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Re-Imagining New York's Central Park after an Eco-Terrorist Attack

11:00 - 31 December, 2018
Re-Imagining New York's Central Park after an Eco-Terrorist Attack, Central Cloud of Breath / Chuanfei Yu, Jiaqi Wang + Huiwen Shi (South East University – Nanjing, China). Image © LA+ Iconoclast
Central Cloud of Breath / Chuanfei Yu, Jiaqi Wang + Huiwen Shi (South East University – Nanjing, China). Image © LA+ Iconoclast

The results of the LA+ ICONCOCLAST competition have been published, asking designers to reimagine and redesign New York’s Central Park following a fictional eco-terrorist attack. In total, over 380 designers from 30 countries submitted over 190 designs, culminating in five equal winners.

Hailing from the UK, USA, China, and Australia, the winning entries ranged from "megastructures to new ecologies and radical ideas for democratizing public space.” Jury chair Richard Weller praised the winners for “how designers can move beyond the status quo of picturesque large parks and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.”

Call for Entries: Utzon UNBUILT

03:00 - 29 December, 2018
Call for Entries: Utzon UNBUILT, Utzon UNBUILT. Image Courtesy of Utzon Center
Utzon UNBUILT. Image Courtesy of Utzon Center

Re-imagining Utzon’s unbuilt gems

Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition

09:00 - 13 December, 2018
Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition, First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka
First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

Laka has published the results of the 2018 edition of their annual Architecture that Reacts competition, focusing on “architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.” This year saw 200 participants from more than 30 countries submit 130 designs, following an interdisciplinary approach reaching beyond typical building solutions.

This year’s winners hailed from the USA and Austria, confronting issues such as climate change, ubiquitous computation, and new ways of perceiving space in a machine-driven future. Below, we have rounded up the winners, special recognitions, and honorable mentions from the 2018 edition. For more information on the competition, and previous results, visit the official website here.

Second Prize: Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler	. Image via Laka Third Prize: Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi. Image via Laka Surftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva. Image via Laka Platinum City / Sean Thomas Allen. Image via Laka + 21

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design New City Museum for Berlin

09:00 - 21 November, 2018
ADEPT Wins Competition to Design New City Museum for Berlin, ADEPT's interior proposal for the Stadtmuseum. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
ADEPT's interior proposal for the Stadtmuseum. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

Danish architecture firm ADEPT has been announced the winner of a competition to redevelop Berlin's Marinehaus as part of the city's Stadtmuseum group. This iteration of the competition was launched in 2018 (following a similar competition ten years ago) and will rehabilitate the Marinehaus for public use after nearly 20 years of closure.

AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA

22:00 - 11 October, 2018
AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA, via OMA
via OMA

This article was originally published on April 22, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Designed shortly before Zaha Hadid left the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)—led by Rem Koolhaas—to found her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, the proposed extension for the Dutch Parliament firmly rejects the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Rather than mimic the style of the existing historic buildings, OMA elected to pay tribute to the complex’s accretive construction by inserting a collection of visibly postmodern, geometric elements. These new buildings, unapologetic products of the late 1970s, would have served as unmistakable indicators of the passage of time, creating a graphic reminder of the Parliament’s long history.

"The Final Push". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. "The Podium: Accommodation for Orgies of Speech". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Elevations. Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. + 9

Winner of ‘Home: What is the Future?’ Competition Announced

14:00 - 29 September, 2018
Winner of ‘Home: What is the Future?’ Competition Announced  , Overall Winner: "HAPPI: Integrated Apparatus" by Massimilian Orzi, Studio Orzi. Image Courtesy of arch out loud
Overall Winner: "HAPPI: Integrated Apparatus" by Massimilian Orzi, Studio Orzi. Image Courtesy of arch out loud

Architectural research initiative ‘arch out loud’ has announced the winners of the HOME competition. Entrants were asked to answer the question: ‘What is the future of HOME?’ A winner was identified for each category: Overall, Innovation, Adaptability, and Pragmatism.

As changes in global circumstances give rise to new design and living trends, the traditional definition of the home as a private place of permanence and stability has altered to accommodate these transitions. The competitors were asked to consider these changes, such as the impact of population shifts, the unpredictability of our changing ecosystem, contemporary forms of community housing and community relations, and newly engineered materials.

