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Call for submissions: Prison Puzzle

10:06 - 7 November, 2015
Call for submissions: Prison Puzzle, Prison Puzzle: can a prison make the world a better place? (Copyright Combo Competitions)
Prison Puzzle: can a prison make the world a better place? (Copyright Combo Competitions)

Is there such a thing as a perfect prison? Is it possible, even in theory, to satisfy needs as potentially contrasting as those of inmates, victims and society?

Rather than avoiding prison design on moral grounds, Combo Competitions wants to encourage architects and designers to confront the issue, looking for fitting solutions to a problem that is yet to be solved.

The goal of Prison Puzzle is to design an ideal prison, located in the desert of Arizona, United States. The concept should address the different interests and requirements found in inmates, victims as well as society as a whole, and the

Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

04:00 - 6 July, 2015
Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)", Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions + 19

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s), Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions' latest ideas challenge asks participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Competition Results: "Hello Nature"

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Competition Results: "Hello Nature", Retreat/Shelter/Nest by András Dankházi. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Retreat/Shelter/Nest by András Dankházi. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Hello Nature, the most recent ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a structure that celebrates nature on an expansive site in northern Sweden at the foot of Omneberget mountain. Located in an area known as the High Coast (Höga Kusten), the site sits within an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designers were asked to "highlight the relationship between humanity and the rest of the planet" in putting forward proposals which "reconnect to nature." As a twist, entrants had to include both educational and recreational elements to their submissions. The entries, which range from a mountain of 'conservation drones' (with a control tower and charging station at its peak) to a collection of four extruded concrete plinths, all seek to explore our relationship with the wild when 50% of the world's population live in urban centres.

See the winning proposals and read the jury's comments after the break.

Honourable Mention: Back to the Future / Silvia Marcialis and Alessandra Mattacchioni. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Honourable Mention: Monument / Severino Iritano and Daniele Bonetti. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Third Prize: Inside Nature / Johan Meisel. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Dromneberget / Nicolay Boyadjiev and Don Toromanoff. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions + 19

Call For Proposals: Hello Nature!

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
Call For Proposals: Hello Nature!, Competition Site. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Competition Site. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions' latest ideas challenge, entitled Hello Nature!, centres on a site located in northern Sweden at the foot of a mountain (Omneberget), sat within an area called the High Coast (Höga Kusten) - which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This competition is looking for "structures that celebrate nature", which also involve elements of "both education and recreation, or - if you prefer - business and pleasure." The wider question the competition poses is whether or not architecture can encourage involvement with nature. Previous Combo Competitions have included the London Cinema Challenge and Faith! A Place of Worship in London, both of which attracted a number of high quality proposals.

Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea, Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions, an organisation founded by Swedish, London based architect Per Linde, organises international idea competitions for architects, designers and students. With a gentle emphasis on the ideas presented in proposals, rather than aesthetics alone, their main driver is to promote design concepts "where everything comes together to form a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts."

With the increasing ease in producing "amazing renderings and images," underling concepts can often be lost - or hidden by - a seductive final image. Combo Competitions seeks to reverse this trend by rewarding an emphasis on "well advised concepts" alongside appearance and presentation. Their latest competition, entitled Hello Nature, invites participants to explore a way of re-introducing nature into people’s consciousness.

Find out more about the competition and hear from Per Linde after the break...

Competition Results: "Faith! A Place of Worship in London"

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Competition Results: "Faith! A Place of Worship in London", You Are Here / Felicity Barbur and Edward Crooks. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
You Are Here / Felicity Barbur and Edward Crooks. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Faith!, the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a place of worship in London. In spite of the beguiling simplicity of the title, coupled with a typically open brief, the placed winners and three honourable mentions exhibit a diverse, exciting collection of conceptual drawings and visuals. With an interesting balance of playful interpretations and more grounded proposals, all start to address relevant socio-political issues - such as the mutual acceptance and peaceful co-existence of different religions - in some way. The competition asked participants first and foremost to seek to merge two concepts: religion and knowledge.