3rd Coast Atlas – Call for Submissions

Great Lakes Map

3rd Coast Atlas is a platform for research and design initiatives that explore the urbanization, landscape, infrastructure and ecology of the Great Lakes Basin and Great Lakes Megaregion. 3CA was initiated in 2009 by Clare Lyster, University of Illinois, Chicago; Charles Waldheim, Harvard University, and Mason White, University of Toronto.

The research and collection of submissions will lead to a publication manuscript. Please upload your submission to the 3rd Coast website, where details will be published on the website soon. Submissions are due August 30. Seen at Bustler.

“The Building: Problem or Solution” Competition

The Building: Problem or Solution? is hosted by Faith in Place, with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. It is an architecture competition to inspire new ideas in the design of religious buildings, and greater creativity in the re-use and modification of existing structures. Winning solutions will generate ideas that a congregation will find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring, that preserve a sense of the sacred, and a space for contemplation and worship, but that integrate completely into their communities and that lend themselves to diverse and efficient use in ways that serve those communities. Submissions will be judged for excellence in design, sustainability and quality of presentation.

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

FORMCities: Urban Divide Design Competition

To rethink the future of mid-size cities, and their role in the overlapping economic and environmental challenges that the 21st century brings, State Universityʼs Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide.

FORMCities calls for design proposals to address the negative impacts of urban forms and transportation thoroughfares which have created visual, physical, and psychological, barriers that have sorted cities along the lines of race, income, and class.

Visit the competition’s official website for more information. Seen at Bustler.

“Felicity: Change your city, change your life” International Competition

The aim of the project is to encourage reflections about the life in a community, an occasion for graphic designers and architects from all over the world to express, demonstrate and imagine possible solutions for a city, capable to improve the life of its inhabitants.

The graphic works (poster 70 x 100 and 100 x 70) will be selected by a jury of experts and will be exhibited in October in together with Expo and The Biennial of Architecture. For more information, visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

AIA New England Design Awards

This design awards program recognizes and honors excellence in architectural design by all New architects and by architects throughout the world who wish to submit projects in New . Entry deadline July 27. For more information click here. See at Bustler.

Urbancanvas Design Competition

The urbancanvas Design Competition is a unique opportunity to challenge professional artists and designers to create printed artworks for temporary protective structures at construction sites that will beautify City’s streetscape and promote maintenance of these structures. The competition seeks complementary designs for different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems.

The urbancanvas Design Competition is an opportunity for eligible artists and designers who are United States residents and 18 and over to generate creative and compelling public art that will enliven construction sites and enhance quality of life while promoting safety. For more information, visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

The future of Competitions – Tell Them What They Need

Historically the architectural competition has been a testing ground for new ideas. It was understood as a space in which research and development, as well as the creation of critical architectural proposals, were possible. Today, competition architecture has increasingly become a service provision for the jury and a fulfillment of the technical requirements of the brief – in other words, simply what is needed to win the competition.

This competition attempts to instigate change by challenging the established in a critical but constructive manner. Join us by contributing the questions not yet asked! There are no fixed requirements regarding submitted material. Entries could be in the form of a text, manifesto, collage, illustration, SMS, image, fax, diagram, installation, paper architecture, runners up, brief, historical material, etc. The essential idea is to explore the potential of the architectural competition – it is up to you how to communicate it. Please address the principle question of how to return to a condition where competitions generate ideas rather than simply deliver solutions. The format and material should be in relation to the concept of your submission. We challenge experienced architects to take part and share their perspective on the matter.

For more information, click here.

[CIVIC MINDED] Minding the Future of the Civic Arena

Preservation Pittsburgh is seeking creative ideas for an adaptive reuse of the Civic Arena in , Pennsylvania – a structure with conflicting legacies as both a monument to ’s engineering prowess and a memorial to past human injustices. Through the power of imagination, we hope to engage the community and demonstrate to the local political leadership that viable alternatives to demolition exist.

Complete project brief, details, and registration available at http://www.preservationpittsburgh.org/. Seen at Bustler.

A101 Block City Masterplan Competition / Call for portfolios

A101 Block City

Masshtab Development Company is announcing a competition for the design of the masterplan for A101 Block City: an area of 127 ha with over 1 million sqm of housing in the A101 project. The A101 project is a new town of around 150.000 people and 13 million sq m of housing located south of .

The Masterplan competition has two stages: the first stage is an open selection procedure for architects and urban designers based on portfolios, the second one an invited competition among four selected participants.

The competition is based on the Block City concept that was developed by Bart Goldhoorn and Aleksander Sverdlov in the context of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2009. For more information click here. Seen at Bustler.

REPEAT: Digital Fabrication Competition

Architecture is defined by connections: the method and the material by which an assembly is developed to create enclosure. This process results in an active performative connection, one that is specific and definitive producing an architecture that can be built through iterative means. REPEAT asks that you look first at the connection and then – through repetition – define the whole. In brief, by evaluating the design process from this perspective, what emerges?

