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Call for Entries: Baghdad Design Centre September 9th

Tamayouz Excellence Award is delighted to invite students, designers and architects worldwide to transform the current unused site of the Old Governorate Building into the Baghdad Design Centre in the city's Cultural District, Al-Rusafa. The competition hopes to see a new architectural approach that helps Baghdad celebrate its architecture and heritage. The transformation of the site into a Design Centre that showcases the best of contemporary design and is also a space of creative collaboration forms the basis of the brief. Whilst creating a new and optimistic vision for the future of design within Iraq the proposals should also set a benchmark for the respectful treatment of cultural heritage in a true fusion of the old and the new. ELIGIBILITY Architects, students, engineers and designers are invited to participate in this prize. Participation can be on an individual or team basis (maximum of four team members). We encourage the participation of multidisciplinary teams. SCHEDULE 09 / February / 2018 - Start of Early bird registration. 06 / June / 2018 - Start of the Standard registration. 01 / September / 2018 - Last week for registration. 06 / September / 2018 - Closing date for Registration. 09 / September / 2018 - Closing date for Submissions. November / 2018 - Announcement of Results. December 2018 - Annual Tamayouz Excellence Award Ceremony. All Deadlines are 11:59 pm GMT (London) PRIZES PRIZE WINNER: $5000 + The Rifat Chadirji Statuette + Trip to the 2018 Award Ceremony (Flights & Hotel covered by the organisers) 2nd & 3rd PRIZES: $1000 Each + Certificate + Trip to the 2018 Award Ceremony Flights & Hotel covered by the organisers) PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD $500 + Certificate 7 x Honourable Mentions: Certificates TOP 20 & TOP 50 Published on our website and social media pages THE AWARD CEREMONY: An invitation to attend the Tamayouz Award Annual Ceremony for the Top Three mentioned above (Flight and Accommodation costs covered by the organisers of the prize; Tamayouz Excellence Award), Every year Tamayouz International Award chooses a different city to host the ceremony, in 2017 it was held in Amman - Jordan. This year’s City will be announced later in the year. Download the information related to this competition here. The site is the old Baghdad Governorate Building in Al-Rusafa side of Baghdad (old Al-Rusafa area), the site lies between Al-Rasheed st. to the north, Al-Mutanabbi st., Al-Shuhadaa Bridge and Madrasa Mustansiriya to the east, the Abbasid Palace to the west and Al-Qishla and Tigris river to the south. The partially remaining building fabric on the competition site is what was once the Old Baghdad Governorate Building built in the early 20th century. The Old Baghdad Governorate building was heavily damaged (only the skin of the building remains) due to the looting and the vandalism in the week that followed the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.  The site is currently underused, and have not been properly maintained. The competition site and the skin of the old building are now called Al-Multaqa (the meeting point), where people usually meet before heading to the crowded surrounding areas.

WASTE: LAGOS LANDFILL STADIUM

Rapid urban growth and growing inequality has created a global crisis in housing that increasingly segregates the rich from the poor. Though not fully understood, there is a clear and parallel relationship between the size of a city and its level of socio-economic disparity: the larger the city, the less equal it tends to be. Physical and social segregation, which both reflects and perpetuates socio-economic disparity within a city, is a growing concern in cities worldwide - including Mumbai. The long-term success of a city depends on the collective well-being of all its inhabitants. To what extent can architecture support social inclusion and break down spatial segregation within the megacity? arch out loud challenges competition entrants to design a mixed residence development on one of the last undeveloped sections of Mumbai’s coastline. Entrants will design for both the indigenous fishing community that has occupied the site for hundreds of years - as well as a new demographic drawn to the affluent neighborhood that now encompasses the site. Proposals should identify architectural and planning solutions that support integration between these socio-economically distinct communities. JURY Neil Denari - Neil M Denari Architects | UCLA AUD Joshua Ramus - Founding Principal, REX Zeina Koreitem - Founder, MILLIØNS | Harvard GSD Thom Moran - Founder, T + E + A + M | University of Michigan Taubman College Tei Carpenter - Founder, Director, Agency-Agency | Columbia GSAPP Ahmed ElHusseiny - Founder, AE Superlab Olalekan Jeyifous - Artist/ Designer, Vigilism.com Nate Appleman - Director, HOK Sports Recreation & Entertainment Ola-Dele Kuku - Architect & Artist Andres Jaque - Founder, Andres Jaque Architects - Office for Political Innovation | Columbia GSAPP REWARDS Prizes total to $8,000 OVERALL WINNER - $5,000 + AO feature and certificate 3 Runners up - $1,000 each + AO feature and certificate 10 Honorable Mentions - AO feature and certificate Directors Choice - AO feature and certificate CALENDAR Advanced Registration: Jul 23 - Sep 10 Early Registration: Sep 11 - Oct 29 Regular Registration: Oct 30 - Dec 16 Submission Deadline: Dec 17 To register and view more info and models visit www.archoutloud.com/waste

