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August, 2012

  1. The openAEC Challenge: a Collaboration Competition

    August 31, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The OpenAEC Challenge is an architectural “competition” where the criteria for winning is based on how well you collaborate with others and NOT on how well you design in isolation. In that sense, it’s less a competition, and more a challenge.

    The sole purpose of this Challenge is to abolish a pervasive myth undoubtedly shared by a vast majority of architectural students around the world: That real-world buildings are designed by a sole, mastermind architect, working in isolation.

    The OpenAEC is a unique type of architectural competition. Unlike a typical competition, where the criteria for winning is solely based on how successful the final submission is, the criteria for winning the OpenAEC Challenge will be solely based based on how well the participants collaborate, integrate, and build off each other’s ideas. The Challenge will be broken down into eight, two-week long phases or charrettes, over the length of the Fall semester, 2012. OpenAEC participates will use the OpeningDesign.com to share their digital documents and to conduct real-time Peer Reviews via their whiteboarding tool: SketchSpace™.

    After any one phase, the Challenge participants are encouraged and expected to re-use and re-appropriate the ideas and content (CAD/BIM files) submitted by others in earlier phases.

    In other words, copying and using other’s work is not just encouraged in this Challenge, it’s essential! This Challenge will be centered around a real project—a 48 acre (19.5 ha) sustainable, agro-tourism farm, called Flocktown Farm, located an hour outside of New York City.
    Registration Deadline: no deadline (suggested: Friday, September 7th, 2012)
    Submission Deadline: various dates (two-week Charrette Phases throughout a 4-month duration). The Challenge ends Friday, December 14th, 2012.
    Submission Fee: Zero ($0)
    Prize: $8,000 total
    Jury: Unlike a typical competition, the participants will be voting on the designs, not some panel of arbitrary juriers. The ultimate winners of the Challenge will be those teams/individuals who have won the most phases throughout the semester.

    For more details, please visit the following link: staging.openingdesign.com/open_aec


  2. Seattle Design Jam: a Street Furniture Design Competition

    August 29, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Would you like to create something that will be shown (and used!) at the Seattle Design Festival? Check out the Seattle Design Jam: a Street Furniture Design Competition. Street furniture created for the Design Jam will be part of the “Design Block,” the hub of this year’s Seattle Design Festival. If parklets and spontaneous urbanism spark ideas for you, then gather a team or enter yourself. Designers and students in the greater Puget Sound area are invited to participate.

    OVERVIEW
    SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL IS SEEKING DESIGNERS, INDIVIDUALS, STUDENTS, AND TEAMS FOR THE 2012 DESIGN JAM: A STREET FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION.

    ENTRANTS WILL BE ASKED TO CONSIDER HOW STREET FURNITURE IN AN URBAN SETTING CAN HELP THE PUBLIC ENGAGE AND INTERACT WITH THEIR URBAN ENVIRONMENT. ENTRIES WILL BE EVALUATED ON THEIR CREATIVE USE OF PROVIDED MATERIAL, CRAFT, AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR URBAN IMPACT.

    REGISTRATION
    REGISTRATION FOR THE 2012 DESIGN JAM WILL BE PROCESSED BY BROWN PAPER TICKETS
    REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT. 6 AT 10PM PST

    FEE
    $100 PER ENTRY.
    FEE INCLUDES MATERIAL PACKAGE PROVIDED BY SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 (10PM) – REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 (STARTING AT 10AM) – MATERIAL PACKAGE READY FOR PICK-UP AT DUNN LUMBER (SEATTLE)3801 LATONA AVENUE, SEATTLE, WA 98105

    SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 (9AM – 11AM) – CONTESTANTS TO DROP OFF STREET FURNITURE ENTRIES AT THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL.  974 JOHN STREET, SEATTLE, WA 98109

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 (6PM – MIDNIGHT) -CONTESTANTS TO REMOVE ENTRIES

    More info on website: seattledesignjam.com


  3. EyeTime2012: Photo Competition

    August 27, 2012 by architectural competitions

    EyeTime 2012 invites students and young professionals or enthusiasts to submit a collection of their photography comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, we invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. The competition is free to all entrants.

