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"The Hills" by West 8 Set to Open on Governors Island

14:00 - 15 July, 2016

The latest stage of the Governors Island Park project, “The Hills,” is set to officially open to the public on this Tuesday July 19th – nearly a year ahead of schedule. Designed by internationally acclaimed urban design and landscape firm West 8, the park will feature ten acres of sloping landscapes that will provide residents and visitors with slides, art and unparalleled views of the New York Harbor.

Rachel Whiteread’s Cabin on Discovery Hill. Image © Tim Schenck Liberty Moment at sunset. Image © Tim Schenck Liberty Moment, from the top of Slide Hill . Image © Tim Schenck View from the top of the scramble on Outlook Hill, looking north over the park on Governors Island. Image © Tim Schenck +23

Summer School: Islands, Atolls and Archipelagos of Lake Lugano

12:25 - 15 July, 2016
Summer School: Islands, Atolls and Archipelagos of Lake Lugano, i2a istituto internazionale di architettura summer school islands, atolls and archipelagos of Lake Lugano
i2a istituto internazionale di architettura summer school islands, atolls and archipelagos of Lake Lugano

i2a istituto internazionale di architettura, Lugano, in collaboration with the Hochschule Luzern - master Technik & Architektur and the CCU – Chinese Culture University, Taipei, with the patronage of Comune di Agno (Cantone Ticino, Switzerland), is glad to present the international summer school islands, atolls and archipelagos of Lake Lugano, which will take place in Agno form September 5th to September 11th. Participants will receive 3 ETCS credits form the Hochschule Luzern.

Call for Applications: FUTURE+ Aformal Academy

08:56 - 12 July, 2016
Call for Applications: FUTURE+ Aformal Academy, Fall Application
Fall Application

The Urban Design Plus is a PostGrad program. Applicants must already posses either an undergraduate or graduate degree. We are open to people with a diverse backgrounds that relate to the formation of our urban places – including architects, urban planners, landscape architects, economists, artists, sociologists, etc.

For your application we require the submission of a statement of interest [less than one A4 of text], cv/resume, and a sample of work – which could include a portfolio, work samples, and/or writing samples. All are to be submitted in one single pdf, smaller than 10mb.

Inside Las Pozas, Edward James' Surrealist Garden in the Mexican Jungle

08:00 - 29 June, 2016
Inside Las Pozas, Edward James' Surrealist Garden in the Mexican Jungle  , © Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

Edward James, one of the most eccentric and interesting twentieth-century collectors of surrealist art, arrived in Xilitla, Mexico at the end of the 1940's. The British writer was captivated by the splendor of the landscape of "Las Pozas" (The Wells), where he created a fantastic home, which includes a unique sculptural space unlike any other in the world.

Surrealism, whose sources of creation are found in dreams and the subconscious, in theory, could never be used to build things in real life. Edward James - described by Salvador Dalí as "crazier than all the Surrealists together" - designed a sculpture garden that defies any architectural label and allows a glimpse of something new, moving between fantasy and reality.

Columns with capitals that look like giant flowers, gothic arches, dramatic gates, pavilions with undetermined levels and spiral staircases that end abruptly in mid-air, as if they were an invitation to the horizon. In short, Edward James made concrete flourish along the lush flora and fauna of Xilitla, making surrealist architecture possible.

Learn more below.

© Julia Faveri © Julia Faveri © Julia Faveri © Victor Delaqua +22

Call for Entries: Nupath Sculpture Competition

15:45 - 1 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Nupath Sculpture Competition , Nupath Schulpture Competition Poster
Nupath Schulpture Competition Poster

We see opportunities for collaboration for art and architecture students and NuPath. We would love to engage the students in a potential competition project of creating sculptures to the name of those who were part of NuPath. The project is to design a single sculpture or installation that could be dynamically multiplied on site. The outdoor space is located on the back green space of the building, located in 147 New Boston Street in Woburn, MA and it is currently being planned as the Outdoor Sculpture Park. With the innovative and creative ideas from art and architecture students, we can help memorialize people that were part of the NuPath family.

Student Survey: The Future of Parks

03:35 - 29 April, 2016
Student Survey: The Future of Parks

Husqvarna invites you to take their survey, The Future of Parks, and share your insights into how parks will look and function in the year 2030. The UN has set a goal to make cities more sustainable in the coming decades, and parks will play an integral role in making that happen. Together with students from around the world, you will help to co-create a vision of what is to come! 

Call for Entries: Building the Border Wall?

04:30 - 4 March, 2016
Call for Entries: Building the Border Wall?, Google, public domain
Google, public domain

Update #4 (3/17/2016): We have received the following statement from the organizers of this competition, the Third Mind Foundation. Below the updates, you can read the new competition brief. ArchDaily is in no way affiliated with the competition itself or its organizers.

Call for Drawings: 30<30

06:00 - 19 February, 2016
Call for Drawings: 30<30

The architecture drawing gallery Tulpenmanie invites talented young authors (max 30 years old) from all over the world to submit an unpublished drawing about architecture, landscape and the city. During the next Salone del Mobile Milano 2016 the best works will be part of the exhibition 30<30.

