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  1. You cannot step twice into the same river, and if there is anything constant, that is 'change'. Attempting to provoke students to explore and expand the idea of the impermanence in our landscapes, and to look at landscapes through the lens of temporality, recognizing their inherent relation with natural processes, hence time, which is always in a transient mode... Announcing the 2016 Landscape Foundation Students' Design Competition — “Landscape: Change is the only constant”. Open to all spatial design and art students in India. Also open to students in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myammar and Sri Lanka. Register by: 10-10-2016 / Submit by: 10-10-2016 View the full article
  2. Competition / INSPIRATION HOSTEL 2016 / OPENGAP

    OPENGAP organizes the fourth edition of this open ideas competition seeking for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary, proposals regarding a new concept for artistic inspiration spaces. Participants are invited to design a place focused on the rental of spaces that motivate creativity and concentration, allowing users to focus, inspire and develop their artistic ideas. Each participant or team will define the location of their project, however, the proposal must justify the choice of the location. The competition is open to all architects, designers, architecture students and to people around the world interested in the topic. Competitors can subscribe individually or as a team of maximum of 5 people. The proposal submission will consist of two digital images in .jpg format, not bigger than 5MB each. Register by: 12-06-2016 / Submit by: 12-14-2016 View the full article
  3. The Open Call is open to professional architects, artists, designers and students of architecture schools of member states of the International Union of Architects (UIA). This Open Call is characterised, firstly, by a general interest in urban planning, involving issues of open towns, green spaces and generally issues that relate to the following pairs: town-nature, nature-humans. It is, in other words, related to the ascertainment that today the historical and traditional town centres exhibit a generally degraded image. A typical example of such an area is the Open Call’s study area, the Municipal Garden, located in the central core of the town of Pafos. With the obvious lack of maintenance, the Garden is now an abandoned area and, as such, a not so attractive green space in the urban fabric of the town, with little interest and few proposals for uses and activities by the visitors. Today, due to this image of abandonment, the weaknesses of the Municipal Garden and the living environment in general, it is essential to improve and utilise the Garden, as well as to redefine its role in relation to the whole town. With this as the main aim – the redefinition of the Garden’s relationship with the town and generally the redefinition of human coexistence with nature – we suggest the investigation, study and design of structures entitled “SECOND NATURE”, that can strengthen these relationships/pairs: town-nature, nature-humans, since the present state of the park prohibits this potential interaction and fosters an alienation that is due to the Garden’s definitive separation from the whole town. THE STRUCTURES The call of this Open Call, entitled “SECOND NATURE”, proposes the creation of 7 light, small scale structures that will be placed in the open space of the garden. The main objective of the Open Call is the promotion and upgrading of the garden, as well as its diffusion to the whole town and, most of all, the strengthening of human presence in this area. The main objective of the theme of this Open Call – “SECOND NATURE” – is to create structures that will act as receptors of nature, i.e. green cores-containers that will be the natural extension of the garden. These structures will act as urban points and forms in the garden areas, which will mainly carry in their construction planting and generally plants such as flowers, herbs and others, thus creating a new peripatetic experience in the garden area and, also, giving the opportunity to the town’s residents to come into contact with nature. At the same time, the structures will act as a background for numerous activities and events in the garden, providing new challenges and experiences to the visitors. Due to the particularities of the site, the structures will be based on a general intend of mild intervention in the park.Register by: 08-31-2016 / Submit by: 08-31-2016 View the full article
  4. Started in 2009, Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has been melding world-class design and art with Winnipeg’s famous winters. The competition has seen entries from across the globe and caught the attention of international architecture publications and awards, as well as admiration from newspapers such as the New York Times. Warming Huts is an open competition, endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects. Proposals for the competition are submitted online at www.warminghuts.com. Once entries are submitted, a blind jury selects designs that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art.” Nearing the end of January, competition winners travel to Winnipeg to begin construction on their warming hut. The weeklong building blitz gives designers a chance to watch their vision come to life while allowing the public to watch them at work. Warming huts are then brought out to the Red River Mutual Trail for visitors to skate to, interact with, and enjoy. Warming huts will remain out until the end of the skating season. This call for entries is open to all professional designers (or teams of designers) who have a proven portfolio of design work. Each design team must include an artist and a member of a recognized architectural association. Membership includes registered architects and intern members. The organizers encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams.Register by: 10-03-2016 / Submit by: 10-03-2016 View the full article