    The proliferation of device culture, social networking, and cloud technology are changing the way we create, and connect on a daily basis. For photography, this means that technology is not only transforming the process of production, but also the processes through which we share, critique, and organize ourselves around the work we do. The competition is first, and foremost an experiment in distributed intelligence. By leveraging the “wisdom of crowds” every entrant can see and understand how his or her work is experienced by others. It has been predicted that in 2020, there will be 50 billion mobile internet connections worldwide, the equivalent of seven devices per person. Thus, this competition is not simply about the existence of technology, but rather why and how we harness it as artists.

    As the paradigm shift from analog to digital is paired with the emergence of platforms for the digital consumption of images, photography inherently reassess its methods, media and subjects, in order to establish a dialogue with an audience whose visual abilities are increasingly expanded by technology. Thus, this competition challenges you to confront the world with your photography. By sending it out into the field you will test yourself and your work. You are the artist, the curator and the critic. EyeTime 2012 poses the following questions: How are your photos perceived? What does it take for an image to make a difference within the continuous overflow of data and information we currently inhabit? How can images impact evolving forms of media in order to engage audiences with their message? What is your message?

    Schedule
    September 17th 2012: Collections to be submitted and “EyeTime” begins. (Collections can be submitted prior to this date as well.)
    October 19th 2012: Stage 01 of the competition is closed and “EyeTime” stops at midnight. 
    November 2nd 2012: Finalists announced on Morpholio Community and Stage 02 “EyeTime” begins.
    November 16th 2012: Stage 02 of the competition is closed and “EyeTime” stops at midnight.
    November 30th 2012: Winners and Honorable Mentions announced.

    More information: mymorpholio.com/eyetime2012 

     


  4. Detroit By Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

    August 26, 2012 by architectural competitions

    AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee is pleased to announce DETROIT by DESIGN 2012: an International Ideas Competition; open to students and professionals world-wide. The project site consists of the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River, including Hart Plaza, the Ford Auditorium site, the International Border Crossing and the parking structure between Bates St. and Renaissance Drive.

    DETROIT by DESIGN has assembled a distinguished group of Urban Designers, Architects, Landscape Architects, and Local Authorities to judge the competition. They include Daniel Libeskind, Walter Hood, Reed Kroloff, Faye Alexander Nelson, and Lola Sheppard.

    Registration opens on August 1, 2012.
    Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 30, 2012.  
    An accompanying symposium is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, 2012.

    For more information visit aiadetroitbydesign2012.com


  5. New National Stadium Japan International Design Competition

    August 24, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL announces the opening of a design competition for the construction of a new national stadium in Japan. The construction of the stadium is being undertaken as a national project on a scale unprecedented in this century.
    The stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018, and if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue for both, the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The stadium is already slated to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and will also be offered as a venue for the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other cultural and artistic events.
    As an all-new stadium, we want to create it in an all-new way, with full public participation, and we pledge to make the entire process – from design selection to final completion – fully open and transparent.
    What Japan needs now is the power of dreams.

    Ichiro Kono
    President, JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL

    Judging Committee
    Jury Chair: Tadao Ando
    Judging Comittee Members: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Takayuki Kishii, Hiroshi Naito, Makoto Yasuoka, Junji Ogura, Shunichi Tokura, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Ichiro Kono

    Registration: 5:00 pm September 10, 2012
    Proposals may be submitted from September 10, 2012 and must arrive  by 5:00 pm September 25, 2012

    More information: jpnsport.com


  6. New Concordia Island

    August 22, 2012 by architectural competitions

    University of Catania’s ICSplat _camping of permanent research — a research platform focusing on landscape and new forms of architecture — has launched the New Concordia Island Contest, a competition for ideas responding to the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship of the Costa Crociere company, out from regular service after the shipwreck on the night of 13 January 2012 on the Giglio Island.

    The competition has the aim of stimulating new future visions for the Giglio Island and the shipwreck, which will become as part of the same landscape and with the same identity.
    How can we rethink the future of these places? What could the shipwreck become if it remains aground for a period longer than a year? How will we program the disassembling and dragging of the parts? How to work with the shipwreck to build a form of memory? Is there any way to reconsider the Giglio island with this new outcropping rock that has changed the coastline? In recent decades the perception of disaster has fueled insecurity and collective fear by encouraging the development of technicist rhetoric that uses engineering as linear solution to the issues. A disaster takes such a social and cultural significance that technical knowledge and economies are forced to reorganize themselves exclusively within its logic.

