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May, 2012

  1. New York City Casino/Convention Center

    May 30, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Recently, New York’s state government has been trying to legalize non-Indian casinos throughout the state. Current proposals are asking for the construction of seven “Vegas”-sized casinos throughout New York. Although lawmakers have pushed to keep the casinos out of New York City, this ideas competition aims to investigate what a casino would do to New York City and, likewise, what New York City would do to a casino. The New York casinos are being pitched by their supporters as “regional revitalization” tools. Although Manhattan is arguably in no need of revitalization, it does have one clear zone that could use rethinking—Hudson Yards and the area around its neighboring convention center. The existing Jacob Javits Center remains an isolated structure surrounded by a no-man’s-land of parking and train tracks. Cut off from restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, it is hardly an inviting location for a large convention, nor does it allow for or engender connection to the city at-large. You might as well have your convention in Secaucus. There is talk of relocating the Center to Queens, to be sited next to the recently opened “racino” at Aqueduct Racetrack—a major financial success thus far, and example of the excitement people in the five boroughs have for gambling. The proposed convention center would be the largest in the United States. This competition asks entrants to leave the convention center at its current location on Manhattan’s West Side, but replace it and add a hotel and casino to the complex. Entrants are asked to rethink this zone so as to create a dynamic destination in the city for tourists, residents, and convention-goers alike. At the same time, the complex should become a draw for non convention-goers. If a Vegas-style themed casino clearly wouldn’t work in New York City, then what would bring New Yorkers out to gamble? Is it a family focused zone for tourists or an adults-only retreat? The proposed building should incorporate state-of-the-art facilities for both modern gambling and high-tech conventions…

    $2500 in prizes will be awarded and the winning designs will be published on suckerPUNCH.

    Competition SCHEDULE
    14 May 2012 competition launch
    11 June 2012 deadline for questions
    18 June 2012 answers to questions will be posted on suckerPUNCH
    25 June 2012 early registration deadline
    13 August 2012 project submission deadline
    3 September 2012 winners will be posted over the course of the week on suckerPUNCH

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  2. International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2012 for Institutes of Higher Learning

    May 28, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Jointly organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), this design competition is into its second year after a successful inaugural in year 2011 which attracted close to 60 entries from the Asia Pacific and South Asia regions.  This year, it will be held in conjunction with the International Green Building Conference from 10 to 12 October 2012.

    This year’s competition is themed as ‘Building a Sustainable Community for a Greener Future’.
    Designs should take into consideration how end-users can continue to develop behaviours or actions that will keep the buildings green in the tropical climate. Projects should also focus on climatic adaptive building skins suitable for the locality identified, integrating landscape into the building design, incorporating passive and active design strategies, renewable energy (if any) and other ecological design features.  Entries can be of an entire building or a detailed study and it must include a degree of feasibility based on today’s available resources.

    It is open to students currently enrolled in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) in Asia Pacific, South Asia regions and beyond. Interested participants can submit as an individual or as a team of 5 (maximum). Refer to rules and regulations for more details.

    Participation is free.

    Step 1: Email the completed the registration form, declaration form and scanned copy of each student’s ID by 29th June 2012 to Ms. Claryce Ng at
    Step 2: Students to submit their entries by 16th July 2012 to the following address:-

    Attn: Mr Subramaniyam / Ms Claryce Ng
    International Tropical Architecture Design Competition
    BCA Academy, 200 Braddell Road, Singapore 579700

    Students can submit their existing university projects to this competition if it meets the above theme and design criteria. Entries must be received by 16th July 2012.

    Required documents:

    • A project brief (max. 5 pages)
    • max. 2 x A1-sized Design boards
    • CD with e-copies of the submission
    • Optional: model

    For submission details, please refer to rules and regulations.

    All entries will be reviewed and the top 5 entries will be selected. One person from each of the top 5 entries will be invited to Singapore in October 2012 to present their projects to the Jury and receive their awards. For more details, please refer to rules and regulations.

