Final Design Proposals for the St. Petersburg Pier Design Competition

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The final entries are in for the international redesign competition of the Pier in Florida. The competition seeks to generate a new identity and iconic landmark that will honor the history and relevance of the Pier for the next generation. Michael Maltzan Architecture, BIG and West 8 Urbaban Design and Landscape Architecture are the three architectural firms selected from the list of nine semi finalists. Continue reading after the break to view the radically different design proposals.

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Harvard GSD Sukkah Design Build Competition Winner

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Architects: Ren Tian, Gu Lik Hang, Patchara Wongboonsin
Location: Cambridge, MA,
Project Area: 144 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ren Tian, Patchara Wongboonsin

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Update: Navy Pier Competition Shortlist

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Navy Pier officials listed the five design teams selected to compete in the final phase of the Navy Pier competition. Each international design team, consisting of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and many other design professionals, is required to submit design proposals for the Chicago Pierscape and undergo an oral interview with officials. The schematic designs will be exhibited to the public in early February and the winning proposal will be announced later that month.

The five teams selected are lead by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, !melk and the Xavier Vendrell Studio – the only team lead by a Chicagoan. Continue reading after the break for the complete list of the teams. (more…)

Competition Entry for Bispevika Development in Norway / PUSHAK

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The Bispevika mixed-use development proposal by PUSHAK maximizes the views of the harbor and integrates passive design methods to minimize energy use. The proposal is part of an invited competition that will conclude in January 2012.

Architects: PUSHAK
Client: HAV Eiendom
Location: Bispevika, ,
Project Size: 35000 sqm
Project Status: Invited Competition Entry

Continue reading for more project details.

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Data Thanatology | Call For Submissions

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If you were asked to store your most valuable data… What kind information would you keep in 130Kb? Your usernames and passwords, your delicious tabs, a PDF with all your tweets, a map as a biography? Do you think this data would be valuable if mapping the genomic code of knowledge at this moment? It would be useful for anyone but you?

With this challenging question we start a publishing project in the intersection of technology and seed banking. Learn more about it after the break. (more…)

SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design Competition

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The SEED Network recently launched the 2nd Annual SEED Awards for excellence in Public Interest Design to showcase and promote projects that help create socially, economically, and environmentally healthy communities. The projects will be judged using “SEED”: Social Economic Environmental Design”® a standard evaluation to measure the positive impact of design projects.

Sixwinners will be announced January 27, 2012. Each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to present at Structures for Inclusion conference at the University of Austin in Austin, Texas March 24-25, and a $1,000 cash prize. Each winning project will also be included in a documentary series by The UpTake. More competition information after the break. (more…)

GROUND UP: Open Call for Submissions

GROUND UP is a new journal print and web publication intended to stimulate thought, discussion, visual exploration and substantive speculation about emerging landscape issues affecting contemporary praxis. Edited and produced by the students of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at University of California Berkeley, along with an advisory board of noted landscape architects and urban theorists and critics, each edition will examine a critical theme arising from the tension between contemporary landscape architecture, ecology and pressing cultural issues. They are announcing an open call for submissions for their inaugural issue, ‘Landscapes of Uncertainty’, which examines the impact of recent radical economic, political and ecological shifts on the landscape. All submittals are to be sent in no later than January 13th. More information on the competition after the break. (more…)

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Low and High Technologies for the Emergencies 2011 Competition

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Published by Analist Group and organized and curated by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism_presS/Tfactory, the OUTSIDE THE BOX competition is focused on identifying design ideas for resolving various problems in emergency situations. During recent years, numerous natural phenomena have upset the lives of many communities scattered across the globe. Examples include Fukushima in Japan, Haiti, L’Aquila and New Orleans. The Box is a small temporary structure capable of offering various services: a space that is simultaneously a workstation and information center open to public to allow people remain in touch with the rest of the world. A fundamental role in the elaboration of the design proposal must be entrusted to technology, whether low- or high-tech. The challenge launched by the competition is to combine sustainability and parametric design. The submission deadline is 15 January, 2012. More information on the competition after the break.

The jury of the first stage will select ten projects. Among them, the jury of the second stage will proclaim the three winners of the competition. First prize is 10.000 dollars, second prize is 4.000 dollars and third prize is 3.000 dollars. Moreover there will be a popular jury award of 5.000 dollars; anybody could view and express a preference about the ten projects selected and published on the contanima site in order to contribute to award the prize of the popular jury. Analist Group will provide 10.000 dollars for the realization of a model of the winning project.

For more information, visit the competition’s official website here.

International Award for Sustainable Architecture Competition

New administrative offices Mayr Melnhof - Kaufmann (Gold Medal 2011)

Conceived and promoted by the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, , with the financial support of the Fassa Bortolo company, the aim of the International Award for Sustainable Architecture, now in its ninth edition, is to contribute to the research of a system of development in the building sector. This represents one of the fields of human activity with the greatest impact on the environment, that is more sustainable than our current model, which has lead to a state of deterioration and pollution, bringing us to the verge of a global crisis of the Earth’s entire ecological system.

