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October, 2012

  1. tur(i)ntogreen | international student design competition

    October 14, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS) at thePolitecnico di Torino (Italy), acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of University students around the world. Participants are invited to apply their creative talents in developing multidisciplinary solutions and submitting entries to the International Student Design Competition tur(i)ntogreen – Farms In A Town.

    CRD-PVS is engaged in University and Post-University teaching and co-ordinates the Specialization Course in Habitat, Technology and Development for architects and engineers interested in co-operation with developing and newly emergent countries. The Centre promotes research activities aimed at improving habitats in extreme climatic or social conditions, and scientific events (exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars). CRD-PVS also participates in international co-operation and technical collaboration projects jointly with Institutions, Universities, National and International Organisation, and NGOs.
    CRD-PVS Politecnico di Torino c/o Istituto Galileo Ferraris, Corso Massimo d’Azeglio 42, 10125, Torino, Italy
    competition Chair: Francesca De Filippi; competition co-Chair: Riccardo Balbo

    The massive transformation of the global economy, the redistribution of wealth and rights, new locations and methods of production of goods and services are transforming the boundaries of the contemporary city; the fragile balance between rural areas and urban settlements is quickly evolving. Younger generations from the rural areas in the whole world continue to move into the cities, claiming the right to share the benefits supplied by joint services, wealth and employment, peculiarities of the city even if they imply unacceptable life conditions. This has already led to an increase in urban population that generates the demand for new architectural solutions ensuring dignity and integrated living conditions. Turin knows these phenomena very well from its history. In more than one occasion in recent Italian history the city has been the home for many people and families coming from other parts of the Country.

    In order to assure a bright future to Turin, we need to consider transforming or to replacing the current models of urban management, life and development. The ways we manage the urban areas, the planning of other transformations and regeneration, involving citizens, raising funds and resources, coping with the global economic cycles, adapting to the climate and social changes will need to be considered as the main inspiring principles: resilience, sustainability and integration. One of the possible models refers to of the concepts of agro – housing and urban – farming, which are becoming more and more widespread: the use of open spaces – also unconventional – for diverse agricultural and cropping technologies and methods along with innovative production and management processes within a highly populated urban realm.


    Individuals or teams of students are encouraged to enter the competition by completing and uploading an electronic entry on the competition website. The entries are due on or before December 21st (11.59 pm CET).

    Launch: September 5th, 2012
    Registration open: September 10th, 2012
    Registration close: November 21st, 2012
    Submissions open: November 22nd, 2012
    Submissions close: December 21st, 2012
    Winners announcement: January 21st, 2013

  2. 14th International Garden Festival

    October 12, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The International Garden Festival is issuing a call for proposals to select designers to create the new contemporary gardens for its 14th edition. This international call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, designers and artists, from Canada and abroad. Designers may submit their proposal as individuals or form inter-disciplinary and/or multinational teams. No theme is imposed to candidates who are invited to submit projects that will live memorable experiences to visitors.

    For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site:

    The Festival will be held from June 21 to September 29, 2013 at the Reford Gardens, in Grand-Metis, Quebec, Canada.

    The International Garden Festival is recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America and one of the leading annual garden festivals in the world. Since 2000, hundreds of thousands of visitors have discovered more than one hundred contemporary and ephemeral gardens created by designers from 15 countries. The Festival is a unique forum for innovation and experimentation and an exceptional showcase and launching pad for participating designers from a host of disciplines. It provides an annual rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. This artistic and tourism event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.

    The Festival encourages participating designers to explore all facets of the garden, from the physical setting (site and context) to creating a range of sensory, emotional and intellectual experiences for the visitor. The Festival sees the garden as a space for creative interaction, while not negating its botanical and horticultural dimensions. The Festival imagines the garden as a multi-sensorial space and encourages designers to consider the visitor’s experience in the design of the garden, provoking interaction, participation, exchange and reflection.

    The Festival is an opportunity to compare and contrast approaches and engage in a critical examination of the theory and practice of the art of gardens, offering a host of points of view on this contemporary art form to a broad and diversified audience. The goal of the event is to stimulate new creation by presenting temporary projects that question the very idea of the garden in light of its history and its place in today’s society while also allowing visitors to enjoy new sensory experiences.

    Deadline: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2012.

