‘What’s Your Favorite Space?’ Video Competition Winners

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Building Pictures, a Portuguese company specialized in producing and directing architecture videos, decided to celebrate the year of Portuguese architecture by creating a competition inviting architects, artists, designers, directors, and students to submit their favorite spaces. 31 videos answered the challenge and shared their experiences and inspiring places. The jury selected three winners, whose beautiful videos can be seen after the break.


Maryn Hekker Wins Best Overall in “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition”

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Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. in collaboration with MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures®, and AMD FireProTM professional graphics recently held the 2013  “Your World, Reimagined” global design competition, in which professional and student designers were asked to tackle an old, dilapidated or run-down locale and redesign it for a new, improved use. Entries ranged in focus from adaptive reuse to landscape reclamation and object redesign, and Maryn Hekker, a freelance interior architect from Amsterdam, won the Best Overall Submission award for her redesign of “The Pier of Scheveningen.”

Hekker began studying interior architecture and spatial design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2008, but temporarily left her studies to pursue traveling. In 2010, she worked as a junior designer at Horecawerf Amsterdam and continued her travels thereafter through Asia, New Zealand and in 2011. Upon her return, she reenrolled at the Willem de Kooning Academy and received her bachelor of design degree in interior architecture and spatial design in 2013. Her final graduation project was also nominated for the Drempel and BNI prizes.

Where does Hekker find inspiration for her designs? “I get inspired by the world around me: shapes, buildings … But I always use myself as a starting point: what do I want to see or feel here, what do I expect?” she says. “This helps to find out what others would require of a place.”


SANAA’s ‘Cloud Boxes’ Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via City Cultural Center

SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions’ disparate cultures.  (more…)

2013 Rio de Janeiro Cityvision Competition Winners Announced

1st prize – Donghua Chen

CityVision just announced the winners of the Rio de Janeiro Competition, their fifth international ideas which was launched earlier this year with the purpose of providing a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future. Upon receiving 68 proposals from all five continents, this year’s jury selected a winner and 9 honorable mentions. The first place was awarded to Donghua Chen from China, for his project ”Ceu de Janeiro” which doesn’t focus on monopoly or unity, but an interchanging environment or integration. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.


Finalists Announced for FAR ROC Competition for Resilient Rockaways

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The FAR ROC , released shortly after hit the eastern seaboard, called for a thoughtfully considered proposal for an 80-acre, 11-mile long peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in the Rockaways (Queens, NY). The RFP expressed the need to explore a comprehensive solution to developing Averne East, a FEMA designated Hazard Area Zone that experienced extensive storm surge damage and continues to be a vulnerable site for future natural disasters.  While the focused on this particular site, the full intention is to develop strategies that could be appropriated to low-lying and vulnerable regions all over the world.

The first phase of the competition was completed earlier this month: four finalists and six honorable mentions were announced.  The four finalists – Ennead Architects of NYC, USA; Lateral Office of Toronto, Canada; Seeding Office of London, UK; and White Arkitekter of Stockholm, Sweden – will continue on to Phase Two with a $30,000 stipend, due in early October.

Join us after the break for more details on the finalists and honorable mentions.


Winner of Centro Cultural Chapultepec Competition / Javier Mosquera González

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Designed by Javier Mosquera González, the Winner of the Contest for the Cultural Center of Chapultepec, pretends to act as a lighthouse of culture, including intermediate spaces, high rise gardens and a sequence of solid and filtered spaces.


2013 “Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site” Winners Announced

1st Place “MINICITY ” by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino

Rock Ventures LLC and Bedrock Real Estate Services has announced the winners of Opportunity Detroit’s international design which solicited ideas for a potential signature project on the former Hudson’s Department Store site in downtown Detroit. The three winning design ideas came from Rome, Italy; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Southfield, Michigan. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.


2013 Burnham Prize Competition Winners Announced

1st place ‘Form vs. Uniform: Generative BRT Stations’ / Courtesy of Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash

Three cutting edge designs were just selected as the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize competition, organized by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. Titled, ‘NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations,’ the asked participants to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago’s urban fabric. Awarded the first prize was the ’Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations’ proposal by designers Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.


DawnTown 2013: Landmark Miami Design Competition Winners Announced

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DawnTown recently announced the winners for Landmark Miami, their 2013 ideas which focused on how cities are instantly identified by the individual structures within them.  With the challenge of coming up with a new symbol for the future, architects and designers were tasked with creating an iconic architectural piece that contributes to the image of . Studio Dror was announced as the first prize winner for their ‘ Lift’ proposal which pays tribute to the city’s by elevating visitors to give them a new perspective to the city. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.


