Bridge Design Competition

The Finnish capital is undergoing the busiest phase of development in the city’s history. Whole new districts are emerging in sites vacated from harbours and other industrial uses. As a key part of the development, the City of envisions landmark bridges – Kruunusillat (“crown bridges”) – for trams, cyclists and pedestrians. These bridges will connect a new maritime residential district with the inner city. The City invites the best architectural and engineering experts from all around the world for the task.

The bridge development complies with Helsinki’s strategic goal to promote sustainable modes of transport. The city’s strategic emphases are on rail transport and improved public transport service. The maritime site of the new bridges is classified as one of ’s 27 heritage sites. With the international bridge design competition, Helsinki looks for a design that co-exists in harmony with the landscape and respects the history and cultural significance of the site. The bridges should be part of Helsinki’s heritage to future generations.

The vicinity of the bridges includes many nationally valuable cultural landmarks, most importantly the Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) sea fortress from the 1750’s, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The City of Helsinki invites teams with a broad range of competence to participate in the bridge design competition. The teams should possess expertise in bridge design and engineering, aesthetically high-quality structural design and architecture, landscape architecture, geotechnics, street and traffic planning, bridge cost estimation, environmental impact assessment, and life cycle cost analysis. Applications to participate in the competition are accepted from May 27th to August 3rd, 2011. More information on the competition’s official website.

Experimental Urban Area for Africa Ideas Competition

In , urbanization is more rapid than in any other part of the world; it is estimated that by 2030 more than 750 million Africans will be living in cities (more than the urban population of the entire western hemisphere), 45% more than current figures. The challenge is on: ’s urban agglomerations will have to be designed to withstand demographic and migration pressures and the challenges of governance, balancing the needs of economic development with those of social inclusion and sustainability.

Out of this scenario comes the idea to launch an International Ideas Competition to design an innovative, expandable and replicable model of an urban area which can provide structural solutions to the challenges/needs of African urbanization. An additional aim of the competition is to focus the best ideas and design capabilities currently available among young European and African architects and engineers on this topic. For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.

USGBC Multifamily Midrise Design Competition

First Community Housing

The USGBC Multifamily Midrise Design Competition, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, is designed to provide innovative industry leading architects a unique opportunity to present their solutions to sustainable multifamily midrise design.

This competition calls upon applicants to design a new 4-6 story residential mixed-use building in combination with the gut-rehab renovation of an existing building on a specific site in the City of New Orleans.

For more information you can go to the competition’s official website.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Conceptual Design International Competition

The objectives of this competition to build a world-class museum of art in a call for proposal through a conceptual design international competition, creative and visionary schemes are sought in order to give the New Taipei City Museum of Art a fresh look and versatile art exhibition space. The design teams from all over the world are invited to challenge their imagination, pursue new possibilities for modern art museums and help New City create an artistic icon for the new century!

The planning and design guidelines in this design brief are for reference only. The designer must propose the new positioning for the new possibilities for modern art museums, define the exhibition method, and propose new space requirement, then proceed the planning and design based on the new required spaces and design guidelines.

For more information go to the competition’s official website.

Pylon Design Competition

The challenging target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, means substantial change in our energy infrastructure with electricity becoming an increasingly important part of our energy mix. In order to deliver that electricity to our homes, communities and businesses, the UK will see a significant increase in the number of pylons, together with underground cables.

This network of pylons and cables have the potential to transform our landscapes for good or bad, and for generations to come.

The competition aims to help initiate and inform this debate through the vehicle of design and to explore the potential for a new generation of pylon within our landscapes.

We are therefore seeking highly innovative and imaginative solutions that nevertheless respond to the exacting technical requirements and offer the potential for development into deliverable projects. Proposals should be both grounded in reality and be beautiful.

For more information please visit the competition’s official website.

Challenge: Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge

DesignByMany is a challenge based design technology community sponsored by HP and ArchDaily. 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.

As designers we not only need to think about how we can originate buildings, we need to think about how we can use existing structures to accommodate new types of building programs. This challenge is to design a pedestrian bridge between to two existing buildings.

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Short Listed Firms for Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion

The property for the expanded MFAH is vis-à-vis the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo © MFAH

Earlier this week, we shared the news of Steven Holl + BCWH recent commission for the Institute for Contemporary Art in Virginia.  It seems Holl will also be busy working on a conceptual design for the Museum of Fine Arts as the museum recently announced their short list from ten international architects to three.  In addition to Holl, the museum has selected and Snohetta to submit design proposals for the expansion project.  “This decision marks an important step forward for the future MFAH,” said Richard D. Kinder, chair of the museum’s long-range planning committee. “Even before Rafael Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck Building opened, in 2000, MFAH director Peter Marzio and the board recognized that it would not be the final step in expanding the MFAH.”

