National and University Library NUK II Competition

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The Chamber of Architecture and spatial planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) is currently putting on a competition for public, project, open, anonymous, single-stage, architectural design for the selection of the most appropriate expert solution for the structure and external arrangement of the National and University Library NUK II.

The construction of NUK II on the location of the new building must implement the common objective of urban planning, cultural heritage protection and archaeology, and therefore provide a contemporary urban space of high quality, reflecting recognisable local and historical characteristics. The NUK II project is located in the southern part of Ljubljana city centre, between Slovenska, Zoisova and Emonska ulica and Rimska cesta. More information after the break. (more…)

Kimball Art Center Shortlist

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In 1976, art enthusiast Bill Kimball transformed the 1929 Kimball Bros automotive garage into a non-profit community center for the visual arts, now known as the Kimball Art Center. Located in the heart of downtown , Utah, the non-profit center serves as a gathering place for individuals to experience art through education, exhibitions and events. The aging historic building is in need of restoration and an addition that will allow the organization to increase their educational outreach and enhance the quality and scale of the exhibitions, while maintaining free admission to the public.

BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Will Bruder + Partners LTD are the five architects selected to submit final proposals for the transformation of the Kimball Art Center.

Continue after the break to watch each firm’s introductory presentation. (more…)

Open Call for Entries: The Next Issue of Scroope, The Cambridge Architecture Journal

Drawing on the celebration of the Cambridge Department of Architecture’s Centenary, the next issue of Scroope, the Cambridge Architecture Journal will focus on the development of teaching, practice and research in architecture over the last century and speculate about the next hundred years of architectural endeavor.

Papers, projects and drawings that consider and reflect on any aspect of the changing nature of architectural teaching, practice and research, at a national or international level are welcome. Topics may include emerging technological developments; the role of the architect today; and, the value of architectural training to such diverse fields as regeneration, disaster management and sustainable development. They welcome a short description of your proposed submission in the form of an abstract. This should be in English and should not exceed 500 words. Send us your abstract by e-mail to: scroope@aha.cam.ac.uk by 1st February 2012.

Assemblage wins competition for Economic Housing in Iraq

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The -based firm Assemblage has won the United Nations HABITAT international architecture competition for the design of new housing in Iraq. The competition is part of a larger program by UN-HABITAT and the Iraq government to construct new housing across the country. After succeeding teams from the Netherlands, France and other Arab states, Assemblage plans to refine their proposal and prepare their design for construction sometime within this year. Continue reading for more details on the project. (more…)

Open Call for Ideas: ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh?’

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Open Call for Ideas: How much does your building weigh? put on by COAC (Col·legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya) challenges teams to take action and explore your city, searching for non-consolidated urban spaces in need of activation! Focusing on the design and realization of mobile, elastic and inflatable structure(s), these ‘inflatable activators’ could literally be anywhere in your cities! They could be located along road infrastructures and they also could colonize strategic urban nodes or plazas but most importantly they temporarily transform them into active spaces.

Registration is open and you have until the 19th of January to register and submit projects. For more detailed information, please visit here.

Architectural League Prize Competition: ‘No Precedent’

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With the theme of ‘No Precedent’ this year, the annual Architectural League Prize competition invited young architects and designers to submit their work. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Driven by the desire to create, to be heard, to keep busy or to fulfill untapped and forbidden niches, young architects are a self-defining generation. They are unwilling to wait their turn or to follow in footsteps. It has become normative for young architects to cast aside unfit precedents, codes, rules, and primitives, restlessly defining their projects, their problems, their methodologies, their users, and their spaces of intervention. Their work becomes uncategorizable, suggestive, and speculative; it’s on the brink. It’s neither here nor there, but fodder for the future. The competition deadline is February 15th. For more information, please visit their website here.

Update: St. Petersburg Pier Design Competition Finalists Present to Public

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The three finalists of the St. Petersburg Pier competition presented their proposals to a panel of jurors and nearly 200 people, as the presentation was open to the public. BIG started the day off with the Wave and was followed by Michael Maltzan Architecture’s presentation of the Lens. The day concluded with West 8’s proposal, the People’s Pier. Concerns of cost and shade dominated the conversation, as well as materiality, permitting, storm ratings and boating. According to the Tampa Bay online report, the Lens and the Wave generated the most positive attention, stating the People’s Pier received “a more restrained response.” The panel will announce their decision on January 20th.

Click here to check out the final three design proposals featured on ArchDaily.

Watch the presentations online and provide your feedback here on the official city website of St. Petersburg.

