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June, 2012

  1. Floating Cinema Architecture Competition

    June 11, 2012 by architectural competitions

    UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation have issued an international Open Call to architects and designers to design for the 2013 Floating Cinema project, to be commissioned by The Legacy List and sponsored by Bloomberg, as part of the new Bloomberg East programme.The project will be the next phase of the acclaimed Floating Cinema 2011 (designed by Studio Weave), a scheme launched as part of UP Projects’ Portavilion series for innovative temporary public art spaces, in collaboration with artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie).

    The competition is looking for an innovative and creative design solution that will embody UP Projects’ 2013 theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’, offering delight and playfulness as well as being robust and serviceable for a permanent lifespan on the water. This vessel will need to accommodate intimate on-board film screenings, larger outdoor film events as well as provide a base for film related talks and activities. The Floating Cinema will navigate the waterways that connect the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest and Hackney with the new Olympic Park, hosting events, activities and also tours into the Olympic Park.

    This two stage competition invites entrants to express their interest in taking part by responding to a prequalification questionnaire, which is due by 4pm, 26 June 2012. Group submissions are also welcomed.

    22 May Outline Brief and Prequalification questionnaire released
    26 June, 4pm Deadline for Prequalification Questionnaire submissions
    w/c 2 July Announcement of Shortlisted Entrants, Full brief issued to shortlist
    w/c 30 July Interim Design Review
    w/c 27 August Deadline for development of shortlisted proposals
    w/c 3 September Technical review
    w/c 10 September Interviews and final selection
    w/c 17 September Announcement of winning design (as part of London Design Festival)
    October Construction / procurement begins2013
    April Construction ends
    May Test launch
    Issued 22 May 2012
    Mid June Public launch; cultural programming begins

    More information:

  2. Designing Action

    June 10, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Nashville Civic Design Center announces Designing Action, an international design competition to re-imagine an industrial site along Downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River, with emphasis on creating active spaces for healthy citizens, and highlighting alternative sports and related activities. The 75 acre site has many variables to entice creative solutions. It is a brownfield disconnected from the neighborhoods of East Nashville by an elevated interstate. Almost the entire site was under water in the 2010 May flood. The site is within walking distance of several major sports, entertainment, and convention venues.

    Our goal with this competition is to generate innovative ideas and concepts that could enhance the future redevelopment of riverfront property, promote active lifestyles and increase the quality of life for all of Nashville’s citizens.

    1st Prize: $5,000
    2nd Prize: $2,500
    3rd Prize: $1,000
    People’s choice: $500

    Registration begins June 1, 2012
    Registration deadline: July 27, 2012
    Submissions due August 13, 2012
    Winners announced: September 20, 2012
    Outdoor Exhibition of finalists: September 20-October 21, 2012
    Publication to follow exhibition

    For more information:

  3. Workplace of the Future Student Competition

    June 8, 2012 by architectural competitions

    How will the Workplace of the Future look and function? The 2012 Fentress Global Challenge invites you to answer these questions through design. Requirements for workplaces have become more demanding. Occupant health and comfort, employee productivity, lifecycle costs, environmental quality, and information technology were not always high-priority design considerations in the past. Today they are of vital importance, and understanding the fundamentals behind these demands will help designers create workplaces that enhance the work experience.

    1st Place – US$10,000 prize and a certificate (US$10,000 prize includes US$3,000 cash, 4-week paid internship at Fentress Architects, round-trip airfare and lodging) 2nd Place – US$1000 cash prize and a certificate 3rd Place – US$500 cash prize and a certificate Honorable Mentions – Certificate Winning designs will be exhibited at Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles, California.

    Registration Deadline: 08/06/2012
    Submission Deadline: 09/03/2012

    For more information visit

  4. Design Jim’s Kitchen

    June 6, 2012 by architectural competitions

    City living has many pleasures; kitchens are not one of them. New Yorkers have many ways of dealing with their cramped kitchens, the most common of which involves throwing in the towel altogether and ordering takeout far more often than is healthy.

    Jim Richardson, a busy media executive living in Hell’s Kitchen, came to Architizer for help rethinking his galley kitchen. Jim likes to cook, but is all but deterred by the clumsy configuration of his present kitchen. That’s where you come in. We need you to take Jim’s kitchen and replace it with a sleek, space-saving design.

    The winning entry and two runners-up will receive awards.

    First Prize receives: A new client, Jim, with a ready-to-go job, $5,000 in cash for design fee, an editorial feature on Architizer
    Two runners up receive: $1,000, editorial coverage on Architizer, in addition to the cash prize, a VIP reception will be held in the GD Cucine showroom in NYC at which the winner and client will be toasted.

