Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for students that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams, but must work under the supervision of a faculty member. Registration is open until November 15, 2014 and entries are due on January 31, 2015. The winners, which will be chosen by an esteemed panel of interdisciplinary jury members including landscape architect Kongjian Yu of Turenscape and architect Farshid Moussavi, will be announced in early 2015.

For more information, click here.

Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014!

Courtesy of Morpholio Facebook Page

Our friends at The Morpholio Project have just announced that submissions are open for Pinup 2014 - a free competition for  and young professionals to submit up to three digital images of their studio, 3D-printed, or unbuilt work. All work should acknowledge the existence of technology and question why/how “we harness it as designers.” The guest jury includes participants from Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto. Learn how to apply after the break!

UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition

The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes — without repeating the mistakes of modernism.

To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific solutions for cities around the globe. We’ve collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.

UIA’s “Healthcare Otherwhere” Student Competition

The UIA (International Union of Architects) is inviting architecture to enter its “Healthcare Otherwhere” competition, part of their World Congress in Durban, South Africa this summer. Against a backdrop of poor health outcomes caused by poverty, the competition challenges students to propose how architecture might be involved in promoting good health by designing a building in the Warwick Junction area of Durban. Registration has been extended to April 17th. You can register here.

120 HOURS Competition Winners Announced

First Prize: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan. Image Courtesy of

This year’s 120 HOURS competition challenged young architects from around the world to design a communicative icon of sustainability for the festival grounds of the Norwegian Øya Music Festival. With 2989 participants from 83 countries, it claims this year’s title for the world’s biggest architecture competition, for and by students. Enough drum-rolling, let’s take a look at the winning designs after the break…

Robert A. M. Stern Architects announces the RAMSA Travel Fellowship

Courtesy of RAMSA

The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention – key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded every year to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.

Any student in their penultimate year, pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree at a school attended by current RAMSA partners and senior associates is eligible. The application made by the student, must be endorsed by the dean of the school. Each school may pre-select two , based on their portfolios, and their travel and research proposals.

Eligible Schools:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Syracuse University 
  • UCLA
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

Important Dates:

  • 03/25/2013  Deadline for submission of proposal
  • 04/15/2013  Announcement of award
  • 01/10/2014  Deadline for submission of report

More information can be found here.

Winning Proposal for Koivusaari, Helsinki

© Arto Ollila

The planning office and steel product company Ruukki organized a student competition – Western Gateway – amongst all the architecture schools in Finland in 2011. The call for proposals was to design a landmark building in the newly developing western portion of the city – Koivusaari – utilizing steel in an innovative manner. Representing Aalto University, Arto Ollila’s submission entitled “Fokka” was selected as the winning proposal. More details after the break.

AECOM’s Urban SOS Student Competition

© AECOM

AECOM recently shared with us their 4th annual Urban SOS student competition brief. Created to engage in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering and allow them to propose solutions for the issues that are confronting modern cities, and viewed by established professionals in their field. The theme for this current year is Frontiers. AECOM is seeking proposals that engage urban sites that are currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a natural, political, cultural or economic border. Submitted proposals should fall under at least one of the following criteria; “On a political border,” Ports and trade,” Migration and population shift,” Transnational destinations,” and “Shifting geo-political conditions.” The winners have the potential for their project to be engaged by a local organization to assist in advancing the project.

Unlike many international competitions, there is no entry fee. There is, however, a sizable cash prize! The final deadline for submission is August 31, 2012. For more information regarding the details and competition brief visit AECOM’s site here.

CTBUH International Student Tall Building Competition

Courtesy of CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is announcing its second annual student competition for “Reimagining Tall”.  The competition will be held in conjunction with CTBUH 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.  Competition chair William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox noted that the competition hopes to give new meaning to “the tall building” and move it “away from just an instrument of financial exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat”.  The competition is seeking proposals that address the building’s relationship with the urban fabric, integrate existing street life and reflect their environment in a productive way. This should be an interesting competition considering we are entering the era of the megatall.

More details on the competition after the break.

Harvard GSD Sukkah Design Build Competition Winner

© Ren Tian

Architects: Ren Tian, Gu Lik Hang, Patchara Wongboonsin
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Project Area: 144 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ren Tian, Patchara Wongboonsin