Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace Competition

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are sponsoring a to redesign the Boulevard System in a more effective and livable manner.

The international competition, NETWORK RESET, seeks to reactivate the entire boulevard system. The competition will focus on the urban scale and a larger framework for the system as well as smaller scale user impacts. NETWORK RESET aims to reactivate the entire Boulevard System of Chicago and to develop a quality transportation corridor.

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

DawnTown 2011 Competition

DawnTown Miami is an annual architecture ideas meant to bring creative and inspiring new solutions to Downtown . Now in its fourth year, DawnTown is partnering with a local historic preservation group to help bring prominence to an early piece of ’s modern architecture period. This year’s contest topic is to design a complimenting structure to the Miami Marine Stadium in an effort to allow the historic site to become a great event space once again: The new structure will be The Floating Stage.

The competition seeks out fresh and inventive designs that will help promote not only downtown but the City of Miami, and it’s historical connections to modern architecture.

To enter, please visit the official website to download the competition brief. Registration is free and open to all designers, professionals or students.

Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards

Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change, along with its partner the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, is now welcoming nominations for the 2011 Re-Skinning Awards. This annual celebrates the year’s most successful, holistic retrofitting projects.

The Re-Skinning Awards invites the best minds in architecture, design, building, and engineering from around the world to submit building projects that demonstrate the innovative use of energy retrofitting technologies. Retrofitting and re-skinning involve the implementation of design solutions to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of older, energy-inefficient buildings. This competition recognizes the year’s most progressive retrofitting projects that are make our cities more sustainable.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011. For more information about the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards, including detailed entry criteria and a list of last year’s prize winners, visit the competition’s official website.

International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building

Courtesy of The Civil Engineering and Development Department of

The Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong has recently launched a International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building and has shared with us their press release for this important piece of infrastructure.

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Ideas Competition 2011

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invites architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2011 YAF/COD Ideas .

In this unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the concept of Universal Design as well as their overlap with values of social and environmental sustainability.

Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the American Institute of Architects () 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 12-14, 2011. Selected entries will be displayed on the website.

For complete information visit the competition’s official website.

Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace Competition

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the : NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of and rethink its potential role in the city.

Participants are asked to look at the urban scale and propose a framework for the entire boulevard system as well as provide answers and visualize the interventions at a smaller scale that can directly impact its potential users. Through images, diagrams and drawings we want to know what are those soft or hard, big or small, temporary or permanent interventions that can reactivate and reset the Boulevard System of Chicago.

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

One Prize 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough

The ONE PRIZE committee invites the most talented and imaginative architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, artists, students, and individuals to propose ideas for the NYC Blue Network and The World’s Largest Clean Tech Expo in 2014.

These propositions must include; expanding waterborne transportation, linking the five boroughs with transit hubs, incorporating ferries, water taxis, bike shares, electric car-shares, electric shuttle buses, providing in-water recreation, educational events, cultural activities, pavilion halls, and climate resilience.

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1.99 Real Housing: Communities + Designers

Reflecting the current state of architecture, urbanism and landscape discourse, Architecture for Humanity – Chicago, School of the Art Institute Chicago and the Village of Igarai are proud to announce, 1.99 REAL HOUSING: Communities + Designers, a call for ideas.

In an effort to advance the territory between top-down and bottom-up planning, for all types of interim, emergency, public and affordable housing design, 1.99 REAL HOUSING seeks to create a design platform that utilizes advanced sustainable architectural design solutions, together with local knowledge of materials, methods and systems to produce a new form of cooperative culture.

Submissions are due on January 25th. For more information, visit www.afh-chicago.org.

eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition

Just a reminder that the registration deadline for the eVolo 2011 Skyscraper is approaching.  Register by January 11, 2011, here, to participate in eVolo’s forum for the  discussion, development, and promotion of innovative concepts for vertical density.  eVolo is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition.

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2011 8th OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) is an international ideas , aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organised every four years by the Architecture Commission of (International Organisation of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects).

Most spaces for the performing arts (drama, music theatre, dance, concerts and other forms) are housed in specialized buildings, built for the purpose.

While there will always be a need for these buildings, there is increasing interest amongst theatre practitioners in the use of existing buildings and settings, which are not purpose built theatres, to present productions. These settings, sometimes known as ‘found space’, can often provide a unique atmosphere, which resonates with a particular production or style of presentation, in a way that may not be possible in a conventional theatre.

