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July, 2012

  1. Mole Magazine: Cute Little Things

    July 30, 2012 by architectural competitions

    A group of architecture students affiliated with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture are launching a new publication, Mole Magazine. With a jury including Mason White of Lateral Office, Daniel D’Oca of Interboro Partners, Brigitte Shim of Shim – Sutcliffe, and John Hong and Jinhee Park of SsD, the first issue is expected to print January 2013.

    The inaugural theme is “Cute Little Things”; As our world expands, its components are becoming infinitely small: smartphones, microchips, mp3’s, teacup chihuahuas and so forth. We have become obsessed, and increasingly adept, at compacting complex systems and ideas into cute little packages. The downsizing movement has become immensely profitable; even the infamous American consumerism has been won over by this ubiquitous trend, putting pressure on product designers to cater to a marketplace where “smaller is better”; nanotechnology, ‘fun-sized’ snacks, Smart cars, and microbreweries have established a viable and pervasive market. New forms of infrastructure, technology and architecture are emerging in response to this vastly expanding framework. Architectural representation has begun to stray from the standard methods of communication, encapsulating entire projects into intellectually bite-sized diagrams.

    Ironically, while the objects are becoming smaller, the modes of operation have become incredibly efficient in fragmenting holistic systems into a list of parts. The design community is tasked with the exciting challenge of exploring new means and narratives in response to the contemporary compacted landscape. What could be the new methods in organizing complexities embedded in our social networks and consumer culture? What is the role of designers in a world that asks for hyper-specialization? What are the potentials of small in mobility, transferability, economy, new materials, and customizations? Mole begins its inaugural launch with small beginnings and invites a discussion on all things cute and little.

    Deadline is September 30th, 2012
    Submissions should be article, project, drawing, or photography based
    Send submissions to
    For more specifics, refer to the submissions page at, or send an email to

  2. eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition

    July 29, 2012 by architectural competitions

    eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

    The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

    The competition is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

    There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

    eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.

    June 25, 2012 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
    November 5, 2012 – Deadline for submitting questions.
    November 13, 2012 – Early registration deadline
    December 3, 2012 – Answers to questions posted on website
    January 15, 2013 – Late registration deadline
    January 22, 2013 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
    March 11, 2013 – Winners’ announcement

    Vincent Callebaut [principal Vincent Callebaut Architectures]
    Giacomo Costa [visionary artist, author: The Chronicles of Time]
    Julien De Smedt [principal Julien De Smedt Architects – JDS]
    Hernan Diaz Alonso [principal Xefirotarch, Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc]
    Mathias Hollwich [principal HWKN, founder Architizer]
    Ed Keller [principal aUm Studio, Associate Dean at Parsons New School of Design]
    Marc Kushner [principal HWKN, founder Architizer]
    Francois Roche [principal R&Sie;(n) architecture, professor at GSAPP Columbia University]
    Roland Snooks [principal Kokkugia, professor at GSAPP Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania]
    Dongbai Song [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
    Tuuli Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, designer at Alessi]
    Kivi Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, Director at Aalto Digital Design Laboratory, Professor at UCLA]
    Tom Wiscombe [principal Tom Wiscombe Design, professor at SCI-Arc]
    Hongchuan Zhao [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
    Zhi Zheng [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]

    1st place – US $5000
    2nd place – US $2000
    3rd place – US $1000

    Winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_07

    To register to the competition please go to

  3. Draw Up A Chair – The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012

    July 27, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Battery Conservancy invites students and professionals from the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean), to design an iconic moveable outdoor seating element. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan, which annually welcomes six million visitors.

    The design competition has two phases. The first phase is an open ideas competition. In the second phase, a large curated selection of entries will be featured online, and on exhibition banners around the park. A selected group of finalists will receive US$ awards to develop full scale prototypes. The Battery Conservancy has been invited by Design Miami/ to exhibit these prototypes. The winner will be awarded a cash prize. The Battery Conservancy intends to fabricate the winning design for use in the oval at the park’s Broadway entrance, scheduled to open in 2014.

    PRIZE FUND: US$50,000

    Top Designs: Curated selection of Top Designs featured on competition website and on exhibition banners located in The Battery. Credit includes the designers name, affiliation, city, country, and website. Finalists receive US$ awards to develop full-scale prototypes. The Battery Conservancy has been invited by Design Miami/ to exhibit the prototypes.
    Winner: US$ Grand Prize. Intent to fabricate the winner’s design for use in The Battery. International media coverage.


