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    January 13, 2013 by architectural competitions


    Sketching is a fundamental and time-tested tool of design communication– an intuitive practice that conveys ideas and assumptions rapidly and directly.  With the rise of trans-disciplinary practices and digital methods, the conventional act of sketching has been profoundly transformed by a proliferation of diverse methodologies and emerging technologies.  While the perception and notion of what constitutes a sketch continues to expand, many designers are reconsidering and expanding upon the historical role of sketching.  This emerging dialogue reveals unparalleled synergies between 21st century innovation and classical tradition.

    Sponsored by the Fordham University School of Visual Arts in association with New York-based curators d3, the Sketch. exhibition for 2013 seeks to investigate this discourse by embracing the full range and potential of sketching in conceptual design.  Sketch. will revisit the use of classical approaches, while engaging with the new technologies that have expanded the contemporary opportunities of sketching as a conceptual generator.  The exhibition offers a forum to reflect upon the transformative forces impacting sketching in the design process.  We invite architects, designers, artists, and students from across the disciplines to join this dialogue.

    Center Gallery
    Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
    New York, NY

    architects, designers, artists, and students

    submission requirements
    submit up to five (5) PDFs
    portrait orientation (vertical)
    28cm x 43cm (11” x 17”) format

    submission deadline
    6 February 2013

    submission e-mail
    Please send submissions with subject line entitled: SKETCH

    more information

  2. 2013 Burningman Airport Terminal and Pilot’s Lounge Design

    January 11, 2013 by architectural competitions


    Vision and Description

    Burning Man 2013 will be in its 27th year and is the largest and highest profile participatory Art Event and collaborative social living experiment in the World. Close to 60,000 people are expected to attend the weeklong event from August 25 to September 1, 2013. Some participants and almost all of the high profile attendees fly into the Airport at Burning Man called the Black Rock City Municipal Airport (BRCMA), which borders the enclosed event. During the Event it is the most active airport in Nevada. Estimated Construction cost limited to $20,000.

    Registration Deadline: 2/05/2013
    Submission deadline: 02/15/2013
    Open to: All
    Entry Fee: None (We’re Burners)

    Awards: Award Ceremony Recognition at 2013 Black Rock City Municipal Airport Terminal and an air trip for two before, after, or during the Event from Black Rock City Municipal Airport to Soldiers Meadow for a soak and meal.

    Panel of Judges : Thom Faulders, Eric Corey Freed, Thomas Rettenwender, and Michael Twing, Steve Ramseur (co-designers of previous Terminal) and 1-2 more judges to be announced.
    Judging Criteria :  The projects will be judged according to the following categories : Feasibility, Creativity, Sustainability, Flow and Efficient Use of Space, Choice of Materials.

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  3. Call for contributions zawia#01:Utopia

    January 9, 2013 by architectural competitions


    The call for contributions for the upcoming volume zawia#01:Utopia is out now.
    We are expecting abstracts until the 28th of January.

    Please download the document by visiting our website or by simply clicking here

    We also like to announce the release of the printed edition of zawia#00:Change.
    It can be ordered with Peecho print on demand facility from our website under: volumes/volume 00.
    The free preview of the full volume is still available.

  4. International competition Architecture and Food

    January 9, 2013 by architectural competitions

    International competition Architecture and Food

    PLACE: Yaroslavl, Russia
    DEADLINE: April, 10, 2013

    “Gourmanization of the Space” – Taste in architecture is like the taste of food.

    Smell, color, taste – this feelings akin the feeling of optic nerves. Pleasure one experiences at the sight of appetizing building is comparable to dinner at a nice restaurant, and the more simple and unassuming ingredients are surprise us the more as a delicious in general could have been built. The pleasure of the experiment: combine salt with spicy at the architectural kitchen… Environment is saturated or nourishing. Architecture, that forcing to applaud to chief. Architecture as a compliment from the chief. The image of the food in the architecture and design of food. New alternative architectural competition from the “NMAXU”. We offer you to prepare delicious architecture beyond typology, functions, rules and regulations, and not be carried away by fast food in the form of American roadside diners: exactly replicate the kind of hot dog, hamburger or a donut. No direct metaphor in thinking is encouraged. The best works will be distributed to nominations:

    – The best in the light architecture (snacks)
    – The best basic architecture (hot)
    – The best dessert in the architecture.

