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  1. Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017 - Jacques Rougerie Foundation Architects, engineers, designers, all of them participate to the development and the construction of an upcoming world at their own level. Together, by looking further, beyond preconceived ideas and well-established concepts, these entrepreneurs, these creators, have the power to make up new rules, propose new directions: innovative facilities and housing bringing new living conditions, making room for new ways of moving, of consuming energy, to counter major environmental challenges of our era and others to come. The prizes of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation support and accompany this approach. Innovation, architectural disruption, sustainable development and resilience against climate changes are the keywords of this 7th edition of the international competition in architecture of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation - Institut de France. Every architectural project submitted must fall within one of the two fields: the Sea, guardian of our environmental as well as societal environments, or Space, field of development and technological applications that are unavoidable for the future of our civilisation. This year, the Foundation adds to the grand prix - which are open themed - three more specific themes, the «focus», to deliver a new, prospective vision, targeting one issue in the medium term or preparing oneself for an ecological and social emergency on one continent. Innovation and architecture for the sea awards - Louis Vicat Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : The ports of the future - € 2 500 - Innovation and architecture for space awards Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : Solar power satellites - € 2 500 - Architecture and sea level rise awards Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : The African coastline - € 2 500 Register by: 11-19-2017 / Submit by: 11-19-2017 View the full article
  2. Augmented reality provides us with new research field of architecture. Now you do not need architectural models. We can see the building as it is with all the details. At the same time, it remains virtual model. These properties are augmented reality give us new opportunities. For example, we can compare the buildings from different regions of the world, from different eras in the same scale. We can make collections of buildings, unimaginable compositions. These new aspects give the researcher of the architecture an unexpected tools and fundamentally unattainable points of perception. Perhaps we will be able to explore the flow of time in the evolutionary series of buildings from different eras. Traditional classical compositions of cities are broken, being subjected to the inexorable impact of a new instrument of perception. Augmented reality and virtual reality give us the opportunity to create a new philosophy of historical development of architecture. Explore it in every detail. In this competition, we invite participants to submit 3d models of buildings from your country and your region. We’ll create augmented reality applications based on the best models. Participants can create 3D models in 2 categories: • 3d model of a modern building with unique details inherent in your region. • 3d model of a historic building or monument which is not far from you. Building models should contain photorealistic textures and at the same time be geometrically optimized, do not contain interior details and various elements that are not visible from the outside. Optimum format of models: 3ds. Also files in format Sketchup 2015 are accepted. The prize fund is € 12,500. Register by: 11-29-2017 / Submit by: 11-30-2017 View the full article
  3. 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. THE CHALLENGE The Design of the house should be innovative and creative with a sustainable edge. The relation between the exterior and interior spaces ought to be taken into consideration. The proposal should be well conceptualized. Most importantly, the area of the house should not exceed 250 sq.ft. Mobility being a vital factor, the house need not be self-mobile, but should be treated as an extension that can be towed easily by a car or pickup truck. However, the participants can avoid the issue of mobility altogether but provide a strong justification for the same. The Interior Program Spaces include: Living Area | Sleeping Area for 2 | Cooking and Dining Area Toilet | Workspace. Client Interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For the purpose of this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept. AWARDS Prizes of total USD 3200, broken down as follows: 1st Prize: USD 1600 + Certificate 2nd Prize: USD 1000 + Certificate 3rd Prize: USD 600 + Certificate 10 Honourable mentions: Certificates Winners and honourable mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines. Register by: 08-31-2017 / Submit by: 09-01-2017 View the full article
