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  1. TRANSIENT SPACES is a publication project originated at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture by faculty members whose research and studio practices engage with the themes of transiency, activism and dwelling in contexts of impermanence and crisis, where the demand for belonging and community building challenges the agency of design and our roles as architects and educators. The aim is to build a platform to reveal academic and professional practices as a means to expand the dialogue among design, policy professionals and the communities they are engaging with. The publication will include work of artists, scholars, students, architects, engineers and actors from humanitarian support mechanisms. There will be recurring material reviews until the 25th of February 2018 at 11:59 pm. Send us your abstracts AND full contributions to be considered. No need to register! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at transiencespaces@gmail.com. More about The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture: https://ssa.ccny.cuny.edu/ Register by: 02-25-2018 / Submit by: 02-25-2018 View the full article
  2. It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in 'BUILDING FOR A BILLION', an International competition under the initiative 'India Next' by UltraTech Cement. This competition invites Engineers and Architects, to develop innovative solutions to tackle the mammoth task of housing every Indian. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ (PMAY) was launched on 25th June, 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India with a mission to provide a ‘home for every Indian’. The scheme includes regulated homes for the urban poor and robust (pucca) homes for the rural people. The nearest target is 10 million homes by the year 2019 and 20 million houses for the urban poor by the year 2022. Brief: Innovative, contextual, viable, sustainable and most importantly inclusive solution for housing, along the lines of the Government's Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Eligibility: Professionals: Architects & Engineers (Civil/Structural) Students: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Year (Individuals and Groups) Registration : Free Submission deadline: January 14th, 2018 Register by: 12-15-2017 / Submit by: 01-14-2018 View the full article
  3. Beam Camp is a collaborative building and design summer camp in Strafford, NH that works with kids aged 10-17 to make the seemingly impossible possible. Our award-winning program has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, NPR, and designboom, and offers young people the opportunity to cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design, problem solving and the creative process. An intergalactic salvage station struck by a meteor, a solar-powered cinematic riff on a French film from 1902, a 2-story arboreal kaleidoscope: every year, Beam Camp solicits proposals for unique and spectacular large-scale projects that serve as the centerpiece for a 25-day session of camp, during which they are built and brought to life by 100 campers and staff. Our Project Team works with the winning designers (Project Designers) to translate their designs into the camp context. Precision of craft, skill, and imaginative thinking are paramount in our projects and the work of our staff and campers — please take some time to familiarize yourself with our past projects. Register by: 01-07-2018 / Submit by: 01-07-2018 View the full article
  4. Introduction Cities around the world are growing at an unprecedented rate, and for the first time in recent history represent the preferred place for people to live. Urbanization has historically aided millions to escape hardship through increased employment opportunities, better education and healthcare, large scale public investments, and access to improved infrastructure and services. The city has been the ideal for heightened livability for people worldwide. These extraordinary opportunities have also propagated unanticipated pressure on the livability of cities that remains pervasive today. US cities are faced with new 21st century challenges aimed at corroding three interwoven drivers of livability: equity, safety, and affordability. These drivers have been the pillars of American cities, and are now being dangerously tested by the increasing pressures of urbanization. How will retail fit into the livable city of the future? “[The city’s] order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — … an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city… is always replete with new improvisations.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Traditionally, local main streets with corner stores, community restaurants, and neighborhood shops were the suppliers of energy to sustain this civic ballet. Rapid suburbanization helped re-choreograph and focus this activity into shopping malls surrounded by sprawling roadways. Today’s trend is a return to urban living. Expanding urban centers and urbanized suburbs are different now, characterized by changing demographics, values and rapid adoption of new technology in all aspects of life, from mobility to e-commerce, augmented reality in communications – in short, the amplified smart city. Goods, services and sustenance remain at the center of urban life, and a measure of the livable city – exemplifying issues of equity, safety and affordability. Income inequality has risen 75% in urban centers over the past 20 years. Affordability at all levels from housing to food is constantly challenged. While urban crime in the US has steadily decreased over the same twenty years, recent studies also show that city living seems to increase sensitivity to social stress. Safety takes on a new dimension. How will retail continue to be a part of the social life of cities, redefining its relation to streetscapes and the public realm? How can, and will, this change the face of retail, and thus, our communities? Register by: 11-15-2017 / Submit by: 11-15-2017 View the full article