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“With the collections now numbering some 63,000 objects—more than half of them works of art created after 1900—the need for a building dedicated to these expanding collections is unquestioned,” continued Kinder.

The three firms will develop concepts for a new building which will be situated on a two-acre and will house post-1990 art.   In addition, the projects must address the needs for a parking garage and integration with the surrounding MFAH buildings.  It is an exciting competition as the new building will be adjacent to the Isamu Noguchi-designed Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, across from Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck Building and Mies van der Rohe’s Caroline Wiess Law Building.  We’ll keep you updated with the proposals.

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Atlanta History Center Design Competition

The Atlanta History Museum is less than two decades old. But, in that short time span, the city around it and, indeed, the world around it has transformed.

Now, the time has come for the History Museum to make its own leap forward. The History Center is seeking architects and architectural team to help transform its museum.

This is your chance to reshape history. For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.

South Harbour Open International Ideas Competition

The City of is organizing an open international competition for ideas for Helsinki’s South Harbour. The entrants’ task is to create a comprehensive ideas plan for the South harbour that can be used as a basis for the future development of the area. The competition area is the entire shore area of the South Harbour. The central location of the South Harbour, the area’s cultural history and the passanger ports are essential parts of the city identity. The South Harbour is Helsinki’s marine national landscape. For more information, visit the competition’s official website.

The Meridian First Light House, Solar Decathlon / Team Victoria University of Wellington

© First Light house

The team from is the first-ever finalist from the Southern Hemisphere in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team is led by students from Victoria’s School of Architecture and is made up of students from a range of disciplines across the university. is the first country in the world to see the light each day, this gave the house its name— First Light.

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Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2011

The use of solar energy in and on buildings is a key aspect within energy efficient construction – for individual homes, industrial and administrative buildings, as well as residential schemes. Solar systems should be self-evident components in innovative building envelopes and refurbishments to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is to find suitable ways to implement these technical innovations in design terms. Solar thermal energy and photovoltaics open up a diverse range of possible applications and offer high quality products.

By integrating solar power systems in the roof or façades of buildings in an architecturally and technically sophisticated manner, architects can increase the awareness of both builders and the public regarding the possibilities for combining buildings with solar technology, and thus help renewable energies become more widespread. To increase acceptance and to foster awareness of this topic, the Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy (SeV Bayern) is organising the competition “Building-Integrated Solar Technology2011”.

More information on the competition’s official website.

Think Space: Ecological Borders Competition

The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the third of four architectural competitions for this year’s cycle. For this year’s annual cycle, the main theme connecting all four competitions is Borders.

The new – third Ecological Borders competition calls for a radical reimagination of the current relationship between humans and the built environment through the establishment of new architectural protocols of coexistence in the search of a new Partial-Total Ecology: “YUmen[eco]tec-pharming”.

The juror of the competition is François Roche, who together with Stéphanie Lavaux runs R&Sie(n) architectural practice based in Paris. His architectural work builds on research as speculation – integrating nature as a protocol. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, focusing on development of technological experiments as forms of natural distortion or environmental mutations.

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

The ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition award-winning jury (plus a video)

The Brooklyn-based design and fabrication studio, FLATCUT_, in conjunction with the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (“”), are pleased to announce this year’s award-winning jurors for The ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition. The international competition asks designers to “push the boundaries of materials, minds, and machine” by exploring emergent modes of computational design. The competition focuses on unique material combinations and new fabrication techniques in creating forms in three categories: Furniture, Lighting and Partition. Winners will get the opportunity to actually fabricate their proposals this summer at FLATCUT_’s incredible 100,000sf warehouse.

So who will be deciding which schemes get fabricated and put on exhibition at the 2011 ACADIA conference? Confirmed jurors include Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Tom Wiscombe of Emergent, Tod Williams of TWBTA, Dror Benshetrit of Studio Dror recently shortlisted for the Buckminster Fuller Prize and FLATCUT_ Founder Tomer Ben-Gal.

FLATCUT_ is also pleased to release a new FABrication VIDEO by Alex Bergman & Serban Ionescu that artfully orchestrates FLATCUT_’s 100+ machines – from Trumpf Trumatics to robotic welders. (oooooooohhhh) Watch it to get a sense of what FLATCUT_ (and you) can do! The international call for submissions has already attracted competitors from Los Angeles to India, and the submission deadline has been extended to June 15 to accommodate demand.

