Call for Entries: A’ Design Award

15:04 - 5 February, 2016

The A’ Design Award is an international award whose aim is to provide designers, architects and innovators from all architecture and design fields with a competitive platform to showcase their work and products to a global audience. The 2014-2015 competition awarded 836 winners from 83 countries in 89 different design, product and architecture disciplines. The sheer number of represented countries and tremendous breadth of design disciplines marks the A’ Design Award as the World’s largest design accolade bringing together enterprises, architects, and designers from across the globe. The award winning designs are granted the coveted A’ Design Prize, which not only includes the beautiful award trophy but also an unmatched publicity package to promote the selected designs. Discover the full A’ Design Prize here.

BIG, Tschumi, MVRDV Among 15 Shortlisted for Hungary's Museum of Ethnography

14:00 - 4 February, 2016
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest

Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and OMA are some of 15 major practices that have been shortlisted in the second (and final) stage of a competition to design the new Museum of Ethnography in Budapest. The building will be one of four new museums being built in Hungary's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park) as part of the Liget Budapest project, which includes SANAA's Ludwig Museum and Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music.

"For the first time since the foundation of the Museum of Ethnography that is, for over 140 years now, it has become possible to permanently place the museum in a building worthy for the collection, to be built specifically for this function. In addition, the construction of the new building of the Museum of Ethnography will solve another more than half a century problem: by relocating the institution, the Kúria (former Ministry of Justice) building, recently housing the museum, can regain its original function," says Liget Budapest.

The 15 finalists include: 

Oxford Unveils 5 Proposals Seeking to Overhaul St Hilda's College

12:00 - 28 January, 2016
Tim Ronalds Architects. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Tim Ronalds Architects. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Oxford University has released five shortlisted proposals to overhaul and extend its St Hilda's College. Part of the invited competition Redefining St Hilda's, the concepts are designed to expand student and Fellow accommodation, while providing new social and teaching spaces, Middle Common Room, Porters' Lodge and entrance for the college. 

“We are keenly aware of the legacy we give to future generations as well as the opportunity to enhance Oxford itself. This initiative is all about reimagining this beautiful site and creating an academic environment which is pleasing and satisfying to use, and which enables the College to flourish over the next hundred years,” says St Hilda’s College Principal, Professor Sir Gordon Duff.

Read on for a glance at the five shortlisted proposals...

schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai

06:00 - 28 January, 2016
© Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a new home for the West Shanghai Workers’ Cultural Palace. This project has been a widely popular destination for Shanghai’s Labor Union workers and local community since it opened in 1959. The new proposal will include a theater, cinema, art and exhibition spaces, as well as office, sports facilities, commercial spaces, and a transportation hub -- all settled within the eight hectare site.

Zaha Hadid and Martin Knight Compete with Chinese Firms to Design Bridges in Guangzhou

14:00 - 27 January, 2016
© Flickr CC User jo.sau
© Flickr CC User jo.sau

Guangzhou, China's third largest city, is planning to rebuild four bridges in its region - the Renmin, Jiangwan, Haiyin, and Liede Bridges. Three teams have been shortlisted for each bridge, all of which are Chinese practices with the exception of Zaha Hadid Architects, Knight Architects and NEXT Architects. As BDOnline reports, the finalists are expected to propose a range of options, from small upgrades to complete rebuilds. A winner for each will be selected in February, after the Chinese new year. 

The shortlisted practices for each bridge include...

7 Shortlisted for Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

12:00 - 27 January, 2016
© Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation
© Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation

Adjaye, Henning Larsen, and wHY are among seven practices shortlisted in an invited design competition to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (LMoCA). The new museum, planned for the center of Riga, Latvia, hopes to become "the most visited art museum in the Baltic States,  as well as a cultural arts center of interregional significance." It's collection will feature regional art and visual culture from the 1960s. 

The seven shortlisted teams are...

Stewart Hollenstein Unveil Their Proposal for the Varna Regional Library

08:00 - 24 January, 2016
Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein
Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein

Sydney-based firm Stewart Hollenstein has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the international design competition for a new 17,000 square-meter library in Varna, Bulgaria. Their design scheme focuses on Varna's rich history as a city known for its public gardens, and seeks to make the library a cultural center of the city.

158 Finalists Named in Knight Cities Challenge

14:00 - 16 January, 2016
2015 Winning Entry by Jacques Gaffigan. Image Courtesy of The Knight Foundation
2015 Winning Entry by Jacques Gaffigan. Image Courtesy of The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the names of the 158 finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge. The nationwide call was for innovative ideas to make the 26 communities where the Knight Foundation invests more social and vibrant places to live. More than 4,500 entries were submitted proposing a range of ideas from opening the world’s largest African American history museum in Detroit to a card game that encourages residents of Charlotte to visit new neighborhoods. The winners, who will split a prize of $5 million, will be announced in the spring of 2016.

Winners of ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition Announced

08:00 - 15 January, 2016
© Aysu Aysoy
© Aysu Aysoy

Aysu Aysoy and Roman Hajtmanek have been announced as the winners of the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, which sought proposals for un-built, fantastical spaces. The designs were then developed into virtual spaces by Invent Dev as a part of a virtual reality exhibition at IIDEXCanada. 

Learn more about both of the winners, after the break.

