Ponoko 3D Printing Challenge

Ponoko is an online marketplace for everyone to click to make real things. They host tens of thousands of user generated product designs, ready to be customized and made into real things.

To coincide with the launch of their new Personal Factory 4 services, Google SketchUp is announcing the 3D Printing Challenge. Basically, the challenge is to produce a piece of instructional content that’s equal parts enlightening and entertaining. Each entry must be titled “How to use Google SketchUp for 3D printing,” but aside from that, the format is pretty open. Text, images and video (or some combination of the three) are all fair game.

All three winners will each receive SketchUp Pro 8, a 12-month Prime subscription to Personal Factory 4 and a voucher for having something made. The prizes for first place alone are worth $1500. The competition deadline is four weeks from now; all entries are due December 17, 2010. Visit the official announcement page for all the details.

AD Classics: Jewish Museum, Berlin / Daniel Libeskind

© Mal Booth

In 1987, the government organized an anonymous competition for an expansion to the original Jewish Museum in that opened in 1933.  The program wished to bring a Jewish presence back to after WWII.  In 1988, Daniel Libeskind was chosen as the winner among several other internationally renowned architects; his design was the only project that implemented a radical, formal design as a conceptually expressive tool to represent the Jewish lifestyle before, during, and after the Holocaust.

The original Jewish Museum in Berlin was established in 1933, but it wasn’t open very long before it was closed during Nazi rule in 1938.  Unfortunately, the museum remained vacant until 1975 when a Jewish cultural group vowed to reopen the museum attempting to bring a Jewish presence back to Berlin.  It wouldn’t be until 2001 when Libeskind’s addition to the Jewish Museum finally opened (completed in 1999) that the museum would finally establish a Jewish presence embedded culturally and socially in Berlin. (more…)

Remix Architecture Competition

We received this interesting which proposes a new concept. The aim is to build a know-how on running alternative, open license-based two-phase architectural competitions. Participants of the first phase are required to submit their works under licenses – this allows in the second phase to feel freely inspired by and reuse others’ designs without critical legal restrictions.

Organizers intend to develop a methodology to organize such competitions while examining its sociocultural, economical and political aspects and necessities. As a result they would prepare this methodology so it can be tested later in real life conditions and become a starting point of a open license driven public building processes.

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

Art of Urban Environments Festival Competition Call for Entries

The Art of Urban Environments Festival celebrates how the arts are a positive force in the economic and creative life of communities. Organized by Lafayette College and the City of Easton, located in eastern , the Art of Urban Environments Festival is an international event recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with major support.

The international, national, and regional design community including, but not limited to, artists of all disciplines, architects, landscape architects, engineers, film makers are invited to submit unique and engaging proposals such as installations and performances that engage places of nature, art, and culture in transforming the post industrial American City.

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

d3 Housing Tomorrow 2011 Competition

Exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows offers a critical lens for visualizing new housing strategies for living in the future. The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The calls for transformative solutions that advance sustainable thought, building performance, and social interaction through study of intrinsic environmental geometries, social behaviors, urban implications, and programmatic flows. Special emphasis may be placed on housing concepts that investigate dialogues including engagement of internal/external socio-economic diversity, change/adaptability over time, public/private spatial connectivity, and permanence/impermanence of materials.

For more information visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

airBaltic terminal Competition finalists announced

Concept no.2

airBaltic has recently hosted a international design competition for their new terminal in , . We are sharing with you the ten finalists and urge everyone to vote for their favorite design HERE before voting ends December 5th. Additional finalist proposals after the break.

The SpireTec Competition

Spire World announces an open architectural design for its project SPIRETEC, a 62,750 square meter mixed use area that is part of an IT office complex, spread across approx 85,000 square meters of land; with a built potential of approx 1,75,000 square meters. The project is in Greater Noida; part of the Delhi – National Capital Region (NCR) .

The AOD shall receive a contract for US$ 250,000. Last date for Registration is 15th December 2010. Winners will be announced in the third week of February 2011. For details please log on to: www.spireteccompetition.com.

2011 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Open for Entries

Courtesy of Norman Foster Scholarship

The 2011 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship was launched today and invites applications from RIBA-accredited schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which includes Norman Foster and the President of the RIBA.  Regarding last year’s Foster stated, “we were greatly impressed with the breadth and quality of last year’s entries, but the proposals that really stood out for the jury were focused, setting out clear aims and looking afresh at a current issue. I look forward to seeing the many creative ways in which students will develop their research proposals early next year.”

First established in 2006, the scholarship is now in its fifth year and is intended to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of our towns and cities, in a location of the student’s choice. Past RIBA Norman Foster Scholars travelled through the Americas, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle and the Far East, and Russia. Proposals for research might include: learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; the density of settlements; sustainability; the use of resources; the quality of urban life; and transport.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Further details can found here.

AIA Los Angeles announces ‘Arch is’ Competition Call for Entries

Oyler Wu Collaborative / 2009 Winner

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|Los Angeles) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is . Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles’s growing roster of programs.

The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges, that includes Neil Denari, AIA (Neil M. Denari Architects), Lisa Iwamoto, AIA (IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture), Mia Lehrer, FASLA (Mia Lehrer + Associates), and Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG).

Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award.

The Arch Is competition is open to any design collaborations, design partnerships, or designers residing in who have graduated from an accredited architecture school or foreign equivalent. Participants must register by December 17, 2010 and submit their materials by January 14, 2011. The winners will be announced and invited to speak at a public AIA|LA awards ceremony and forum event in March 2011. For more information, please click here.

