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Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Amber Road Trekking Cabins Competition

06:00 - 30 November, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Amber Road Trekking Cabins Competition, First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the Amber Road Trekking Cabins competition for the Latvian Baltic Coast. The competition sought proposals for low impact, transient and inhabitable infrastructure to support a planned hiking network along vast topographies of the Latvian Baltic Coast. The winning projects considered the various landscape elements of the site including pine trees, dunes, and white sand beaches while responding to programmatic requirements - economy, constructability, environmental sensitivity and utilitarian function.

The competition collectively provokes reflection of ecological conservation and its prescience in contemporary cultural and social practice, serving as an economic alternative to the commercialized, industrialized landscape definitive of global capital interests.

Second Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders + 28

Competition-Winning Paris Office Park Design to Reintroduce Play into the Workplace

12:00 - 28 October, 2017
Competition-Winning Paris Office Park Design to Reintroduce Play into the Workplace, Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH
Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH

Dutch Firms Team RAU, SeARCH, and karres +brands have been named as one of the winners of the Inventons la Metropole de Grand Paris, the largest European competition for city planning, architecture and public space. Their project, Triango, reinvents Paris’ Triangle de Gonesse into a dynamic and lively business park which promotes sustainability in every sense of the word.

Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH Courtesy of RAU, karres+brands & SeARCH + 14

Paris School of Architecture Launches Competition for "Brexit Monuments"

11:30 - 20 October, 2017
Paris School of Architecture Launches Competition for "Brexit Monuments"

As part of Paris School of Architecture's 2017/18 research theme, which is discussing the infrastructural implications of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, the institute has launched an international architecture competition seeking Brexit Monuments.

Competition Entry Imagines Dynamic Library Design for London's Hyde Park

08:00 - 23 September, 2017
Competition Entry Imagines Dynamic Library Design for London's Hyde Park, Courtesy of Michel Kozman
Courtesy of Michel Kozman

Michel Kozman has imagined a light-filled library for Hyde Park as part of the Archasm Hyde Park Library Competition that ran earlier this year. The competition, which attracted 378 registrations, called for “a stimulating and exciting approach towards the design of a library at Hyde Park.” The brief requested consideration be given to modern forms of media, including audiovisual and digital technologies, challenge the traditional library typology and become a zone within the park for knowledge exchange and gathering.

Courtesy of Michel Kozman Courtesy of Michel Kozman Courtesy of Michel Kozman Courtesy of Michel Kozman + 19

Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse

14:20 - 17 August, 2017
Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, © Flickr user <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/chagiajose/2472909152/in/photolist-4LwiJG-TXcy2i-apaprx-nUefbb-dYZTk9-Uw3d5J-Egtc8u-sg1RU-hQUSkJ-8cS5Nx-7hcDwH-RND2eC-4t3s4X-dBV7pi-S3RSGn-cyjo71-sdwZYf-7bW6FG-zxBK7-5S2idP-mRUh4D-k5uJ16-sg1rV-MzfmA-sg3am-sg32Z-o77Vfu-btdtEs-pnAFrK-cx4smS-4yB5xs-k5vwfR-f9B5w6-8LnVbt-7Hh8Kn-SDm6c4-28F9us-fq1ohj-RoNfd7-f9DGvn-rc25NB-34drg4-34i1eU-UemyC2-mZu7JC-8vGir1-cFwZTm-jmLLVe-8JwF6h-7PtiSn'>chagiajose</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user chagiajose. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Studio Gang and nAOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture / Chartier Dalix / Hardel-Lebihan Architectes) have been selected as the two finalist teams competing for the redesign of Paris’ infamous Tour Montparnasse, beating out a star-studded shortlist that included OMA, MAD Architects (China) + DGLA (France), Architecture Studio, Dominique Perrault Architecture, and PLP Architecture.

The competition asked teams to submit a vision for the tower that “not only creates a powerful, dynamic and bold new identity for the Tour Montparnasse but also addresses all the challenges involved in terms of user accessibility, comfort and energy performance.”