3 Winners Announced in Finland’s “From Border to Home” Competition

06:00 - 14 January, 2016
Courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture
Courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture

The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), has announced the winners of its “From Border to Home” competition, which sought solutions for temporary housing seekers who are awaiting a decision on their refugee status, prior to finding more permanent housing in Finland. Ninety-three entries were submitted from countries around the world including Finland, Sweden, Norway, China, Belarus, the United States, and Brazil, among others. Submitted proposals included solutions that would provide a positive social impact, and also support future ideas about long-term living arrangements.

The jury, comprised of architects, members from the Ministry of the Interior, the Finnish Red Cross, and the Finnish Refugee Council, shortlisted seven entries in the first round of judging. They praised the overall quality of the submissions, stating that they ranged in strategies from tackling national issues to creating new buildings, repurposing old sites, and even transforming housing solutions to digital platforms.

From those, three winners tied for first place, chosen due do their “logical coherence and compelling social impact,” according to the jurors. These entries will be showcased in the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale this upcoming summer.

Competition: Berlin University Residences (BUR)

08:19 - 10 January, 2016

With a population of 3.4 million inhabitants, Berlin is the largest city in Germany and one of the major enclaves of power and culture in Europe. The division of the city during the Cold War doubled the cultural offer. Two theaters, two philharmonic and two stadiums were built generating a great amount of establishments that after the unification enrich the collective culture. Berlin is the cultural capital of the country by excellence. Despite the atrocities it suffered in the past, the city is known for its religious tolerance and multiculturalism. Today the city coexists exemplarily withdifferent religions and cultures from

5 Teams Shortlisted to Redevelop St Luke's Area in Islington

12:00 - 5 January, 2016
St Luke's Church. Image © Flickr CC User Fin Fahey
St Luke's Church. Image © Flickr CC User Fin Fahey

The Islington Council has shortlisted five teams to redevelop the its St Luke's area. Aimed at alleviating Islington's housing needs, the project will deliver much needed new leisure and community facilities, affordable homes and improved public space, as well as "an exemplary civic building" on a site adjacent to St Luke's Church. According to the Brief, the new building will "bring together leisure, childcare, healthcare and local energy production under one roof."

The five teams will now develop proposals - all of which will be put on public display in early 2016. A winning scheme will be chosen in spring 2016. The five teams shortlisted, include: 

Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Australia's State Library Vision 2020 Project

08:00 - 27 December, 2015
State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall
State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall

Four architectural design teams have been chosen to submit designs for the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project in Victoria, Australia.

The large-scale project includes the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, reopening of the library’s Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship, and exhibitions.

Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space

12:00 - 26 December, 2015
Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

The Ninth European Prize for Urban Public Space (2016) has officially issued a call for entries. The biennial honorary award “has been offered since 2000 in order to recognize, encourage, and publicize examples of good practice in the ways in which the public spaces of European cities respond to the many challenges they presently face.”

The Prize seeks interventions that recover or improve the democratic quality of urban spaces that are endangered by “segregation, inequalities, unchecked urban construction, unsustainable squandering, and serious shortfalls in making effective the right to the city.”

4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994. 

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

NKA Foundation Announces Winners of Designing for the Arts Housing Competition in Ghana

14:00 - 13 December, 2015
First place: Abode+Abode / Chowdhury Mohammad Junayed, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, and Erum Ahmed, of the Sheikh Ahsan Ulla Mojumder & Associates in Bangladesh. Image Courtesy of NKA Foundation
First place: Abode+Abode / Chowdhury Mohammad Junayed, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, and Erum Ahmed, of the Sheikh Ahsan Ulla Mojumder & Associates in Bangladesh. Image Courtesy of NKA Foundation

NKA Foundation has announced the winners of the 3rd Earth Architecture Competition, Designing for the Arts, in Ghana. The competition called for recent graduates and students of architecture and design to design innovative, modest, and affordable housing for artists that could be built using earth and local materials in Ghana.

The design was required to be a mud house type of about 2,400 square feet for eight to ten users on a plot of 80 by 100 feet in the Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The overall design was designated for use by musicians, theater artists, potters, sculptors, painters, textile artists, designers, writers, or media arts practitioners. Total costs of construction were not to exceed $7,000 USD for materials and labor, not including the land value.

The winners of the competition are:

Hadid and Safdie Among 6 Competing to Design Traffic Control Tower at Istanbul New Airport

14:10 - 8 December, 2015
Proposed designs for Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. Image © iGA
Proposed designs for Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. Image © iGA

iGA has shared a glimpse of 6 proposed designs competing to be the Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. With designs by Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie, Grimsaw-Nordic, Massimiliano Fuksas, Pininfarina-Aecom, and RMJM Architects, the competition seeks to chose an innovative tower that is "inspired by the authentic symbols of Turkey."

“We are developing a unique project inspired by the local architecture. That is why we have organized this contest, hoping that Airport Traffic Control Tower design would symbolically contribute great deal to Istanbul New Airport and also will be the most important figure of Istanbul. We particularly asked contestants to get inspired from icons of Turkey. Currently we are evaluating the submitted projects and will be announcing the results as soon as possible,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA.

5 Shortlisted to Redesign the Entrance of London's Science Museum

16:00 - 2 December, 2015
© Flickr CC User Science Museum London
© Flickr CC User Science Museum London

Farshid Moussavi and HAT Projects are among five shortlisted to redesign the entrance of London's Science Museum. The project, slated to complete in 2019, calls for a "new, generous and contemporary entrance" as part of an overall masterplan that seeks to transform a third of the museum over the next five years. 

“The profile and breadth of the shortlisted practices reflect the level of interest generated for this appointment and the ambition of the Science Museum’s masterplan,” said a museum spokesperson. 

The full shortlist includes: