) have contributed to the huge increase of the slums.

    All this is accompanied by a very relevant data: over 60% of the Indian workforce is distributed in the countryside and live on the farm economy. The problem of Indian cities, like New Delhi, is the lack of infrastructure.

    Hof – Horizontal Farm in New Delhi wants to focus on finding a solution that integrates the culture and traditions of Indian society with improved living conditions of slums inhabitans.

    1st prize: 1500 €
    2nd prize: 1000 €
    3rd prize: 500 €

    February  1, 2012
    Special registration begins – Question period is open

    March 31, 2012
    Special registration deadline

    April 1, 2012
    Early registration begins

    April 30, 2012
    Early registration deadline

    May 1, 2012
    Late registration begins

    May 31, 2012
    Late registration deadline

    June 15, 2012
    Project submission deadline

    June 20, 2012
    Jury meeting – Evaluation period begins

    September  1, 2012 
    Winners’ announcement

    More information:

  6. Flinders Street Station Design Competition

    April 4, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Victorian Government has committed to a $1 million prize pool for an international design competition to help rejuvenate and restore Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station. The Government will be looking for the best ideas from around the world to re-energise the station and its surrounds while making sure integral heritage features are maintained.

    Designs will be expected to address the station’s transport function, heritage requirements, urban design and integration with its surrounds as well as providing a value for money  proposal. The competition will be conducted in accordance with the Australian Institute of Architects competition guidelines and international best practice.

    Work is currently under way to consult with key stakeholders and write a detailed project brief for competition entrants. Anne Dalton & Associates has been appointed as the Probity Advisor for the competition. The Probity Advisor has a key role advising the project team in relation to integrity of decision making and will work closely with the Competition Advisor when appointed.

    Registration Deadline: 08/01/2012
    Submission Deadline: 09/01/2012

    More information:
    Competition e-mail:


    April 2, 2012 by architectural competitions

    InstantHouse Temporary Housing launches the 4th edition of an ideas competition created by FederLegno Arredo, the Politecnico di Milano and MADEexpo.

    Designers are invited to envision environmental, social and economic opportunities in temporary housing, which specifically address the scientific community within Politecnico di Milano’s Sustainable Campus project. The competition explores potential innovative solutions derived from using new technologies in sustainable design, and which respond to the evolving typologies of city users and inhabitants. InstantHouse aims to combine temporality and mobility with both social interaction and ecological values, resulting in powerful new possibilities for temporary housing.

    The competition welcomes applications from all students and young professionals in the field of architecture, engineering, industrial design, and urban planning worldwide.

    Entries will be judged by a panel of judges from Region of Lombardy, Politecnico di Milano, Federlegno Arredo, MADEexpo, Triennale di Milano and Expo 2015. InstantHouse winning projects will be featured as part of an exhibition hosted by the MADEexpo Milan fair 2012, an event which attracts over 250,000 visitors. Please visit our website for additional information.


    • March 5th 2012: competition launch
    • May 15th 2012: deadline for submitting questions
    • June 4th 2012: application form submission deadline

    All forms should be emailed to

    • July 2nd 2012: final project submission deadline
    All proposals should be mailed to:
    Federlegno Arredo S.r.l.
    Foro Buonaparte 65 – 20121 Milan
    And addressed to the attention of: Concorso INSTANTHOUSE

    • July 16th 2012: jury deliberation
    • July 23 th2012: notification of the results
    • October 17th – 20th 2012: award ceremony and exhibition of the winning projects at MADEexpo Milan Fair 2012.


    • First Prize: 1500 €
    • Second Prize: 1000 €
    • Third Prize: 750 €

    The Jury reserves the right to award honorable mentions to any projects determined to be particularly merit-worthy entries.

    WEBSITES: (for information and application details):


  8. Boka Artist Residence on Adriatic Coast

    April 1, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Architecture Studio Sinestezia is launching an international one-stage architectural competition to design Boka Artist Residence .

    Boka Artist Residence is envisioned as a stimulating place for all forms of activities, which includes theory, visual arts, architecture, design, literature, music, new media, cultural production, as well as science. Place that will encourage a dynamic intercultural exchange and interactions, cooperation and connecting Montenegro with the countries of the region, Europe and rest of the world.

    Subject of the competition
    The subject of the architectural competition is preparation of the Preliminary Architectural Design for the Boka Artist Residence.

    Purpose of the Competition
    The purpose of the architectural competition is to choose, on the basis of comparative designs the best entry capable of creating the most suitable design fulfilling the promoter’s requirements as laid down in these Terms, Program and Relevant Documents. The ambition of the competition is to identify proposals that successfully address the requirements of the Boka Artist Residence concept.

    Competition announcement and registration
    start date 02. April 2012

    Competition documents available for download 02. April 2012
    Registration deadline and last day to download competition documents 01. May 2012| 15.00h – GMT+1
    Last day to submit questions 15. May 2012
    Questions and answers posted on the Competition web site 17. May 2012
    Submission of designs 01. June 2012 | 15.00h – GMT+1
    Assessment of proposals and selection by the Jury 20. June 2012
    Announcement of winners 01. July 2012
    Online exhibition opening date 03. July 2012

    More information can you find on website: