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Call for Submissions: Bandirma Park Competition

08:03 - 1 December, 2016
Call for Submissions: Bandirma Park Competition, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Bandirma Park Competition invites competitors to generate innovative ideas for developing a new genre of park cultivating the notion of spatial design and planning as well as creating a recreational center at the regional scale.

Located in the most dynamic region of Turkey, Bandirma is planned to perform as the major gateway of the growing Turkish industrial export after the envisioned new port. It is foreseen that this regional transformation will catalyze the desired metamorphosis of the spatial quality for the city of Bandirma.

2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge

17:21 - 30 November, 2016
2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge, 2016 CHICAGO PRIZE COMPETITION: ON THE EDGE
2016 CHICAGO PRIZE COMPETITION: ON THE EDGE

Chicago Architectural Club Launches the 2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On The EDGE. In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), a call for entries for the 2016 Chicago Prize is taking place as of November 29, 2016 with the announcement of the winning entries on February 2, 2017.

For this year’s Chicago Prize, the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is calling for visionary proposals for the Chicago’s Lakefront in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape.

Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong

16:00 - 23 November, 2016
Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas have recently won two international competitions to design international airport buildings: the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building.

In recent years, Aedas have emerged as a leader in airport design, as they are also currently working on the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion, and have previously worked on Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse and North Satellite Concourse. With the two newly-won projects, Aedas hopes to reinforce their strength and growing influence in airport design.

Castle Resort: Call For Entries

07:00 - 21 November, 2016
Castle Resort: Call For Entries, Courtesy of YAC
Courtesy of YAC

Young Architects Competitions YAC and Marlegno s.r.l. launch Castle Resort, an open architectural competition aiming at the landscape renewal of the area around the Castle off Roccamandolfi, in Southern Italy. The competition is in cooperation with the Italian State Property Agency – Italian Government, the Municipality of Roccamandolfi, Touring Club, Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi, the University of Bologna. The internationally-renowned jury gathers, among the others, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Todd Saunders, Alain Laurens of  “La Cabane Perchée”. A total of € 20.000 in prize money will be awarded and winner projects will be published on international architecture and design platforms. 

There are places which belong to the inner being. There are destinations first engraved into the unreal, then on a map. Architectures of the soul, capable of helping us escape from our everyday life and freeing us from space and time.

International Passenger Terminal (TIP) Master Plan and Preliminary Design Competition

18:16 - 18 November, 2016
International Passenger Terminal (TIP) Master Plan and Preliminary Design Competition, Courtesy of Empresa Portuaria Austral, EPA (Southern Port Company)
Courtesy of Empresa Portuaria Austral, EPA (Southern Port Company)

Empresa Portuaria Austral (the Southern Port Company) of Chile invites all Chilean and foreign architects to participate in the international competition for the design of the master plan and preliminary design of the Port of Mageallan´es´ new International Passenger Terminal in the city of Punta Arenas. All Chilean or foreign architects that participate must include on their team at least one architect that is currently a member of the Chilean Institute of Architects (Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile A.G.).

Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition Showcases Structures that Interact with Frigid Environment

06:00 - 16 November, 2016
Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition Showcases Structures that Interact with Frigid Environment, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Competition organizers Bee Breeders have just announced the results of their Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition.  At 9,289 kilometers, the Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow to Russia's far eastern cities. While it historically attracted many adventurers who would later write about their journeys, the railway is largely used for domestic travel today.  

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The World’s Most Prominent Kitchen Design Contest Is Now Accepting Entries

06:00 - 8 November, 2016
The World’s Most Prominent Kitchen Design Contest Is Now Accepting Entries, “Mountain Bliss” designed by Mikal Otten, Exquisite Kitchen Design, Denver, CO. First Place award for Transitional style, 2013-2014 Kitchen Design Contest. Image Courtesy of Sub-Zero and Wolf
“Mountain Bliss” designed by Mikal Otten, Exquisite Kitchen Design, Denver, CO. First Place award for Transitional style, 2013-2014 Kitchen Design Contest. Image Courtesy of Sub-Zero and Wolf

"When it comes to distinguished contests, Sub-Zero and Wolf’s Kitchen Design Contest is the crème de la crème", says Mikal Otten, owner of Exquisite Kitchen Design, Denver, CO. "Since winning the first place global award for Transitional styling, we’ve gained a tremendous amount of credibility."

Final call: Register for Troldtekt® Award 2016 Today

04:00 - 22 October, 2016
Final call: Register for Troldtekt® Award 2016 Today, Courtesy of Troldtekt
Courtesy of Troldtekt

Hurry up! Time is soon running out for your chance to win honor, glory and 5,000 Euro. Students of design & architecture have until October 24 to register for the Troldtekt Award 2016.  

TARI-Architect's Entry Proposal for Lithuania's Science Island

06:00 - 14 October, 2016
TARI-Architect's Entry Proposal for Lithuania's Science Island, Courtesy of TARI-Architects
Courtesy of TARI-Architects

In a competition to design Lithuania's new National Science and Innovation Center, known as "Science Island," TARI-Architect's proposal aims to exemplify sustainable design and construction practices. Although three architecture firms were already selected on September 30th, TARI-Architects were one of 144 firms to submit a proposal, making the competition the largest design contest in Lithuania. The Rome-based firm, which recently won second place for a design competition in Seoul, formed its design around the idea of science and its progressive nature.

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Watch BIG & MVRDV Explain Their Finalist Proposals for the San Pellegrino Competition

16:00 - 4 October, 2016
Watch BIG & MVRDV Explain Their Finalist Proposals for the San Pellegrino Competition, via San Pellegrino
via San Pellegrino

The competition to design a new flagship factory and bottling plant for San Pellegrino has been narrowed down to two firms: BIG and MVRDV. Searching for a “truly innovative project that not only conveys an artistic vision, but also sets new standards in terms of efficiency and compliancy to environmental sustainability,” the jury committee selected the two final proposals from a 4-firm list which also included designs from Snøhetta and aMDL Michele De Lucchi.

“The judging committee were so impressed by the four proposals that they decided to narrow their selection to a shortlist of two and deliberate further before announcing the winning project early next year,” explained San Pellegrino in a press release.

San Pellegrino also released video proposals of the designs, explained by firm founders Bjarke Ingels and Winy Maas.

Register Now for Troldtekt® Award 2016

04:30 - 3 October, 2016
Register Now for Troldtekt® Award 2016, Courtesy of Troldtekt
Courtesy of Troldtekt

Talented students of design & architecture – now it’s time to think, rethink and innovate! Honour, glory and 5,000 Euros are at stake. Registration deadline for the Troldtekt Award 2016 is October 24.

Nature-Inspired Design Named Winner of Sylvan Theatre Competition

16:00 - 1 October, 2016
Nature-Inspired Design Named Winner of Sylvan Theatre Competition , Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues
Courtesy of Eric Rodrigues

The Fallen Leaf, designed by Eric Rodrigues, has been named the first-place winner of the competition for the new Sylvan open air theatre in Cherkasy City Park, Ukraine. With a plan to demolish the old building, the new theatre is inspired by nature: it integrates into the landscape of the Cherkasy municipal park and uses only natural and locally sourced stone and wood. The form of the glue laminated timber roof is that of a falling leaf, whose organic slope helps to enhance the theatre's acoustics.

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3 Firms Selected in Competition to Design National "Science Island" in Lithuania

12:20 - 30 September, 2016
3 Firms Selected in Competition to Design National "Science Island" in Lithuania

The government of Lithuania announced today the 3 winning architecture firms of a competition to design a new National Science and Innovation Center, to be known colloquially as “Science Island,” in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. The competition, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, saw entries from 144 teams, making it the largest design content ever held in Lithuania.

Nestled in the heart of the UNESCO designated and celebrated university city, Kaunas, the science center will be located on a 13,000 square meter (140,000 square foot) site on Nemunas Island in the Neman River, adjacent to the Žalgiris Arena and within short walking distance to Kaunas’ historic Centras district. The new €25M complex will “celebrate recent achievements in science and global technologies with the aim of inspiring visitors to expand their knowledge and support innovation,” and will focus on research on the environment and ecosystems.

Continue reading to see the winners.

BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta, aMDL Unveil Proposals for San Pellegrino Bottling Plant Competition

13:05 - 19 September, 2016
BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta, aMDL Unveil Proposals for San Pellegrino Bottling Plant Competition

BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta and aMDL have unveiled images of their proposals for the redesign of San Pellegrino flagship factory and bottling plant located at the source of the mineral water in San Pellegrino Terme, Italy.