Winners will be announced in July. The Jury will choose 1 winning design from each category from which FLATCUT_ will produce exhibition-quality prototypes of each to be put on display in Calgary. Winners also win $1000, free entry to the conference, a spot on the Integrated Materialities Panel at ACADIA 2011.

Timber Hut Design Competition

RiversideOne

More than 35 young North East designers have registered to enter a timber hut design competition which will see the winning proposals built at ’s £200m RiversideOne residential development on the former site of the town’s Middlehaven Docks.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including internationally renowned architect Professor Will Alsop who was responsible for RiversideOne’s original masterplan and who also had the idea for the huts competition.

The huts will provide facilities for residents and visitors to RiversideOne with possible proposed uses including a miniature theatre, a coffee bar, bike shelters and beach huts although competition entrants are allowed to make their own suggestions.

The competition is being run by Northern Architecture, the architecture centre for the North East of , and entrants are all under 34 and are architects or designers based in the region. From a commercial perspective, designers also have the option to link with regionally-based entrepreneurs and will submit hut design proposals along with a business plan demonstrating the viability of their venture. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.

13th Shelter International Architectural Design Competition for Students 2011

In ancient times we lived with the Wilderness, fighting against its severity and its roughness, and receiving the benefits of its fertility. The wildness of nature was directly related to our lives. In our current age, we live in cities. A city is a large, man-made environment, in which we no longer think much about the power of nature, except when we are shocked by occasional natural disasters, such as storms, floods, droughts and earthquakes. However, we still instinctively recall the lives of our ancestors, and have complex feelings of fear and yearning for life in the Wilderness.

Design “A house to live in the Wilderness”, for modern city dwellers – which are us. The Wilderness can be of any type: deep forest, thick forest, a vast meadow in the African savannah, the South Pole, a desert, or in the sea. Or, you can design a shelter against natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes or heavy snow. The structure of the house can be timber, masonry, rammed earth, or ? if necessary – it can be made with the super-alloys that are used for spaceships. Suggest a house in the Wilderness, in which we modern-age humans can feel both the richness and the toughness of the Wilderness, and sense our relationship to it.

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

Autodesk and USGBC Announce Multifamily Midrise Design Competition

Photo Courtesy: First Community Housing

Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans that it has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council () to sponsor the organization’s Multifamily Midrise Design Competition. The contest is geared to provide design professionals and students with a unique opportunity to present their solutions to sustainable, multifamily midrise design.

Design professionals and students are invited to submit their ideas for a new four-to-six-story residential mixed-use building/complex, in combination with a gut-rehab renovation and recommissioning of an adjacent existing building. Specifically, competition entrants will be tasked with delivering ideas for reenergizing the 1300 block of Oretha C. Haley Boulevard between Thalia and Erato streets in New Orleans via design and adaptive reuse architecture, with consideration given to the former elementary school that still stands on the grounds.

For more information, please go to the competition’s official website.

Call for Ideas: TAB Vision Competition / Street 2020

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is a new architecture forum that brings together theory and practice, young and experienced architects in order to arouse rich discussion over architecture, urban planning and landscape issues. First TAB concentrates on the hybrid issue of Landscape Urbanism. TAB Vision Competition is addressed to students and young architects, landscape architects and planners who are welcome to shape future cities and make room for fresh ideas.

Our hope is to see landscape urbanism as so-called ‘third way’, which can possibly solve urban problems that have proved too difficult for traditional planning because of rapid processes, constant change and instability. Landscape urbanism could also provide answers how to guide urban processes from inside, so that the system as a whole still maintains a balance. The term ’landscape’ is used primarily as the model for consistency, responsiveness and scale.

For more information go to the competition’s official website.

Think Brick Awards for 2011 Call for Entries

The Horbury Hunt Award recognises excellence and innovation in built projects. Also recognising the collaboration of a project team to deliver architectural outcomes. The Award rewards innovation and craftsmanship in brickwork and recognises the contribution of all parties in that process. The Horbury Hunt Awards includes commercial as well as residential and landscape built projects.

Entries are now open for the Think Brick Awards for 2011. In addition to the Horbury Hunt Award, the About Face 2011 invitation-only design competition asks innovative Australian architects to present original ways of using brick in a contemporary environment, and About Face Student Award is a conceptual design competition for Australian architectural students.

Think Brick represents the Australian brick industry and is committed to bringing together architects, builders, and bricklayers to ensure clay brick construction remains at the forefront of modern design for many years to come. More information on the award’s official website.