Winners of 2017 "Rethinking The Future" Awards Present Radical Solutions to Present-Day Problems

06:00 - 9 August, 2017
Winners of 2017 "Rethinking The Future" Awards Present Radical Solutions to Present-Day Problems

Architecture platform Rethinking the Future (RTF) has announced the winners for their annual “Rethinking the Future Awards,” collecting over 500 entries from 30 countries. Established in 2012 in New Delhi, India, RTF aims to create a “new window on international trends in architecture and design” by considering “radical solutions for the present day problems facing the domain.”

“Each of these projects represents the best of architecture and design across the globe, where innovation and creativity are intersecting,” says RTF on the 18 winning entries covering projects ranging from residential to cultural architecture. The competition was open to both students and professionals and drew a diverse collection of built and unbuilt works.

Architectural Icon Shi-An Out of the Box XO Skeleton + 20

Competition Seeks Progressive Ideas that Reflect on Emerging Themes.

17:42 - 11 July, 2017
Competition Seeks Progressive Ideas that Reflect on Emerging Themes., Ct´s
Ct´s

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies through their innovative and visionary proposals. We are an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes.

Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition

09:45 - 3 July, 2017
Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition, Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal
Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are hosting a design competition to create an “Image Maker” landscape at the Airport. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate Philadelphia’s position as America’s Garden Capital and create a welcoming image for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Call for Entries: Tiny House Design Competition

13:50 - 2 June, 2017
Call for Entries: Tiny House Design Competition, The Tiny House Competition aims to celebrate individuality, redefine sustainability and exalt simple, resourceful living.  Come be a part of this movement, join a new wave of habitat designers.
The Tiny House Competition aims to celebrate individuality, redefine sustainability and exalt simple, resourceful living. Come be a part of this movement, join a new wave of habitat designers.

Home is a domain that is intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, it connects with its user on a personal and emotional level.

The modern day scenario of environmental and financial concerns along with the desire to have more freedom has led people to follow simpler and efficient ways of living. With the rapid growth of technology and smart living there lies an opportunity for efficient spaces with the feeling of homeliness and personal touch points.

The Tiny House Movement celebrates this concept of simple yet resourceful living. The homes can be designed as an innovation of maximum usable space in minimum footprint, thus redefining sustainability.
Living small, yet Living it All.

Call for Papers: CARTHA Issue 1 (2017) – On The Limits of Fiction in Architecture

08:00 - 15 May, 2017
Call for Papers: CARTHA Issue 1 (2017) – On The Limits of Fiction in Architecture, Illustration from the book „A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture“ by Fischer von Erlach
Illustration from the book „A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture“ by Fischer von Erlach

Since 2014, CARTHA has provided a platform for critical thinking on architecture and society. Founded by an international team of architects and designers, it aims to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical approaches to contemporary architecture. Each year, CARTHA initiates research and the publication of a set of issues on a topic in its online magazine that is then brought together in an annual book.

Call for Entries: Gateways to Chinatown

15:11 - 9 May, 2017
Call for Entries: Gateways to Chinatown, Chinatown (NYC DOT)
Chinatown (NYC DOT)

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), in collaboration with the Chinatown Partnership and Van Alen Institute today launched Gateways to Chinatown, an initiative seeking innovative proposals to plan, design, and construct an iconic contemporary neighborhood marker at the nexus of Manhattan’s Chinatown and the southern entrance to Little Italy’s historic Mott Street. Straddling art and architecture, symbolism and function, the new structure and public space aims to become a vibrant place of exchange at the center of one of New York City’s most dynamic and historically rich areas.
The overarching goal of Gateways to Chinatown is to provide

Lanzarote Music Factory

19:30 - 8 May, 2017
Lanzarote Music Factory, Lanzarote Music Factory
Lanzarote Music Factory

The project of the Music Factory of Lanzarote was born as a public initiative that seeks to solve the lack of musical spaces and interpretation of the island bearing in mind the analysis extracted from the area.