More information can be found on the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

Design Matters 2 International Competition

This competition is a call for ideas to design a building block of an inclusive school environment that will uniquely enhance the quality of life for teens and adults with disabilities who participate in the Easter Seals VIP Academy.

Your design should support the program goals of providing these young adults with the vocational/life skills they require to lead fully productive lives. Traditionally little or no thought has been given to the environments in which these crucial services are delivered.

For more information, go to the ’s official website. Seen at Death By Architecture.

StreetFest Competition

The Festival of Ideas for a New City is a major new collaborative initiative between scores of downtown organizations, from large universities to arts groups and community organizations, working together to affect change. The Festival is a first for and will demonstrate the power of the creative community to imagine the city of the future. The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, architects, designers, and other thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, create new problems, and invite the public to participate in improving urban life.

For the occasion of the first Festival of Ideas for a New City in New York City, Storefront for Art and Architecture jointly with the New Museum and New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) are launching the StreetFest Competition for the design, management, and construction of temporary outdoor spaces that produce new ways for collective gathering and city engagement. On Saturday, May 7, 2011, one winning entry will occupy designated outdoor spaces along the Bowery and the surrounding streets of the New Museum during the Festival. We envision fabricating a minimum of fifteen structures that will cover approximately 2,000 square feet.

These temporary outdoor structures will accommodate a multiplicity of activities including: vendors, workshop areas, outdoor classrooms, demonstrations, installations, music, and other performances and exhibitions.

More information about the challenge, schedule, requirements and prizes can be found at the competition’s official website.

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Competition

Image by Christopher Shusta, last year's winner

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for eight months studying architecture. In the first stage of the selection process, a weekend-long preliminary design is held. Finalists from this go on to compete in the second stage, a 10-day culminating in a design presentation to a distinguished jury in .

More information about requirements and schedule in the competition’s official website.

Emblematic Addition Ideas Competition

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding in City, the University Laval School of Architecture is hosting an ideas for an «emblematic addition» to its heritage building. Situated within the fortification walls of Quebec City, the School of Architecture reflects on building for the future while immersed in a city rich in layers of the past.

This competition, open to practitioners, faculty, students and intern architects, provides an opportunity to reflect upon a universal problematic: how to build the city of tomorrow in the complex urban fabric of the past.

For all the information, schedule and documents please visit the competition’s official website.

Heaven / Visiondivision

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A few days ago, we shared Visiondivision’s Nature’s Choice – a series of vacation homes that attempt to blend into their unique site placement.  The firm just shared their latest entry for a hotel room atop a cloud. Presented in a comic strip, the proposal delivers a temporary hotel room to accommodate visitors of the 2012 Olympic games.

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Think Space Programme: First International Concept Degree Architectural Competition

Zagreb Society of Architects organizes an international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled Think Space starting on 14 December 2010

serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas. Each cycle lasts a calendar year and is constituted by four competitions under the annual theme determined by a guest curator. Each competition brief is formulated by a juror who is proposed by the guest curator and the organizing committee. At the end of the cycle a conference will be held in Zagreb under the annual theme along with the Award ceremony.

The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities.

The first competition brief developed by juror Mr Shohei Shigematsu of OMA , within the Think Space: Borders program challenges architects, designers and other participants to rethink Urban Borders.

Details of this first competition and complete information on the programme can be found on the official website.

Steel Design Student Competition

Courtesy of ACSA and AISC

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is challenging architecture students in its eleventh annual for the 2010-2011 academic year to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. The design is carried out in two categories.

The first category is a Homeless Assistance Center that calls for a program that acts as a bridge for preparing residents for reentrance into society, while executing the design of the facility on an urban site of the entrant’s choosing. The second category is open submission for any building type. Accessibility and security considerations are a main factor for the Homeless Center. The second category is far more flexible and is open to any building type other than a Homeless Center. Students are restricted from entering both and are expected to comply with building codes and zoning laws.

Entries will be judged on the basis of the creative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response to the context of the design and a successful response to basic design principles of human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary. Steel is to be used as the primary structural material with special attention to innovation, and its capabilities to withstand harsh or difficult conditions, span large distances, and shaped into many flexible forms.

Registration is free and should be done so by February 9, 2011. There are various monetary awards that await both Students and faculty members who are assisting with the design for the first, second and third prize winners.

More information on the competition can be found here.

V&A Exhibition Road Competition Shortlist Announcement

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The Victoria and Albert Museum recently announced the seven architectural practices invited to submit proposals for the museum’s Exhibition Road development. You can read more about the competition and the shortlisted design teams after the break.
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