    The Top 5 winners will be rewarded with the following award categories:

    1st prize: $3,000 SGD
    2nd prize: $2,000 SGD
    3rd prize: $1,000 SGD
    2 Merit prizes: $500 SGD (each)

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  3. Photography competition – Space in transition

    May 27, 2012 by architectural competitions

    We hardly ever take notice of the time we spend waiting daily. Buses, trains, the tube, escalators, lifts – all these are spaces of waiting in order to reach a destination or continue a journey. They are public places that change their quality and atmosphere at different times of the day. We are drawn to the view outside the bus window, on escalators we get glimpses of people’s faces going in the other direction or glances of countless advertisements lined up on the wall. Can you recall having to wait for someone or something and visualise a memory of the place where it happened? We invite you to think of different kinds of places and reasons for waiting, and through the means of photography, present how you experience it. Are we conscious of it at all times? Do you stop to wait? How does it change your sense of time? Maybe it’s the place around you that is waiting or is it just a by-product of our daily life?

    Every participant is entitled to upload one photograph per registration. The photo has to be uploaded as a .jpg file and cannot be bigger than 5mb in size. The document has to measure at least 2000×2000 pixels with a maximum of 5000×5000 pixels. The format (ratio height to width) can be chosen freely. The document has to be named with the registration number only. (For example, “20134.jpg.”)

    It is a single stage competition.
    We’re looking to receive photos which surprise, enlighten and inspire, as well as present your intention and idea.
    The quality of the entries will be judged according to the depth of narrative and visual presentation.

    Competition officially announced – May 1, 2012
    Start of competition and registration – May 10, 2012
    Closing date for submissions – July 28, 2012
    Jury evaluation – July 28, 2012 to August 10, 2012
    Announcement of winners and publication at – August 10, 2012

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    May 25, 2012 by architectural competitions

    SUPERFRONT is happy to announce that on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 SUPERFRONT will host a 2-hour design charrette for PUBLIC SUMMER: LIBRARY OF IMMEDIACY on Governors Island, in partnership with FIGMENT. SUPERFRONT’s PUBLIC SUMMER program offers young designers the opportunity to produce a temporary installation for public programming.
    PUBLIC SUMMER: LIBRARY OF IMMEDIACY will be open to the public on weekends from July 21st through September 23, 2012. Unlike most competitions, the juried competition for the design of PUBLIC SUMMER: LIBRARY OF IMMEDIACY does not privilege designers who are able to dedicate more time or more resources to their competition entry. Designers only have the 2 hours on site at the charrette to draft their proposal. The goal is to hone in on concept and strategy, and to level the playing field for designers with minimal time to devote to unpaid competitive endeavors or with less sophisticated software or rendering tools. On the day of the competition, participants will be handed a detailed brief for the LIBRARY OF IMMEDIACY, a semi-outdoor space to support a curated set of public activities on Governors Island. The selected team will have the opportunity to construct their design on Governors Island, in collaboration with SUPERFRONT and FIGMENT. Construction will be supported through donated materials from Materials For The Arts, other partners, and novice construction volunteers.
    Winners will be given an honorarium of $500 and a budget of $1500 for materials and construction. The temporary outdoor installation will open on July 21st and will run until September 23rd. The charrette is aimed at (though not limited to) young designers five years or less out of school or under age 35. You may participate as an individual or as a team of up to four people. Please note that on Saturday, June 9, 2012 there will be a Public Summer site visit on Governors Island from 10am-2pm. SUPERFRONT staff will be there to answer any questions.
    All directions and detailed information will be emailed to registrants prior to June 9th.Registration Deadline: 06/08/2012
    Submission Deadline: 06/10/2012

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  5. 72 Hour Urban Action Stuttgart 2012

    May 23, 2012 by architectural competitions


    10 Teams | 10 Sites | 10 Missions | 3 Days and Nights to Design and Build

    TAKE OFF JULY 11th 2012 | LANDING AND AWARDS JULY 14th 2012

    Watch the Stuttgart 2012 Promo: youtube

    72 Hour Urban Action, the world’s first real-time architecture competition gives selected teams only three days & three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs.

    72 Hour Urban Action will be the kick-off of a series of major urban interventions around Stuttgart 21, site of the largest urban redevelopment in Europe and the center of a heated 30-year-old public debate.

