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IAAC Global Summer School 2018

16:47 - 16 May, 2018
IAAC Global Summer School 2018, GSS18
GSS18

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is pleased to inform you about the Global Summer School 2018, 11th edition of the international summer educational program about the future of our cities, that will take place in Barcelona and in other nodes worldwide simultaneously from the 2nd to the 14th of July 2018.

This two-weeks intense program brings together experts from around the world to discuss the future of urbanism and the impact of technology on spaces exploration through a series of workshops, global lectures, presentations and a final ceremony.

Call for Ideas: Marschitect 2018 Architecture Competition

16:44 - 16 May, 2018
Call for Ideas: Marschitect 2018 Architecture Competition, Volume Zero encourages you to come envision an unseen utopian future on ‘The Red Planet’!
Volume Zero encourages you to come envision an unseen utopian future on ‘The Red Planet’!

Since the start of time, we humans have been captivated by the mystical nature of other celestial bodies surrounding our Planet Earth. This fascination has been translated to works of astronomy, astrology, architecture and many other studies from making a simple telescope to humankind’s first steps on the Moon. This unending drive for exploration has today led us to understanding our neighboring solar systems and galaxies, thousands of light years away.

Call for Entries: Phosphorus - A Design Competition for a Series of Illuminated Structures

16:28 - 16 May, 2018
Call for Entries: Phosphorus - A Design Competition for a Series of Illuminated Structures, Image copyright Nathaniel Rackowe
Image copyright Nathaniel Rackowe

Phosphorus a design competition for a series of illuminated structures. The Phosphorus competition involves the design of a series of illuminated structures and lighting displays at the Cultural Village of Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus for the summertime Lemba Lights Festival.

The Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge

16:23 - 16 May, 2018
The Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge, Enter ‪the Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge #‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now! US $5,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 25, 2018
Enter ‪the Big Tiny Coffee House Challenge #‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now! US $5,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 25, 2018

It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t a coffee shop perched on every corner. With the boom of coffee culture in the late 90s, mornings seem unbearable without the support of a caffeine kick. Emulating the cosmopolitan New York lifestyle of shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Sex and the City, ambiance-inspired cafés that encourage its customer to linger were a big step away from the greasy spoons of yesteryear.

New Concert Hall Design in Nuremberg Envisaged as "House With Four Fronts"

06:00 - 4 May, 2018
New Concert Hall Design in Nuremberg Envisaged as "House With Four Fronts", Courtesy of Topotek 1
Courtesy of Topotek 1

German architecture firms Johannes Kappler Architektur und Städtebau, Super Future Collective, and Topotek 1 Architektur have released images of a competition-winning design for a new Concert Hall in Nuremberg. Designed as an addition to the ensemble of the Meistersingerhalle, the hall engages the existing infrastructure and context to create a connection between the present landscape and public space.

The combination of the existing building and the new translucent exterior envelope provide "a house with four fronts" that engages the surrounding landscape on all sides.

RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks

12:00 - 21 April, 2018
RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The shortlisted schemes for the RIBA Competition to design the new Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center, located in Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, are now on display to the public. The competition launched last October by Kent Wildlife Trust, in partnership with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as an open design competition "seeking worldwide architects and teams to put forward designs that promote learning, wellbeing, curiosity and nature" for a new visitor center at Sevenoaks.

AIM STUDIO Proposes Airplane-Wing-Inspired Design for Krakow's New Science Center

14:00 - 8 April, 2018
AIM STUDIO Proposes Airplane-Wing-Inspired Design for Krakow's New Science Center, Courtesy of AIM STUDIO LTD
Courtesy of AIM STUDIO LTD

London-based AIM STUDIO’s entry for the Małopolska Science Center in Krakow, Poland, was recently awarded second place. Responding to the competition's call for an iconic design for the center, the team proposed a structure that creates a new landmark which blurs the boundaries between landscape and building, while also taking into consideration the important historical context of the site.

Read about more their proposal after the break.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge

06:00 - 4 April, 2018
First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of the recent Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge. The international architecture competition asked entrants to address the growing affordable housing crisis in Sydney. The challenge aimed at "garnering global attention to the important issue of housing in Sydney, Australia, where the economy is strong but the residential market is among the least affordable, according to surveys of major metropolitan markets."

WKCDA Announces Winners of the Inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition

06:00 - 28 March, 2018
WKCDA Announces Winners of the Inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition, Courtesy of New Office Works
Courtesy of New Office Works

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced the winning design for the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition. The competition asked local architects and designers emerging in their careers to design a "temporary pavilion that promotes sustainability and addresses economic and natural resources." The winning design, titled Growing Up, by New Office Works is a timber pavilion that sits on the waterfront in Nursery Park at West Kowloon. Paul Tse Yi-pong and Evelyn Ting Huei-chung from New Office Works will serve as Design Advisors with the project set to open in fall 2018.

