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August, 2012

  1. BE OPEN Awards

    August 13, 2012 by architectural competitions

    BE OPEN Awards is an international initiative aimed at young talents in creative industries. The award is open for participants aged 18-30 with no restrictions for their education, nationality or residence. Participation is free. The first prize in each category is an educational grant (a tuition fee) for a course in one of the leading specialized educational centers. Additional prize fund of 10 000 euro will be distributed among finalists by the jury.

    The current stage of the Awards has three categories:

    FORM. Works of product (industrial) design are accepted for the category. Submitted projects should show potential for production. Cross-disciplinary projects combining product design with graphic / interactive / environmental design are welcome.

    CITY. Architectural projects and solutions of urban environment improvement methods, town-planning, energy-saving and environment-saving technologies are accepted for the category.

    In short, everything that relates to urban planning and profound complex development of urbanscape.

    CAST. Sound design, motion design and animation, interactive and interface design, hybrid environments etc. are accepted for this category. Works showing innovative application of media environments in their interaction with user and experimental multimedia art are welcome.

    Projects for the Awards can be submitted through the awards’ web site or e-mail:

    Each project should be submitted separately. A registration form should be attached to each project. The number of files attached is unlimited. All files should meet file requirements.

    File requirements:
    – the attachments should not exceed 10Mb overall
    – the description of the project should be written in English language, no less than 1000 symbols in .doc format
    – All images should be JPG (RGB, 300 dpi, 2000 pix on the longer side)
    – Any video files should be uploaded to youtube or any other similar service, a link to the video has to be included in the description

    There is no limit for a number of projects that can be submitted for any of the categories. But one project can only be submitted for only one category.
    The deadline for project submission is August 20, 2012 24:00 GMT.

    The official website for BE OPEN Awards is
    Full terms and conditions can be found at

  2. Generation Kingspan Architecture Student Competition

    August 12, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, a global manufacturer of insulated metal panels for building construction, announced today bigger prizes will be offered for the Generation Kingspan™ Architecture Student Contest. The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed building using Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and reflecting Kingspan’s sustainable corporate philosophy.

    The contest starts August 1, 2012, and will culminate with a Grand Prize winner selection in November at the Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Exposition in San Francisco. The competition merges the benefits of a juried expert panel review with the wisdom of the crowd — with one winner determined by the judging panel and another winner determined by voting on the Generation Kingspan on-line design community. Both winners will receive an internship at an architecture firm, a $5,000 scholarship and a $1,000 cash prize. The top designs will then compete for exhibit floor votes at Greenbuild to determine the grand prize winner, who will be awarded an additional $5,000 toward their scholarship and a high spec laptop with a design software package valued at $5,000.

    Submissions for Generation Kingspan must be received by October 31, 2012.
    To learn more about the competition, register online and download materials, visit

  3. Ed Bacon Student Design Competition

    August 10, 2012 by architectural competitions

    When transportation corridors such as highways and rail lines meet dense urban areas, choices must be made about how to balance the needs of the transportation modes and the lively city it intersects. Across the world, cities have found innovative solutions for addressing issues relating to large-scale urban transportation infrastructure. Recently in the U.S. cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis have transformed highways into urban boulevards. Boston buried Interstate 93 in the famous “Big Dig,” but at a huge cost. Other cities have worked to bridge highways and rail corridors that separate downtowns from waterfronts. With international precedent for design solutions, the Center for Architecture challenges the next generation of urban thinkers to propose novel solutions to integrate Philadelphia’s major transportation corridors into its urban fabric.

    Competition Objective
    Philadelphia’s I-76 / Amtrak Corridor
    Amtrak’s main corridor through Philadelphia lies just outside Center City, on the Western bank of the Schuylkill River, passing through Philadelphia’s iconic 30th Street Station. Wrapping around the station and hugging the Western bank of the Schuylkill River, Interstate 76 provides the city with one of its most heavily used entries and exits for passenger vehicles. What opportunities are there for reimagining this complex hub of transit and its integration with the entire city?

    The 1-76 transit corridor between the Spring Garden St. bridge to the North and South St. to the South.

