100 Mile House Open Ideas Competition

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The Architecture Foundation of BC promotes ideas that recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance the knowledge and practice of the design of sustainable buildings in British Columbia. They are inviting participants of this competition to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas that will challenge the concept of the regional house and the way we live. Geographically, they have selected the City of to be the focus of the competition for the ’100 Mile House’. More information on the competition after the break. (more…)

CityVision New York Competition

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CityVision magazine recently announced their CityVision New York competition,  which invites architects, designers, students, artists and creatives to develop urban and visionary proposals with the aim of stimulating new ideas for the contemporary city. Globalization, environmental concerns, new economic and cultural politics, adaptability to the existing context combined with the use of vibrant ideas, original technologies and new softwares for representation are some of the key elements that should be taken into account to formulate the most original project proposal. The submission deadline is June 11. For more information, please visit here.

Competition to Design a Feature at Tent London

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Tent London is holding a competition to offer 4 free feature spaces in their show, ‘Design Feature at Tent London’, to architects and designers who have a design or concept they would like to present to their 20,000 visitors. Their intent is to punctuate the halls with engaging installations that are also three-dimensional environments which clearly demonstrate the chosen concept; whether it be colour, material, light, human interaction, diversity etc. Concepts can be complex or simple, but must be clearly evident in the installation. The deadline for applications is March 16. For more information, please visit their website here.

 

In Progress: One Ocean / soma

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Construction on soma‘s “One Ocean” thematic pavilion is currently well underway and scheduled for completion in May 2012.  Selected as the first prize winner of an open international competition in Yeosu, South Korea, the thematic pavilion was designed to embody the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” and transform it into a three-dimensional “multi-layered” architectural experience. The goal of the Expo is to portray the responsible use of natural materials, which has been embedded into the sustainable climate design and the biomimetic aspects of the facade of “One Ocean”.

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23rd Biennial of Design Competition

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The Museum of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the international Call for Entries for the 23rd Biennial of Design – the international exhibition and BIO Design Awards competition. Through its selection of well-designed works and emphasis on quality, originality, and innovation, the exhibit presents current trends in contemporary design. The exhibited works are eligible to receive the Biennial’s awards for the best designs of the past two years.

The curators of this year’s exciting 23rd edition are Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organization in Design. Designers, commissioners, manufacturers, tutors, students, design labels, creative collectives, cultural institutions and others. All are invited to apply for BIO 23 exhibition with the deadline for entries being March 30. For more information, please visit their website here.

Elevated Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong / Urbanplunger

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The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of . Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.

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UrbanCollective Modular Building Design Challenge 2012

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Launched just last week, the UrbanCollective Modular Building Design Challenge 2012, open to all architects, engineers, designers and students – individually or in groups, challenges participants to design a contemporary modular home. throughout the world. The competition aims to further dialogue within the design community and build interest about prefabrication and modular design but also to create contemporary and affordable modular designs to aid in combating the widely discussed housing affordability crisis in . Submissions close April 20th and the winner will be awarded $2,000.00USD in cash. For more information, please visit here.

SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has been selected as winner of an international design competition with its Bohai Innovation City master plan that illustrates a new model of compact, environmentally enhanced urban design.

The winning proposal centers a new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed rail line, linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin while leveraging the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor. The city expansion will bring 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of ’s GDP.

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Call for Proposals: Completed Building Projects & Research that Engage Innovative Approach to Seismic Design

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Curators Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, are seeking completed building projects and research that engage innovative approach to seismic design for an exhibit that will be held at the internationally renowned Design Exchange in downtown Toronto during the months of September – October 2012. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012, however they do encourage firms to submit earlier. More information on the competition after the break. (more…)

‘What Makes it GREEN?’ Call for Entries

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Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates your achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge. Through live interviews with shortlisted project teams on April 18, WMIG? will educate and inspire the larger design community with creative solutions for .

The submittal process is planned as a companion to AIA National COTE’s Top Ten Green Projects Awards so you can leverage one submittal for both programs to simultaneously showcase your expertise regionally and nationally. The registration deadline is February 27th and submissions are due no later than March 7th. To register and for more information, visit here.