  5. The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition is a global search for an outstanding design team to create a new cultural destination for Australia. Adelaide Contemporary will showcase an exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art. It will benefit from a strategic site on the city’s cultural boulevard and combine a contemporary gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. Adelaide Contemporary will extend the concept of an art destination and combine new public and cultural features, creating an accessible community meeting place and integrating art, education, nature and people. This two-stage international competition is seeking architect-led creative teams with an initial open call for Expressions of Interest. Following this, up to six teams will be selected to develop a concept design at the second stage. These teams will need to include an architect registered with the Australian Institute of Architects. An honorarium of AU$90,000 will be paid to each of the shortlisted teams at Stage Two. To enter, competitors will need to read the Competition Conditions, fill out an online form and upload documents detailing their company information, proposed team composition and relevant experience, and project understanding and approach. The deadline for responses is 21:30 ACDT / 11:00 GMT Friday 24 November 2017. Register by: 11-24-2017 / Submit by: 11-24-2017 View the full article
  6. Competition / Amsterdam Art Bridge / Archasm

    Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is said to be a city with heart.The polycentric city of Amsterdam has its heart and soul lying in its ring of canals and bridges that bind the concentric and infinite loop that the city is. The city is popularly called the ‘Venice of North’, for its more than one hundred kilometers of canals, around 90 islands and about 1500 bridges. The canals and bridges of Amsterdam are as typical a symbol of the Netherlands as are its museums and art centres. The city has a very strong cultural and artistic identity. Amsterdam is the most important cultural and artistic centre to the north from Paris and between London and Cologne. Art galleries play a major role on the rich cultural scene of Amsterdam - along with theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, design centers, and periodical events such as cultural festivals and art fairs. Amsterdam is known for its heavy-hitters of art history – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh. The city of museums is the one of the most important destination for the art-mappers of the world. Architecture is also a physical manifestation and expression of art and there is no surprise that Amsterdam has become renowned as the City of beautiful Bridges. Linking the city’s distinct neighborhoods through an intricate, slowly evolving web, these structures – some of which date back more than 350 years – help bicycles, scooters, locals, tourists, cars, horses, cats and dogs across its roads and over its waters. The very famous and different city bridges like Magere Brug, Nesciobrug, Torensluis, Hogesluis and Blauburg etc. offer a view of different cityscapes through their eyes and ears. The aim of the competition is to design an iconic pedestrian bridge in the heart of Amsterdam that will also function as an art gallery, performance venue and a very dynamic public space. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for a European capital city. Innovate and redefine the aesthetic approach towards designing a bridge. The bridge is a structure built to link two points that are separated by physical obstacles such as a water body or undulated terrain. Footbridges or pedestrian bridges are designed to span relatively shorter distances and provide passage over the obstacles. Pedestrian bridges are light-weight insertions that are designed to take the load of people on foot and even cyclists, rather than heavy vehicular traffic. The competition asks the participants to reinvent the structure of a bridge as a sculptural and artistic expression so that it complements the landscape. Participants are encouraged to invent innovative contemporary structural systems for the bridge that add an architectural twist to the very basic functional design of the bridge. The aesthetic quality, materiality, volume and form of the bridge should add vitality, beauty and a sense of identity to the structure. Insert the aspect of a museum/gallery space on a pedestrian bridge to promote art as an inclusive expression and increase the overall vitality of the bridge. The participants should incorporate an on-the-way art district over the pedestrian bridge. The participants should try and break the exclusivity of art galleries, design centres and museums by fusing them into a widely-used public space. Art as an expression should reach out not just to the enthusiasts but for general public and tourists. The competition seeks the creation of a museum/gallery experience in a new format by inserting the function on a daily use bridge structure. The idea is to involve and surround daily users of the bridge in an artistic dialogue rather than it being enclosed in a pre-defined space. The bridge-gallery prototype will be an important cultural landmark, giving an extra dimension to a ‘basic functional space’. Enrich community life by injecting, activating and rejuvenating the public space in and around the pavilion. The bridge should become an important landmark and reference point for the inhabitants and visitors of the city, a space that is integrated in the natural environment and that is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of activities in and around it. The bridge should rejuvenate the public life in the city and connect people in a more meaningful manner. Register by: 01-14-2018 / Submit by: 01-15-2018 View the full article