Courtesy of New Office Works Courtesy of New Office Works Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Courtesy of New Office Works + 10

Architects Propose 120 Incremental Social Houses for Iquitos, Peru

06:00 - 23 March, 2018

Building and growing are two actions that should be considered more often than not at the same time. This is how the 2017 "Build to Grow" social housing competition, looked to establish bases that sustain a flexible way of living. The event took place in the Belén district in the city of Iquitos, on 3.7 hectares plot of land. The project that received first place proposed to locate 120 incremental homes, that alternatively allowed users to modify and expand it according to their needs and economic means. In short, a home with a solid nucleus formed by a structure that supports changing activities.

Open Call: Taiping Property Announces Conceptual Design Competition for Qianjiang New City

08:37 - 19 March, 2018
Open Call: Taiping Property Announces Conceptual Design Competition for Qianjiang New City, Courtesy of Taiping Property
Courtesy of Taiping Property

The competition invites conceptual design proposal for a class-A, high-end office building which incorporates innovative ideas, advanced technology, reasonably practical functions, thus constructing an iconic building in Qianjiang New City of Hangzhou, China.

Detroit's Waterfront is Setting a Precedent for Community Led Architecture

16:00 - 10 March, 2018
Detroit's Waterfront is Setting a Precedent for Community Led Architecture, Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

As the river offers a place of beauty and solitude to the people of Detroit, four international design teams have presented their creative schemes for the West Riverfront to extend this vibrant area in the city as part of an international design competition led by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC). The development of the 22-acre West Riverfront Park is expected to cost around $50 million to complete the DRFC’s ultimate vision for 5.5 miles of revitalized riverfront.

The four principal firms include Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), Hood Design Studio (HDS), James Corner Field Operations and Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates (MVVA) collaborating with numerous Detroit and Michigan- based firms. Each of the teams has collaborated closely with the public to achieve a design that gives justice to the legacy of the people.

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House

12:00 - 10 March, 2018
Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House, Courtesy of MIR
Courtesy of MIR

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Architects Urban Planners’ proposal for a pale sweeping canopy enclosing a stacked glazed volume was among the four finalists for the new Palais de justice in Lille, France organized by the Public Agency for Justice’s Real Estate (APIJ). Though the competition drew 139 international proposals, from which OMA was ultimately selected, Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés' graceful structure was designed to house the high and district courts as well as public spaces within a facility in dialogue with its natural surroundings.

See the full proposal below.

Courtesy of MIR Courtesy of MIR Courtesy of MIR Courtesy of MIR + 17

Sustainable Proposal Envisions Krakow's New Science Center as a Tiered Garden

06:00 - 1 March, 2018
Sustainable Proposal Envisions Krakow's New Science Center as a Tiered Garden  , Courtesy of OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci
Courtesy of OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci

OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci's stacked garden-like proposal has been awarded third place in a competition for the new Małopolska Science Center in Krakow, Poland. The competition brief asked for the design of an innovative cultural institution with an iconic architectural form that would represent creativity, openness and independent thinking. As a reflection of both the city and the region, the center is also intended to provide a model for sustainable construction, energy efficiency, and education that inspires immersive visitor engagement.

See the complete design below.

Young Architects Win First Prize for Museum of Forest Finn Culture in Norway

12:00 - 17 February, 2018
Young Architects Win First Prize for Museum of Forest Finn Culture in Norway, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson

An international team of young architects based in Copenhagen have won first prize for their proposal ‘Finnskogens Hus’ in a competition for a new Museum of Forest Finn Culture in Svullrya, Norway.

The fourth largest architectural competition in Norway, the new museum aims to inform and educate visitors about the Forest Finns, Finnish migrants who settled in Swedish and Norwegian forests in the late 16th to 17th centuries.

Inside the Museum. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson View from Outside. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson Hide and Seek. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson Site Plan + 7

20 Finalists Announced in International Housing Competition for Russia

12:00 - 10 February, 2018
20 Finalists Announced in International Housing Competition for Russia, Boustany / Suphasidh / Desfonds + A2OM. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB
Boustany / Suphasidh / Desfonds + A2OM. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB

20 finalists have been announced for the Open International Competition for Standard Housing in Russia. With the plan to provide 30 million Russian residents with new homes by 2025, the competition aims to discover new innovative solutions to improve residential design and planning for the new developments. The competition was organized by the Government of Russian Federation, the National Institute for Housing Development Foundation, and the Russian Ministry of Construction working together to create a new standard for affordable housing.

PPA Arquitetura Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB LLC Escher Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DNK Architectural group Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DA Project Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB + 40

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge

08:00 - 6 February, 2018
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge, First Prize
First Prize

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. The purpose of the competition was to allow architects, design students, engineers, and artists from all over the world to "generate design ideas for iconic high rise buildings in cities around the globe."

Call for Entry: Through the Prison Wall

18:00 - 21 January, 2018
Call for Entry: Through the Prison Wall, TPW2018
TPW2018

‘Through the Prison Wall’ - 'Contatto' between prisoners and citizens - is promoted in collaboration with the Prison of Lecce and has as its goal the rearrangement of Multipurpose Hall spaces. The competition requires the design and the construction of a movable wall of the Multipurpose Hall. The Multipurpose Hall is the place where people attend events and exhibitions open to the public. Here there is the contact between two worlds, free men, and inmates, city, and prison.