Design for Homeless Shelter in San Luis Obispo Awarded

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Gwynne Pugh Urban Design Studio, in conjunction with garcia architecture + designwas recently selected from a pool of sixteen firms to design the new CAPSLO Homeless Services Center located in San Luis Obispo, California. Since 1997, there have been two shelters providing services to the homeless community. However, when the county offered a site, it was determined that a consolidated center would be able to operate much more efficiently, 24 hours a day. More details after the break. (more…)

Competition for Design of Transport Packaging

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Comeandcheck.it and InTech Ltd. are releasing an international competition for designing transport-packaging. The goal of the project is to create and realize conceptual, esthetical, functional and technically sufficient or innovative packaging for transport of a hardcover book. The competition is open to all full-aged designers, artists and architects (both professionals and students) with the registration deadline December 30th and submission deadline on January 23rd. Your solution must protect the book from damage during transport and weigh less than 200g. For more information, visit the competition website here.

Call for Submissions: AIA Diversity Recognition Program

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Diversity Recognition Program seeks submissions featuring exemplary efforts to diversify the architecture profession. The jury will select up to 12 submissions as diversity best practices meriting the following recognition: Diversity Recognition Program Award, Profiled in AIArchitect and on the Diversity Web page, Acknowledgment at the National Convention: Diversity Recognition Program Awards Presentation and Diversity Recognition Program Exhibit. The must receive all submissions by March 1, 2012. For more information, please visit their website here.

Re-thinking Shanghai 2012 Competition

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Architectural firm 10 Design from and Hong Kong is inviting anyone of all ages – architects, students artists, all who are interested – to take part at their recently started competition, Re-thinking Shanghai 2012.

Partly driven by social and ecological sustainability issues of today’s society, they are trying to change the way people perceive architecture in by providing new solutions for areas witnessing major transformation in recent past. All entries must be submitted by March 28th. For more information, visit their official website here.

Foster + Partners win competition to design Ourense AVE Station

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Along with engineers G.O.C. and Cabanelas Castelo Architects, Foster + Partners have won an international competition to design a new high-speed rail station in the city of in Galicia, located in northwestern . The winning proposal integrates transport infrastructure with a new urban park, providing a large public space that will open up a series of pedestrian links to connect the districts divided by the track.

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New Visitor Destination & Public Open Space at Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

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National land charity the Land Trust and RIBA Competitions launched an international competition this week until the last week in March to find the most inspirational design and funding team to create a new visitor destination and public open space at the former Cronton Colliery in . The competition is open to architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part of the second stage. More information on  the competition after the break. (more…)

Call for Submissions – CLOG: Data Space Issue

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CLOG recently announced their open call for submissions for their third issue, Data Space. All over the world, data centers are becoming integral components of our 21st century infrastructure. These facilities can range from small portable modules to massive warehouses full of servers, from sleek new constructions to reuse of existing infrastructures. What is the significance of this bridge between the virtual and the physical? How does this new typology affect the discourse of architecture and the shaping of our built environment? As cloud storage and global internet usage increase, it’s finally time to talk about the physical space of data. The deadline for submissions is January 9th. For more information, please visit their website here.

Design Teams Announced to create New Public Spaces for London’s Olympic Park

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Olympic Park Legacy Company has announced the winners of two competitions that will transform the north park and south plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. -based James Corner Field Operations’ proposal for a 50 acre urban landscape consisting of a tree-lined promenade connecting flexible event and cultural spaces was selected as the winning entry for the south plaza.

The north park winning proposal by London-based firm erect architecture consists of an imaginative community hub building that is integrated within the parkland and river valley. Along with community hub, the design proposes an interactive playground that inspires children to “climb trees, build dens and have everyday adventures in nature.”

Continue reading for the complete team list and their design proposal boards. (more…)

Challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station

DesignByMany’s latest challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station sponsored by HP and media partners ArchDaily. Historically, the filling station was designed with the basic concept of sheltering those in need of filling up their tanks and nothing more. However, as consumers adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle and hybrid technology advances, the functionality of the filling station is no longer what it used to be. This challenge is to design an electric vehicle charging station that will define a new era of electric mobility.

DesignByMany is a challenge based design technology community where users post challenges to the community along with their design source files. The community can then post responses with their own source files to solve the challenge. They can also comment on the challenge and interact with other designers throughout the process.

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2012 New Practices New York Competiton

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New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and honors firms that have utilized unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. Participants must register by January 15th. To register and for more detailed information, please visit their website here.

Central European Suburbia Interventions Competition

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The Centre for Central European Architecture is organizing an international project focused on the situation of contemporary Central European suburbia. They have just launched an open call which invites architects, artists and other individuals to send their proposals of interventions. During the next year in 2012, 30 interventions will be realized in 6 different Central European municipalities. In each locality, five acupunctures will be realized. By acupuncture treatment, actions will have a long term impact created with minimal means. Actions may be physical or immaterial, temporary or permanent and should be addressed to local residents.  All required materials must be submitted no later than January 31st. For more information, visit their official website here.