A priority objective is a connection with the city and the impulse of the urban renewal in Arrecife. A project that will act as an engine of future activities that seek intervention in urban voids and old buildings adapting them to new uses.

Winning Proposal and Research to Shape the Future for West Palm Beach Florida

12:00 - 6 May, 2017
Winning Proposal and Research to Shape the Future for West Palm Beach Florida, Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA)
Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA)

The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) have announced Open Shore by Ecosistema Urbano as the winner of the Shore to Core waterfront design competition. The competition invited designers, planners, and architects to envision the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront for the next 20 to 30 years, with elements like changing population, economy, and environment, in mind. Selected from over 40 international teams and two finalists, the winning Open Shore proposal will serve as a “vision board” for the city’s future.

The competition additionally announced a design runner up bu Perkins + Will and a research winner by the team of Happy City, University of Virginia, StreetPlans, and SpaceSyntax.

Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Finalist: Adapt to Thrive / Perkins + Will . Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) + 20

Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set"

08:00 - 23 April, 2017
Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set", Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam
Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam

Dutch architectural firm, Studio Komma, in collaboration with concept-developer The Men of Foam, have won the Lot 2 Urban Lab Challenge, with their proposal, ZIP2516. Located in The Hague, The Netherlands, in an upcoming living and working district, the project “seeks to create an iconic building that is an accelerator for the transformation of an industrial area into a new energetic urban district.”

ZIP2516 will house a variety of programs, including social and commercial entrepreneurship and public space. The ground floor of the building will accommodate the flagship store of social entrepreneur, Happy Tosti. The first floor of the building will feature a public square and “urban playground,” with office and start-up space on the floors above, and a “gin bar with roof terrace” on top.

Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam + 19

Open Call: School Without Classrooms (Berlin)

03:00 - 19 April, 2017
Open Call: School Without Classrooms (Berlin)

The competition seeks the creation of a middle school (age group 5-12) that completely negates the present day 'bench-table-chalkboard' idea of a classroom and a regularized building typology of a school. The competition seeks to radicalize the school system through architecture not only in terms of improving the quality of study environment but revamping the system and breaking all the physical and metaphorical class divisions into an entirely new school system. The competition seeks ideas from participants to create a fun built environment for a middle school that understands the individual needs of each child yet being very collaborative in nature. The school should strive to create a new pedagogical space that emphasizes on people-oriented design in behavioral terms as they interact and use spaces.

Competition Announced for New Concert Center in Kanaus, Lithuania

19:01 - 18 April, 2017
Competition Announced for New Concert Center in Kanaus, Lithuania, © Kaunas City Municipality. Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Kaunas City Municipality. Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) has been appointed by Kaunas City Municipality to run a one-stage design contest for Kaunas’ new Concert Centre. The substantial new building for this leading Lithuanian city, which has just won the title European Capital of Culture 2022, will encompass a world-class concert venue as well as multifunctional spaces for public and community events.

The one-stage contest will launch in early summer and conclude in the autumn. The initiative follows the success of the recent Science Island contest, which was the most popular architectural competition in Lithuania’s history.

Call for Participants: Paesaggi Migranti Workshop

06:00 - 17 April, 2017
Call for Participants: Paesaggi Migranti Workshop

After recently organizing an artist residency, http://paesaggimigranti-17.com/">Paesaggi Migranti / Migrant Landscapes is hosting an international workshop taking place later in May in Pennabilli, a small town of an Italian dreamscape.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition

08:00 - 18 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition , First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The winning entries to the Kip Island Auditorium competition have been announced by Bee Breeders, which invited proposals for the addition of a new iconic auditorium addition to the Riga International Convention Centre, in Latvia’s capital. The competition asked for alternative approaches to the design of public and civic facilities, while “reinvesting an estranged program in the urban landscape."

Here are the three winners of the Kip Island Auditorium competition:

First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Agir / Moisés Royo, Carlos Orbea, Gonzalo García-Robledo, Cristina Martín Consuegra. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: Kip Island Auditorium / Deyan Saev, Panayiotis Hadjisergis; Technical University Delft. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders + 47