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Tokyo Pop Lab Competition Winners Announced

05:00 - 18 October, 2016
By Stella Cinzia, Leonardo Ramondetti, Marco Lagamba & Francesco Montesoro. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
By Stella Cinzia, Leonardo Ramondetti, Marco Lagamba & Francesco Montesoro. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Detailed descriptions of the winning Bee Breeders' Tokyo Pop Lab proposals have been released. The competition brief called for a new program for studying and producing pop culture media in Tokyo. Drawing from a wide range of international pop culture history, entrants were encouraged to investigate the migration and evolution of pop culture across the world over time, and examine the relationship of culture and architecture.

In challenging established typologies of pop culture, proposals exhibited a wide range of ideologies. Successful submissions were chosen for their nuanced depictions of pop culture, clear representation, and coherent agendas for the new laboratory's program.

Take a look at the winners of the Tokyo Pop Lab competition after the break.

By Stella Cinzia, Leonardo Ramondetti, Marco Lagamba & Francesco Montesoro. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders By Stella Cinzia, Leonardo Ramondetti, Marco Lagamba & Francesco Montesoro. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders By Alina Kvirkveliya & Sacha Gengler. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders By Attilio de Palma, Andrea Longo & Enrico Nicli. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders + 38

Petras Architecture's Prize Winning Entry in Cyprus "Cultural Village" Competition

08:00 - 10 September, 2016
Petras Architecture's Prize Winning Entry in Cyprus "Cultural Village" Competition, Courtesy of Petras Architecture
Courtesy of Petras Architecture

Petras Architects has revealed their third-prize winning entry in the competition to design a new cultural center in Paphos, Cyprus. The brief called for "spaces for the production of ideas and art," to provide new cultural infrastructure in the expansion of the village. Along with the new buildings, existing buildings were to be adapted to suit the new program, which was to include a school of fine art, workshops, and spaces for communal activity.

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This Moscow Circus School Proposal is Composed of a Series of Domes and Undulating Waves

12:00 - 27 August, 2016
This Moscow Circus School Proposal is Composed of a Series of Domes and Undulating Waves, Courtesy of Hang Guo and Shanshan Li
Courtesy of Hang Guo and Shanshan Li

A team comprised of Chinese architects Hang Guo and Shanshan Li have used the history of theatre and circus to drive their proposal for a new Moscow Circus School. The design, dubbed Dome and Circus, was developed for the recent Architectural Competition Concours d'Architecture (AC-CA) competition, which encouraged participants to consider the ways in which their design could generate discussion about the relationship between architecture and culture.

"Unofficial" Design for Obama Presidential Library Provides "Second Home" To Visitors

08:00 - 27 August, 2016
"Unofficial" Design for Obama Presidential Library Provides "Second Home" To Visitors, Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio
Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio

Just as the competition to design the official Obama Presidential Library in Chicago was heating up, Arcbazar orchestrated a simultaneous, open-call for ideas competition asking “What sort of Presidential Library would the people design?." Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio (RTDS) led by Raynaldo Theodore, Ryan Ridge, and Kalvin Widjaja responded with a proposal that focuses on Obama's peaceful and inclusive spirit to create a place of welcome and community. Dubbed The V-House, their design is comprised of a series of indoor/outdoor sequences which reference Obama's life and significant points in its Chicago context.

Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio + 29

Bee Breeders Rome Concrete Poetry Hall Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 21 August, 2016
Bee Breeders Rome Concrete Poetry Hall Competition Winners Announced , Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov,  Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The prolific Bee Breeder competitions encourage innovative and conceptual responses to charged architectural situations. The latest competition asked participants to consider the expansive material applications (and implications) of one of the world's most prominent building materials; concrete. Described by Bee Breeders as a "poetic manifestation" of its constituent parts, concrete was then to form the basis for the Rome Concrete Poetry Hall.

The presence of the new, multi-purpose building in Rome required an awareness of the historic influences bordering the site. A further requirement was the excavation of the ground, a reference to Rome's archeological past. According to Bee Breeders, the judges favored those projects which thoroughly addressed the "spatial, material, structural, conceptual, and cultural agency of this ever expanding building science."

Third Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Gino Baldi and Serena Comi. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov,  Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders + 34

LOBBY Magazine: "Sandcastles" in Puerto Rico

15:30 - 9 August, 2016
LOBBY Magazine: "Sandcastles" in Puerto Rico, 'Sandcastles' Invitation
'Sandcastles' Invitation

In the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Puerto Rico shines like a newly polished emerald—bound by history, nurtured by culture, full of life, incredible food, vivacious music, warm people, spectacular beaches and a promising design community. But its economic crisis has put the island on the global spotlight in the most unfortunate of ways, with the international media pessimistically dubbing it ‘the Greece of the Caribbean’. Like Greece, there's much more to la isla bonita (‘the pretty island’, as it was known around the world) than economic and political woes, and if we were to take a look inside the island, peeking through the leaves of its palm trees and luscious fauna, we'd find a people who are determined to succeed and survive; a people who are creative and bold. That's why this summer, we're lobbying for Puerto Rico.