  3. 12-13 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge

    October 10, 2012 by architectural competitions

    PAVE the Way, a 3D Design Challenge is an exciting opportunity available for students internationally to showcase their work at a major industry event, GlobalShop 2013. Undergraduate college students are invited to design a 3D floor fixture for this competition, which is sponsored and presented by Van Stry Design. Finalists will work with Van Stry Design to produce a prototype of their design for display at GlobalShop 2013. GlobalShop 2013 will be held in April 16-18, 2013 in Chicago.

    The CHALLENGE: Design and create a 3D model or rendering of a store fixture that communicates an existing brand of headphone. The design should invite customers to walk up to it, try on headphones, and walk away informed and delighted by the interaction. The focus should be on the product, because at the end of the day, this is visual MERCHANDISE-ing. Floor space is currency on the selling floor, so keep your footprint to a maximum of 36 by 36 inches wide and 84 inches high. You may choose from any of the ever-growing headphone manufacturers currently on the market, including in-ear, noise-canceling, over-ear, wireless, and gaming, to name a few. The professionalism and detail should parallel that of the chosen brand throughout the entire design. This fixture represents THEIR brand and what the brand would present to the world. Most of all, have fun and put on your 3D thinking cap. Remember, the winning designs will actually be produced at full size, so even if your idea is completely unique, which we encourage, it must also be functional and realizable.

    Register by: 16.11.2012
    Submit by: 16.11.2012

    First Place: $5,000
    Second Place: $2,500
    Third Place: $1,500
    Honorable Mentions (up to 9): $500 each

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  4. 2012 NTUT International Student [ORIENTATION] Competition

    October 8, 2012 by architectural competitions

    This competition takes on an elemental perspective to architectural design and sustainability. The keyword of this year is “ORIENTATION”. Participants are to revisit the ideas of orientation and produce creative proposals under consideration of ecological issues. Evaluation and definition of “orientation” are open to participants’ imaginations. While the term “ecological” is subjected to many definitions: social, economical, sustainable, participants are free to interpret in their own ways.

    The site chosen has to be real and its coordinate values have to be marked under the theme on submission boards. Attributes and context of the site and functional aspects have to be taken into account. Spatial proposals with reference objects and responsive design strategies are expected.
    This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary.
    Registration deadline: Nov. 5th, 2012 5:00 PM (Taipei Time, UTC+8)
    Submission deadline: Nov. 9th, 2012 5:00 PM (Taipei Time, UTC+8)

    More information on website or in Brief.

  5. d3 Housing Tomorrow 2013

    October 7, 2012 by architectural competitions

    International Architectural Design Competition

    Exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows offers a critical lens for visualizing new housing strategies for living in the future.  The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

    The competition calls for transformative solutions that advance sustainable thought, building performance, and social interaction through study of intrinsic environmental geometries, social behaviors, urban implications, and programmatic flows.  Special emphasis may be placed on housing concepts that investigate dialogues including engagement of internal/external socio-economic diversity, change/adaptability over time, public/private spatial connectivity, and permanence/impermanence of materials.  d3 challenges participants to rethink strategies for investigating residential design from macro-to-micro scales ranging from urban—promoting broader physical interconnectivity; communal—exploiting an interaction of units with shared facilities; and internal—examining the interior particularity of the unit, individual, or family in housing design toward promoting identity, ownership, and intimacy.

    An architecture of emergence suggests that design expression requires purpose beyond formal assumption and aesthetic experimentation itself.  Concurrent with sustainable thought, the d3 Housing Tomorrow competition assumes that architecture does not simply form, but rather perform various functions beyond those conventionally associated with residential buildings.  Accordingly, design submissions must be environmentally responsible while fostering inventive conceptual living solutions for today and tomorrow.  Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable residential future.

    The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition allows designers freedom to approach their creative process in a scale-appropriate manner, from large-scale master planning endeavors, to individual building concepts, to notions of the interior realm.  Although there are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or residential building typology, proposals should carefully address their selected context.

    Registration Deadline:  January 15, 2013
    Submission Deadline:  January 25, 2013


  6. York’s historic Guildhall and riverside Competition

    October 5, 2012 by architectural competitions

    RIBA Competitions and the City of York has launched a competition seeking nationally and internationally renowned architects to submit their design proposals that clearly demonstrate potential future uses for York’s historic Guildhall and riverside complex.


    City of York Council and its partners invite architectural submissions in response to this RIBA open ideas competition brief to re-imagine the City’s historic Guildhall complex for the C21st and demonstrate how connecting river and City will facilitate a commercially viable renaissance of this unique site in a world class City.