    “Collapse” is a suspension of time that forces a rethink on the duration of the transformations and role of architecture: we need to think fast action in long-term visions. The “collapse” is the acceleration, determined by catastrophic events (landslides, floods, earthquakes), which triggers new immediate necessities; how can time be organized in different speed and forms?
    The collapse is the measure of erasing. Can architecture suspend erasure at the margins of disaster? Or, can it trigger mechanisms of metabolism and coexistence with the everyday life?

    Registration for the competition runs from 31 July (start registration) to 24 September (last registration deadline).
    Submissions must be entered by 25 September.

    The jury evaluating the competition entries is composed of Cristina Díaz Moreno (AMID, cero9, Madrid), Andrea Bartoli (FARM cultural farm, Favara), Luca Emanueli (SEALINElab, Ferrara), Eva Franch i Gilabert (director of Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York), Joseph Grima (director of Domus, Milan), Kamiel Klaasse (NLarchitects, Amsterdam), Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG, Los Angeles), Marco Navarra (NOWA, Caltagirone), Lori Nix (New York), François Roche (R&Sie;(n), Paris), Italo Rota (Milano), Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow Wow, Tokyo).

    All information can be downloaded from the ICSplat website: icsplat.org

     


  7. Horizonte “Angst” – Call for Papers

    August 20, 2012 by architectural competitions

    In regard to the German word for “fear” in terms of etymology, a surprising conjunction is to be found: “Angst”, deriving from the Latin word “angustiae” also translates as “narrowness”, which not only refers to a spatial relation in general but also implicates confinement and hence, containment quite literally.

    Even  the Old Testament already states that there  had not yet been architecture in paradise and Cain had not built the first city for the fear of vengeance until the murder of his brother Abel.

    Franz Kafka on the other hand describes a dialectical nature of the architectural terminology of fear in his late (and unfinished) tale “The Burrow”: Therein, the desire to build a fortress is directly situated in a fear of loss, which in turn appears to be the cause for perpetual concern through the diversity  and omnipresence of fear. Architecture – a space for  living in permanent fear for Kafka – simultaneously seems to be the cause and effect, catalyst and decelerator of human perception. Hence, it paradoxically fosters the (un-)conscious production of fear  as a place of refuge, protection and security; whether by means of intimidation through surrounding buildings or explicit demonstrations of power. The psychological component of anxiety in the history  of security architecture has always dealt with building types such as castles, palaces, banks, shelters or prisons and should finally be expanded towards the typologies of the 21st century. What are the  consequences in relation to shopping centres, railway stations, airports, schools, museums, zoos or hospitals in regard to the conditions given above?

    Similarly, a pleasure for the uncanny, sinister or frightening situations pervades a vast number of epochs, disciplines and genres. Just as Poe, Doyle or Chesterton attempted to run the reader’s blood cold in his cosy chamber is today continued by TV- forensicists through absurdist ingenuity; transforming evenings spent on the couch into a thrilling adventure. Hence, fear becomes an amusement and  the question arises, what spatial arrangements for example actively serve this instance?

    The sixth issue of HORIZONTE therefore seeks for spaces of fear, architectures of anxiety, escapes and safety cages, chambers of horror as well as shady hide-outs.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    • Proposals may be submitted as essays, projects, photographies, interviews etc.
    • Contributors are kindly asked to send a 200-word abstract.
      Nonetheless further developed material can be sent along, too
    • Essays shall not exceed a maximum of 3000 words, a project, photographic essay etc. description not 500 words
    • Text files in .odt- or .doc-format. Drawings as .pdf, images as .tiff-files.
    • Texts should be unformatted in either Times New Roman or Arial.
      No use of automatic footnote functions. Please attach numbered annotations at the end of the text.
    • Source citations should be formatted in Chicago Style (see www.chicagomanualofstyle.org)
    • Please attach a short bio (max. 50 words).
    • Submissions should not have been published previously.

    All submissions via e-mail to: horizonte@archit.uni-weimar.de
    Deadline: August 31st 2012

    More information: m18.uni-weimar.de/horizonte


  8. SHIFT: process 2013

    August 19, 2012 by architectural competitions

    SHIFT is an annual student-produced publication sponsored by the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Recognizing that students represent the next generation of leaders and design innovators, we created SHIFT to provide a scholarly and provocative forum for professional-reviewed student research into emerging issues at the forefront of landscape architecture theory and practice. We seek to foster creative interaction across disciplinary boundaries and raise awareness of emerging trends within academic and professional communities.