Team of Young Architects Propose "House of Opportunity" for Cultural Center in Skellefteå, Sweden

06:00 - 18 July, 2016
Team of Young Architects Propose "House of Opportunity" for Cultural Center in Skellefteå, Sweden, Exterior Perspective. Visualization by Sang Yeun Lee. Image Courtesy of Hanna Johansson, Juras Lasovsky and Filip Lipinski
Exterior Perspective. Visualization by Sang Yeun Lee. Image Courtesy of Hanna Johansson, Juras Lasovsky and Filip Lipinski

A team of three young architects based in Copenhagen has unveiled their proposal for a new cultural center in Skellefteå, Sweden. The Möjligheternas Hus (House of Opportunity) extends the existing city grid with new "culture streets" at ground level, giving rise to a thriving central "living room" of arts, hospitality, and culture. The design was developed as part of an open competition, in which the first-time collaborators placed second against a pool of established international practices.

Bee Breeders Reveal Winning Designs for a LGBT Youth Asylum Center in Uganda

12:00 - 10 July, 2016
Bee Breeders Reveal Winning Designs for a LGBT Youth Asylum Center in Uganda, First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders, organizers of international architectural competitions, have announced this week the three winners and six honorable mentions of their Uganda LGBT Youth Asylum Center competition. Inspired by recent activism in Uganda, Bee Breeders sought the design of a community center to welcome those in the LGBT community who have been ostracized from their home environments. The judges said that they were looking for designs that focused on social integration, not isolation, celebrating those who created "a community center, not a prison."

First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Marcelo Venzon, Julia Park, Guilherme Pardini and João Paulo Carrascoza. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Tatiana Ioannidou and Chariton Lazarides. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders + 29

Matteo Cainer Architects Propose "Open Gate" for Suncheon Art Platform Competition

08:00 - 3 July, 2016
Matteo Cainer Architects Propose "Open Gate" for Suncheon Art Platform Competition, Courtesy of Matteo Cainer
Courtesy of Matteo Cainer

Matteo Cainer Architects revealed their vision for the Suncheon Art Platform, a new arts, visitor and cultural center in South Korea. Invoking the historic symbol of the boundary city wall, the proposal "inverts this idea to protect the natural habitat from the ever expanding city." The proposal was developed for the Suncheon Art Platform competition, won by Studio MADe, presenting a powerful alternate response to the competition's brief.

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Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw

06:00 - 30 June, 2016
Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw , Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects
Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects

A proposal from George Batzios Architects for the Konaki Averof Cultural Center in Greece uses a cutting edge, sustainable approach to revive a deeply historical site. The design intertwines elements of architecture and agriculture to refit an existing structure with reference to the Thessalian plains on which it lies. The new architecture recreates the existing envelopes with straw cladding, regenerating the "golden environment" which defined the place in the late 19th century.

Kjellander Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden

05:00 - 28 June, 2016
Kjellander Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden, "It Takes a Block" Proposal. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg
"It Takes a Block" Proposal. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg

Stockholm-based firm Kjellander Sjöberg (K+S) won the Swedish division of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge 2016 with their vision to transform Sege Park, Malmö into a socially sustainable residential hub. Their project "It Takes a Block" uses climate-smart and economically varied housing models to test architecture's capability to foster sustainable living. The proposal was developed in association with students from Lund University and Danish landscape architecture firms BOGL and Sted.

LEVS Architecten Infuse "Dutch Approach" in New Residential Area in Russia

14:00 - 26 June, 2016
LEVS Architecten Infuse "Dutch Approach" in New Residential Area in Russia, Courtesy of LEVS Architecten
Courtesy of LEVS Architecten

Dutch firm LEVS Architecten won an international competition to design a new residential zone near the Russian city of Kazan. The winning design encompasses the 180-hectare masterplan for the area as well as its architectural content. Along with VLUGP landscape, LEVS used a "Dutch Approach," embracing pedestrian networks, green space and "spirited architecture." The extent of the project will form its own neighborhood, titled "Machaon Valley," and is intended to be fully realized by 2025.

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7 “Napavilions” to Provide Perfect Snoozing Spots in China's Jade Valley Vineyard

08:00 - 17 June, 2016
7 “Napavilions” to Provide Perfect Snoozing Spots in China's Jade Valley Vineyard, "Woodokan" by Hajima Yoshida, Japan. Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China
"Woodokan" by Hajima Yoshida, Japan. Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China

The University of Southern California's American Academy in China (AAC) has announced the seven winning designs for the international Napavilion Competition. Entrants had to design prefabricated wood structures with the sole function of providing space for guests to nap in. The winning designs will be built at Jade Valley Winery outside of Xi’an in western China, with three to be completed in time for the Napavilion Festival in July.