Lamp Lighting Solutions 2013 Awards Finalists

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This year, the Lighting Solutions 2013 celebrated its 5th version. The awards are organized by LAMP, an architectural technical lighting company, specialized in, advising on and designing efficient solutions adaptable to any project by way of innovative and competitive products and services.

Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2013 closed its registration period with record on all the previous editions, with a total of 608 projects submitted from 52 countries and 61% internationalization.

More details on the winners after the break.


2013 ‘Folly’ Competition Winner: tree wood by Toshihiro Oki

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Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York recently announced the selection of Toshihiro Oki architect for tree wood as the winner of this year’s “Folly” competition – an extraordinary opportunity for emerging architects and designers to experiment and build large-scale projects for outdoor exhibition. tree wood will be a rigid yet airy geometrical wooden structure placed within a grove of trees – a lush and dense area at Socrates Sculpture Park. Visitors will peer into the structure through the floor beams where a formal, ornate chandelier will be suspended. The installation creates a dialogue between built structures and systems with the irregular and organic. This winning project will open at Socrates Sculpture Park on Sunday, May 12th from 2-6pm. More information after the break.


Trimo Urban Crash Bike Base Winners Announced

first place / Courtesy of Manus Leung and Kacper Krywult

The Trimo Urban Crash competition asks students to design a unique modular space solution made from Trimo products and the products of their partners. This year, the aim was to encourage aspiring designers of urban space towards a bolder, more ambitious approach to understanding architecture and its place in the larger urban environment through the design of a creative urban meeting point – the Bike Base. Manus Leung from the Faculty of Built Environment at University of New South Wales, and Kacper Krywult from the Faculty of Architecture / Warsaw University of Technology, Poland were announced as the overall winners for their project SHIFT. More images and information on the winners after the break.


CAPITheticAL Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

first place – The Northern Capital by Ecoscape

The winners of CAPITheticAL, the international to design a hypothetical Australian capital city, were announced just last month in Canberra at the Gallery of Australian Design. A hundred years after the original call for design entries for ’s capital city, CAPITheticAL asked professional designers and students to imagine how an Australian national capital might look if created today. Western Australian landscape architecture firm Ecoscape won the $70,000 first prize for its submission, The Northern Capital. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.


Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results

first prize / Courtesy of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto and SPEECH

Organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, the team of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (Italy) and SPEECH () was recently announced the winner of Architectural Concepts Competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The challenge was to create a museum and educational center for demonstrating most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducting scientific educational programs. More images and information on the winning team and finalists after the break.


MIPIM Awards Winners 2013

Best Shopping Center Award: Marmara Park by ECE Projektmanagement

Each year, the prestigious MIPIM Awards recognizes excellence and innovation in the international real estate sector.After a record number of submissions (over 175 projects from 46 countries!), 36 finalists were selected by the jury to compete in an onsite vote during MIPIM. The 23rd MIPIM Awards took place on March 14th where the final results were announced at a ceremony held in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.


Applied: Research Through Fabrication Competition Results and Exhibition

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The Applied: Research Through Fabrication exhibition which took place the first weekend in March highlighted the winning proposal of their , titled ‘Cast Thicket’, designed b yo_cy’s Ken Tracy and Christine Yogiaman. The project was exhibited at the two-day event led by internationally recognized instructors within the field of parametric modeling provided a robust opportunity for participants to be exposed to the highest level of concentrated learning possible. More images and information on the event after the break.


eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition Winners

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Organized in 2006 by eVolo Magazine the Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas for vertical living. After reviewing more than 600 projects from 83 different countries, the winners for the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition have just been announced.

First place was awarded to Derek Pirozzi from the United States, currently an intern at Olson Kundig Architects. Second place went to Darius Maïkoff and Elodie Godo, from France. And third place was awarded to Ting Xu and Yiming Chen from China. Check the images and more info on the winners after the break.


Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Results

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The results of the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition were recently announced with the collaborative team of architects Antonopoulos Evangelos, Vetta Thalia, Gavalas Georgios, Riga Maria – Kiriaki, and Stamouli Anastasia, and Pilarinou Maria announced as the first place winner. The challenge was for the design of a new landmark for the city and the port of , with main reference to the culture, quality tourism and sustainability as well. Piraeus Port Authority is organizing an open exhibition with all the proposals that were submitted to the at the “Petrini” (Stonebuilt) Warehouse – future Museum of the History of P.P.A. and Museum of Immigrants – within the zone of the Cultural Coast. The opening of the exhibition is planned on 28th March 2013. More information on the winning proposals after the break.