Adaptability Award: "The Not-For-Long Home" by Stav Dror and Liran Messer, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Pragmatic Award: "Urbanism of Stuff" by Jacob Comerci, Princeton University School of Architecture . Image Courtesy of arch out loud Innovation Award: "Above the Tire" by  Dazhong Yi, University of Pennsylvania. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Overall Winner: "HAPPI: Integrated Apparatus" by Massimilian Orzi, Studio Orzi. Image Courtesy of arch out loud + 5

Proposed Tourist Hub by Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, and Cushman & Wakefield Utilizes the Forces of Nature to Promote a "Natural City"

11:00 - 8 September, 2018
Proposed Tourist Hub by Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, and Cushman & Wakefield Utilizes the Forces of Nature to Promote a "Natural City", Courtesy of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Courtesy of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

A consortium comprising Progress, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Cushman & Wakefield recently reached the final stage of a design competition to create a tourist center in Russia in part of the embankment named after Admiral Serebryakov in the city of Novorossiysk. The proposal provides the required hospitality spaces but also features unique facilities, such as a wine museum, a fish market and an "artificial island", all serving as new centers of attraction for residents and visitors of the city. The foundation of the design concept is based on three components: "the idea of a natural city, the unification of the three forces of nature and the characteristic appearance of Novorossiysk as a port city."

Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition

12:00 - 6 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition, Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The international design competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland has announced five finalists. The five teams include Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Elenberg Fraser and Woods Bagot. The landmark tower competition is run by Melbourne-based property development company ICD Property. Each of the teams were asked to complete two versions of their design, one following current city Unitary Plan rules and one version that could be built given more open planning parameters.

Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Warren and Mahoney Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Elenberg Fraser Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Cox Architecture + 6

2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

08:00 - 31 August, 2018
2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, 2019 Skyscraper Competition
2019 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2019 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

Spend a Night on the Great Wall of China, Courtesy of Airbnb

10:30 - 2 August, 2018
Spend a Night on the Great Wall of China, Courtesy of Airbnb, © Airbnb
© Airbnb

Airbnb is giving four lucky winners the honor of being among “the first people in thousands of years to spend the night on the Great Wall of China.” The competition, open until August 11th, offers the prize of staying in a custom-designed home situated on one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

The competition, run in collaboration with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee, is intended to “promote sustainable tourism to China by spotlighting wide-ranging efforts to preserve the Wall’s deep heritage and bring Chinese culture to life.” The four winners will have to adhere to strict House Rules, such as respecting their 1.38 billion neighbors, refraining from waking ancient guards with loud music, and promising not to disturb dragons.

© Airbnb © Airbnb © Airbnb © Airbnb + 15

Paradigma Ariadne's Design for House With a Hundred Rooms Stretches into Visual Infinity

06:00 - 30 July, 2018
Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné
Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné

Hungarian architects Paradigma Ariadné push the concepts of progression and growth to a literal spatial extreme in their proposal for a new sport complex for the MTK Football Academy. Drawing inspiration from the diagram of traditional European peasant houses, the design stretches into a kind of visual infinity, stacking all the rooms in the building along a single horizontal axis.

Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné + 11

Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 Announces 4 Winners

11:30 - 6 July, 2018
Courtesy of YTAAwards
Courtesy of YTAAwards

The four winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) 2018—a competition run by the European Commission, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the Architects’ Council of Europe, and the European Association for Architectural Education—have been announced. With “implicit social and cultural relevance,” each of the winning projects deals with the theme of heritage in a personal yet visionary manner, leading to a set of projects that “show good architectural citizenry.” In the second edition of the competition, 451 students from 118 schools participated, representing 32 countries from across Europe (with China and South Korea participating as Guest Countries).

Read on to see the four winners with descriptions of their projects provided by the Young Talent Architecture Award.

