[Un]Restricted Access Competition / Architecture for Humanity

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Architecture for Humanity has recently launched a graphic design competition to identify a compelling logo for the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge called [Un]Restricted Access. This year’s challenge is focused on re-purposing vacant military structures and sites. It will catalyze awareness, ideas, and most importantly – action.

Through a global forum, designers and architects will develop solutions that reconnect military and civilian communities. The history of these important spaces will be highlighted and hidden potential uncovered. The goal? Utilize these sites and structures for the greater good. But first things first.

Submissions are due no later than August 26 at 24:00 PST. You can enter here and find all necessary guidelines and information on the Open Architecture Network. The reward is $500 USD and a pair of night vision goggles. Yes, they’re for real.

Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions

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In his forthright and insightful essay, designer/author/Doors of Perception director John Thackara discusses problems with today’s design completions and offers up some compelling suggestions for change.

Complaints range from moralistic, “ are too often staged for wrong or unclear reasons;” to humanistic, “attention is usually focused on the thing rather than on the person or team behind the thing;” to mundane, “there is seldom enough time in the judging process to assess entries adequately.” I assume such complaints are obvious to anyone on the judging-side of the design competition world, and that saying all this out loud might come off as obnoxious, but as a recent architecture school graduate I appreciate Thackara’s full disclosure. Knowledge is power, y’all. Likewise, Thackara’s proposed redesigns range from pragmatic, “get real: Insist on external partners and a live context,” to idealistically postmodern, suggesting “ask entrants to create platforms and contexts in which diverse groups of people may co-design the systems, institutions and processes that shape our daily lives.” As reasonable as the suggestion may be, allusions to leftist, Los Angeles School-style activism might cause some readers to lose interest.

To read Thackara’s essay, follow this link.

 

2011 Orchids and Onions Competition

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The Architectural Foundation (SDAF) wants to know what you think makes ’s architecture and design blossom – or stink, and is again soliciting public nominations through August 31 for projects to be considered for this year’s Orchids & Onions Awards. All San Diegans are encouraged to take a few moments to have their say about what they view as the good, the bad and the ugly in categories including Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Miscellaneous; which covers just about everything in-between. By uploading a few photos on the SDAF’s Orchids and Onions website, along with your rationalization, you can be part of cultivating a more thoughtfully designed San Diego. More competition description after the break. (more…)

2011 Zombie Safe House Competition

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Supported by Architects Southwest, the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition is an annual design competition focused on creating the best safe house for a zombie apocalypse.

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, sign up today and register for the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition, you may be our last hope.

For previous coverage of this competition, visit here.

The Sixth Jaap Bakema Fellowship

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The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and the A10 new European architecture magazine are launching the Bakema Fellowship 2011/2012. This fellowship is a grant of €10,000 for research, through design, at the cutting-edge of architecture, technology and society. The deadline for applications is 16 October 2011. Application criteria and other fellowship information after the break. (more…)

STREET WORKS Competition

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STREET WORKS is a competition to create temporary installations that transform under-utilised public spaces into vibrant places. An initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW, STREET WORKS invites you to re-imagine spaces in the City of as dynamic, innovative and sustainable temporary public places that will bring people together in unique ways.

Landscape architects, architects, artists designers, musicians, performers, digital media artists and other creative professionals from complementary fields are invited to imagine new city places and submit a proposal by 19 August 2011 for a temporary installation that builds on the aspirations of City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030. Places should be dynamic, innovative and sustainable. For further information, visit the competition website here.

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower Competition

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The parking structure has captured the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers, and yet it remains peripheral to our culture – best understood as a forbidding fictional setting or often as an imposing silent building that we encounter along the way. Car parks are not very appreciated by users (too cold, too dark, too insecure etc.) and this competition hopes to offer a new take on this type of building that is far too quiet.

The aim of this international competition, hosted by [AC-CA], is to design an iconic and alternative car park tower in the heart of . The new tower will include several possibilities for events such as concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, ceremonies dinners, cinematic projections, etc. More competition information after the break. (more…)

Symbiosis in the Rural Landscape: Designing in the Humid Tropics of Costa Rica Competition

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A new competition is offering architects around the world the opportunity to propose cutting edge responsible environmental design solutions for the headquarters of FundeCoR, a Costa Rican NGO dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment. As an environmentalist institution, FundeCoR’s new building must be exemplary in green architectural design and construction.

The project will be located on a property in a beautiful rural area in hot, humid in the Caribbean region of and the deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2011.

For more information, including all competition documents, visit here.

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition

is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl. More information on the competition’s official website.

Slant Garden Design Award 2011

This July SLANT is launching their second competition and this time it is open to all, and the challenge is to design a garden for a private residence. They want you to have as free a hand as possible when designing this project; therefore are keeping the brief and the entry requirements to a minimum. The house in question is not a real house, it has been designed specifically for this competition, and its location is not being specified. It is a generic house and garden which could be almost anywhere in the world, and you are free to choose the country in which you would like this imaginary house and garden to be located.

The “blanks” or “options” in the brief are deliberate, and the opportunity on offer to the entrants is that they can fill in the blanks in any way that they choose. For example you can decide the country, the climate and who the occupiers of this property are likely to be, along with what their needs and wishes for the garden might be. Some may see this as a home for a young family; others may see it as a home for adults only. You may want to make this a holiday home or something more permanent. Your imaginary clients may or may not be keen gardeners, they may or may not be big entertainers, but what you must assume is that whatever their preferences might be, they want to make the most of their garden. Making yourself the “virtual client” may be a way to go.

