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November, 2012

  1. Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up!

    November 12, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Interdisciplinary teams will be challenged to develop new models for green stormwater infrastructure at one of three actual sites in Philadelphia:

    • Warehouse Watershed: A warehouse and a city-owned vacant lot that offer possibilities for public-private partnerships and the revitalization of a high-vacancy, mixed-use residential/industrial district.
    • Retail Retrofit: A retail strip center that has the potential to play a more central role in the surrounding neighborhood through improved walkability, pop-up space for community events, and access to river recreation.
    • Greening the Grid: An historic neighborhood with an engaged community and a dense network of streets, alleys, roofs, and open space that offers possibilities for an array of small-scale interventions.

    The design competition is part of a larger design initiative that explores how green stormwater infrastructure can revitalize urban neighborhoods.

    Green stormwater infrastructure is crucial to the implementation of Green City, Clean Waters, the City’s innovative, environmentally-sustainable 25-year plan to protect and enhance local waterways primarily through the use of green stormwater infrastructure.

    The competition is open to professional designers. Competition teams must include at least one licensed architect, one licensed landscape architect, and one licensed civil engineer. One of the required team members must practice in the Philadelphia region.

    Design teams must register by Friday, November 30, 2012 at midnight EST. Submissions are due on January 22, 2013.

    Nine finalists will be selected to present at an awards event at the Drexel University Academy of Natural Science on March 7, 2013. A jury will select one winning design for each of the three sites. The three winning competition teams will receive a cash prize of $10,000.

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    November 11, 2012 by architectural competitions

    OperaLab is an interdisciplinary project combining features of a gallery and a think-tank, the purpose of which is to create a space for a discourse concerning contemporary changing image of the city and the role of art, as a discipline of significant creative potential, affecting its current picture.
    OperaLab is based on investigating the potential of the relation between two strong brands: Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa and BMW.

    The first activity within the framework of the OperaLab project, scheduled for 2012, is the Identity Design/Design Identity competition.
    The purpose of the project is to showcase fresh new examples of Polish architectural and interior design in the context of the space of what ranks among the most significant interiors for the Polish art, Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa. The initiative is intended to show opportunities for building relations between various fields of art.
    Each of the competition categories draws on strong interrelations that occur in the creative process on the line between the form and the idea. The essence of the project is to explore and demonstrate creative tensions at the junction of the consciously established relation between the idea and the form and function.

    A confrontation of these elements may yield identity, a distinctive component or a set of components enabling easy decoding and connotation of a product, or architectural space, with specific values. The ever-changing city as a complex structure is a playground for thousands of such elements. Our vital concern is to have the competition show the complicated and multi-layered urban structure.
    A selection of notions will be used as a point of reference for designers. They will serve as a guide in the design process.
    The selected keywords are the following: identity, heritage, brand, image, style, function, limitation, prestige, availability, quality.
    The winning works will be selected by a committee of experts appointed from among authorities in the fields of art, science and business. With the support of their knowledge and expertise, expert participation will allow to make the most of the potential inherent in the project.

    Closing of the Competition is on 5. december 2012
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  3. 2013 Beam Camp Project

    November 9, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Beam Camp, the summer camp for the fine and manual arts, technology and collaboration, today opens its annual international search to find its 2013 Beam Projects. The large-scale collaborative projects are realized by Beam campers, aged 7-17, and staff at the camp’s 106-acre facility in Strafford, New Hampshire. Projects are budgeted at $10,000. Winning designers receive a $2,500 honorarium and are invited to visit camp during the project’s production. Proposals can be submitted on the Beam Camp website until Friday, January 11, 2013 with Semi-finalists announced on January 18, 2013.

    Beam offers these prompts for proposals:
    – Project should be big and ambitious and result in a unique and spectacular product.
    – Project Master should have experience in executing the kind of idea proposed.
    – Projects should take advantage of Beam’s outdoor space and rural location, but need not be about camp, children or nature.
    Beam Camp Co-Director Danny Kahn says of the Project, “it’s a chance for kids to walk around inside the mind of a designer of big things and systems. The kids get to learn project-specific making skills and practice the tools of collaboration, and more importantly see how to bring to life a passionately held and expertly developed idea.”
    The Beam Projects for summer 2012 reflected Beam’s core emphasis on cultivating creative thinking and applied collaborative work. In “Creature Quake,” Beam Project 2012.1, landscape architects Rachel Kunreuther and Douglas Stookey’s proposal, Beam campers and staff constructed enormous creatures in earth, sky and lake. In “Navigating Dreams,” Beam Project 2012.2, proposed by Matthew Springett Associates, Beam campers and staff created a night sky of LED constellations controlled and navigated by a boat-machine.
    Previous winners include Caitlin Berrigan’s “Macro/Micro Domes,” Steve Gerberich and Nathaniel Lieb’s “Beam Fleet,” Jan Drojarski and Jon Bocksel’s “Jungletopia,” Christine Baumgartner and Manuel Kretzer’s “Float With The Flowers,” the solar-powered film “A Trip to the Sun” by Daniela Kostova and Mike DeSeve, WIgnall & Moore’s “The Stories of Machines That Never Flew” and “The Habitats of Parker Mountain” by pragmatopia and architecture students of the University of Kassel, Germany.
    ABOUT BEAM CAMP Beam Camp offers two 4 week summer sessions for kids aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They swim, hike, play games and enjoy 750 acres of mountain, forests and lakes, while transforming ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success.
    October 15, 2012: 2013 Beam Project Call for Proposals opens
    January 11, 2013: Final date for submissions
    January 18, 2013: Semi-Finalists Selected
    January 21-28, 2013: Discovery meetings/calls with Semi-Finalists
    February 11, 2013: Final Projects Selected
    March – May, 2013: Weekly Project Development Calls
    May 17, 2013: Project Prototype Due
    June 3, 2013: Project Detailed Plans/Blueprints Due

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  4. MediaCities Conference: Call for Abstracts

    November 7, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The fourth MediaCity reflects on pluralities and globalities, on MediaCities everywhere.