  7. Cartasia, the international paper Biennale, is looking for artists and designers from around the world to collaborate and create works of art, exhibitions and performances, following the theme chosen for the next edition: Chaos and Silence. Cartasia takes place in the beautiful city of Lucca between August and September 2018. Register by: 12-14-2017 / Submit by: 12-14-2017 View the full article
  8. It is with great pleasure that Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA and The Danish Arts Foundation announce the fifth joint venture competition Drawing of the Year 2017. This year's theme is Everyday Utopia. Everyday Utopia In 1516 Thomas More used the word Utopia for the first time to describe a perfect society, and the word has since been synonymous with something positive yet unrealistic. Through the architect's ability to dream and draw innovative solutions to challenges that are general and significant to all of us, the competition wishes to address and inspire solutions to these everyday challenges. We invite bold, inspiring, provocative, and innovative proposals for new ways of perceiving everyday utopia. On all scales and in all environments, from the smallest structure to complex facilities; from rural outskirts to suburban environments; from nature to expanding megacities. We encourage all architecture students to visualise dreams, to think freely and creatively without losing touch with reality. We ask for a new utopia! We accept drawings from students at architecture schools all over the world. The internationally acclaimed jury will award digitally produced drawings of everyday utopia that inspire, communicate and engage with architecture in an artistic way. After the competition, a curated selection of the submitted drawings will be exhibited. Digital drawings Drawing of the Year 2017 invites sketches and drawings created only by using digital technology. The competition aims to explore new tendencies in architectural drawing and challenge the use of new techniques and mixed media. We want the contestants to explore how digital drawing can push the boundaries of our perception of drawing as a craft. And we would like to encourage contestants to examine how digital drawings can express artistic skills. Register by: 11-20-2017 / Submit by: 11-20-2017 View the full article
  9. For this year’s competition we’ve teamed up with the Center for Architecture and Design (CFA) to give you, the creative thinkers reading this, a chance to really express your design chops. In this design competition we are asking you to simply rethink and show what the facade of the Center should be! The Center for Architecture and Design just developed a brand new space that is open, engaging, and meaningful for those that dare to enter through the same ol’ façade. But what is THE façade of the Center for Architecture and Design? How can the façade call upon it’s founding principles? For this competition we are really looking for how YOU define the façade: how it pushes the envelope,both physically and subliminally, how it addresses the experiences of those coming into or passing by and how it engages the public both inside and out beyond a visual connection. Submission: (1) 16:9 ratio, 3000px width minimum 300 ppi Rendering of the exterior elevation of the storefront (view to match models given AFTER registration) Provide a narrative on your interpretation of the current storefront and how the Center for Architecture and Design provides for the design community and the citizens of Philadelphia at large. 250-500 words OPTIONAL: 24 in. x36 in. PDF supplemental imagery/board to further understand your concept, file size limited to 10MB. For more information and registration: bit.ly/2eDCDtM Register by: 09-24-2017 / Submit by: 10-01-2017 View the full article
  10. 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. Take the risk! FRAMEWORK - Biomimetic All living forms present in nature carry mathematical formulas and quantifications. The interpretation of these forms can be the great achievement for architecture that, intelligently, should translate them into solutions and needs in a sustainable and functional strategy. Natural examples are biological inspirations of efficiency and aesthetic / functional balance. The way of looking at forms can finally awaken to the simplicity of what more complex exists on the face of the earth: life itself. Register by: 10-21-2017 / Submit by: 10-22-2017 View the full article
  11. The Dubai International Award For Best Practice 21 years of recognizing excellence in urban best practice The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat present the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The 2017 Award comes at a critical time; with the New Urban Agenda being signed in October last year, this is a distinct opportunity to show case the most effective interventions for improving the lives of urban residents around the globe. In line with Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – the Best Practice Award recognizes significant contributions which: Have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people’s quality of life; Are the result of effective partnerships between the public, private and civic sectors of society; Are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable. In addition, the award reflects the policy and commitment of the Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards the sustainable development of human settlements and the protection of the environment. Working closely with UN-Habitat, the award represents the importance of strong and coherent partnerships in implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDG 11, and delivering socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities for all. The award is open to all sectors: national and regional governments; local authorities and their associations; non-governmental organizations; multilateral agencies; community based organizations; research and academic institutions; public and private foundations; media entities and individuals. Register by: 08-31-2017 / Submit by: 08-31-2017 View the full article