London Affordable Housing Challenge

London is home to some of the most expensive properties in the world, making access to affordable housing almost impossible to all but the very rich. According to a report by UBS Wealth Management, London homes are the second most over-priced in the world, and closely behind Vancouver in its “bubble risk rating”. London house prices increased by 25% from 2014-2016, mainly due to foreign investment and low interest rates, making it the second-least affordable housing bubble in the world after Hong Kong. For the London Affordable Housing Challenge, participants are asked to design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Britain’s capital city. In order to be successful, designs need to be easily rolled out to increase the capacity of housing stock, while at the same time with minimal use of land and resources. Successful designs will be flexible enough to be adapted to any location across the city, and accommodate different inhabitant capacity requirements. No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. As there is no one specified location for this challenge, participants are free to create designs in a London location of their choice, as long as it fits in with the brief of supplying affordable housing to residents. This architecture competition requires for both prudent planning and out of the box thinking. Winning participants will need to apply unique strategies as well as creative designs to tackle the housing crisis, while at the same time remaining in keeping with the city’s situation and heritage. COMPETITION PROGRAMME: Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within London, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials. No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible enough to adopt to different sizes for various inhabitant capacity requirements. Designs for the London Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city. The designs should also be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements. PRIZES: 3 winning proposals 2 special awards and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows: 1st Prize - US $3,000 2nd Prize - US $1,500 3rd Prize - US $500 + 6 honourable mentions BB Student Award - US $500 BB Green Award - US $500 COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Early Bird Registration: APRIL 30 - JUNE 5 Advance Registration: JUNE 6 - JULY 17 Last Minute Registration: JULY 18 - OCTOBER 9 Closing date for registration: OCTOBER 9, 2018 Closing date for submission: NOVEMBER 5, 2018 (11:59pm GMT) Announcement of the winners: NOVEMBER 28, 2018 More information - LONDONHOUSING.beebreeders.com

Seduction Pavilion

YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and the Foundation Fashion Research Italy – in cooperation with the Cineteca di Bologna - launch “Seduction Pavilion”, an architectural competition to design and realize an installation that will became a real landmark of an exhibition that the Foundation is going to dedicate to the endless beauty of aspiring female celebrities and pin-ups. A cash prize of € 10,000 + realization of the 1st prize project will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of, among the others, Patricia Urquiola (Studio Urquiola), Fabio Novembre (Studio Fabio Novembre), Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA), Claudio Silvestrin (Claudio Silvestrin Architects)

  • BRIEF

Refinery, elegance and seduction. The female universe has always been a sacred horizon, a mysterious threshold that has been inspiring a wide range of expressions of human culture. For women the first simulacra were sculpted by human hands, for women the Caryatids of the Acropolis of Athens were created. The sensuality captured by the ancient oral tradition of the Aeneid and the Old Testament is the female sensuality.

The characters of the woman are countless. They have been dotting the history of humankind in the enduring pursuit of an ever-changing beauty. Cinema and fashion have been celebrating such a bewitching and generating power for decades in an ongoing story of seduction and elegance.

Therefore, the Foundation Fashion Research Italy and the Cineteca di Bolognaaim at paying tribute to this female horizon, to this story of beauty and deep dignity. They will do so, by creating an architectural installation. Through a selection of rare photographs, it will describe the forgotten world of failed female stars: enchanting beauties that have almost been part of the Hollywood and Italian star system but never achieved fame.

How to represent the world of aspiring female celebrities and pin-ups? How to express- through architecture- the seducing power of the female universe? 

By answering these questions, designers will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the seducing fascination of nameless female stars. They will have the chance to create their own museum installation, which will be in the world a symbol and expression of style and femininity. Moreover, it will redeem the celebrity dream of stars that never achieved fame.

It will be located at the entrance of the Foundation Fashion Research Italy. It will be displayed to the world during the first edition of the Fashion Film Festival curated by the Cineteca di Bologna. The installation will welcome visitors with a story of sensuality and beauty able to connect them to a fragment of one of the most stunning and mysterious mosaics of history: the woman.