“Mooring Pavilion” by Doing Arch, China. Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China "Unlimited Expandable Pavilion" ARBAB & Associates Architects, Iran. Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China “Pillow” by Ida&Billy Architects, Hong Kong. Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China "Pinocchio's Whale" by Andrea Falco, Italy . Image via University of Southern California and the American Academy in China + 15

Purcell Wins Competition to Revitalize St Mary Redcliffe

06:00 - 13 June, 2016
Purcell Wins Competition to Revitalize St Mary Redcliffe, Aerial View of the Church Precinct. Image© Richard Carman
Aerial View of the Church Precinct. Image© Richard Carman

Purcell has been announced as the winner of the St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition, organized by Malcolm Reading. The competition sought a design which successfully reconciled the preservation of the building in its historical form with the necessary expansion to accommodate growing programmatic requirements.

The two-stage competition drew initial submissions from 53 practices, both local and international. Of these, Eric Parry Architects, Carmody Groarke, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, dRMM and Purcell were invited to submit concept designs, all of which can be viewed here. Purcell's winning design uses two main axes to "stitch" the church into its neighborhood and is described by Malcolm Reading as showing "the deepest understanding of the site and context and the opportunity at St Mary Redcliffe."

Call for Entries: Laka Competition ‘16—Architecture that Reacts

21:41 - 3 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Laka Competition ‘16—Architecture that Reacts, Laka Competition: Architecture that Reacts '16
Laka Competition: Architecture that Reacts '16

Laka Architektura invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of architecture that reacts. That means architecture which is able to respond and adjust dynamically to the current needs and circumstances. These circumstances are often unpredictable, but their consequences can be crucial. The architecture that reacts is the architecture that lives as a living organism, since it responds to the external stimuli and it develops because of it—to react is to live.

Call for Entries: 2016 Chart Architecture Competition

10:45 - 4 April, 2016
Call for Entries: 2016 Chart Architecture Competition

CHART is a Nordic art and culture manifestation of the CHART ART FAIR, the leading art fair for contemporary art in the Nordic region. The aim is to build the strongest platform for showing, communicating, and integrating art and culture on an international level. Through creative alliances across art, design, gastronomy, music, performance and architecture, CHART has distinguished itself as an important platform and meeting place for art and culture in the Nordic region attracting 14,000 visitors in 2015. The 4th edition of CHART will take place at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28.

4 Reasons Architecture Firms Should Engage in Design Competitions

09:30 - 15 February, 2016
This work was for Infosys Nagpur in India, a really interesting invitation-only competition to make a sustainable office development for 30,000 in a desert-like environment. We worked with great collaborative engineers including Atelier Ten, Arup and Andropogon. We didn’t win, but the founder of the company Mr Murtha ("The Bill Gates of India") was so impressed that he promised us we’d work together in the future. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign
This work was for Infosys Nagpur in India, a really interesting invitation-only competition to make a sustainable office development for 30,000 in a desert-like environment. We worked with great collaborative engineers including Atelier Ten, Arup and Andropogon. We didn’t win, but the founder of the company Mr Murtha ("The Bill Gates of India") was so impressed that he promised us we’d work together in the future. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign

For decades, architectural competitions have been recognized as a great way for architecture firms to get their big break, or to make a name for themselves in the types of projects they might not have been considered for before. However, competitions come with a downside: it’s not always easy for firms to build them in to their culture. Design competitions take time, often don’t translate to billable hours, and aren’t always clear pathways to strengthening the firm’s balance sheet, and as a result they have seen something of a backlash in recent years.

Still, as the architecture profession evolves, it’s important we never lose sight of the remarkable value design competitions can bring to architects, firms and design culture. Regardless of their type, scale or structure, design competitions are key creative opportunities that can enrich our efforts personally and professionally, and as design leader of CannonDesign’s New York City office, I’ve worked with my colleagues to embed them into our work. We see numerous ways in which they can add value to our work, our firm and our clients – and they could do the same for you too.

The Chung Nam Provincial Office stemmed from a competition done in association with James Corner Field Operations and my own firm at the time, John Reed Architecture. One of my proudest efforts, the building earned the 2013 Green Building of the Year award in South Korea. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign Located in my hometown of Carlisle, PA, Dickinson College needed an addition to its athletic complex. The images illustrate how our initial sketches truly impacted the final design of the building. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign The Hastings Tapley Insurance Buildings in Cambridge, MA resulted from an in-office competition (judged during happy hour) while I was at Koetter Kim and Associates. An addition to a building they had recently designed, it would become my first built work. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign Located in my hometown of Carlisle, PA, Dickinson College needed an addition to its athletic complex. The images illustrate how our initial sketches truly impacted the final design of the building. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign + 11

Open Call: Future of Shade 2016

14:28 - 26 January, 2016
Open Call: Future of Shade 2016

Now in its fourth year, the Future of Shade competition, continues Sunbrella’s® commitment to the architecture and design community by nurturing the exploration of creative solutions in three unique categories create distinct challenges where shade plays a critical role in the response.

Categories are based on three different site-specific challenges to inspire entrants. They include:

1. Humanitarian Challenge – Envision a temporary shelter that can be easily transported and rapidly deployed in warm weather climates throughout the world.
2.