6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum

Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia

Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.

The complete shortlist, after the break… 

PLACE By Design Wins Cool School Design Competition

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A team from Bristol-based firm PLACE By Design has been selected as the winner of Building Trust International’s Cool School Design Competition, beating out 475 other entrants. Located in Khovd, Mongolia, the project presents an innovative space that integrates existing facilities and is capable of withstanding the region’s extreme weather patterns.

Inspired to update the substandard conditions of an existing school at the base of the Mongol Altai Mountains, the team was faced with several challenges. The current Tsast Altai School is the oldest in the region, serving 500 children in eight dark, confined, and decaying classrooms. To counter these issues and create an environment more suitable for learning, the competition challenged participants to not only consider the building’s durability in the harsh weather, but also “lighting, ventilation, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics.”

Open Call: US Launches Competition for National World War I Memorial

Project Site. Image Courtesy of U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

The US World War I Centennial Commission has launched a design competition for the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC. The competition will be a two-stage design competition, and is open internationally to any professionals, university-level students, and all other interested participants. “The objective is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia,” says the Commission.

The deadline for Stage I submissions is July 21, 2015, and Stage II finalists will be announced August 4, 2015. The Commission expects to announce its selected design in January 2016. Learn more about the competition, here.

Future of Architecture Competition Winners Revealed

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Houzz have announced the winners of their Future of Architecture Design Contest and Showcase. Receiving entries from students and emerging architects around the world, the competition highlights prominent approaches to residential architecture in an effort to both recognize the work of young professionals and inform viewers about the worth of “good design.”

The winners emerged within five design categories and were chosen by Houzz’s extensive community of subscribers. To jumpstart their careers, the winners will receive prizes tailored to professional advancement, including participation in an upcoming community revitalization project and expenses-paid attendance to the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. See all of the winners after the break.

3 Student Projects Selected as Winners of ISARCH Awards

Rethinking Biotope / Kyriaki Goti and Nikolaos Xenos. Image Courtesy of IS ARCH

IS ARCH has unveiled the winners of the fifth edition of its Awards for architecture students. From a vast pool of submissions, three were selected by the combined evaluations of a jury and public opinion. The international competition promotes the efforts of young designers and encourages dialogue among students and emerging architects by showcasing work undertaken through university curricula. The winners will receive prizes ranging in value from €1,000 to €3,000.

Learn more about the winning projects after the break.

Vote for Your Favorite Atlanta Bridgescape Proposal

Finalist A: “Green City Spectator” at Midtown’s 10th Street Bridge . Image © Bridgescape Competition

Five finalists have emerged in the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition. The urban design challenge, which was launched earlier this year, sought creative ideas to enhance two existing freeway overpasses in the city’s Midtown and Downtown districts. Now in the competition’s final phase, the finalists have refined their ideas, taking in consideration a budget of up to $3 million for each project. The proposals are now undergoing public review and you are invited to vote for your favorite design as part of the People’s Choice Award. Read on to review each proposal and find out how to vote.

A winner will be announced this Friday, May 15 at the ’s 2015 National Convention.

Open Call: Dear Architecture

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Blank Space has launched “Dear Architecture” – an open competition that explores one of the most important communication tools of all time ­ the simple letter. Designers and architects worldwide are invited to address architecture, as a concept, as a social practice, and as a community, in no more than 500 words, and with an illustration as an auxiliary tool to convey the message.

Up to $3000 in prizes will be awarded. A large selection of the best entries will be published in Blank Space’s third publication (also called “Dear Architecture”) to be published in the Winter of 2015. All entries will be reviewed by 17-person jury that includes Fernando Romero, Diana Balmori, and ArchDaily‘s very own David Basulto (co-founder) and Becky Quintal (executive editor). More details about the competition can be found here.

Berrel Berrel Kräutler Wins Competition to Expand WHO’s Geneva Headquarters

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Berrel Berrel Kräutler has won the World Health Organization’s (WHO) two-stage international design competition to expand its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Employing a restrained approach, their design for a cubic office building will replace numerous temporary structures and unify the complex’s permanent infrastructure.

Open Call: Peace Corps Host National Competition for Washington DC Memorial

commemorative site, Washington, D.C. Source: Bing Maps. Image via PCCF

The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) is sponsoring a two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in the heart of Washington DC. This competition will provide designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling work of public art that will be bold and inspirational. The design should focus on and express American ideals and values that are the essence of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps service. It should be about America and our aspirations as a people, and about the Peace Corps as a manifestation of those aspirations. Submissions are due June 12, 2015. More information can be found here.