    The Guildhall has been at the heart of City governance since its construction in the mid fifteenth century. Over time, and through various phases of building the complex has expanded and evolved. It is currently occupied by the local authority, City of York Council, but in 2013 the council will move from 16 separate offices across the City, including the Guildhall into a new headquarters building. This new HQ has secured the future of York’s first railway station, a grade II* listed building, through a sensitive conversion scheme requiring significant contemporary additions to create the necessary accommodation.

    The City is now keen to ensure that the future of the complex is similarly secured. This is important, because very soon a large part of the complex will no longer be in active use and the significance of these heritage assets is such that identifying new uses is a priority. The Council has committed to this competition process to explore the future potential of the complex and is calling for fresh and innovative thinking. The council appreciates that new ideas can very often highlight previously unseen potential. Furthermore, the City of York Council is committed to positive change and seeing the ideas which emerge taken forward to deliver a new range of viable new uses for the complex.

    The City of York Council and its partners are therefore seeking exceptional competition entries that are able to demonstrate that these historic assets will thrive economically in the long term brought about through application of creativity and innovation to unlock economic potential.

    Register: 5pm on Monday, 5 November 2012
    Designs should be sent to arrive no later than 2pm on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 

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    October 3, 2012 by architectural competitions

    You are presented with an opportunity to express your vision for the revitalization and reuse of a silo in the former packaging (canning) factory complex of Redtory, in Guangzhou, China. We offer an open brief. The aim is to create the space for young designers and artists. Considering the proposal’s range of possible program (creative spaces, design studios, workshops, galleries, design schools, machinery spaces for the industrial arts) the development should be capable of providing work space for more than one hundred design students and professionals.

    The proposal should consider all areas inside and outside the buildings. We encourage participants to reactivate the unique silo, as well as the rooms, rooftops and gardens of the surrounding buildings. New structures can be added. There are no restrictions on floor area as long as rational justification is provided and the benefit for the community is evident. The overall brief is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.

    Guangzhou is the 3rd largest growing city in China’s fastest growing area – the Pearl River Delta (PRD). The PRD region is home to 100 million people and is one of the most urbanized areas in the world. Guangzhou is often considered to be a cultural ‘desert’, but nevertheless, it has many hidden places which often offer positive surprises to the urban experience.

    One such area is Redtory – a former packaging factory complex. It consists of numerous industrial buildings. Recently, “Red Plant” underwent a major revival in response to the occupation of many of its buildings by creative and enthusiastic individuals and organizations, who infused the complex with bars, restaurants, design studios and art galleries. The result is a unique and dynamic enclave for members of the progressive and independent art community.

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

    Those eligible to participate:
    Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition. Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit.

    Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000 with the distribution as follows:
    There will also be honorable mentions and featured articles in international architecture and design media

    Early Bird Registration: US$ 80 from 1st September to 1st November 2012
    Late Registration: US$ 120 from 2nd November to 31st December 2012

    Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration – 1st September to 1st November 2012
    Late Competition Registration – 2nd November to 31st December 2012
    Closing Date for Submissions – 1st January 2013
    Jury Evaluation – 2nd January – 10tn January 2013

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  8. 2012-13 ACSA Architectural Education Awards

    October 1, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual, who must be living at the time of nomination, who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education, and whose primary contribution to architectural education has been on the North American continent.

    Selection & Presentation
    A five-member committee consisting of two persons representing ACSA, two persons representing AIA, and a student representative from AIAS shall make the selection from among the candidates nominated. The ACSA representatives shall be appointed by the ACSA Board of Directors for a one-year term. The recipient shall receive a Topaz Medallion and certificate to be presented at the 101st ACSA Annual Meeting by the Presidents of ACSA and AIA, and at the AIA National Convention and Expo. The recipient may use the title “Topaz Medallion, DPACSA” in perpetuity.

    • The candidate shall have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on a long line of students.
    • The candidate shall have evidenced great breadth, having influenced a wide range of students.
    • The candidate shall be a person whose activities have consistently directed themselves toward the future as well as the past.
    • The candidate shall have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas, in the event that the candidate’s areas of focus might be considered circumscribed.
    • The candidate shall be widely known by the quality of his or her products: by those who also taught, by those who practiced architecture, and by those who perhaps did neither.

    The entire submission must be submitted on a disk to the AIA Honors and Awards Department and received by October 19, 2012.
    For detailed submission requirements please refer to the main AIA Honors and Awards webpage at


    The completed submission must be submitted on a disk and received by October 19, 2012:
    Honors and Awards Department
    AIA/ACSA Topaz Award
    The American Institute of Architects
    1735 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20006-5292

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