    The competition is defined by an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space and will challenge participants to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city’s urban fabric. They will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions and each other to dream and realize projects in response to the spatial and social challenges the sites and missions offer.

    The international teams will include residents, architects, designers, artists, craftspeople, students and generally nice people. Teams will come to Stuttgart armed with a passion for action, and ready to give their time and expertise to help with community needs.

    All participants will live together on site, in an old disused locomotive repair hangar converted into a sleep-work camp, thus enriching the neighborhood with a multi-cultural and intense experience.

    Participating teams will receive a budget for materials, a central prefabrication camp, a team of ‘Angels’ (construction and safety engineers) and a truck (!).

    The missions and sites will be assigned randomly on take off day. An international panel of jury will include prominent leaders, architects and curators. The winning team will receive a prize of $4000.

    The first 72 Hour Urban Action competition took place in September 2010 as part of the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism. The Bat-Yam Biennale is a unique civic action model that encourages bottom-up change in public space in collaboration with the local authorities.

    The first event drew 100 participants from 20 nationalities and received major press coverage from the New York Times, Domus Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Pruned, Abitare, Architizer, Dexinger, Designboom, ArchDaily, Worldchanging and many more.


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  6. King’s College London Competition

    May 21, 2012 by architectural competitions

    RIBA Competitions is delighted to announce the launch of a new Invited Design Competition on behalf of King’s College London. Expressions of Interest are sought from architects or architectural practices for the redevelopment of the Quadrangle and its associated buildings at the College’s historic Strand Campus in London WC2.

    Currently the Strand Campus accommodates some 9,200 students and more than 1,500 staff. Over the next five years the College plans to add a further 2,600 students at this campus, and the redevelopment of the Quad site will therefore form a crucial part of King’s plans to provide high quality facilities and infrastructure for teaching and research at this campus, and to nurture its connections with the surrounding area.

    This £20 million project to design and redevelop the Quad site will provide an additional 3,700 square metres of teaching space and student facilities.

    King’s is committed to appointing an architect based on their ability to bring innovative thinking to a significant historical site in order to revitalise a learning community.

    Following the pre-qualification phase it is intended that up to five architects/practices will be invited to develop concept designs for the project. Each of the short-listed will receive an honorarium payment of £5,000 (+VAT) and be invited to present their proposals to a Jury Panel at a final assessment. The Jury Panel will include Niall McLaughlin acting as the RIBA Architect Advisor.

    For further details about the Strand Quadrangle Competition and how to register for the competition please visit and follow the link to Live Competitions. Please note that the deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 2.00pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

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  7. Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex in Greece

    May 20, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Amazing Crete, the southernmost part of the EU, cradle of the European civilisation, with a rich modern history, excellent climatic conditions and a particularly fertile soil and motherland of the world’s healthiest diet, is also the headquarters of ENISA. The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) thus contributes -with its’ presence in the city of Heraklion since 2005- to the island’s multicultural character.

    Promoting European education in Crete is a major vision for SBO. A European school section is already operating in Heraklion and serving ENISA. Through this architectural competition this “section” will become a proper European school. The plot has been identified and reserved for that purpose on the premises of the University of Crete in Voutes, Heraklion.
    Our vision is to build a state of the art innovative school building reflecting the multicultural character of its students, providing the optimum educational environment and last but not least integrating an energy efficient conceptual design and the use of renewable energy sources.

    31 May 2012
    Deadline for registration
    31 October 2012
    Deadline for dispatch of entries by post or courier service (proof by stamp) or delivery in person
    16 November 2012
    Deadline for receipt of dispatched entries (postal stamp no later than 31 October 2012)

    The prize pool is €70 000. First prize winner will receive €30 000 as well as the exclusive right to design the project (detailed design stage). The second Prize will receive €20 000; the third prize €10 000; and two honourable mentions will receive €5 000 each. Total estimated budget for the construction of the school is €8m.

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  8. Campus 2015: Otaniemi Central Campus of Aalto University

    May 18, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Aalto University Properties Ltd is organising an open international competition for the design of the Otaniemi central campus area. The competition is divided into two phases.

    Phase 1 Competition assignment consists of designing a lively central campus area for the use of Aalto University and the whole Otaniemi science and research community.