Courtesy of Hendrik Brinkmann Courtesy of Loed Stolte Courtesy of Loed Stolte Courtesy of Matthew Gregorowski + 34

STLArchitects Reveal Competition Design Entry on Former Chicago Spire Site

16:00 - 24 June, 2018
Courtesy of STLarchitects
Courtesy of STLarchitects

Chicago-based STLarchitects revealed their design for the former Chicago Spire site. The competition brief called for two towers: one supporting a mixture of apartments and condominiums and the other strictly for condominium use. Their design focused on "Chicago’s architectural character and essential virtues... thus iconic, innovative, and flexible.

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The Most Innovative Parking Structures From Around the World

14:00 - 24 June, 2018
The Most Innovative Parking Structures From Around the World , Courtesy of looking4.com
Courtesy of looking4.com

The parking garage: a loveless structure as necessary as it is unpopular. It can be easy for the architecture to reflect the unfancied nature, but sometimes, amidst all the mediocrity, beautiful design shines through.

Airport parking site Looking4.com has relaunched their award for the World’s Coolest Car Park, first published in 2013, that showcases some of the most innovative parking structures from around the world. Below is the 10 building shortlist—which one do you think deserves to take home the award?

© jean yves raffort © Lieven Van Landschoot Courtesy of looking4.com Courtesy of looking4.com + 17

Pre-Announcement: International Tender For the Architectural Design of Qianhai International Financial Exchange Center

10:00 - 19 June, 2018
Pre-Announcement: International Tender For the Architectural Design of Qianhai International Financial Exchange Center, Courtesy of Shenzhen Qianhai Development & Investment Holding Co., Ltd.
Courtesy of Shenzhen Qianhai Development & Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

The Overall Planning for the Development of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone was approved by the State Council in 2010. The Planning defines Qianhai as an innovative cooperation demonstration zone for Guangdong-Hong Kong modern service industry.

Call for Ideas: 2018 NOVA DESIGN AWARD "Future Living Space"

09:55 - 10 June, 2018
Call for Ideas: 2018 NOVA DESIGN AWARD "Future Living Space"

ABOUT NOVA DESIGN AWARD
The inaugural NOVA Design Award invites applicants to imagine future living spaces in an urban setting, and intends to build a subsequent physical prototype to promote such creative thinking. It calls for new design proposals based on a single living unit, with a suggested gross floor area of no more than 50 square meters and a clear height not exceeding 6 meters, as part of a high-density context in a first-tier Chinese city. 

Benefits of Entering:
· The Jury will select 5 finalist teams, who will be invited to attend NOVA DAY - the culmination of the competition including a design forum and the awards ceremony. Teams will also be asked to pitch their entries to the Jury at the ceremony, where the final awards will be determined.
· All finalist teams will receive a cash award and a NOVA Design Award certificate. Finalist entries will be published on acclaimed media platforms. NOVA welcomes all members of the finalist teams to the events, but will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses for only 1 representative from each finalist team.
· Winning entries may result in a physical prototype by NOVA in 2019.

Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms Competition

08:00 - 10 June, 2018
Courtesy of Bee Breeders, In-Visible
Courtesy of Bee Breeders, In-Visible

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition, where entrants were tasked with designing a series of guest houses that framed the beauty of the surrounding context. In response to the delicate landscape, Mývatn Lake in Iceland, the brief outlined a number of restrictions. These included no permanent construction within 200m from the lake, and that all guest houses were to be movable. Shared themes throughout all the successful proposals were specific material experimentation, “distinct interaction with the site and sky,” scalable design, irand cost-conscious solutions.

Courtesy of Bee Breeders, Northern Lights Courtesy of Bee Breeders, In-Visible Courtesy of Bee Breeders, Bleikur Courtesy of Bee Breeders, Northern Lights + 80

Pelli Clarke Pelli Details Competition-Winning Proposal for the Chengdu Natural History Museum

12:00 - 7 June, 2018
Pelli Clarke Pelli Details Competition-Winning Proposal for the Chengdu Natural History Museum , Courtesy of Steelblue
Courtesy of Steelblue

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has won an international contest for the Chengdu Natural History Museum in China, seeing off competition from firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects and FUKSAS. With a form inspired by the geological impact of shifting tectonic plates, and reflecting pools inspired by ancient irrigation systems, the scheme makes heavy reference to the surrounding natural landscape, while dominant features such as a tall central atrium form a visual connection with the built environment. Below, the architects offer their own description of the winning scheme.

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