    Pre-Registration Deadline: 11:59PM, October 4, 2012
    Competition Takes Place: October 05 – 26, 2012
    Winners Announced: Early 2013

    Registration and more information on the website


    August 8, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The aim of this International ideas competition is to design a NEW Hotel & Sky Garden concept in New York City.

    PROJECT: This international competition challenges participants to design a NEW Hotel and Sky Garden Skyscraper in New York, USA. The design should create a new iconic skyscraper in the city of skyscrapers that is New York.

    ◦Graduate Architects
    ◦Architecture Students
    ◦Team (Architects, Graduate Architect, Architecture Students, Engineers, Designers )
    ◦Inter-Disciplinary Teams (engineers, designers in-conjunction with an architect).

    Every entrant shall be required to pay an entry fee as follows:
    ◦Special Registration: $80 US from 1st August 12:00 (GMT) to 19th August 2012 11:59 (GMT)
    ◦Early Registration: $100 US from 19th August 12:00 (GMT) to 19th September 2012 11:59 (GMT)
    ◦Standard Registration: $120 US from 19th September 12:00 (GMT) to 19th October 2012 11:59 (GMT)
    ◦Late Registration: $150 US from 19th October 12:00 (GMT) to 19th November 2012 11:59 (GMT)

    30th November 2012 ———————————– Closing Date for Submissions

    14th December 2012 ———————————– Official Result Announcement / Publication

    Winning project entry will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000.00 as follows:
    1st Prize
    2nd Prize
    3rd Prize
    Joining the winners: 10 Special Mentions


  5. Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS

    August 6, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Gowanus by Design envisions this competition as an opportunity to consider a new urban typology while focusing on our protean relationship with water. Fresh water accounts for about 2% of all the water on the planet and as the climate continues to change, clean water is becoming a critical commodity. Its availability is subject to the vagaries of extreme weather patterns, such as droughts, hurricanes, and warm winters. Many designers are now evaluating the “embodied water” in their projects and seeking solutions that minimize the use of fresh water in a building’s construction and operations.

    Despite the impact of climate change and efforts by the environmental and design communities, access and use of fresh water is still largely assumed to be a right, rather than a privilege. To challenge these assumptions, the competition program deliberately places two disparate uses of water on the same site. At the canal, untreated sewage overflow at the pump station is a conduit for waste entering the local environment. At the park, filtered water from the upstate reservoir system fills a pool that supports recreation. By redirecting overflow to a retention tank where it will be stored during heavy weather events, the area in and around the park becomes an active participant in a water management solution that dramatically reduces the canal’s pollution.

    Design entries should present site-specific solution(s) that simultaneously explore water’s role in recreation, quotidian uses, and in contaminated urban environments, and demonstrate how a redesigned community center and retention facility represent a more progressive view of our city’s infrastructure. The jury will look for designs that explore these challenges and propose a stronger community node within an area that is slowly establishing its identity as a viable mixed-use urban neighborhood.

    The competition aims to attract the interest of a wide range of professionals and students (not just those within the architectural profession) on a local and international level.

    First Prize: $3,000
    Second Prize: $1,000
    Honorable Mentions: Up to six will be awarded at the discretion of the jury
    In addition to the winners, a selected group of submissions will be displayed at the exhibit in early 2013.

    Registration Deadline: October 19, 2012
    Questions Deadline: November 16, 2012
    Submission Deadline: December 14, 2012
    Jury Review: Early to mid-January 2013

    Visit our website for more information:

  6. ISARCH Awards for Architecture Students

    August 5, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The ISARCH Awards are international awards targeting students of architecture. The aim is to provide a platform for debate surrounding the architecture solutions students contribute within the framework of their university studies. A further objective of the ISARCH Awards is to encourage young people to join the debate on architecture, contributing their unique vision and opinions.

    Why take part?

    1. ISARCH is conceived as a platform for the promotion and recognition of university projects on an international scale.
    2. The three winning projects will receive prizes worth a total of €6,000.
    3. By promoting this platform, the ISARCH Awards intend to provide students with a gateway to the professional and corporate world.
    4. As part of its interest in promoting the winning projects, ISARCH is in contact with various specialised journals and websites in order to secure their publication. All selected works will be published on ISARCH’s various platforms and on its website.