    The competition period will be from 5 April to 10 August 2012.

    A competition jury will select approximately six best proposals for Phase 2, in which the competitors will design the new building(s) to be constructed in the area. The second phase is scheduled to start in November 2012.

    The competition can be entered by persons who have the right to practice architect’s profession in the country where they qualified or in the country where they practice the profession. It is recommended to have competing teams of experts with versatile qualifications in urban planning and building design, landscape design, traffic design and ecologically sustainable solutions.

    The total prize sum is EUR 300,000. Signing up is via the competition website. The competition will be launched and the related documents released on 5 April 2012. The competition language is English.

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  9. SC2012 Links: Bridging Rivers Competition

    May 16, 2012 by architectural competitions

    FUTURE is launching, for second consecutive year, an international ideas competition to identify the best design concepts with the challenge to develop visionary urban proposals to stimulate contemporary cities, in this case 2 different locations: Chongqing, China and Seville, Spain

    The open competition is single-phase and anonymous.
    Participants taking part in the competition shall be architecture students or architects under 35 years old on the closing date for submission of entries (July 27, 2012).

    Registration deadline July 27, 2012
    Submission deadline July 27, 2012

    National juries. Shortlist announcement (maximum 10 per location) Until September 17, 2012

    Further details

  10. Think Space 2012: PAST FORWARD

    May 14, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Think Space 2012 – PAST FORWARD cycle devised by this year’s guest curator Adrian Lahoud, a former winner in the 2011 Borders Cycle, aims to repeat three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (1995), and Blur Building (1999), with participating architects in the original competition acting as jurors in the current one: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher (jurors for The Peak), Alejandro Zaera-Polo (juror for Yokohama Port Terminal) and Ricardo Scofidio & Charles Renfro (juror for the Blur Building).

    At the conclusion of the competition, a conference in Zagreb, Croatia will bring together participating architects from both cycles. At the end of the competition phase, a further series of events will be organized including a series of international exhibitions that will display the original submissions alongside the winning competition entries from this Think Space cycle. Storefront for Art and Architecture will host the New York exhibition, with more events to be confirmed shortly.


    Each competition starts and ends on the same date, so competitors may make their choice and decide on participating in a single or more competitions.

    Launching of the cycle on April 27, 2012.
    Registration starts on May 5, 2012.
    Deadline for early registration: June 26, 2012 at 12:00 CET
    Deadline for entry submission: July 17, 2012 at 12:00 CET
    Awards Announcement in September 2012


    1st Award: 5. 000 EUR
    2ndAward: 1. 000 EUR
    3rd Award: 500 EUR

    Possible changes in the awards, honorable and merit prizes will be defined upon the fundraising activities and at the discretionary right of the jurors.

    Submission Fee:

    Early registration fee: from 5 May to 26 June 2012 – 370 HRK / 50 EUR
    Full registration fee: from 27 June to 17 July 2012 – 555 HRK / 75 EUR


    The Peak: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher (ZHA)
    Yokohama Port Terminal: Alejandro Zaera-Polo (AZPA)
    Blur Building: Ricardo Scofidio & Charles Renfro (DS+R)

    Each architect will act as the sole juror for his or her respective competition, with assistance provided by the Think Space curator. The deliverables for the new competition cycle will match as closely as possible the original requirements for each competition. There is no limit to the number of competitions that can be entered.

    We invite you to participate in the competitions and explore together with the jurors, guest curators and other professionals from all over the world, how much have the last 30 years influenced the disciplinary transformation, looking back in order to discern how far we have moved and in what direction.

    More information on the competitions find on official web page:

    About the Think Space programme

    The Think Space programme is
    • a series of concept degree architectural competitions;
    • a platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas and
    • a network of progressive thinkers beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders.

    The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (professionals and students) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities. The annual cycle consist of series conceptual architectural competitions and the awarding event and exhibitions organized at the end of the cycle.

    The programme was devised and developed by Zagreb Society of Architects and launched in December 2010.The first iteration – Think Space 2011 – BORDERS cycle finished with 537 participants, architects of younger generation, from 65 countries.