  • JURY

- Patricia Urquiola(Studio Urquiola)

- Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (Oma)

-  Fabio Novembre (Studio Fabio Novembre)

-  Claudio Silvestrin (Claudio Silvestrin Architects)

-  Alberto Masotti (Fashion Research Italy)

- Gian Luca Farinelli (Cineteca di Bologna)

- Flaviano Celaschi (University of Bologna)

- Carlotta Zucchini (The Plan)

  • PRIZES

1st   PRIZE  5.000 € + REALIZATION

2nd  PRIZE 3.000 €

3rd  PRIZE  1.000 €

2 GOLD MENTIONS 500  € each

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

30 FINALISTS

  • CALENDAR

11/06/2018 “early bird” registration – start

08/07/2018 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end

09/07/2018 “standard” registration – start

05/08/2018 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end

06/08/2018 “late” registration – start

09/09/2018 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “late” registration – end

12/09/2018 (h 12.00 pm – midday - GMT) material submission deadline

More information on: www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com

Contact us at: yac@yac-ltd.com

Dancing – Alternative Designs for Clubs

Summary  The aim of the “dancing” competition is to develop design proposals for the nightclub typology, intended as a place to experience entertainment in relation to music: listen, perform, dance. The participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of a club. Recently a series of new initiatives have emerged in relation to music entertainment and dance. While festivals and morning discos have extended the duration of musical events over the limited span of one night, silent discos and flash mobs exceeded the boundaries of the club, reinventing the way and the place where music events were occurring. In the meantime, music and dance have been used also for therapies and training, as means of self-improvement and realization.Technological advances and streaming services made music much more accessible, increasing consumption and drastically facilitating production and distribution. Within this context, with critical thinking and creative attitude, the participants are urged to create an artifact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. the proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or an urban plan. The scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project. Prizes WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN ONE WINNER Non architecture competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winners will be in fact three, all equally important. In addition 9 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions. The prizes are the following: Winners (3 Prizes) 1,000 euros Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs 3 Books by DOM Publisher Honourable Mentions (9 Prizes) Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs Finalists Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books Jury & Calendar  Rebeca Sanchez & Miquel Clot – Directors at Ledscontrol Lukas Feireiss – Founder of Studio Lukas Feireiss Marc Roma Trepat Perez – Architect at B\TA & co-founder of Heads&Tails; INC 1–15 February 2018 – Special Registration (30 €) period 16 February-15 March 2018 – Early Registration (45 €) period 16 March -15 April 2018 – Regular Registration (60 €) period 16 April -27 April 2018 – Late Registration (75 €) period 15 April 2018 – Submission opened on our website 30 April 2018 – Submission Deadline (23.59 GMT+0) 21-26 May 2018 – Winners announcement 21 April 2018 – Call for Papers for the “Dancing – Non Architectural Clubs” book starts 21 May 2018 – Call for Papers for the “Dancing – Non Architectural Clubs” book ends 1 September 2018 – The “Dancing – Non Architectural Clubs” book is available DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF HERE

Coexist: Rethinking Zoos

· introduction ·  Future of zoos will be decided in the next few years. We are facing radical changes in the concept. Over the decades we have been proved that animal captivity, in most cases in terrible conditions, has affected badly their quality of life and their expected lifetime. The raison d’être and the welfare of the more than 3.5 million animals that they contain around the world are increasingly questioned. These places, emerged between the eighteenth and nineteenth century, deeply linked to colonialism and the discovery of new worlds, must evolve adapting to the new needs. The question is how to do so.  · a change of direction ·  Over time, zoos mission has evolved, from being just collections of animals, a symbol of power and greatness of many empires, almost exclusively for the enjoyment of the population, to fulfill other objectives. This evolution goes hand in hand with a growing scientific interest and greater possibilities for research and study. This growing respect for the animals around us means that more and more people are working to look after and maximize animal welfare. · challenge · Archstorming is calling for proposals to create an infrastructure that rethinks the zoo concept and gives it a twist, this time thinking about animals and their conservation over the exhibition to humans. The project is located in the current Zoo of Barcelona. The animal species that will be located in the zoo, as well as their distribution, will be at the discretion of the participant. In the same way, the reuse or elimination of the current infrastructures of the Barcelona Zoo will also be optional. · deadlines · JANUARY​ 15th       EARLY REGISTRATION OPENS     (40€/team)* FEBRUARY 14th      EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES    (40€/team)* FEBRUARY 15th      REGULAR REGISTRATION OPENS     (60€/team)* MARCH 14th     REGULAR REGISTRATION CLOSES    (60€/team)* MARCH 15th     ADVANCED REGISTRATION OPENS     (80€/team)* APRIL 18th      SUBMISSION DEADLINE MAY 3rd      WINNERS ANNOUNCED · prizes · Prizes totaling 5.700€, broken down as follows: 1st PRIZE - 4.000 € 2nd PRIZE - 1.000€ 3rd PRIZE - 500€ PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - 200€ + 10 honorable mentions

ASA International Design Competition: Vex Agitated Vernacular

1.DESIGN BRIEF

This year’s ASA International Design Competition aims to upend the typical associations of vernacular architecture and design. The term ‘VEX’ can be approached from a multitude of perspectives, all to challenge, or agitate, the stereotypes of what vernacular should or should not be.