Call for Entries: Valley of Life International Competition

17:38 - 8 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Valley of Life International Competition

Beylikdüzü Municipality has announced “Valley of Life International Competition” in Beylikdüzü district in Istanbul. The competition is searching innovative and sustainable ideas for the development of the valley in Beylikdüzü. Competitors are invited to develop visionary concepts that focus on the whole valley and on the focal points determined. These concept descriptions should include an operational idea for the area and a description of the ecological corridor with transportation connections, bicycle routes, services, functionalities etc.

Loop PDX: A Design Competition to Connect Portland's Central City

14:26 - 24 January, 2016
Loop PDX: A Design Competition to Connect Portland's Central City

The University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape and Design Week Portland invite proposals to define, design, and bring to life Portland’s proposed “green loop”—a six-mile pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.

The winner(s) will receive up to $20,000 to further develop and implement schemes.

Proposed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in the Central City 2035 Plan, the loop offers a potentially powerful new means of thinking about and traveling through the city. Connecting the two sides of the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridges and Tilikum Crossing, the loop will link

Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront

19:21 - 10 January, 2016
Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront

New York City has seen rapid redevelopment that has capitalized on previously undesirable locations. Sitting at the top of these locations are the sites that have access to waterfront. Most of the ventures in these areas are private economic interests that only address public value when there is a direct return on profit. If not taken into consideration many of these waterfronts will be absorbed and, with the constant return of people to the urban core, there lies a need to create public and cultural infrastructure. In a city that is filled with numerous icons, parks, theaters, and museums an

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Making Fair Park Work"

16:54 - 10 January, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Making Fair Park Work"

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on January 26, 2016 with “Making Fair Park Work.”  Moderated by Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic, this panel is presented in partnership with the Dallas Festival of Ideas and the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

07:39 - 4 January, 2016
Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

At the beginning of January 2016 the Municipality of Prato, Italy, is launching an open, anonymous, international two-phase design competition for a new 3-hectare urban park in its historical city center. By the end of February, the international jury will select 10 finalist architects who will be invited to conceive a schematic design for the site. In June 2016 the winner will be awarded and commissioned to design the final project for the new Parco Centrale di Prato.

Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures

16:00 - 23 December, 2015
Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures, Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

From the Publisher. Rail lines, bridges, highways, waterways, and off-ramps—larger than life but part of it, infrastructural systems are the enduring forms of urban evolution, multiplying as cities grow and requiring expanding swaths of territory to accommodate more and more monofunctional requirements. What if the very hard line between landscape, architecture, engineering, and urbanism could find a more synthetic convergence?

Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

16:57 - 21 December, 2015
Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

The City of Portland, Maine is seeking proposals from qualified Design Teams for the schematic phase re-design of Congress Square, a 1.3 acre public open space and traffic intersection in the heart of the city’s Arts District in downtown Portland, Maine. The project includes the Congress Square Redesign and the commissioning of works of Public Art, presenting a unique opportunity for collaborative urban design and public art; the redesign concept will be developed in tandem and integrated with the public artwork. 

Call for Entries: International Competition for Horse Park in Yeongcheon, Korea

12:30 - 11 November, 2015
Call for Entries: International Competition for Horse Park in Yeongcheon, Korea, Korea Racing Authority
Korea Racing Authority

Korea Racing Authority (KRA) launches an international competition for the design of a Horse Park in Yeongcheon, Korea.

This one stage project competition in accordance with the UNESCO-UIA regulations has been approved by the UIA.

KRA intends to develop on a 1,474,883㎡ site "LetsRun Park Yeongcheon", a theme park about horses incorporating a racetrack that will hopefully become a local attraction. Its goal and purpose is to improve the overall image of horse racing and contribute to the horse industry, become tourist destination and attraction that enriches the local economy, and bearing a profit, provide an exemplary model for theme park development.

Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings

09:30 - 23 October, 2015
Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings, Willow footbridge summer 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig
Willow footbridge summer 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig

Timber buildings are regularly praised for their sustainability, as carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the trees remains locked in the structure of the building. But what if you could go one better, to design buildings that not only lock in carbon, but actively absorb carbon dioxide to strengthen their structure? In this article, originally published by the International Federation of Landscape Architects as "Baubotanik: Botanically Inspired Biodesign," Ansel Oommen explores the theory and techniques of Baubotanik, a system of building with live trees that attempts to do just that.

Trees are the tall, quiet guardians of our human narrative. They spend their entire lives breathing for the planet, supporting vast ecosystems, all while providing key services in the form of food, shelter, and medicine. Their resilient boughs lift both the sky and our spirits. Their moss-aged grandeur stands testament to the shifting times, so much so, that to imagine a world without trees is to imagine a world without life.

To move forward then, mankind must not only coexist with nature, but also be its active benefactor. In Germany, this alliance is found through Baubotanik, or Living Plant Constructions. Coined by architect, Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig, the practice was inspired by the ancient art of tree shaping.

Willow tower after completion. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig Connection detail 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig Test field with inosculations. Image © foto chira moro Plane cube: view from south-west directly after completion. Image © Ludwig.Schönle +8

"Flower of Life" International Student Competition for Garden Design

23:30 - 18 October, 2015
"Flower of Life" International Student Competition for Garden Design, Poster: 'Flower of Life' International Student Competition for Garden Design
Poster: 'Flower of Life' International Student Competition for Garden Design

Imagine future cities full of gardens with flower carpets, full of playing children, humming bees and fluttering butterflies. Gardens that help to create a healthy environment, cool cities, collect rainwater and are adapted to the local climate.