Flashback: Glen Murcutt on Sustainability

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In reference to Living Steel‘s 3rd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing, Glen Murcutt discusses his ideas surrounding the issue of . He emphasizes the strategies employed by the top contenders such as the planning of orientation, thermal performance, and human effort in addition to other variables involved in sustainable architecture. One particular method that Murcutt stresses is using materials that can dissolve back into the earth, citing earth walls as an excellent medium to build with and their inherent thermal mass qualities. Each team was invited to present their ideas in person, a variation from previous years which Murcutt believes led to the highest quality of work and diversity of the competition series.

Call for Applicants: A.E. Bye Archive Research Fellow Position

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The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2012. The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in , Pennsylvania. The records (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State and the deadline is March 7th, 2012. More information after the break. (more…)

Great Pier / !melk + UrbanLab + HOK

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The competition for re-imagining Chicago’s historic Navy Pier has produced some ambitious examples of design ingenuity and innovation.  Feeding off of Daniel Burnham’s memorable quote “make no little plans”, this proposal comes from a design team led by !melkprinciple Jerry Van Eyck, UrbanLab and HOK - a series of “dramatic ideas to  reconceptualize ’s preeminent exclamation point extending from the Great Lakes to the world”.  The intention behind this proposal is to provide a dynamic place in a historic area that provides a cultural landmark as well as a world-wide attraction that stems from the geological history of the site itself.

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Pierscape / James Corner Field Operations Team

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James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) is one of five shortlisted teams invited to participate in an international design competition to renovate and reactivate ’s landmark Navy Pier. Unveiled to the public last month, the goal of the intervention is to refocus the experience of the pier to the lakeside. This is an opportunity for the city to reassess what the waterfront means to an urban center and the character of its identity.

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Chicago Navy Pier / Team X, led by Xavier Vendrell Studio

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Led by -based Xavier Vendrell Studio, Team X seeks to respect, reveal and amplify the physical and experiential qualities of the authentic Navy Pier. Team X rejuvenates the Pier with a unifying system capable of evolving and changing over time, understanding that “the transformation of an existing place, done well, is responsive, organic and flexible”. A lush landscape contrasts the hardscape of Chicago, creating an urban park that functions like a plaza. Circular disks of varying circumferences puncture the landscape with various types of program and natural growth, accompanied by pocket parks, terraces and kiosks. “Horizon walk” platform attracts people to the Pier’s edge, as it the final destination that offers unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.

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PierESCAPE / Aedas Architects, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwarz Partners

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Aedas Architects, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwartz Partners proposal PierESCAPE goes beyond the Navy Pier Centennial Vision as it aims to strengthen the connections between water, land, nature, city, culture, civic space and infrastructure with a “series of dock-like extensions”. The proposal respects the history of the Pier while identifying unique opportunities that will them to create a 21st century waterfront experience that is both a historical and contemporary destination.

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Pier+ / AECOM and BIG

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A team led by AECOM and -based Bjarke Ingels Group () is one of five shortlisted teams invited to participate in an international design competition to renovate and reactivate Chicago’s landmark Navy Pier. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity that will redefine the character and focus of Chicago’s waterfront. It is part of an ambitious effort to create a new Navy Pier for the 21st century, and in doing so, to redefine what the pier and the waterfront means to the city.

Unveiled to the public on January 31, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the AECOM-BIG design vision aims to “re-colonize the people’s pier,” by maximizing opportunity through a holistic approach. The result is Pier+, a vibrant urban destination that creates a new amenity shared by all while making a positive and progressive statement about Chicago to the world.

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Anabatic Office / Betillon/Dorval-Bory

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For their honorable mention competition entry, Betillon/Dorval-Bory have attempted to create a new architectural language rooted in climate analysis for Fundecor, a non-governmental organization focused on environmental preservation.  The procedure for creating the project is largely about understanding environmental systems and then allowing the building to respond and support those technical aspects for the desired result.  As such, the architecture is “not trying to hide in a neo-vernacular posture, but celebrates its radicalism in aid of its atmospheric functioning.”

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