The paradigmatic Praça de Lisboa, 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 Lisboa, 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.
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 Intergrain, with category winners receiving a $2,000 cash prize, feature editorial in Architecture Australia magazine and Intergrain 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.
AWR is pleased to invite students around the world to take part to the competition for graduate thesis on sustainable architecture and design innovation. The goal of this competition is to increase and promote sustainability culture and green architecture.
Participation is open to all graduates of architecture and engineering faculties coming from all over the world. The theses, made individually or in groups, must have been discussed in the period between January 1, 2009 and October 31, 2011.
The thesis submitted in the competition should cover the following areas: urban planning, architecture and tecnology. For more information, please click here.
This year’s ACADIA 2011 Annual Conference, with the support of FLATCUT_, seeks proposals for innovative geometric forms that push the limits of design through the exploration of integrative material strategies for digitally fabricated assemblies. The competition hopes to address the questions that parametric design models are pose in terms of material practice: How does parametric design engage changes scale? How does the selection, tooling, and deployment of material shape the physical environment? How do inventive material pairings work positively and cohesively to produce new forms of assembly and environmental response? How do designers begin to embed parameters that engage concepts of sustainability, augmented performance and material flexibility?
The conference theme addresses integrative trajectories and areas of overlap between design and other disciplines. While design’s allied fields of engineering and construction will be explored, collaborative possibilities between design and other concentrations, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology will also be highlighted.
Details about the Conference and Call for Papers and Projects are now available at http://www.acadia.org/acadia2011/.
Urbanite, a multimedia company in Baltimore, Maryland, unveiled a design competition this week that offers $10,000 in prizes to teams that bring innovative design solutions to bear on the pending construction of the Red Line, an east-west transit line planned for the city.
Self-organized teams are invited to compete for $10,000 in prize money and the chance to implement their solution to the quality-of-life issues brought about by the construction of the Red Line. Baltimore, whose neighborhoods were once connected by a network of streetcars, is now served by one light rail line and one subway line, which do not serve many east- and west-side neighborhoods. The Red Line will link up with the existing rail lines, creating a comprehensive transportation system for the city and connecting communities that have been isolated by physical and socio-economic barriers.
Seen at Death by Architecture. For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
The population growth and the urban centralization lead to an increase of the demand in the real estate market and in the food. One possible solution is the vertical farming. For these reasons, AWR proposes the design of a new skyscraper on the Thames waterfront. The new tower will be inserted into the new city skyline.
The competition requires the design of a vertical farm with a residential use. In The city there is still a strong demand for housing and for public functions in downtown areas where the presence of public transportation makes the site extremely strategic.
The city offers the chance to build a real vertical city, which may include a public plaza, shopping areas, restaurants and residences. Londoners welcomes the macro-structures that allow them to experience the city as well as possible. At the same time this project allows people to do many activities both indoors and outdoors because of the weather. For more information go to the competition’s official website.
JAJA Architects just shared the news of their competiton proposal for an extension of Falkonergården High School in Frederiksberg, Denmark. The competition attracted over one hundred proposals, and JAJA’s placed third for its “…respectful relation to the existing buildings through its geometric formal language”. The jury explained, “The shape appears logic with an interpretation of the buildings existing virtues. And the objective of capturing the warm glow of the surrounding buildings with new materials seems very convincing.”
More images and more about the extension after the break. (more…)
The Taichung Gateway Park International Competition has been Re-Announced as of April 1st, 2011. The competition seeks out aggressive Landscape Architects to transform the former airport into a modern Eco-Park that will inform the future of Taichung’s urban landscape.
Taichung Gateway City covers an approximately 254-hectare area that includes the former Taichung (Shuinan) Airport and its vicinities. According to Taichung’s municipal urban plan, at the center of Taichung Gateway City will be an expansive green space—Taichung Gateway Park—that meanders from the north to the south of the entire development area with approximately 68-hectare.
Areas surrounding the park will be divided into four districts according to their features: Eco Residential District, Gateway District, Cultural Business District, and Innovation R&D District. In addition, Taichung Movie City, Taiwan Tower and Taichung City Cultural Center will all be integrated into Taichung Gateway Park. Therefore, the development of the park will become the most significant milestone for Taichung Gateway City.
The total construction budget is a proposed $85,000,000 USD with a set service fee of 10% for the chosen Design Team. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.
Modern Atlanta (MA) is pleased to announce the first annual Modern Atlanta Prize 2011 competition. The prize intends to highlight talented designers and their projects each year under a new and interesting theme.
This year the prize calls for students and young architects to submit projects that exemplify the rapid development and innovation that is being witnessed in the architecture of Korea. The competition aims to highlight projects of all scales, either built or conceptual, that showcase exceptional Korean design talent as well as projects that thoughtfully deal with the unique conditions whether geographical, social, political or cultural, pertaining to Korea.