The competition brief asked architects to renovate and expand the historic home of San Pellegrino, the world’s leading sparkling mineral water company, with a “truly innovative and technologically-advanced design” aimed at integrating into the natural aesthetic of the surrounding terrain, while responding to the iconic identity of the S. Pellegrino brand.

Continue reading to see each proposal along with official descriptions from each firm.

Peter Zumthor Selected to Design Beyeler Foundation Expansion

14:00 - 15 September, 2016
Peter Zumthor Selected to Design Beyeler Foundation Expansion, Beyeler Foundation, 1997 / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Fran Parente
Beyeler Foundation, 1997 / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Fran Parente

The office of Peter Zumthor has been selected to design an expansion to the Beyeler Foundation, located just outside Zumthor’s childhood home of Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss architect was chosen from a prestigious shortlist of 11 firms to add to the existing museum building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and completed in 1997.

“The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings–those are the landscapes of my youth,” said Zumthor. “It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here.”

Embedding Infrastructure With the Mindset of Sustainable Design

12:00 - 13 September, 2016
Embedding Infrastructure With the Mindset of Sustainable Design, Courtesy of LafargeHolcim
Courtesy of LafargeHolcim

Infrastructure includes roads, pipe systems, cable networks, bridges, public places as well as less tangible forms including systems for traffic management or capital flow, public security, or information technology. The way this infrastructure is designed fundamentally affects our lives and the space in which we conduct our activities.

Since infrastructure often spans longer timeframes, it also affects future generations and the way society develops – and due to the massive scale of infrastructure, it is a critical component in shaping the built environment in a sustainable way.

We are running out of time for finding good solutions, which is why the LafargeHolcim Foundation is forging partnerships that promote sustainable construction along the value chain from design through to building implementation. The Foundation’s approach to learning from outstanding examples is embedded in its activities, including the USD 2 million Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Adjaye Associates Among Firms Shortlisted for London’s Illuminated River Competition

12:00 - 5 September, 2016
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Adjaye Associates Among Firms Shortlisted for London’s Illuminated River Competition, via Malcolm Reading Consultants
via Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Illuminated River Foundation has announced a shortlist of six firms that will compete to design a new permanent light installation along the Thames River in London. From a pool of 105 teams (made up of 346 different firms), the winners were selected based on experience, past projects and team composition. The six finalists will now continue on to develop lighting schemes for the Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea Bridges, as well as a design masterplan for the 17 iconic London bridges between Albert and Tower.

Continue reading to see the list of six finalists.

Playhouses For Charity: How One Architect's Design Competition Raises Money For Neglected Children

10:00 - 2 September, 2016
Playhouses For Charity: How One Architect's Design Competition Raises Money For Neglected Children, Courtesy of The Life of an Architect
Courtesy of The Life of an Architect

Have you ever thought of designing a house that is 8-foot cubed? It's unlikely, unless you've been involved in Dallas CASA’s event “Parade of Playhouses.” For 25 years, the association has asked architects, designers and builders to conceive, construct, and donate playhouses to raise funds for abused and neglected children. Each year, the playhouses are displayed in Northpark Mall – Dallas’ main “cultural centre” – where people can buy $5 raffle tickets to win one of the playhouses exhibited.

Architect Bob Borson conceived his first two playhouses for Dallas CASA in 2009, before starting his popular blog Life of an Architect and subsequently launching “The Life of An Architect Design Competition.” The idea came in 2010 when a great number of architects suffered from the economic crisis. As Borson explains: “I could have a playhouse design competition open to other architects so that they could remain connected to the architectural profession.” This also required Borson to raise money and find builders to construct the designs. “I have always covered all the expenses so that the competition would remain free to enter – the playhouses were for charity and it seemed like the right thing to do,” reflected Borson.

“Love & Peace” Playhouse, Mashrur Dewan (2016). Image Courtesy of The Life of an Architect “Lookout” Playhouse, Zach George and Taylor Proctor (2016). Image Courtesy of The Life of an Architect “Say Cheese!” Playhouse, Manuel Millán (2016). Image Courtesy of The Life of an Architect “Continuous Window” Playhouse, Toda Junya (2016) . Image Courtesy of The Life of an Architect +58