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Black and White Show

Grey Cube Gallery proudly presents the first Black & White Show for the month of February 2020. Contest is open to all artists worldwide over 18 years of age. Entries must include the black and white or shades of gray as the primary focus. All visual art mediums (except video and sound) are allowed. The Best of Show winning artwork will be displayed as the poster of the show. All wining artists ( Merit Award & Honorable Mention) will receive a digital award certificate. The application fee is $16 for the 2 images of artwork. You may enter more than

THE DREAM OF CENTURY

“ARCHITECTURE IS ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE THE WORLD LITTLE MORE LIKE OUR DREAMS”
– BJARKE INGELS (BIG GROUP)

From the beginning of time human as a species dream, dream about better safety, better food and best roof over their head. These dreams which transferred to reality by some enthusiasts in humans from time to time, make us different, make us what we are now.
But the challenges in the beginning of the were safety from wild animals is gone but there come new challenges every day.
We as humans are constantly facing new challenges of

Brewed - Cafe Design Challenge

Coffee plants grew wild in Ethiopia and were used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, only until the 1400s when people figured out that they could roast its seeds. By the 1500s, the drink had spread to coffee houses across the Arab world. Coffee houses first appeared in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt as early as 1530. Since they became a hotspot for political discussions, they were banned repeatedly.

Subsequently, throughout the 1600s coffee houses began popping up across Europe and North America. The French and American Revolutions were said to have brewed in coffeehouses.

The coffee house acted as

Resile - Resilience Center for the Widows of Afghanistan

PREMISE

A near-perpetual war in Afghanistan that has uprooted lives and severely impacted the country has rendered it to be called the “nation of widows”. The lives of Afghan widows, a number currently estimated to be near 70,000 in Kabul alone and nearly 1.5 Million in all of Afghanistan, are found to be at an inertial roadblock. The lack of any formal education, work opportunities, and even proper healthcare as decreed by the Taliban owing to archaic laws prevents them from acquiring the necessary means to earn a respectable livelihood or lead dignified lives.

Nearly 500 Afghan widows that have survived

NomadHouse - Future Housing and Workspace Design Competition

PREMISE

We live in a networked society where mobile information and digital connection connect us to anyone, from anywhere at any time. Mankind’s desire to develop more and newer technologies has transformed the way we work tremendously. This has changed people’s socio-spatial relationships. Our person to person relationships has become complex, affording a seamless transition between being physically present and digitally present at all times.

As we witness a shift in people’s lifestyles, the idea of home and the way they live is evolving from personal to more communal. Many apartment buildings with smaller private homes have the provision of bigger community

Weave - Sustainable fashion Hub challenge

PREMISE

Fall in prices, quicker production rates and easier access to fashion (fast fashion) have meant that fashion is now more accessible to the common man than ever before.

Taking a look at Europe, for example, studies have shown that the percentage of clothing bought by a resident of the European Union has increased by 40% in just a few decades, with the current spending average of about $782 per year per capita.

But at what cost?

The clothing and textile industry is the second largest pollutant in the world (following oil) contributing to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Reasons which

Haven - Habitat for Koalas

Earth’s ecosystem besides resourcing human needs and habituating many culture ethos, is home to a variety of living beings. It is a ground for a complex network of interdependence between plants and animals. The mutually beneficial interactions between them have been paramount in the generation of the Earth’s ecosystem.

But what happens when the foundation of the structure is slowly being ripped off?

Australia is raging with its most unprecedented early fire season, which has reportedly destroyed an area of more than 3.21 hectares as of December 24, 2019. Bushfires raging up the country’s eastern coast have led to deaths

BunkerTecture - Future Housing in a Nuclear Bunker

The paranoia stemming from war, especially nuclear, pandemics and natural disasters is at an all-time high and rising by the day. According to polls commissioned polls conducted by YouGov, 22-23% of people in the UK and US feel that the world would end in their lifetime, or that they would at least see the occurrence of a doomsday level event. Among those, 60% of the people, especially in the US, feel that it would be through a nuclear war. Only a minuscule percentage among these people hope to survive such an event, and even fewer have the means for it.