  5. Duravit USA is excited to launch its 2016 Designer Dream Bath Competition, which takes on a special meaning this year as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. The fourth annual competition invites designers and architects to re-imagine their own bathroom to feature a range of Duravit's top collections and design solutions: Darling New with the innovative C-Bonded vanity/washbasin, P3 Comforts, Duravit Rimless Toilets, ME by Starck, DuraStyle, Happy D.2, L-Cube, Stonetto, and Light & Mirrors. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in product to help realize their design dreams. For the second time, the competition also features a Built category, in which designers and architects may submit their completed residential and/or commercial projects (from 2011-2016) featuring any Duravit products. Register by: 09-22-2016 / Submit by: 09-23-2016 View the full article
  6. The Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 26 categories. The BoD jury will judge entries based on several criteria—strength of the presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and, most importantly, good design. The Best Of Design Awards is open to U.S. and international architects, but projects submitted must be located within the United States. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in a new booklet and will also be featured on our website, where they will reach national and international audiences, and will be promoted via social media. Winners will also receive a 3-D printed trophy designed specifically for this competition. Be seen by 1,000,000 A|N readers and Members of the AEC Design Community! Go to http://bit.ly/2b689Ak Launch July 2016 Submission deadline September 30, 2016 Register by: 09-30-2016 / Submit by: 09-30-2016 View the full article
  7. Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Deadline The application deadline for the LeBrun Grant is November 1st by 5:00 pm EST. Award Single or multiple awards totaling $15,000. Purpose To further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Eligibility Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a professional degree in architecture as well as practicing, either licensed or unlicensed. Academics may apply, but must also be practicing architects. Jury Guidelines Proposed travel plans should demonstrate a focused course of study engaging the applicant’s interests and concerns and occur outside of the academy. The travel scholarship was originally based on the idea of the Grand Tour, in which recent architectural graduates would travel through Europe experiencing art, architecture and culture first-hand. The scholarship focus is less on academic projects than on self-directed education. Proposals should be judged on the following criteria: Need The journey cannot be completed without funding Focused A clear and focused line of inquiry Beneficial Valuable to the applicant’s professional practice Please note the application and submission materials must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. There is also a $50 application fee to be considered. For more information please visit our website or contact us at scholarships@cfafoundation.org. Register by: 11-01-2016 / Submit by: 11-01-2016 View the full article
  8. Around 10,000 participants from 204 nations are expected to descend in Brazil, unleashing fierce competition and rivalries. It is going to be a make or break event for the city of Rio de Janeiro, which has got the privilege of being the first South American city ever to host the Olympics games. It is estimated that around half a million fans and supporters are expected to grace the event in Rio, making it hard for the city officials to control the proceedings. Olympics have always been a backdrop of raw emotions, intense rivalries, passion and sportsmanship between individuals. The games are a total fan fiesta, where supporters from all over the world converge together and celebrate the spirit and motto of the games. A number of supporters miss out on some of the marquee events due to multiple games at a time, limited tickets, sell outs or other reasons that tend to hamper their experience of the games. The aim of this competition is to design a 'SUSTAINABLE FANBOX', a new typological structure and mascot for the games that would be the prime interaction and gathering zone for the spectators during the Rio Olympics 2016. The competition seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a stadium in a freestanding and temporary structure where fans who miss out on the live experience could connect with the Olympic games virtually. The FAN-BOX should communicate a sustainable and profound architectural statement being able to attract and converge visitors around it for intense 24X7 experience of the Rio games. The site for the SUSTAINABLE FANBOX is the Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro. The