Open Call: THINK public SPACE

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The Think Space program serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and conceptual thinking. In 2015, THINK SPACE is conducting an international, public, anonymous, single stage, conceptual architectural – urbanistic idea design Competition under the topic THINK public SPACE. The focus of this Special Edition of Think Space will be directed on urban public space. Within the project  for Me, the Think Space Competition will strive to seek out solutions for present-day public spaces on conceptual and theoretical levels with the potential of realization of the selected competition projects in the public spaces of Zagreb, Croatia. Read on to learn more. 

Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center

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The Region Government, in collaboration with the City Administration and the Non-Profit Partnership ”Urban Planning Bureau ‘Heart of the City’” has launched an open international design competition for an architectural design of the Governmental historic and cultural complex on the grounds of the former order castle Königsberg in Kaliningrad (“Post-castle,” 4,5 ha). The competition aims to find a contemporary architectural image of Kaliningrad’s historic center, while accommodate for new functions, such as a concert hall, museum of archaeology, and history museum of the King’s castle.

Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture

© PINGDI Pilot Zone

In order to effectively guide and improve the development and construction of the low-carbon pilot zone and to strength its international influence, Public Art Center, under the request from the Planning and Construction Management Office of International Low-carbon City and SEZ Construction and Development Co., Ltd., has organized an international competition for the PINGDI Pilot Zone – the urban design for the zone’s one square kilometer and the architectural design for its 0.1 square kilometer. The number in PINGDI 1.1 is the numerical sum of one and 0.1 square kilometers, and also represents the improvement and exploration of the low-carbon development method.

10 Ways to Improve Architecture Competitions

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In conjunction with the release of the results of their “Design Competition Survey”, the Van Alen Institute have put forward 10 propositions for the improvement of design competitions. Accompanied by a series of vibrant graphics, the propositions can be read after the break.

Open Call: ITAD Competition Seeks Student Proposals for “Urban Smart Green Office”

Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy

The (BCA), together with (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) are jointly organizing the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2015 for Institutes of Higher Learning (ITAD Competition) for the fifth run this year. Themed “Urban Smart Green Office,” this year’s competition seeks for innovative and sustainable design entries that demonstrates the essentials and key constituents of a Smart Green Office Building in an urban city of participant’s choice. The competition is open to tertiary students worldwide. Read on to learn more.

Apply to Have Your Urban Intervention Realized in Abrantes, Portugal

180 Creative Camp is back! The 5th edition of the event will take place from July 5-12 in the Portuguese city of Abrantes.  One of the leading creative gatherings worldwide, unites some of the world’s most inspiring creators from different areas of artistic expression for a week of creative intersections. Developed by Canal180, the camp combines video, music, photography, design, architecture and urban art. For a second consecutive year, and in partnership with the Municipality of Abrantes, is seeking proposals for an Urban Intervention Project to be displayed in Abrantes’ historic center, as well as 15 “Stores Art Attack” project interventions. Proposals need to be submitted by May 31. Learn more after the break.

Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship

Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / . Image © MBS Digital Media

Safdie Architects’ 2015 Research will center on the theme of “dense urbanism,” and the ways in which the field of architecture can rethink its approach to vital issues such as materiality, construction, environmental conditions, and the demographic realities of rapidly growing populations. This year, Moshe Safdie and his team invite exceptional individuals to attack the challenges of the contemporary urban landscape head-on by proposing new tools and solutions to create a better functioning and humane city. Accepted candidates will spend one year in residence at Safdie Architects’ Boston office, during which they will receive support from the practice and have access to the firm’s resources and consultants.

Interested candidates can apply to fellowship@msafdie.com. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015 for an expected start in August.

4 Shortlisted for Armenian American Museum in California

Project Site. Image Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, , Belzberg Architects Group and Frederick Fisher have been shortlisted to design an Armenian American Museum planned for Glendale, California. Announced on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this past Friday, the competition aims to ”promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian experience” within a 30,000-square-foot museum that will be dedicated to research and education. Stay tuned for more information.

Rogers Partners and ASD Chosen to Redesign St. Petersburg’s Pier

© The Pier Park / , ASD, Ken Smith

A consortium of Tampa-based ASD, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect has been announced as winners of the second St. Petersburg Pier redesign competition. Chosen after the city failed to implement Michael Maltzen Architecture’s competition-winning proposal due to strong public opposition, the new winning scheme, “Pier Park” takes a more scaled down (and affordable) approach to redesigning the site’s landmark 1970s pier by focusing on public experience rather than architectural intervention.

Read on after the break for more on the $46 million Pier Park proposal.