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  4. Cleveland Design Competition – Transforming the Bridge

    July 25, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Cleveland Design Competition invites professionals, students, firms and designers to re-imagine the abandoned lower streetcar level of Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge as a dynamic public space, performance venue and pedestrian experience. At the beginning of 2012, a group of local designers and business leaders launched an initiative called “The Bridge Project” to raise public awareness about the potential of The Bridge and to engage the community for input on opening the lower level for public use. The Cleveland Design Competition has partnered with The Bridge Project to engage designers to propose compelling visions for the permanent use of The Bridge, public access into and passage through the lower level of The Bridge, and connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods.

    The Detroit-Superior Bridge, also known as Veterans Memorial Bridge, is one of the most prominent features of Cleveland’s urban landscape. At almost one-mile long, The Bridge spans the Cuyahoga River connecting Downtown Cleveland, the industrial Flats neighborhood and Cleveland’s west side neighborhoods. The Bridge, completed in 1918, is a concrete arch and steel bridge consisting of two levels; an upper level that is largely dominated by vehicular traffic and a lower level that was originally designed for streetcars. While the upper level of The Bridge is one of the most heavily used thoroughfares in Cleveland, the lower level has remained closed, vacant and largely unused since 1954 when streetcar service was discontinued. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the upper level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, including an expanded sidewalk for pedestrians and a bike lane, were completed in 2005.

    The lower level of The Bridge is a vast, cathedral-like space that includes subterranean subway stations at either end. An open-air span over the river provides unmatched views of the downtown skyline, the city’s industrial valley, and Lake Erie. The two ends of The Bridge include vestiges of the former streetcar stations including stairwells and tunnels, colonnades and waiting spaces, and segments of track. The ‘subway’ as the ends of the lower deck were called, had streetcar entry ramps at West Sixth Street and Superior Avenue on the east, and on both Detroit Avenue and West 25th Street on the west. The streetcar entry points have since been removed. Pedestrian and vehicular entry to The Bridge currently occurs at grade on either end of The Bridge at a gated opening, and by stair via two original entry points; an office building on the southwest corner of West 25th and Detroit and through a building that serves as the current home of the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office.

    The Bridge offers tremendous potential for use as a dynamic public space, performance venue, and sheltered bicycle/pedestrian connection over the Cuyahoga River. Designs will provoke public conversation about creative place making in Cleveland and provide innovative ideas for a world-class public space. Winning designs will be selected among entries as best illustrating the possibilities for the future use of The Bridge.

    + Competition Announcement: July 9th, 2012
    + Jury Announcement: July 31st, 2012
    + Registration Deadline: September 10th, 2012
    + Late Registration Deadline: September 24th, 2012
    + Submission Deadline: October 5th, 2012
    + Awards Reception and Exhibition: October 26th, 2012

    First Place: $5,000.00 USD + travel stipend to attend Awards Reception (maximum $750.00)
    Second Place: $2,000.00 USD + travel stipend to attend Awards Reception (maximum $500.00)
    Third Place: $1,000.00 USD + travel stipend to attend Awards Reception (maximum $250.00)

    *At the sole discretion of the jury, each award level can be re-assigned to another award level or split. The total money awarded will not be less than $8000,00.00 USD. Travel stipend only applies to winners located greater than 100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio.

  5. Create a Chelsea Original – design competition for the new Cadogan Café, Duke of York

    July 23, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) is delighted to announce a two-stage competition to find a design team for a new café at the heart of Duke of York Square, in one of London’s most sophisticated districts. MRC is managing the competition on behalf of the Cadogan Estate and further details of the project and how to register for the competition are available on the dedicated competition microsite:

    The new café project to redevelop the existing café, currently run as a Gelateria Valerie, offers the opportunity to bring world-class design to a key site, which is positioned at the entrance to the main thoroughfare to the Saatchi Gallery, set slightly back from the King’s Road, and a few seconds’ walk from the Peter Jones department store.

    Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate said, ‘We are keen to identify and support emerging talent whilst providing the opportunity of consulting locally from the outset; this is a pivotal site in one of the most vibrant parts of the capital and we are looking for designers with flair and originality, qualities associated the world over with the spirit of Chelsea.’

    Malcolm Reading, who previously ran the competitions for the V&A’s Exhibition Road site, the British Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Aberdeen City Garden project commented, ‘The existing café has been a great success but can no longer meet the level of demand from visitors and locals. The project has the potential to bring new energies to the Square and create a special sense of place.’ A creative exploration of the project is strongly encouraged along with interesting multi-disciplinary collaborations — architect-led, but including artists. Teams should outline ideas on an additional programme of use(s) and user(s) that will give the café a unique identity.

    The café should provide for circa 100 covers (60 outside and 40 inside). Total project costs are estimated to be £2 million, including construction, fit-out, fees, VAT and associated costs.

    Competitors have until August 20, 2012 to enter the competition. All entrants must follow the registration procedure as explained on the competition website. From the responses a shortlist of five to seven teams will be chosen to work up concept propositions (for which an honorarium will be paid). The shortlist will be announced in the autumn and the winning team announced by early December 2012.

  6. [CASABLANCA] Sustainable Market Square

    July 22, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Project ///
    A Market square is a public open area where market stalls are traditionally set out for trading, commonly on particular days. It is usually situated in the centre of the town, surrounded by buildings and streets. Sustainable Architecture is a general term that describes environmentally conscious de- sign techniques in the field of architecture. Casablanca is a young and dynamic city in Morocco with a population estimated at approximately 4 million habitants.It is the largest city in the Maghreb and the fourth largest in Africa. It is also an important business hub with 60% of the country’s economic activities. Being an important economic center, its architecture is a combination of different styles which gives it a unique architectural beauty.

    The aim of this International Competition is to design a New Sustainable Market Square in Casablanca. The architecture of this new Structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact.

    This Competition hopes to achieve the following:
    _Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original market.
    _Create a new comtemporary social space where locals can meet and shop.
    _Generate the discussion and ideas about the functionality of community and street commerce.
    _Meet the requirements of Green Architecture.
    _Experiment with innovative materials.

    This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

    This is an open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Sustainable Market Square to be built.

    Prizes ///
    Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:
    1st PRIZE: US$ 3,500
    2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,700
    3rd PRIZE: US$ 800

    Schedule ///
    Competition Officially Announced – 10th July 2012
    Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration – 15th July to 31st August 2012
    Late Competition Registration – 01st September to 31st October 2012
    Deadline for Questions – 18th October 2012
    Closing Date for Submissions – 05th November 2012
    Jury Evaluation – 09th November – 16th November 2012
    Announcement of Winners 20th November 2012

    There will also be 7 honorable mentions
    The Competition is open to All.
    Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit. However, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.

    For more information please Download the Competition brief from the website.


  7. Architectural solution for the Tartu Waldorf Centre by the end of 2012

    July 20, 2012 by architectural competitions

    On June 20, the Tartu Free Waldorf School Association declared an international architectural design contest, the results of which would be anticipated in December 2012 at the latest. The goal of the competition is to find an architectural solution for the Tartu Waldorf Centre, which would create an integrated and inspiring environment for the learners, employees and visitors of the centre.

    “We look forward to the abundant participation by architects from Estonia and other countries. Since wholeness is essential in Waldorf pedagogy both from the view of its substance and form, we seek a solution for building the Waldorf Centre, which would achieve an organic whole” said Katri Tammekand, project manager for Establishing the Tartu Waldorf Centre. She added: “Children, their parents and teachers who have eagerly waited for the new house, can rejoice today all the more. It was decided a day before declaring the design competition that the Environmental Investment Centre would finance the project of the City of Tartu that intends to demolish the former military buildings on the plot and surroundings of the future Waldorf Centre. The old makes room for the new.”
    Kindergarten, primary school, upper school, hobby school and adult training centre will operate under one roof in the Waldorf Centre. Current plans foresee a possibility to develop afterwards a comprehensive social centre where elderly people and families with children could live alongside. The initiators and coordinators of the establishment of the Centre are the parents and teachers of Tartu Waldorf School and pre-school childcare Meie Mängurühm, managed by the Tartu Free Waldorf School Association.
    As a non-profit association, the Tartu Free Waldorf School Association has limited possibilities for making larger investments and creating a building complex of over 6000 square meters poses a great challenge to it. The NGO has worked already for years for this to succeed. We are convinced that creating the Waldorf Centre in cooperation with the City of Tartu, Ministry of Science and Education and other local and international partners is achievable.

    Register: 15.08.2012
    Submit: 15.08.2012 

    The prize money for the architectural design competition of the Tartu Waldorf Centre totals 22 000 Euros, from which prizes for best architectural solutions would be assigned. The contest jury includes also members from abroad, and we expect also foreign architects to participate in the competition. The architectural design competition materials are available from the Tartu Waldorf School home page and the web page of the Union of Estonian Architects

  8. Global Workshop // Arena Calcetto for the Venice Biennale / Archrival

    July 18, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Archrival invites architects, designers, artists and other creative ‘makers’ to participate in Global Workshop; a sub-project for the installation Arena Calcetto at the Venice Architecture Biennale. As part of an indoor + outdoor site specific work, Archrival is calling out for the production of custom made fussball player objects for the exhibition. Archrival is looking for experimental objects with diverse materiality and a high level of craftsmanship or design.