competition encourages the participants' to envelop and integrate all the diverse functions into one distinct and innovative structure, for a 24x7 inclusive environment and enhanced experience of fans and spectators. The main focus of the FAN-BOX except its functional provisions should be to reflect on the true connection of sustainability and architecture. The FAN-BOX should seek to become a tool for critical thinking on the topic of sustainability as a holistic approach rather than just a substitute for architectural expression and cosmetic application. The project must engage with and challenge the public, to raise social consciousness on alternative approaches to environmental challenges, local as well as global, giving the fans, spectators and general public outside the realm of the Olympics a fresh perspective on the opportunities and interpretations of true sustainability.Register by: 08-30-2016 / Submit by: 08-31-2016 View the full article
  9. This open ideas competition forms part of a wider research project and seeks designs which encourage and facilitate cultural exchange and integration between immigrant and native communities. Spain’s Costa del Sol has been permanently transformed by the construction boom of the late 20th and early 21st century and its abrupt end with the European financial crisis. Inward looking private residential complexes and commercial facilities sprawl incoherently to form communities inhabited predominantly by immigrants from Northern Europe. The financial crisis brought almost all construction to an abrupt halt. Abandoned structures remain on the periphery of the sprawl as if monuments to the boom and crash. The brief is simple. This competition asks individuals and teams to produce a single A3 page which communicates their idea for the repurposing of an abandoned structure at the edge of one of the Costa del Sol’s urbanisations. The concrete foundations of an incomplete residential building in Riviera del Sol embody the moment the crisis hit this part of Spain. Ideas are sought to demonstrate how such modern day ruins can be used and adapted in order to have a positive impact within their communities where the current urban design makes integration of cultures so difficult. The site The primary site for the ideas competition is the unfinished concrete structure highlighted on the map, however, designers are encouraged to think of ways in which new designs can engage the structure with the surrounding area and community. There is therefore no official boundary to the site, the only requirement is that the concrete structure is incorporated into any proposal.Register by: 08-08-2016 / Submit by: 08-08-2016 View the full article
  10. AWR Competitions proposes the design of a new building inside the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco House of Music. The project wants to become an important link between the past and the present of the city.This new space, in addition to the Opera in the War Memorial Opera House, will be a place where new trends of classical and contemporary music will perform. The building will be a place where the community will be able to use the common areas and will enjoy the spectacles surrounded by the nature of the context. Register by: 11-27-2016 / Submit by: 12-03-2016 View the full article
  11. The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is a competition which invites teams anywhere on Earth to put forward a comprehensive commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for their cities, regions, or countries to be considered to host the first hyperloop networks. The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is not an engineering competition: we bring the technology, you tell us how it should be used in your location. Advised by an international jury of leading experts in transport, technology, economics and innovation, Hyperloop One is seeking to collaborate with applicants who most powerfully make the case for how Hyperloop would not only transform passenger and cargo transport in their locations, but also how that Hyperloop transformation will drive economic growth, generate opportunities for development, and create radically new opportunities for people to live anywhere, work anywhere and be anywhere. Entries are encouraged from any kind of group with interest in a corridor. We positively encourage entries which bring together all the relevant parties with an interest in a corridor, including public sector authorities and private business, governments and investors, creative minds who plan infrastructure and the commercial partners who fund and deliver it. By participating in our Global Challenge, you’re securing access to Hyperloop One resources – experts, time, and tools – to develop your ideas. From the many submissions we receive, our diverse team of transportation experts will narrow the proposals down to 12 finalists. As a finalist, you will get additional access to our ecosystem, technology, coaching, guidance and a dedicated Hyperloop One point person to help you take your idea to the next level. Ultimately, three winners will be chosen by a panel of experts from around the world. Teams that demonstrate a real corridor opportunity, favorable economics, a favorable investment climate and the willpower to advance regulatory climate stand the best chance of winning. Winners will be able to tap further into our network, get full access to our technology and our ability to help raise capital in creative ways.Register by: 09-15-2016 / Submit by: 09-15-2016 View the full article