All proposals will be reviewed by an international jury panel and winners will be announced in May. The jury includes Jeeyong An and Sang Hwa Lee of MANIFESTO, Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG, Sebastien Boissard of Studio Boissard, Matteo Caimi of C&A Architecture, and Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies.
Prize winning entries and honorable mentions will be exhibited at the Korean Pavilion during the Design is Human Week 2011 event to be held from June 6th-12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about MA and the annual Design is Human Week event here.
Carlsberg Group hereby announces an international design competition to transform the New Carlsberg Brewhouse into an exciting, must-see Brand and Experience Centre, attracting 500,000 visitors each year.
The aim is to create a world-class attraction with a broad appeal to visitors who wish to be challenged, engaged and entertained by one of the world’s strongest brands. The main focus is on the transformation on the Brewhouse and the Elephant Gate but should also describe how Carlsberg Group can re-enforce, strengthen and further develop its presence in the Carlsberg site.
The design competition is launched on April 5th 2011 and Carlsberg welcomes proposals from all over the world. Following a pre-qualification stage, 4-6 selected teams within the fields of brand experience and development, visitor attraction and architecture will be invited to submit their proposals. The winner will be announced in spring 2012.
For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.
The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one that has been created specifically for this competition.
What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not only serve the needs of the citizens of this city (not a real city, but one designed for this competition), but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city. For more information go to the competition’s official website.
Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
The research from Architecture 2030 and the EIA has shown both the building industry and general public some staggering numbers; building operations for residential, commercial and industrial structures use 77% of ALL the electricity produced in the USA, not to mention 49% of energy consumption.
Just some additional numbers to take into consideration: transportation accounted for 33.5% of CO2 emissions and the industry field within the USA 19.6%. Even more of a concern is the building sector’s 46.9% reading.
Architecture 2030 has changed the way we look at buildings. Recognizing that the building sector is BOTH the problem and the solution Design By Many has media partnered with ArchDaily to issue the following Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans, sponsored by HP.
Adhering to the Passive House Standard, the challenge is focusing on a single-family housing design solution for communities in New Orleans. Entries must provide a well balanced concept of sustainability including minimal impact on the local environment, affordable to heat and cool, and affordable to build and purchase.
Open to both students and professionals, Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans is combining a lot of key components: The Passive House Standard, 2030 Challenge which has influenced the Better Buildings Initiative issued by President Obama, and the 2011 AIA Convention New Orleans, to name a few.
Prizes include an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP (nearly $10,000 value), a feature on DesignReform on the first day of the AIA National Convention in New Orleans (May 12th), AND the winner will also receive a feature on ArchDaily.
We are looking forward to seeing your design solutions!
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the second of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. This competition calls for critical observations of border regions as laboratories from which to imagine new paradigms of urbanization and democratization. These critical thresholds amplify the politics of migration and citizenship, labor and surveillance, the tensions between sprawl and density, formal and informal urbanisms, wealth and poverty and the collisions between natural systems and political jurisdiction, exposing conflict as operational tool to re-think artistic practices.
They seek other geo-political border ‘hot spots’ in and out of the Political Equator that need to be interpreted and engaged. These geographies of conflict need to be understood through the radicalization of the existing in order to imagine new models of the possible. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.
Parramatta City Council is officially on the hunt for the boldest, most innovative and creative thinkers to present their vision for an iconic site along the scenic Parramatta River foreshore as part of an international ideas competition, ‘Ideas on Edge’. Prize money of $50,000 is on offer for a commercially viable idea for the site located at a prime position on the edge of Parramatta River, with the competition open to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.
The site covers 2.2Ha and is located between Lennox and Bernie Banton bridges. It is connected to transport, shopping facilities and Parramatta’s thriving dining precinct, ‘Eat Street’’. Potential uses for the site could include multi-functional facilities such as conference, performance, cultural, artistic, retail, commercial, entertainment and residential.
The competition winner will be awarded $50,000, but there is also $10,000 up for grabs for the best artistic submission, $5,000 for the best student entry and $5,000 for a ‘highly commended’ submission. The competition will close on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at midday. Entry to the competition is free. For more information about the Ideas on Edge competition visit Council’s website at www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/blogspace/ideas-on-edge.
London is the largest urban zone in the European Union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. The London Games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. The Games, which officially kicks off on the 27th July 2012 will see the arrival of world’s top athletes and their team officials representing various participating nations, international dignitaries, the Games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.
The aim of this International Competition is to design a temporary, freestanding information pavilion within the world famous Trafalgar Square in the Heart of London during the 2012 Games. The competition hopes to achieve the following:
- Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the games.
- Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the games.
- Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.
For complete information please visit the competition’s official website.
March 8 marked the beginning of voting for the best student architectural project that will revive the Fužine neighborhood in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Until March 23, visitors to the competition website can vote for the 30 short-listed projects, selected from among all 363 submitted projects by the international ten-member expert jury. The winning solution will be released on location this summer and announced on March 28. More images and competition description after the break. (more…)