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.

Kernel Festival Call for Artists

Kernel FESTIVAL /011 is looking for young talents to project temporary architectural installations, that will characterize the park of Villa Tittoni Traversi in , during the three days of the Festival, from July 1st to 3rd, 2011.

The Open Call encourages the research on cutting-edge architecture, innovative technologies and solutions, as well as on the relationship between architectural space and the other artistic areas presented at the Festival, Electronic Sound and Music, Audiovisual Mapping, Interactive and Digital Art.

The participants will be evaluated by a Committee composed of renowned professionals, architects, professors and critics of international experience. The selected designer will have the opportunity to develop, build, install and exhibit his project in the international context of Festival. To have more informations and to participate check out the open calls available on-line at www.kernelfestival.net.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic games, together with other large events scheduled for upcoming years, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2011 Military Games, generate enormous opportunities for the development of . The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para- represent a celebration of sports and will be a source of transformation for the city, promoting an environmental, architectural, cultural and sustainable economy legacy, benefiting the urban environment and the quality of life of citizens.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Park is located in one of the four Olympic centers scheduled for development of the 2016 Games, and concentrates the greatest number of sporting equipment and installations. It is a fundamental space for the development of the Olympic Games and for the vitality of Rio de Janeiro. During the Games, this center will concentrate the main sporting events and offer large meeting spaces for the public, sponsors and athletes. Built in Barra da Tijuca, the Olympic Park will be centrally located in relation to the other sporting arenas in Deodoro, Maracanã and Copacabana. It will also be the largest new development built exclusively for the Games.

The International Competition aims to reach a wide range of professionals and seeks creative solutions that unite quality, functionality, and sustainability, which should be joined by use, social, cultural and environmental values. The Competition should favor wide-ranging contributions and establish an integrated approach that ensures that the Project’s requirements are incorporated into the planning, development, and delivery of the Olympic Park installations, from concept to construction of all of its elements. It is expected that the Competition result in a high-quality Olympic Park not only for the sporting events, but also for the region and for the city, as expressions of contemporary culture.

For more information, and to download all the necessary documents, please refer to the competition’s official website.

FutureShack 2011: Call for Projects

FutureShack is a dialogue between the public and design professionals focused on new ways to think about residential architecture in all its forms. It’s about how it works, not just how it looks. showcases creative responses to the challenges posed by our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas.

Showcase your solutions to evolving housing needs and urban livability. Submitted projects are evaluated by a panel of both designers and engaged members of the public. All projects will be showcased on AIA Seattle’s FutureShack website and selected projects are included in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine cover story and at the live event on Sept. 20, 2011.

For more information, please click here.

International Ideas Competition for Busan Opera House

This is an international ideas competition to establish a design for the Busan Opera House to construct in 2014. The design will be based on a variety of ideas from both domestic and foreign specialists, as well as student groups. The opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. The grand scale of this project will be suitable for ’s status as an international city.

Basic direction
1. The building will be designed to stand as a landmark symbolizing Busan′s rise as a world─class tourism center.
2. The buildings and surrounding green space will provide a venue for artists and performers to display their craft, as well as a place for the public to meet, congregate and enjoy the natural surroundings.
3. The area surrounding the facility will provide the public with picturesque views of both the ocean and the Busan cityscape.

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

URBAN REALITIES: Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge

URBAN REALITIES: Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge invites teams to design and construct a site in response to a brief in just three days. The challenge aims to bring together creative minds both nationally and internationally to compete in an action packed, hands on, game plan competition that responds to this years state of design festival theme design that moves. ’s docklands will become the workshop, the camp, the dining room and the party venue for the teams for three entire days with winning teams being awarded with prize money and the pleasure of having a realised project in ’s public realm.

There are a number of public events available throughout the duration of the 5 days. A symposium will be held at BMW Edge on Tuesday 26 July. The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday 27 July at the Docklands. The announcement of the winners will take place at the Docklands on Saturday 30 July. Various commentary and guides will be occurring throughout the event. For more information, please click here.

SC2011 Spain-China Architecture Competition

FUTURE is launching an international ideas competition to identify the best design concepts with the challenge to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating contemporary cities, in this case 4 different locations: Hangzhou, Nanjing, Madrid and Barcelona.

The open competition is single-phase and anonymous. Architects (architectural teams) may participate in the competition if they meet the following requirements:
- Participants in the competition shall be architecture students or architects under 31 years old on the closing date for submission of entries (June 30, 2011).
- Architectural teams participating in the competition shall have at least one architecture student or architect under 31 on the closing date for submission of entries, who will be the team leader.

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

No Rules, Great Spot Competition

The paradigmatic Praça de , at the core of Porto Historical Centre, seems to be of greater relevance to launch a first debate about interventions in public space, promoting, simultaneously, a global reflection about the process of city’s rehabilitation and about our participation as citizens in that process. Launching an Ideas Competition to Praça de , under the name NO RULES, GREAT SPOT: WANTED, IDEAS FOR PRAÇA DE LISBOA (No rules, great spot, is a sentence written on a wall of this space) seems, in this sense, a fundamental action, able to provoke an in-tensive and ex-tensive debate around urban rehabilitation as a shared and informed, participated and discussed city project.

The competition has, therefore, a double purpose: on one hand, involve the community, the city, in the discussions of its projects, gathering and articulating those who were always the fundamental agents of the city construction and problematic: architects; by the other hand, to critic the intervention processes that have been developed both by the City Hall and the Urban Rehabilitation Society (Porto-Vivo), specifically the highly exclusive nature of the competitions (like this particular case) of conception, project, construction, maintenance and exploitation, that, guided by a single speculative logic, annulled any possibility of debate and discussion, and also drew the path to a growing divorce between city and citizens.

For more information visit the competition’s official website.

Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards are back in 2011, inviting architects, landscapers and designers nationwide to showcase their visionary use of timber in residential and commercial design projects. With the chance to showcase your work in front of a prestigious industry audience, the awards now cover five categories including: Residential Interior, Residential Exterior, Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior and Young Architects (under 30 years of age).

To enter, simply submit your images and a brief description of your project. Your design will be judged by a panel of experienced representatives from the Australian Institute of Architects and , with category winners receiving a $2,000 cash prize, feature editorial in Architecture magazine and product (to the value of $5000).

All entrants will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, selected by online public vote from all entries submitted across all categories. Entries open 13 April 2011 and close 30 June 2011. Winners will be announced in Architecture Australia’s November issue. For more information, visit the official website.