  4. “Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.” Los Angeles World’s Fair (LAWF) is a social purpose company that aims to bring the World’s Fair to Los Angeles in 2022. “Distinctive pavilions and urban settings will be spread throughout Los Angeles County, located near and accessed by various metro stops along the transit system. The plans are specifically designed to encourage a grand scale transition from a car-dependent culture to widespread adoption of mass-transit. The theme of the fair is “LA: The Connected City; A World Connected™ and seeks to do it on every level – from the physical to the cultural.” Pavilion Zero Concept: Pavilion Zero will be the main pavilion at the Los Angeles World’s Fair’s™ and the initial operational epicenter and informational locus. The pavilion will act as headquarters and event center for the Fair, providing a dedicated venue for meetings, conferences, presentations, and events throughout the development and implementation of the entire project. It will set the agenda for all participating pavilions spread throughout LA’s 88 cities, demonstrating cutting­ edge infrastructure and communication technology, immersive and participatory media, community sensitivity and transportation connectivity, the promise of the fully developed LA World’s Fair™ to come. World's Fair Pavilion Zero Competition Concept: Design Innovation Submissions must develop an extensive plan for the LA World’s Fair 'Pavilion Zero' that meets the following requirements: Understanding and incorporating the design intent of 'Pavilion Zero'. Refer to the Pavilion Zero Design Guidelines in the "Full Competition Guidelines" PDF for location and description of the project site. Addressing all seven (7) LBC Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge version 3.1. Repurposing the designed space after the World’s Fair Integrating the theme of the fair, 'LA: The Connected City', through holistic design thinking that speaks to, engages and connects the local community. The Pavilion Zero design shall speak to the identity and community surrounding the proposed site and include design aspects that help to remediate known problems or help to generally elevate community connectivity and social justice. Teams are encouraged to use a holistic and innovative approach to net-positive design that explores a paradigm shift within the world of design and construction. Competition Guidelines: Using the foundation of the 2022 LA World’s Fair and the concept of creating long-term positive impact in the various communities of Los Angeles, students are invited to develop a presentation poster using compelling visualizations to describe how their projects can achieve these concepts and transcend the Living Building Challenge. The poster should include graphics, text, and explanatory information such that the topic is self-evident without the student’s verbal assistance. The poster title, along with students’ names and degree program should appear on the lower right corner of the board. A text description of the project no longer than 500 words should also be included on the poster. Prizes 1ST: $1,500 2ND: $750 3RD: $250 Jury The Innovation Awards are judged by an esteemed panel of key professionals from top architectural, engineering, institutional, analytical backgrounds and select members of the collaborative team. Register by: 09-30-2017 / Submit by: 10-01-2017 View the full article
  5. For a second year the Costa del Sprawl ideas competition seeks creative solutions to improve the social, urban, and architectural situation in some of Costa del Sol’s sprawling neighbourhoods. This year’s competition is focused on the theme of ‘identity’ and invites participants to imagine a piece of architecture, whether building or space, which could be adopted as a model of contemporary vernacular architecture specific to the area of Riviera del Sol, and act as a precedent for the future planning and development of the neighbourhood. Andalucía contains an exciting variety of vernacular and contextual architecture which has grown throughout its tumultuous history and within its diverse landscapes. From the labyrinthine streets of medieval fishing towns and gleaming white walls of hillside villages, to palatial citadels and capitals of once mighty empires, the architecture of Andalucía tells a compelling story and creates a strong sense of place and identity. This sense of identity and reflection of context has all but vanished from contemporary architecture in Andalucía, and this is most notable in the sprawling neighbourhoods of the Costa del Sol which communicate little more than the capitalist speculation which lead to their existence. Nonetheless, this condition now forms a part of the area’s history and provides the point of departure for any future architectural, urban or planning projects. It is this point of departure which forms the basis of the ideas competition. Participants are asked to produce a design which communicates their idea of contemporary vernacular architecture for Riviera del Sol. Designs can be can be experimental or based on the tried and tested, but they must all look towards the future as well as take into consideration the social, cultural, topographic, climatic, urban and architectural context of Riviera del Sol in a holistic manner. More specifically, you are asked to design a building, a fragment of a building, or a space which could be used to influence and shape the future of architecture and planning in the neighbourhood of Riviera del Sol. The designs should be located on the piece of land between Calle Jose Rivero and Calle Severiano Ballesteros as identified on the map. It is up to you to decide how much or little of the site you use and the location of your design upon it. The scale and typology of the design is also free for you to decide as the focus of the competition is to imagine a new vernacular, although this should not be interpreted merely as a stylistic study; the way in which your design is inhabited, the atmosphere of the spaces, and the materials and manner in which it is constructed will all be taken into account in the judging process. Questions are welcome and should be sent to CostaDelSprawl@gmail.com. More background information on the Costa del Sprawl project can be found in the following document: https://issuu.com/sameadington/docs/cds_bedford_book_small Register by: 08-31-2017 / Submit by: 08-31-2017 View the full article