    Who is eligible to take part?

    The competition is opened to all students of architecture and young architects that have graduated within the last 3 years prior to the date of sending in the necessary documents. Each participant or team participants may submit as many projects as they wish, regardless of their nature, programme and budget. The panel of judges will take all entries into consideration. The proposals may be entered by individual students or groups of students.


    An expert panel of judges, will provide 60% of the final score. The panel will determine the assessment criteria for the winning works, which will be included in the minutes listing the prizes awarded. The judges’ decision shall be final. The general public may also assess the entries by voting on the IS ARCH website and their opinions shall make up the remaining 40% of the score.

    Jury members :
    • IVAN HARBOUR, Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners


    Registration: 23rd April – 15th October
    23rd April 2012: Start of the first registration period – 30,00 Euros
    9th July 2012: Start of the second registration period – 60,00 Euros
    21st September 2012: Start of the third registration period – 90,00 Euros
    15th October 2012: Closing date for entries.

    More information:

  7. BAAR – Buenos Aires High Performance

    August 3, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Without a doubt, soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. Fans from all over the globe meet regularly every time their teams play. On special occasions, such as the World Cup or other international competitions, life even seems to slow down to let the players shine during the game.

    However, during the past decade, these talents have been forced to emigrate to other countries to push their skills as far as they can and compete professionally, taking with them part of the dream from the people of Argentina.

    The call is public and open to all undergraduate students, both from Architecture as from related careers like Engineering, Urban Planning, Design, etc. Students must be able to prove, by any official document (enrolment papers, student card, etc.) that, when the registration period opens, they are studying. All graduate students, whose undergraduate degree is not older than 3 years, can also participate.

    Participation can be individual or in group, with a maximum of six members per team allowed. Teams may consist of multidisciplinary members (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.). Though not strictly necessary, we recommended the presence of at least one member connected with the world of architecture. Teams can have members of different nationalities and they don’t necessarily have to study in the same centre.

    Prizes 5.000€ in cash. Publication in architecture magazines. Exhibition at the Architecture School of Barcelona. Magazines subscriptions . Reviews in architecture webs and blogs.

    Register: September 15, 2012
    Submission deadline: September 30, 2012

    Rules and more information:


    August 1, 2012 by architectural competitions

    CollageLab launches its 2nd competition on the cycle POST+CAPITALIST City! After 1#SHOP, it’s time to 2#WORK!

    Collage Competitions is a cycle of competitions for prospective thinking in terms of urban planning, architecture, political, social and economical spaces in a global scale.
    Students, architects, urban planners, designers, artists and all active thinkers are invited to submit their ideas and share their visions to the world.

    In times in which machines are more profitable than men, urban centers adapt their structures towards information and services. But can those new growing sectors satisfy the global demand? How cities will organize themselves through this shift whereas flexibility and competition in work reach a new level?

    The psychological dogmas that formed the industrial society many decades ago, such as loyalty and lifelong commitment to an enterprise, were replaced with the fear of losing work, the guilt of not having work, or the question of how far would you go – geographically and ethically – for a job? Does our urban future lie in each becoming self-entrepreneurs, or to all share collective knowledge in forms of Open Source projects? Can we find new ways of producing and working?How will the global enterprise be able to produce sustainable levels of work through motivated workers, when nowadays humans are seen as resources and not workforces? How will the work of the future be measured, when the production of perceived, speculated value has no theoretical limits? Can work finally be released through technology? And finally: What are the possibilities for our cities? Apart from “job-sharing” and co-working spaces, what could be transformed spatially to change towards a sustainable working culture?

    For more information, visit

    Launching date: 1st of July 2012
    Questions Deadline: 1st of August 2012
    Early Birds Registration Deadline: 1st of September 2012
    Submission Deadline: 1st of October 2012, 23:59 pm, European time (CET)
    Results announced: 1st of November 2012

    Entry fee Early Birds (until 01.09.2012): 30 Euros / submission
    Entry fee from 01.09.2012 to 01.10.2012: 50 Euros / submission
    (No entry fees for participants from selected countries.)

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