  12. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ISSUE 05 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST “Conflicts of interest” are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advancement or personal gain. If the resolution of such conflicts might typically call for avoidance, recusal or disclosure, what would such strategies mean for the design disciplines and research on the built environment? What varied interests, expressed in the form of money or other manifestations of influence, do designers contend with? Who does impartiality protect, and when are conflicts of interest productive? Issue 05 asks how researchers define an ethics of interest and disinterest across diverse structures of research funding. How do designers reify, leverage, alter or sidestep the constraints of financial support, and from what vantage points? How is the value of research assessed, and in what marketplaces? Beyond the automotive industry’s role in the Federal-Aid Highway Act or BP’s now-defunct sponsorship of the Tate Modern, even the most speculative work is governed by the economics of research. Universities shape niche publishing industries by determining tenure criteria and create new structures for commercialization as student debts escalate. Government agencies and NGOs issue grants captured from local tax bases or global markets to test ever-changing definitions of welfare, social justice and development. Even Silicon Valley-style start-ups and crowd-funding campaigns rely on licensing and liability protocols developed within the service professions. From philanthropy to profit, and from patronage to entrepreneurship, we hope to examine how researchers locate their role in directing the systemic reach of such funding structures.Register by: 09-01-2016 / Submit by: 09-01-2016 View the full article
  13. This Contest aims to encourage innovative and outstanding designs of kitchens from talented professionals (such as interior and kitchen designers, architects, builders, and remodelers etc), artists, cooking & design enthusiasts and design students. The project scale values up to HK$1 million. Not only the finalists will receive Mia Cucina vouchers and cash worth HK$148,000 in total, winning entries from professional categories will have a chance to be built as showroom display, and receive coverage in a wide range of industry and mass publications. Register by: 07-28-2016 / Submit by: 07-28-2016 View the full article
  14. INTRODUCTION ¨Nederland¨ is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Just as its name indicates, the territory is formed by low (neder) land (land) among which one quarter part is situated below the sea level. For many years the geography of the region has been dynamic and changing, being the only thing that remained constant, the redefinition of the territory. Some of the actions carried out were draining the territory, building large dams and ultimately, since the XVI century the gained land to the sea with polders. Generating land though public policies has its consequences in the eyes of the Dutch and their conception of collective space. Between 1948 and 1978, the architect Aldo Van Eyck, raised a series of interventions of urban regeneration of destroyed sites due to world war two. In 20 years he managed to transform more than 700 sites in children playgrounds. PROPOSAL Nowadays, Amsterdam is a consolidated global city and entirely designed for its wide architectural tradition. In this context we propose the creation of a children´s day care in the city of Amsterdam whose starting point is, once again, children playgrounds and public spaces. The strategic location is a pier ingrained to the neighborhood and reclaimed from the river in a strategic form. Today, an association organizes cultural activities, which should be preserved and enhanced generating a place to learn while playing and grow in close relationship with the water. Register by: 10-16-2016 / Submit by: 10-30-2016 View the full article
  15. Competition / The Fragile Pattern / PINarchitecture

    The Fragile Pattern /// Patterns are composed of repeating elements: color, form, space, light, events, etc. However, patterns themselves are essentially mental constructs, which rely on an applied set of rules. After establishing a pattern concept it is not uncommon to find flaws, inconsistencies, and complexities upon closer inspection. The original pattern unravels and is either replaced by a more nuanced pattern or it is dissolved completely. How must a pattern be regarded differently when it is known that it will eventually fall apart? What practical purpose might a temporary or shifting pattern have? How might a pattern be deconstructed through technical, environmental, or social means? What happens when a pattern becomes fragile? Participants are asked to consider a wide range of pattern types beyond graphic patterns. Submissions may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic. Submission Details /// Entries may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic. All graphics and text must be contained within a 4 inch diameter circle with white beyond. A submission is a single 300dpi JPG. Templates are on the website. Send submissions to PINcompetition@gmail.com and include your name, city, state, and country in the e-mail. International entries are welcome. Register by: 07-31-2016 / Submit by: 07-31-2016 View the full article