    The inaugural issue, SHIFT: infrastructure – winner of the 2011 student ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications, suggests that rather than only integrating natural systems into the built environment, the public and community should be involved in the design process to create culturally significant spaces.

    Our second issue, SHIFTprocess, will build upon SHIFT:infrastructure by focusing on new ways of thinking about the design process. Submissions may be from current students or graduates within the past two years of any discipline. Our call is looking for innovative thinking or new methodologies in landscape architecture. Processes including community involvement, public input, implementation of modern culture/technology/social media, and those responding to the current and predicted environmental crises are encouraged.

    How can we engage the designer, the community, and ecology in the process of design?
    What does this process look like? Where does it happen?
    How do these processes improve on current techniques?

    Submissions may be: academic essays (up to 3,000 words), narratives, project graphics including mixed media, photography, diagrams, flash animation, stop motion animation, models, social networking tools, games, community building art forms, puzzles, etc. Each submission must include a written abstract (~150 words) and a bibliography if applicable. An independent jury composed of nationally recognized leaders in landscape architecture will review each submission.

    Submissions Due: September 15th, 2012.
    Contact our Director of Communications: Danielle Toronyi: dptorony@ncsu.edu for details about submitting online through our university-hosted service.

    More info: shiftncsu.wordpress.com/shift-process-2013


  9. Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN

    August 17, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN is the new international competition for digital artists to win a residency at CERN the world’s largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva. It is the first prize to be announced as part of the new Collide@CERN artists residency programme initiated by the laboratory.

    This new prize marks a 3 year science/arts cultural partnership and creative collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica – which began with CERN’s cooperation with Origin – the Ars Electronica Festival in 2011.

    The aim of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN prize is to take digital creativity to new dimensions by colliding the minds of scientists with the imaginations of artists. In this way, we seek to accelerate innovation across culture in the 21st century – creating new dimensions in digital arts, inspired by the ideas, engineering and science generated at CERN, and produced by the winning artist in collaboration with the transdisciplinary expertise of the FutureLab team at Ars Electronica.

    The residency is in two parts – with an initial two months at CERN, where the winning artist will have a specially dedicated science mentor from the world famous science lab to inspire him/her and his/her work. The second part will be a month with the Futurelab team and mentor at Ars Electronica Linz with whom the winner will develop and make new work inspired by the CERN residency. From the first meeting between the artists, their CERN and Futurelab mentors, they will all participate in a dialogue which will be a public blog of their creative process until the final work is produced and maybe beyond. In this way, the public will be able to join in the conversation.

    This final work will be showcased both at the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN, in Geneva and at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. It will also be presented in the Prix Ars Electronica’s “CyberArts” catalogue.

    SUBMISSION DETAILS
    We are inviting artists working in the digital arts to submit their proposals. The submission plattform will be opened by September 15th 2011. The closing date for submission is extended until November, 10th 2011.

    More info: aec.at/prix/de/collide


  10. INNATUR_2 COMPETITION

    August 15, 2012 by architectural competitions

    OPENGAP organizes the second edition of this open ideas competition seeking for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary, proposals, committed to a strategy of implementing architecture in a protected natural environment. Approaches should point to find synergies between nature and the building itself.

    Participants are invited to find spaces that promote a deep understanding and assimilation of nature. Projects must lead through their architecture to sensitivity, awareness, understanding, enthusiasm and commitment to the natural environment around them.

    Each participant or team will define the location of their Project; such as: natural parks, protected natural areas, forests, jungles, beaches, mountains, etc.  However, the proposal must justify the choice of the location and the interaction reached between the project and the site’s environment.

    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.

    Schedule
    BEGINNING OF THE COMPETITION: July 30, 2012
    QUERIES SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2012 
    REGISTRATION 1ST PERIOD: From July 30, 2012, until September 4, 2012
    REGISTRATION 2ND PERIOD: From September 5, until October 2, 2012
    REGISTRATION 3RD PERIOD: From October 3, until November 6, 2012
    REGISTRATION 4RD PERIOD: From November 7, until November 27, 2012
    COMPETITION REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 27, 2012
    PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Until December 4, 2012
    WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: During December, 2012
    AWARDING OF PRIZES: During January, 2013

    The proposal submission will consist of two digital panles in .jpg format, not bigger than 4MB each.

    More Infoopengap.net