    The competition consists of 2 parts: a conceptual and practical:
    Conceptual part: participants are invited to make sketches of their vision of interaction between architecture and food for the exhibition and publication.
    Project for realization: design for a terrace/veranda and summer pavilions of the cafe + additional drawings.

    Competition is a part of the Social Revolution 2013 festival, Yaroslavl, Russia.

    Organizers: professional-technical, architectural and artistic initiative: “NMAXU”, “Buffet” restaurant, architectural portal , Department of Architecture YaSTU.
    The additional prizes, publication and exhibition of the projects are also provided by the organizers.

    Any questions: competition blog and e-mail:

  5. SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between

    January 7, 2013 by architectural competitions

    SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between

    What it is:
    Sixty-Nine Seventy invites design teams from around the world to re-envision the circulation areas and passages of two blocks in Salt Lake City’s downtown. The entrants will prepare comprehensive ideas for these in-between spaces, developing them into the connective tissue linking the area’s cultural amenities.

    Why we need it:
    Salt Lake City boasts a stunning natural setting, numerous cultural amenities, a unique history, a vibrant retail core, and a thriving and diverse business community. Currently, it lacks connection between many of these elements. The design competition seeks to harness ideas from around the world that will activate the spaces between with creativity deeply rooted in the city’s rich context. We hope new ideas will act as a catalyst for design-led growth downtown, helping redefine blocks sixty-nine and seventy, and the evolution of Salt Lake City as a whole. We want the fabric, textures, and essence of this city to create an energy that gives back to all who engage it.
    How it works:
    SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition launches on January 10, 2013 with a party at 7:00 PM at Squatters Pub. The competition and launch party are open to everyone. For those not able to attend the opening night presentations will be posted on the web immediately following the event. Entries will be judged by a panel that includes architects, artists, urban planners, historic experts, and politicians. Two winning projects and fifteen finalists will be eligible for the People’s Choice award. Finalists will be displayed at the Leonardo, around the city of Salt Lake, and online at for public viewing and voting. Winners will be announced in June, 2013. Competition details and registration can be found at

    Prize Money Totals:
    – Jury Award – $40,000
    – Jury Award – $40,000
    – People’s Choice – $40,000

    Entry Fee: $85

    Important Dates:
    10 January – Competition Launch
    23 March 2013 – Registration Deadline
    6 April – Deadline for Questions
    20 April – Entry Deadline
    30 April– Jury Selection
    10 May 2013 – Finalists Announced
    10 May 2013 – 31 May 2013 – Public Display and People’s Choice Voting
    4 June 2013 – Winners Announced

    Who we are:
    The competition organizers are the AIA Utah Young Architects Forum and the Downtown Alliance in collaboration with Utah Heritage Foundation and many other passionate thinkers and planners of our capital city. We are architects, urban planners, landscape architects, artists, historians, graphic designers, film producers, performance artists, and elected officials who have a common vision for our city’s evolution.

    For more information competition web page:

  6. Green Line Ideas Competition

    January 7, 2013 by architectural competitions


    The Green Line Ideas Competition invites architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, artists and community members to create visionary design proposals for the public use of an overhead transmission line corridor (a.k.a. hydro corridor) in midtown Toronto. We encourage bold ideas and practical solutions to address important issues such as alternative transportation and safety concerns. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

    This design competition aims to demonstrate the potential of the particular hydro corridor site and also to foster a discussion on public use of other similar spaces in North American cities. Imagine the electricity infrastructure as a Green Line — a pedestrian and cycling link across the middle of the city and a public space and recreational amenity to the many neighbourhoods across Toronto that it links.

    This is an open, international ideas competition whose purpose is to gather a range of possibilities for the Green Line site in order to stimulate dialogue and action. The ideas will not be built, but they are meant to get the communities who live, study and work near the site to start thinking about its future.

    The Green Line Ideas Competition site is in Toronto, Canada but a corridor of overhead transmission lines can be found running through many urban centres in North America. Therefore, the site and competition could be seen as a case study for this condition.