The 2012 jury members include Thomas Herzog – Herozg & Partner (Italy), Peter Rich – Peter Rich Architects (South Africa), LI Xiaodong – School of Architecture, Tsinghua University of Beijing (China), Nicola Marzot – Faculty of Architecture (Italy), and Gianluca Minguzzi – Prize’ Secretary (Italy). The deadline for on-line registration is December 31st 2011 while the deadline for materials shipping is January 31st 2012. Registration details and further information can be found on their website here.

[AMSTERDAM] Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Competition

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The aim of this International competition, hosted by [AC-CA], is to design an Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in the Heart of . The architecture of this new structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for an European capital city. More information on the competition after the break. (more…)

Vote Now: 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition

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For the second year in a row, has inspired 200 applicants from 12 countries to design imaginative zombie-proof architecture that will save thousands of lives during the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The goal of the competition is to “design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.”

These creative designs may one day save you from the dead, therefore voting is important. Click here to browse through the entries and give thumbs up to your favorite designs. Voting ends on Halloween, October 31st, 2011.

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International VELUX Award 2012

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The International VELUX Award 2012 for students of architecture wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense – and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source of energy and light. “Light of Tomorrow” is the overall theme of the International VELUX Award. The award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. Therefore, the award seeks to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment. For more information, visit the competition’s official website here.

2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS

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Architecture for Humanity has launched the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS, asking architects and designers to partner with community groups across the world and develop innovative solutions to re-envision closed, abandoned and decommissioning military sites. The six-month competition requires designers to work with the communities surrounding these former places of conflict to transform hostile and oftentimes painful locations, into civic spaces built for the public good. More information on the competition after the break. (more…)

Performance Architecture International Competition

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An Open Call for five temporary urban interventions has just been launched for 2012 – European Capital of Culture. Performance Architecture is an international ideas competition curated by Pedro Gadanho. It will offer kick-start prizes of 12.000€ to promote the appropriation of controversial public spaces by city inhabitants. The competition invites multidisciplinary teams of artists, architects, designers, and others to reactivate performance art strategies and participative architectures within the urban realm. Members of the juri include Santiago Cirugeda, Didier Fiuza Faustino, A77, Raumlabor, and Office for Subversive Architecture. Proposals may be submitted online until the 6th January 2012. More info and regulation available here.

2011 Zombie Safe House Competition

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In the end who will save mankind from the Zombie Apocalypse? It is our belief that artists, designers, and architects will need to weigh in heavily to provide Safe Houses that can stand an assault on civilization. Don’t be caught unprepared, now is our chance to vote from over 12 countries, 700 registers, and 200 entries. This may be our last hope! You can vote for as many as you like here until October 20th!

PFFF Inflatable Architecture Competition

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CityVision, in collaboration with FARM, is proud to announce a new international competition called PFFF, an architecture competition dedicated to architects, designers, students and engineers focused on the design and realization of an inflatable mobile pavilion of 50sqm that can embody the spirit of the FARM project.

The pavilion will be used many times and it will have to be easily transportable and installable in squares, parks, meeting places of different cities and FARM Cultural Camp tour’s stops. The study of the atmospheric conditions (wind, rain, heat, cold) will be very important as well as the pavilion’s internal security. The study of materials, methods of inflation and deflation, structure anchoring to the ground and openings will be critical to the success and safety of the project. For more information on the competition, visit their official website here.

Bullhorn – Cembrit Design Competition

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Endorsed by Icsid and part of World Design Capital2012 , the Bullhorn – Cembrit Design Competition challenges participants to design and develop Malmi Station, one of Helsinki’s biggest suburban transit areas, into an outstanding and experimental landmark that will improve the quality of life for thousands of urban commuters each day. Participants will do so through the innovative use of fibre-cement.

As a global responsibility, stations and transit hubs are important both functionally and as identity-building elements in urban environments. The city dwellers spent a significant part of their day connected to various transit hubs. These areas are often worn out and unappealing non-places.The deadline for entries is January 15th with a deadline for questions November 1st. For more details on the competition, visit their official website.

2011 SMIBE Film Competition

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With its third annual competition, SMIBE (Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment), sponsored by The Graham Foundation, Archinect, and Image, continues to bring together a growing body of moving image stories about the built environment. They hope the competition will become a forum for the exchange and discussion of persuasive issues about the built world. For this competition, SMIBE welcomes moving image stories that investigate, explore, and entertain our communities about social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that designers of the built world should be discussing.

The topic for the SMIBE 2011 Short Film competition is “Building Revolution”. With the deadline at December 31st, the entry is free and Films should be 3 minutes max in length and and can be produced in any motion image medium. For more information, visit here.