    The 2012 Venice Biennale exhibition will run from August 29 – November 25. Archrival is 1 of 6 teams exhibiting at the Australian Pavilion for the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale. The theme is ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture’ and the project is conceived to represent Archrival’s practice and to mobilise a team of local and international collaborators.
    The project examines the concept of ‘formations’ and ways in which to explore changing formations as a new model for design practices. The project also strives to link the national exhibition to the International Pavilion and head curator David Chipperfield’s over-arching theme of ‘Common Ground’. The project occupies the in-between spaces of a cluster of national pavilions in the Giardini, and encourages unprecedented interaction between exhibitors, curators and the audience. The work is tactile, interactive,experimental and offers the unique opportunity for play within a large exhibition context and an overwhelming amount of competing international content. A series of tall timber structures on shallow plinths house the custom fussball tables and create a site specific ‘arena’. Using the symbolic rivalry of a fussball game, the arena offers a new program and experience within the vast Biennale exhibition. The project involves a growing design team: currently over 30 individuals and 8 specialist fabricators have contributed.

    Register by: 30.07.2012
    Submit by: 24.08.2012

    For more information visit our website:

  9. Hoop Cup 2012 International Student Competition in Architectural Design

    July 16, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Architecture in Transformation should make responses to current situations and times. What concerns us is the relationship between architecture and city, and the relationship between architecture and natural environment. The competition aims at: (1) searching and constructing a human space with a sense of place in increasingly-fragmented cities or unordered villages; (2) exploring environment-friendly and sustainable ideas in the information age; (3) integrating creative design concepts with solid basic skills effectively in architectural education. The main requirements include: (1) making detailed examinations and reflections on architectural history; (2) exploring complicated requirements to architecture and environment by current users; (3) paying attention to events in specific sites; (4) configuring viable urban and architectural spaces.

    Jury Members
    Chairman: Sir. Michael Hopkins(United Kingdom)
    Members: Zhong Dekun, Alan Penn(United Kingdom), Zhu Wenyi, Michael Weinstock(United Kingdom),Cui Kai, Tim Heath(United Kingdom),Zhu Xiaodi, Junya Ishigami(Japan), Wu Changfu, Fabiano Sobreira(Brazilian), Mei Hongyuan, Zhang Qi, Bogdan Reichenberg(Slovenia), Peng Lixiao, Gong Jun.

    Competition Awards
    One first prize, ¥20,000 Chinese RMB
    Two second prize, ¥5,000 Chinese RMB
    Four third prize, ¥2,000 Chinese RMB
    Twenty honorable mentions, UED magazines (6 months)
    Excellent Supervisors (the number to be announced)
    All prize-winners will be granted official certifications.

    Competition Schedule
    Fulltime undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to participate individually or by 2-person team. The number of each entry’s supervisors should be no more than 2.
    Registration Deadline: Jun 30 2012
    The completed registration forms should be sent to xiongrun(at) and wangxuejiao(at) before June 30 2012, with subject of “International Student Competition in Architectural Design registration + participant’s name + university name”.
    Submission Deadline: Oct 8 2012
    Prize Announcement: Nov 2012
    Prize Presentation and Exhibition: Dec 2012

    For more information visit

  10. Open Spaces of the Bernardine Monastery Complex in Lviv, Ukraine

    July 15, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The city of Lviv (Ukraine), together with the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv, Ukraine) and “Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv”. Ukrainian-German cooperation project implemented by the Lviv City Council and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, announces the International Open Design Competition for the Open Spaces of Bernardine Monastery Complex in Lviv, Ukraine.
    Individuals and teams of professionals and/or students in the fields of architecture, landscape design and/or urban planning from around the world are invited to create a design for the public open spaces in and around the Bernardine Monastery complex, located in the inner city of Lviv, Ukraine:
    – that reflects the historical, spatial, social and environmental characteristics of the area;
    – that preserves the unique existing characteristics of each of the open spaces and develop their qualities with new treatments and elements;
    – that creates a unifying concept for the site as a whole and incorporate it into the existing urban context;
    – that enhances the site’s potential as a public recreational amenity.

    Registration opens: June 29, 2012
    Questions close: August 17, 2012
    Answers to questions: August 31, 2012
    Submissions close: October 3, 2012

    First Prize: €3000, Second Prize: €2000, Third Prize: €1000, two honorable mentions €600

    There is no entry fee, but competitors are to register with the organizers by email at

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