REPEAT as an international competition is established to foster the creative spirit in the burgeoning field of digital fabrication. We encourage the generation of cutting edge design proposals for a structure of your design with the only caveats being it be generated and conceived digitally, incorporate repetitive elements, be optimized for relocation and transportation and be produced through fabrication technologies available within , Texas.

More information on schedule, jury, submission and awards can be found on the competition’s official website.

Ninth International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea

Pocket luck is pleased to announce that it is now possible to participate in the ninth edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea which is promoted by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee under the patronage of the C.E.I. (Central European Initiative).

The competition deadline is August 31st, 2010. The entry is free. Designers from 23 Central Eastern European countries are called to submit a project for a new pocket lucky charm/talisman. You can read more about the provided prizes and check the competition notice on www.triestecontemporanea.it.

Royal Parks Foundation Drinking Fountain Competition

The RIBA is delighted to announce the launch of an international open design competition on behalf of The Royal Parks Foundation and Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the design of a new drinking fountain which can then be installed throughout the Royal Parks in . The programme, called Tiffany – Across the Water, focuses on ornamental and drinking fountains in the capital’s eight Royal Parks and will see the creation of a stunning new fountain in St James’s Park, restoration of the Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens, as well as improvements to drinking fountains to benefit the Royal Parks’ 37 million visitors each year.

The competition challenge will be to create a well-designed drinking fountain to replace older Parks’ fountains which cannot be restored. The winning designer will see their work turned into reality in the Parks, with the hope that the design will eventually be adopted in other green spaces around the world. For more information click here. Seen at Death by Architecture.

International Bamboo and Rattan Products Ideas Competition

On the occasion of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, INBAR and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries are organizing the International Bamboo and Rattan Products Ideas Competition to help drive green practices in cities around the world.

The competition theme will respond to the Expo’s theme “Better City, Better Life” by focusing on four categories- clothing, food, shelter and transport. This competition will provide a platform for producers, designers, practitioners, and organizations from around the world to present their innovative approaches to building green cities worldwide with and rattan.

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

Building Back Better Communities Housing Competition for Haiti

Building Back Better Communities has been initiated by the Government of to investigate alternative forms of permanent housing for displaced citizens. A prototype housing Expo will take place in Port-au-Prince from early October 2010. The development of an exemplar housing settlement will follow shortly after.

The Government of Haiti wishes to attract as wide a response as possible from across the world. Designers, architects, contractors, consultants and suppliers are all warmly invited to participate. More information here. Seen at Death by Architecture.

World Architecture Festival 2010


This year’s WAF2010, will take place from November 3rd to 5th in .  The WAF is an international event to reward excellence in a fully interactive inclusive live format. The festival features seminars and exhibition content, as well as projects from architects all over the world (last year 1507 architects from 71 countries came to Barcelona). To submit an entry, just create an online account here before July 2.  Plus, architects are encouraged to submit more than one project.

More information about how projects will be judged after the break. (more…)

Rome 2010: Vertical Spa Competition

Arquitectum and the Istituto Nazionale di Architettura want to bring a new element to the city’s debate and enigma: a hundred meter high tower, next to the Coliseum, which would present itself as an “important” element, but not necessarily monumental, which would expose ’s complexity by being a “vertical” , which would assemble the facts and the enigmas lived and surviving in the Eternal City.

The challenge of this competition is, of course, to discover this “belonging” to Rome, the hidden beauty and exposed all over the city as a mendicant spirit, wandering lost, waiting for the architect willing and able to capture it. Therefore the suggested tower will serve as an element demonstrative of this spirit, projecting it in the present time and the uncertain future of a city which has survived every kind of buildings and can always take in a new one: refreshing, renewing and exposing of the constant rebirth of its vital structure. More information at the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

Pavilion Project Design Competition

Graduate architects and designers are invited to create an innovative, easily constructed shelter for remote communities affected by natural disaster as part of The University of Western ’s 2010 Pavilion Project Design Competition.

The successful designer will oversee the construction of their prototype pavilion designed to provide economical shelter for remote communities around the Indian Ocean. The winning entry is likely to be constructed and displayed on Whitfeld Court in front of UWA’s Winthrop Hall during the Perth International Arts Festival celebrations in 2011.

For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Deat by Architecture.

ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition challenges design teams to reweave the landscape for wildlife in a cost-effective manner using new methods, new materials, and new thinking. The site of the ARC design competition is located where natural and human-dominated worlds collide. Between the rapidly urbanizing metropolitan area of and the resort communities of Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado, the site sits at approximately 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level and 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of along the I-70 Mountain Corridor just west of Vail Pass.

Jurors will be looking not only for beautiful, compelling designs that meet the needs of both people and wildlife but also the use of materials that make infrastructure more affordable and, ultimately, our roads safer from wildlife-vehicle collisions. Expressions of Interest are due in hard copy by 4pm (Mountain Daylight Time) July 30, 2010. For complete information visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.