    A jury will award $6000 CDN in prizes.

    Deadline extended to February 11
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  7. Architectural League Prize: Range

    January 6, 2013 by architectural competitions

    Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2013. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by the Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press. The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. The Prize was established in 1981 to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum.

    Your work is great, now what? You have a lot of skills, so what?

    Young architects and designers are diversifying their skills at a remarkable pace that matches and sometimes exceeds the expansion of project types, pragmatic as well as speculative. A young studio often stands out for its design approach more than its realized work.

    Instead of defining your stance through an agenda or thesis, we would like you to define it through your range.

    Architecture seems without bounds right now. It can be anything. Young architects explore potential boundaries with practices that are radical, that search the edges of the discipline to find its limits. We are asking you to define your position through the boundaries you push, test, define or exceed. Your range has the ability not only to define your work but also the practice of architecture as a whole. There are no greater stakes than these larger implications for the field. We would like to know the range you operate within and how that range reacts as you encounter perceived limits of the profession.

    What range of projects do you explore?
    What range do you investigate in formal treatments, construction, paradigm shifts, material experiments and applications?
    How far do you extend your range by rethinking programs?
    Is your range defined by your skills or the geography you practice in?
    Is your range focused or broad?
    How far is your range from where you began?
    How do you set up your range to balance risk and safety?
    What range does your practice graze in?

    Teresita Fernandez
    Thom Mayne
    Annabelle Selldorf
    Charles Waldheim
    Meejin Yoon


    Entries must be received at the League office by 5 pm or postmarked by this date. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. The League cannot be responsible for entries received by mail after the jury date, which will be approximately a week after the deadline.

    For more information on this year’s theme and entry information, visit:

  8. 2013 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

    January 4, 2013 by architectural competitions

    Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, are proud to announce the 2013 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries. The competition, now in its 20th year, recognizes the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who feature Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality spaces.

    Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2013 – the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – joining a delegation of top consumer and design journalists. Ceramics of Italy will award an additional $1,000 to be shared by the winning contractor/distributor team.

    The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2008 and January 2013 are eligible for entry.


    • Institutional
    • Residential
    • Commercial/Hospitality

    A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation, degree that tile enhances the setting and the project’s sustainable attributes.

    Submissions must be completed no later than February 6, 2013. Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference during Coverings, which will be held April 29-May 2, 2013, in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, a video of the winning projects will be on presented in the Italian pavilion during this internationally acclaimed tile and stone trade show.

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  9. [En]Coding Architecture 2013 – Call for Projects

    January 2, 2013 by architectural competitions

    The architect is no longer an organizer of matter and space, but a designer of systems with multi-layered components and increasingly complex relationships. [En]Coding Architecture 2013 invites rising superstars, experienced researchers and designers to present experimental work derived through computational thinking and digital making. [En]Coding Architecture 2013 positions the field as an alloy of programming, digital tooling, art and science. This conference synthesizes new trajectories for the profession within the context of tectonics, cultural philosophy, architectural theory and geopolitics.  Undeniably, there is a global desire to re-discuss architecture now.

    Speakers include
    Sanford Kwinter, Harvard GSD
    Eric Goldemberg, MONAD, FIU School of Architecture
    Daniel Shiffman, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
    Lars Lerup, RICE School of Architecture
    Sean Ahlquist, Taubman College, University of Michigan
    Warren Neidich, Delft School of Design, TU Delft School of Architecture
    Neil Leach, University of Southern California
    Wes McGee, Taubman College, University of Michigan
    Niccolo Casas, Bartlett School of Architecture, Academia Di Belle Arti Di Bologna (tbc)

    Workshops with Daniel Shiffman on ‘The Nature of Code’  and We Gee on ‘Robots in Architecture’

    Submission in the following fields are encouraged

    • Material Morphology and Code
    • Tooling
    • Interaction I Human Computer Interface I Behavior
    • Augmented Construction I Architectural Robots in the Built Environment
    • Data I Architecture as Geopolitical Act
    • The new Pathology of Architecture I Indulging Opulence I Flesh

    Important Dates
    Deadline:  January 8th 2013
    Notification: January, 15th 2013
    Full projects due: January 31th 2013

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