Canstruction® Exhibit and Design Competition

Courtesy of Canstruction®

This year Canstruction® challenged 25 teams of architects and engineers to produce sculptures out of 100,000 full cans of food. The exhibition of the work produced will be displayed at the World Financial Center between November 11th and 22nd. Everyone is welcome, free of charge to marvel at the mind-boggling sculptures.

Read on for images and more information.


A Room for London

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We’ve been bringing you coverage of the Living Architecture’s vacation houses and now we’re excited to share news that Living Architecture and Artangel are organizing a competition to build a new, temporary, one-bedroom structure on the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank Centre in London. The Room will allow up to two guests at a time a chance to spend a unique night in an exemplary architectural landmark overlooking London and will be available for the duration of the Olympic Year, 2012.  The competition is open to any architect or architect teamed up with an artist/engineer or designer from across the world. Design proposals are expected to be bold, ingenious and intelligent, for residents and London alike.  The deadline is November 30, and the shortlist announcement will be December 10.

More details here.

Griffintown Interrupted Competition

Griffintown Interrupted is an international ideas which invites speculation on the value of the temporary, the urban promise of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, incremental architectures.

Submit a proposal for a temporary, flexible and disassemblable structures on one of five sites across Griffintown, an evolving district in Montréal, . Finalist proposals will be featured in a digital exhibition and digital publication exploring the potential of indeterminacy in urban transformation.

Deadline is November 10 at 11:59 pm. Visit the competition’s official website for more information.

Update: V&A at Dundee shortlist designs

© Luxigon - REX proposal

Last month we shared with you the six designs from the shortlisted group for the future Victoria & Albert Museum in Scotland:

Delugan Meissl Associated ArchitectsKengo Kuma & AssociatesREXSnøhettaSteven Holl ArchitectsSutherland Hussey Architects

The six designs are now on exhibition at the library of Abertay University on Bell Street in Dundee until November 4th.

We now have more photographs and a short description of each proposal plus a video after the break.


36th annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition Call for Entries

The American Institute of Architects’ Dallas chapter () is calling for entries for the 36th annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation , the longest-running architectural delineation competition currently in operation anywhere in the world. The competition is open to all architecture students, professionals and architectural illustrators throughout the United States, as well as abroad.

Entry deadline is Friday, October 22, 2010, at 5 p.m. CST. Entries may be submitted online or delivered to the AIA Dallas office at 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway. The awards presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 7 p.m. in Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

For more information on eligibility, requirements, submission process, fees and awards, visit www.krobarch.com.

PAV Prize 2011 – Competition to create an environmental park

Panoramic view of the PAV

“PAV – Parco Arte Vivente”, ’s Living Art Park and Experimental Contemporary Art Centre, is promoting the PAV PRIZE 2011, an international organised by Landscape Architect Gianluca Cosmacini, to create an environmental artwork in a portion of the territory of PAV.

Theme of the Prize for the first year: The PAV biosphere: Inner and outer osmotic boundaries. More information can be found at the competition’s official website.

V&A Exhibition Road Competition

The Victoria and Albert Museum wishes to create a major new gallery with the capacity to deliver its high-profile programme of temporary exhibitions, a new museum entrance and a courtyard to create an informal and inviting relationship with Exhibition Road.

The gallery, providing approximately 1500m2 of relatively uninterrupted (column-free) exhibition space, will be formed below street level, on the only undeveloped site in the Museum. Above the gallery there will be a new external courtyard-style space, linking the V&A to Exhibition Road through Sir Aston Webb’s historic arched stone screen and creating a new entrance into the museum. The new courtyard will need to be flexible so that the space could be used for installations, performances, for events or a cafe.

For more information, submissions and registration please go to the ’s official website.

V&A at Dundee shortlist designs unveiled


Back in May we told you about the interesting group shortlisted for The Victoria & Albert museum’s first base outside London:

Delugan Meissl Associated Architects / Kengo Kuma & Associates / REX / Snøhetta / Steven Holl Architects / Sutherland Hussey Architects

The six designs have finally been unveiled and will be presented on an exhibition at the library of Abertay University on Bell Street in Dundee, from 29 September to 4 November.

See the proposals after the break. (more…)

Centre for Promotion of Science of Belgrade International Competition

One of the objectives of the Serbian Research and Development Infrastructure Initiative is to enhance the production of knowledge and scientific excellence by enabling Serbian research institutions and researchers to enhance their ability to generate, adapt and use new knowledge and become key actors contributing to the achievement of sustainable development, prosperity, and economic growth.

In line with this, the Ministry of Science and Technological Development initiated the creation of the new Centre for the Promotion of Science with the intention of bridging the gap between scientists and society as a whole, educating the younger generation and transmitting the scientific methods that affect building of a dynamic civil society open to the challenges of the future, and playing a key role in the better quality of life solutions and the affirmation of a knowledge-based economy in society as a whole.

The subject of the architectural competition is the preparation of the Preliminary Architectural Design for the new building: Centre for the Promotion of Science. It is also required to provide urban and architectural ideas for the remaining part of the Block 39, hosting the University Campus (e.g. Universities of : Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and the Faculty of Organizational Science). The Faculty of Dramatic Arts is already part of the Block 39. For more information, please go to the competition’s official website.