They hope that by adopting this approach that you will feel free to demonstrate to the judges not only your planning skills, but also, equally importantly, your creative talents. This is a project of the imagination, for the imagination. For more information, go to the competition’s official website.

Challenge: A Rapidly-Deployable Shade Structure

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.

Being that it’s summer time (at least for half of us) they decided to propose a more seasonal challenge. Whether you’re at the beach or in the desert, providing shade is an integral component of basic shelter and comfort. Traditional means of portable shading include umbrellas and beach tents, but they think there is an opportunity for a more contemporary design solution. A rapidly-deployable sun shade can provide quick, inexpensive, and temporary protection.

This challenge is to design a rapidly-deployable shade structure that could just as easily be deployed during a day at the beach or park, or while in a desert environment. More information and details after the break. (more…)

Designing from the Inside Out Competition

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This open ideas competition invites practicing architects, architecture students and designers to design an Academic Interchange for the University of Bremen, Germany. The Academic Interchange is envisioned as an incubator for interdisciplinary collaborations and international relations for academics at the university.

Entrants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the immersive experience of a visitor or visiting resident of the Academic Interchange with respect to their experience/understanding of the building and movement/flow through it. The design concept should originate from the perspective of the building user and be designed from the bottom up.

For more information, including awards, submissions and timeline please go to the competition’s official website.

International Design Award Street Furniture “Premio Lissone Design” 2011

The LISSONE DESIGN AWARD 2011 “Street Furniture” is at the start. Free of charge, this international competition is open to young draughtsmen, architects, designers under 36, students (Faculties and Schools of Design, Architecture, Engineering), of all nationalities, required taking part to design street furniture (seating, shelters, signs, containers, etc.).

Elements that can also be composed into an “urban furniture” module with innovative functional and volumetric variations which will meet the needs and integrate the different possible functions required by citizens in their use of public space. True design objects, conceived for the cities of today and the foreseeable future.

For more information, please go to the competition’s official website (it’s in Italian, but you can download and English version at the bottom).

International Design Firms Invited to Enter Competition for New St. Petersburg Pier

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The prominent waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida, active since the late 19th century, will be host to an international design competition to replace the current landmark pier with a new, iconic pier structure. Interested parties must register for the competition by July 8, 2011. Submission of the Statement of Qualifications will be due on July 19, 2011.

Design teams interested in obtaining information on the city’s request for qualifications must visit the Competition website.

The Pitch: A Hands-on Workshop on Attracting a Client in Two Minutes or Less

Amusingly awful Architect with client stock photo. Enjoy.

We often think of Architecture as a profession within a vacuum, an idyllic world in which design is left to the imagination of the Architect and the possibilities of success are endless… so long as one finds a client. For as great as an Architects work is, or could be, without a client to realize those abilities with, an Architects work often goes unrealized and unappreciated. In a profession built on the visual and the tactile, the ability to verbally translate ideas and abilities serves as both the facilitator and denier. All Architecture school students have gone through the critique process, but presenting to  someone within academia is wildly different than making a pitch to a potential client.

AIA New York is hosting an workshop for perfecting the architectural pitch in two minutes or less. The power of a two-minute elevator pitch lies in cutting your mission and values down to  the essentials, capturing a client’s interest to make them want to know more about you and hopefully hire you.
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YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes International Ideas Competition

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The Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at University of Montreal (CPEUM) is pleased to officially launch an international ideas competition in urban design YUL-MTL : Moving Landscapes. The international ideas competition aims to reinvent the landscapes that highlight ’s international gateway corridor linking -Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to its downtown area (MTL) along Autoroute 20.

The International Ideas Competition is anonymous, free and open to all planning and design professionals. It is held as a single-stage. A total of $100,000 CAN will be awarded to and shared between 3 laureates.

More information and a link to the competition can be found after the jump.
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Architects in Mission Architecture Competition: “Post- Industry Age, Green Transformation”

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This year the Architects In Mission (AIM) competition committee is hosting its annual competition for architecture students and young professionals to demonstrate their design skills and abilities.  The topic this year is “Post-Industry Age, Green Transformation” where participants will be asked to redesign a steel factory, the biggest in .

The site is a part of the Central Business District of China and is heavily influenced by the rapid urbanization.  Green Transformation aims to make use of the land resource, spatial quality and other conditions of the old industrial zones, and transform the previous heavy industrial production to new industries with low-pollution and low-energy consumption.  It is geared toward the rehabilitation of brownfields, and creating diverse cultural spaces within the developing cities.

For more information on the competition visit AIM’s website

Taiwan Tower International Competition

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The Tower International Competition is part of a larger urban plan in , as a part of a new development for the “Gateway City.” Tower is to be located at the southern tip of the Central Park where visitors will have a panoramic view of the park, the city and the natural surroundings. The building is to have a minimum height of 300-meters with recreational functions such as an information center, shops, food and beverage services, observatories and an environmental monitoring station as part of an effort to create a model green building.

The competition will be judged in two stages. The jurors are Yu-Chien Ann, Marcos Cruz, Chao-Lee Kuo, Sheng-Fong Lin, Shuenn-Ren Liou, Hidetoshi Ohno and  Adele Naude Santos. For more information on this competition visit the competition official site.