  12. Indigenous Housing Competition Canada invites everyone, students and professionals, to submit ideas for remote access Indigenous Community housing in Canada. PURPOSE The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of Indigenous Housing in Canada and improve opportunities available to design, deliver and maintain housing for remote access Indigenous Canadians. BACKGROUND There are over 600 Indigenous Communities in Canada with over 60 ethnic groups located in diverse landscapes, many with remote access. Current housing is provided by Indigenous Communities or with funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Housing demand can exceed supply causing overcrowding. LOCATION The location may be any remote access Indigenous Community in Canada not served by year-round allweather roads. Transportation to communities is currently limited to air, sea lift or temporary winter road during February and March. Winter road width restriction at bridges is 4.9 metres. Register by: 11-14-2017 / Submit by: 11-14-2017 View the full article
  13. Competition / Barcelona Social Housing / ARCHmedium

    INTRODUCTION Barcelona is going through a moment of housing emergency where 40% of the purchases of flats are made only to invest and the increase of tourist apartments exponentially increases the price of rents. There are large numbers of empty homes and the lack of rental housing makes the neighbors forced to move, a phenomenon known as gentrification. Currently Barcelona only has 1.5% of social rental housing, a figure far removed from the 50% in Vienna, or 30% in cities such as Berlin or Paris. Barcelona City Council considers access to housing a priority and is implementing policies to increase these figures. PROPOSAL Sensitive to this problem, from ARCHmedium we invite students and young architects to explore new typologies about social housing in a consolidated environment in the center of Barcelona. We propose the transformation of an existing office building from the 20th century to social housing. The existing 18.000m2 will house 160 homes and small scale businesses. The objective of the competition is to guarantee the social function of housing through rethinking the housing space. Proposals must explore new typologies and urban ways to respond to the program and improve the scope of intervention. The intervention must meet the highest environmental criteria, seeking a low energy consumption. Register by: 11-19-2017 / Submit by: 12-04-2017 View the full article
  14. Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, researchers and students are invited to submit works planned or written since 2011. PowerPoint or PDF presentations, not exceeding 5mb, should include a short explanatory text describing the project, location, purpose, its uniqueness and date of completion. Project of the Year Competition is international and runs in six categories: buildings, not-yet-built projects, interior design, landscape architecture, student works and research contributing to architecture.. Extra credit will be assigned to creativity, feasibility, climate and environmental awareness. Projects reaching final stage will be published in a special issue of Architecture of Israel. Registration: www.aiq.co.il +972-9-955-1500 Register by: 09-15-2017 / Submit by: 09-15-2017 View the full article
  15. Collegiate institutions can start planning for the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero), which is at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, April 21–22, 2018. The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution. The competition challenges collegiate teams to design zero energy ready buildings that are so high performance and energy efficient that all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. Through this competition, future architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs gain the skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems. See the new 2018 competition guide, team application website, and the 2017 competition results . Key upcoming dates for the next competition: • November 2017 – All participating teams must complete the team application and are encouraged to submit a 3-page Project Introduction. • September 2017 to March 2018 – Webinars and building science training are offered. • April 2018 – Finalist teams complete their project submittals and compete with presentations to industry leaders. The Competition Collegiate teams are posed with a design problem and are asked to either create a new building design that satisfies the project requirements or redesign an existing floor plan. The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification or the forthcoming Advanced Energy Design Guide For K-12 School Buildings–Achieving a Zero Energy Building. Each team spends 4 to 10 months designing a building to compete in one of five contests within the residential and commercial categories: • Residential: Suburban Single-Family Housing - Urban Single-Family Housing - Attached Housing - Small Multifamily Housing • Commercial: Elementary School. A total of 40 invited teams complete the project and attend the competition event, where they present their designs to a panel of expert jurors, compare their efforts to those of other teams, learn from presentations by thought leaders, and engage with a variety of organizations about energy careers. Competition Requirements Each team must be sponsored by a collegiate institution, be comprised of at least three students and a faculty advisor, and have a designated team lead. Student teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary and have industry advisors, such as local home builders, to help inform their decision-making process. Details on the competition requirements will be published in the 2018 Student Design Competition Guide. Learn more at the Race to Zero competition requirements webpage. Register by: 11-07-2017 / Submit by: 04-03-2018 View the full article
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