    What new lines of inquiry and emergent relations between urbanity and digital media are found in non-Western cities, in post-Capitalist cities, in cities hosting civic turbulence or crossing international boundaries? What urban-medial relations are taking shape differently in urban milieux that may have been heretofore overlooked? These cities are deserving of more attention than ever before, as sites of population growth, of new cultural and social formations, of new entanglements between urban life and contemporary media, communications and information technologies, and more. MediaCities promises to expand our understanding of both media and the city today, and to articulate new sites of practice and working methods for an expanding field.

    This fourth MediaCity conference inaugurates its transition to a roving event taking place every two years in different cities around the world. Additional calls will follow for proposals to host the next event as well as for workshops and media art and architecture projects.

    Areas of interest may fall broadly into several themes, with the assumption that others will appear in the process of proposals and discussion leading up to the event, always expanding our lexicon and mental maps of MediaCities globally. These themes are: Other Urbans, Uncommons, Zero Growth Cities, Media Geographies and Bordervilles.

    Architecture, Art, Computer Science, Interaction Design, Geography, Media, Sociology, Urban Planning

    Important Dates:
    October 8, 2012 – Call for Paper Abstracts
    November 12, 2012 – Abstracts Due
    Dec 31, 2012 – Acceptances Issued
    March 1, 2013 – Final Papers Due
    May 3-5 2013 – MediaCity 4: MediaCities

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  5. Arquideas Grant Competition 2012

    November 5, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Arquideas Grant aims to provide students and young architects who want to continue with their training period, the necessary resources to carry out those activities that are of their interest, for a semester, in order to improve their training.

    The present announcement of the Arquideas Grant 2012 will count on the prestigious office Nieto Sobejano Architects.

    The work near to buildings of the past face us processing in space and time, and requires taking a stance aware of the role of contemporary architecture in its relationship with the city and history.

    The exercise aims to propose the construction of a small visitor centre in the Nizamuddin Basti monumental area in Delhi, India, which will form part of the interventions that being carried out today in the area between the Sunder Nursery gardens, Humayun’s Tomb (World Heritage) and urban and social renovation of Nizamuddin area.

    The building will be placed in the suroundings a current area of worship and sightseeing, dominated by the presence of a sixteenth century open square pavilion with a strict regular geometric pattern, built of stone.

    Registration Period opens: September 11, 2012
    Registration Period Deadline: December 10, 2012
    Deadline for Consultations: December 10, 2012
    Projects Submission Deadline: December 31, 2012
    Publication of the Results: January 31, 2013
    Virtual Exhibition: January 31, 2013

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    November 4, 2012 by architectural competitions

    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. This time, the 3rd opus of the POST+CAPITALIST CITY Competition is addressing the issue of LIVING.
    [be, inhabit, subsist, experience]

    «Man’s relation to locations, and through locations to spaces, inheres in his dwelling. The relationship between man and space is none other than dwelling, strictly thought and spoken.» ~ Martin Heidegger, Building Dwelling Thinking 1951

    If consuming is not a main motto anymore and producing is reduced to satisfying basic needs, then daily life would be totally transformed: how to spend extra free time in a post-capitalist city? What is the scale of inhabiting? How are “public” institutions organized?
    A new balance between public and private has to be defined: what about ownership? Everything is valuable from small interventions up to global concepts.

    Launching date: 15th of October 2012
    Questions Deadline: 15th of November 2012
    Early Birds Registration Deadline: 1st of December 2012
    Submission Dead Line: 15th of January 2013, 23:59 pm, European time (CET)
    Results announced: 15th of February 2013
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  7. TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition

    November 2, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

    The program is intended to engage students and recent graduates, working individually or in teams to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with buildings that are made from renewable resources, offer expedient affordable construction, innovate with new and old wooden materials, and provide healthy living / working environments.

    The competition challenges participants to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a job training/educational facility, a center for innovative manufacturing of wood technology, and a distribution center. The project site is in Red Hook, Brooklyn a neighborhood in some flux, cut off from much of Brooklyn geographically, yet increasingly vibrant.

    Aspiring to regenerate a dissipating urban manufacturing sector and address the housing needs of New York City, entrants will be asked to design a place for the creation of originative vocational opportunities embracing new wood technology. Entrants will be challenged to propose construction systems in scenarios that draw optimally on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies.

    The competition will challenge participants to interpret, invent, and deploy numerous methods of building systems, with a focus on innovations in wood design on a real site. For thousands of years, solid wood has been used as a building material. Timber is an ideal green building material: it is well suited for a broad range of structural and aesthetic applications, it offers high performance characteristics; and wood is an economic driver to maintain forests and protect jobs in our communities.

    March 6, 2013 – Registration Deadline
    May 22, 2013 – Submission Deadline
    July 2013 – Winners Announced

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