International Art Competition Landscapes

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Landscapes” Online Art Competition for the month of January 2020. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. The gallery invites all artists and photographers from around the world to submit ther best best representational and non-representational art related to the Landscapes theme. The Landscapes theme is considered to be any art with interpretation of natural elements such as mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, forests, farmland, trees, rivers, lakes, polar regions, rainforests, islands and tropical landscapes. All visual art mediums are

Reborn - Plan for Survival

For centuries, earthquakes have been an inevitable phenomenon that bring destruction and devastation all around the world and we aren’t any more prepared or equipped to deal with them than we used to be. This is a worldwide issue and although some countries like Japan are better prepared with the proper infrastructure to deal with these disasters, still many countries remain that are powerless in the face of these disasters. Countries like Iran, Indonesia and Turkey which are some of the countries that are most prone to earthquakes but don’t have the necessary infrastructure to minimize the damages.
One of the

Co-Life: Co-living for elderly

Population ageing - an increase in the proportion of older people in a population.
As one of the most significant social changes of the 21st century, it is predicted to impact all sectors including labor and financial markets, housing, health care and social protection.

By 2050, the global population aged 60 years or over is expected to double reaching 2.1 billion. Increased life expectancy and decreased fertility rates mean that older populations in developing regions are growing at higher rates when compared to those in developed regions. Estimations project that by 2050, 79 percent of the world’s older population will be

International Competition for Cheongju New Cityhall, S.Korea

1. Promoter
The holding organization for competition is Cheongju City, S. Korea.
The competition is Organized by Korea Institute of Architects.

2. The competition site
-The site for New Cityhall is seated in the general commercial region # 89-1, Bungmun-ro 3 ga, Sangdang-ro, Cheongju City, Chungcheongbuk-do, S. Korea. The area of the site for competition is 28,459 ㎡.
-Total Floor Area : 53,000 ㎡

3. Objectives of Competition
-Since the integration of Cheongju City and Cheongwon County, a regeneration project to restore the core functions of the original city center has been promoted. By linking the project with the new City Hall, which will be

Cinema Box - Designing a platform for film exhibition

A room of audience erupts into a fit of giggles as a comical tramp with a short mustache, wearing a suit and tall hat slips on a banana peel. The couple embrace as the man makes her stand on the railing of the ship, grabs her arms and extends them out. "I'm flying" she says, as people swoon in unison over their romantic harmony and impending tragedy.

Cinema is one of the biggest cultural activities in the world. An art form with biggest influence, budget and widespread connectivity. Inducing emotions and crafting perspective, as it grows to be a visual medium

BookMark - A Compact Library Run by the Community

Digital utopia has resulted in a drastic decline in reading culture, as a result public library are at a critical juncture. Due to excessive use of internet and digital devices the number of readers is drastically declining in public libraries. it's not just reading culture that is at stake, as the readers play a more active and involved role in the community, the decline in reading population parallels with a greater retreat from participation in civic, culture and social life.


CHALLENGE

Libraries have existed since the time people have been keeping records, they are not just a place that is an ocean

Parasitic Architecture - Not all parasites are predators.

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050.
Living in these densely urbanized pockets is not just ridiculously expensive, but also substandard for average and low economic groups. Moreover, the cost of living increases so rapidly that being at the same pace with it becomes almost impossible for most households, resulting in an abysmal quality of life.


A possible solution can be to smartly increase

Opera Truck - A Street Artist’s Portable Opera House

Art is a repository of a society’s collective memory; it tends to preserve what historical facts cannot. It is a form of representation of culture and tradition in most lucid form and acts as a visual language that speaks to all. It has become a chronicle that has created different identities for itself, namely, visual, performing, and written. Art’s transition from utilitarian purposes and aesthetics into work of expression happened hundreds of years after its birth. Where is it now?
Art is the fundamental form of representation yet it is unnoticed, at the comfort of our screens there is a visual

School Of Thought - School that redefines learning

PREMISE

Education is a form of absorbing and inculcating knowledge, of which learning is an integral part. Over the years, education has evolved into a system and has been organized and re-written innumerable times to a point where it has now it is majorly constrained to classroom teaching focused on academic learning.

The idea of hands-on experience and vocational training is still not a vital part of the curriculum for the majority of the schools and educational systems around the world. The ability of self-learning and creative thinking are automatically curbed due to this method of teaching, making education, not at

Tokyo Dojo - Uniting People through Sports

PREMISE

Sports is the cry of triumph, the tears of joy, the beating of chest when your team loses in nail biting crusade. Gathering up on streets in front of a TV, listening to the radio broadcast in a remote village or watching with your friends on a 52-inch screen - the euphoria with which the whole country cheers is unparalleled. A community lives its best experience when everyone is interacting under the same roof. And sports have the potential to provide such a platform.

Unfortunately, a dense city fabric, work-life and technology has changed viewing patterns. An in-person experience has taken