    The competition opens for submissions on May 23rd, 2012.
    Registration and payment are due July 2nd, 2012.
    Submissions are due on July 9th, 2012 at 11:59PM.
    Winners announced July 16th, 2012.

    More information

  5. RIBA Photo Competition

    June 4, 2012 by architectural competitions

    RIBA launches new photography competition

    The RIBA has today launched a new photography competition, Architecture 2012, open to entries from all RIBA members in any category.
    With the theme, Architecture 2012, the RIBA invites images that capture any interpretation of architecture in whatever form – the inspiring, the beautiful, the intriguing or even the bizarre.

    Ten winning images will be selected by judges including Morley von Sternberg, architectural and portrait photographer and Angela Brady, RIBA President. They will be printed as postcards and sold in the RIBA Bookshops. The photographer of the best image will receive the latest iPad. All proceeds from the sales of the postcards will go to the RIBA Education Fund, a registered charity that makes grants to students of architecture in the UK who are experiencing financial hardship.

    RIBA President Angela Brady said:
    “A members’ photography card competition is something that Robert Elwall, Photographs Curator of the British Architectural Library, and I talked about doing to celebrate the best Architecture in 2012. I am looking forward to seeing some fantastic photographs to capture Architecture of today.  This competition is a fitting tribute to Robert who sadly died earlier this year. I am keen to raise vital funds for RIBA Education once these cards go on sale”.

    The closing date has been extended until Friday 6 June at 12noon. 
    For the full details and how to enter please visit

  6. Wonderland Project Space 2012

    June 3, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Wonderland invites teams from around Europe to submit independent ideas and radical concepts to find new ways for including young citizens in the planning process and to depict alternative approaches in urban planning.

    In september 2012 Placemakers will host the Project Space in the fast changing and upcoming area Amsterdam Noord. The project will be about involving young citizens as city experts in order to renew city spaces together with developers and planners as a solution towards sustainable urbanism. In the Project Space we learn how to incorporate these new ways of developing the city – both social and physical – by doing a collective Placemaking activity. We’re inviting teams with experience in innovative methods of co-creation with young people.

    Together with local and international architecture teams, Wonderland enables you to discuss the current situation and to find new strategies and ways of planning. Your ideas should give an impulse to the local situation and help ignite a debate while generating transferable concepts.


    The Project Space Series 2012 ‘ACTIVATING URBAN VOIDS’ brings up the topic ofactivating urban voids in European cities and discusses possible approaches. The design of our cities is one of the biggest and most pressing fields of activity, particularly for the young European  architects and planners.

    Our cities have many forgotten voids that can be filled with citizens’ activities. How can this be included in Urban Planning processes?  The Project Space Series 2012 will therefore explore how new urban strategies can be initiated by architects and urban planners, involving inhabitants, non-governmental organisations, private investors and local politicians.

    30th of June 2012: deadline for submissions
    August 2012: competition results
    September/October 2012: workshops in Mannheim (DE) and Amsterdam (NL)


  7. Architecture at Zero 2012

    June 1, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program, in partnership with the University of California, Merced, are pleased to announce the upcoming Architecture at Zero 2012 zero net energy design competition. The competition team is extending this invitation to encourage the participation of advanced architecture, planning and urban design studios in this unique event that explores the cutting edge of energy efficient design. Up to $25,000 in total prizes will be awarded among student and professional entries.

    Entrants will submit a detailed design for a Zero Net Energy campus building as well as a thoughtful schematic energy strategy for a group of zero net energy campus buildings. Details on submission requirements and project criteria can be found at

    Following on the heels of last year’s successful Architecture at Zero 2011 competition that envisioned a zero net energy future for an urban infill site in Emeryville, CA, this year’s competition will focus on the next phase of campus planning at the newest University of California campus, UC Merced.

    Competition opens—April 2012
    Site Tour for Entrants—Summer 2012; To Be Announced
    Submissions due—October 1
    Jury & Announcement—October 24
    Winning Entries will be exhibited in November during Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2012 in San Francisco, as well as in other locations.

    Zero net energy buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of designed energy efficiency and on-site, grid-tied renewable energy production. The Architecture at Zero competition supports an action plan of the California Public Utilities Commission for all new residential construction in California to be zero net energy by 2020 and for all new commercial construction to be zero net energy by 2030. The competition is targeted to raise awareness of ZNE design strategies and building technologies among the architectural design community.

    For more information on Architecture at Zero 2011 and updates on the 2012 competition, visit