  6. Competition / Architecture at Zero / PGE, AIACC, SFSU

    The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC). This facility is San Francisco State University’s center for estuary and ocean science located on 53 acres of bayside property in Tiburon, California. The competition has two components. First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate the program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. Second, entrants will design two buildings in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation. Register by: 01-10-2018 / Submit by: 01-30-2018 View the full article
  7. 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. The eco design, sustainable architecture, new materials, concepts and technologies are compelling issues in the societies of the future and the involvement of the whole community is imperative. In an era of globalization where communication was dominated by the technological revolution, there is the need to rethink the cities and how Man relates in a global World as well as rethink the economic, social and cultural patterns of contemporary societies. The young creatives and thinkers are a precious commodity that we value a lot and so we want to give them a voice. AIM OF THE COMPETITION - 24H A space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity. This competition proposes give responses in 24H to the social problems, future visions, climate changes, humanitarian causes and sociologic problems of the contemporary societies. Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are the necessary bases to develop a proposal that meets the premises that will be released regularly in the brief of the competition. We challenge you to prove your talent in 24 hours! There are a period of registration on the competition, when it end, started the 24H competition! You have 24H to develop a proposal that responds to the program contained on a brief that you only know on the same day that start competition. FRAMEWORK Ct´s From the moment Man becomes sedentary, the first human groupings occur, thus, cities are born. For the need to organize in space; By the need for independence and to create a social organization, cities arise as a will and urgency to transform the individual into a collective that, in turn, will transform the singural collective into a plural collective. Cities are the result of the need of their Men, and the future will become the result of their wills. Register by: 08-26-2017 / Submit by: 08-27-2017 View the full article
  8. This free-to-enter, two-stage ideas competition is seeking forward-thinking, imaginative proposals to integrate sustainable placemaking with development and new infrastructure. The focus for the competition is the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. Submissions should consider how to provide the homes the area needs: high quality places that integrate the proposed infrastructure and enhance the identity of the corridor as a single knowledge-intensive cluster, while working with its distinctive environmental and cultural character. The Oxford to Cambridge Connection: Ideas Competition is aimed at broad multidisciplinary teams of urban designers; architects; planning, policy, and community specialists; landscape designers; development economists; and others with local knowledge and general insight. Submissions from international teams and students are welcome. Interested teams will need to read the Search Statement on the competition website before submitting their emerging concept, team details and registration information via email (using templates provided on the website). The deadline for entries is 14:00 BST 3 August 2017. At the second stage of the competition, four shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium of £10,000 to progress their concepts into creative visions, developed on a specific location within the corridor. Register by: 08-03-2017 / Submit by: 08-03-2017 View the full article
  9. THE THIRD EDITION OF THE EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION Design Exchange, in partnership with RBC Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Designer Competition. This exciting national competition seeks to provide an unparalleled opportunity for emerging Canadian designers to gain recognition and exposure, while celebrating the immense and diverse design talent in Canada. The overall winner will be awarded $10,000 and be partnered with a curatorial mentor and exhibition designer who will provide support in the development of an exhibition to be featured at Design Exchange that will open in November of 2017 and run through to Toronto’s internationally celebrated design week in January 2018. Canadian Designers ages 18-35, across all disciplines, are invite to submit their realized or soon to-be completed project for consideration by September 1, 2017. Register by: 09-01-2017 / Submit by: 09-01-2017 View the full article
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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