One tends to assume that vernacular architecture is in opposition to modern architecture and lifestyle. There is the perception that vernacular is something that is traditional and therefore is considered to be technologically ‘inept’ or ‘crude.' This relegates vernacular design to irrelevance in today’s society and also implies that it is immutable and static, and ‘unimprovable.’

The challenge of the competition is for participants to create a new type of vernacular with characteristics not commonly associated with vernacular design. The competition is looking to showcase new vernacular design that is mutable, inventive and capable of self-renewal.

The goal is to re-think vernacular as something that can assume performative roles and possess generative potentials. The Jury will reward entrants that can demonstrate vernacular design that is dynamic and is particularly suited to innovation, invention and relevance.

VEX asks:  How can Vernacular agitate the status quo?

- Can Vernacular be a catalyst, a variable, a process, rather than a static element?

- Can Vernacular be a language from which others can spring from and use?

2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Each submission must include the following contents:

2.1. The participant can select any specific site as the site of their design. The subject can be architecture, urban design or interior design.

2.2.  After identifying the site, provide conceptual drawings, analytical drawings, sections, plans, renderings or perspective drawings in any scale. Demonstrate how vernacular quality modifies the subject and the resulting design outcome.

3. DELIVERABLES

3.1. Five (5) Graphic Slides: Square Format 420×420 mm each

-  High resolution PDF @ 300 dpi (maximum file size of combined 5 PDF slides: 20* MB)

-  Recommendation: font size used in the graphics should not be less than 11 pt. for

   printing clarity.

-  File name: Firstname_Lastname_300.pdf

3.2. Project Description in English, maximum 300 words

Files that do not meet the specified requirements will not be taken into consideration.

For more details on deliverables and submission process please refer to the competition website.

4. AWARDS

First prize: 4,000    USD

Second prize:  2,000    USD

Third prize: 1,000    USD

Honorable Mention: 3 x 500    USD

5. COMPETITION TIMELINE

-  Official Announcement of competition:  January 30, 2018

-  Online Submission for competition begins: January 30, 2018

-  Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2018

-  Announcement of shortlisted entries: April 15, 2018

-  Finalist Judging and Awarded entries: May 6, 2018

6. REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION

-  Registration is free.

-  Register and submit online at www.asacompetition.com

7. ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE

-  Open to students, architects, urban planners, designers, artists and thinkers.

-  Submit as an individual or as a team.

-  No restrictions on age, gender or nationality.

-  No limits on the number of submissions.

-  Work cannot be published elsewhere before.

-  Submission cannot be built work or completed projects.

-  The entrant should have legal rights and copyrights to all the material submitted.

   If the project contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant,

   the submission shall be excluded from any consideration.  If it is later known that

   rights have been violated, the prize and award will be recalled.

-  The copyright of the project belongs to the entrant.

-  All materials submitted may be displayed and/or published at the discretion of

   The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.

Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition

The Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco international competition for students and young architects consists in proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco. San Francisco is the fourth largest city in the State of California, with a population of around 860,000 distributed over 121 km2. It is located on the West Coast of the United States, on the north end of the San Francisco peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and connected to the mainland to the south. San Francisco is one of the most important cities of the United States, one of the most well-known cultural, technological and financial centres of California, at the leading edge of research in biotechnology and biomedicine, where the opportunities generated by the internet revolution continue to attract residents and skilled workers with high salaries. It also welcomes more than 16 million tourists a year, drawn by the iconic image of the city. Its music, cinema and monuments are recognized around the world. It was in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, when the small trading post known as Yerba Buena became the incoming port for numerous ships transporting thousands of fortune hunters from all over the world. The population grew from 400 to 25,000 residents in just one year. The promise of great fortunes was so tempting that the crews of the arriving ships deserted them and hurried to the gold fields, leaving the Port of San Francisco filled with ghost ships. Mud and gravel was dumped into the bay due to mining activity, extending the boundaries of San Francisco 10 blocks out from its natural border. With the outbreak of World War II, the port became a military logistics centre involving nearly all the piers, with ships and troops and warships docked all along the Embarcadero. After the war and the arrival of container ships, commercial traffic moved to the Port of Oakland, thanks also to the construction of the Bay Bridge. The piers fell into disuse and were relegated to storage or abandoned. Today, the north-eastern shore of San Francisco has been reborn as a walking path flanked by palm trees and with a trolley, where numerous piers have been transformed into restaurants, office buildings and commercial areas. There are plans to build a museum, a cruise ship terminal and other services and attractions for residents and visitors.   OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPETITION The objective of this competition for students and young architects, Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco, consists in proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco. Thanks to its privileged location, the proposed space will seek to become an international  meeting point for students and researchers, as well as for lovers of culture and general knowledge, where consultation, open-air reading or technological innovation will attract inhabitants or visitors. The BaBH aspires to be the future of traditional libraries, an evolution in the how we understand, use and enjoy this source of knowledge, a museum of (not) books adapted to today’s world, and where culture becomes a unique sensory experience. In a city filled with iconic images known around the world, this new space should become the new cultural reference of San Francisco, the flagship of the strong shoreline that is currently flowering.   JURY   Kim Herforth Nielsen - Co-founder and Principal of 3XN Architects Masahiro Harada - Co-founder of MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO Ada Yvars - Principal of Mangera Yvars Architects Sara de Giles - Principal of MGM Morales de Giles Arquitectos Vanessa Vielma - Director of ArchDaily Mexico Manuel J. Feo- Professor at ETSA Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Diego Botella, Álvaro Jiménez, Omar Páez & Yacme Mangrané- Winner team of MoAN Egypt competition   PRIZES € 6,375 in prizes + 1 year free subscriptions to Arquitectura Viva magazine + 1 year free subscriptions to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Digital publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Digital publication in Arquitectura Viva + Digital publication in Metalocus + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell.   +INFO & REGISTRATION: http://www.arquideas.net/competition/bay-book-house
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“Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump” competition winners announced

The winners for the Reality Cues-organized competition, Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump, have been revealed. The competition, announced back in August, aimed to add kindling to Donald J. Trump’s slowly-simmering isolationism-filled cauldron by challenging entrants to invert one of Trump’s signature policy initiatives—building a wall separating Mexico from the United States—by designing a wall separating Trump from the rest of us. The competition asked participants to articulate this wall using the real estate properties the tycoon is famous for plugging while on the campaign trail. The winners of the competition are as follows:
  • Best overall image:  FIREWALL - You're Fired...Just Kidding, You're Stuck Here Forever! by Zachary Wilson
  • First runner-up: Taco Truck Block Party by Rajiv Fernandez
  • Second Runner-up: The Future is Bleak by Rob Anderson
  • Third runner-up: 2001 A Trump Odyssey by Sara Castillo
  • Fourth runner-up: Decorated Shed by Emily Johnson
The competition organizers described their aims for the competition as harnessing the power of the internet toward the goal of generating new content out of communally-owned images, saying:
Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the “share” button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between the so-called virtual and real. The Good Walls make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump competition looks to accelerate this process to see just how fuzzy we can get.
See the Reality Cues website for a full list of winners and entrants.
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Enter this competition to design a wall separating Donald Trump from the United States

Adding to the debate revolving around Donald J. Trump’s problematic campaign pledge to install a wall along the US-Mexico border, Reality Cues, an internet-based competition organizer, has announced a charrette aimed at designing a different kind of wall. Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump asks entrants to simultaneously combine the candidate’s love for bad architecture with his penchant for fortifications. Instead of calling into question the politics, logic, morality, or economics of Trump’s proposal, Reality Cues invites contestants to instead design a wall separating Trump from the rest of the United States. A brief posted to the Reality Cues website includes a collection of images depicting Trump’s private airplane, the Manhattan, Chicago, and Las Vegas locations of Trump Tower, and the Trump National Golf Course, and requires their use in submitted proposals. The brief cites the psychological power of calling for a divisive wall in an era of uncertainty; the competition asks entrants to translate their own angst as they manipulate Trump’s architectures. The brief's provocation is a simple one: “redefine the architectural content (in the provided photographs) or insert architecture of your own to separate it from the rest of the country.” The competition format follows those of earlier briefs deployed by the self-described “public experiment in communication and design” group which aimed to generate ideas around the notion of “Eco-Porn,” a nude photograph of Le Corbusier, and a set of stock internet images. The group, headed by an activist named Archistophanes, aims to “press architects to explore and question the techniques and conventions or tropes upon which (they) rely to communicate ideas concerning space, form, and use.” Regarding the intentions behind the competiton, Archistophanes told The Architect's Newspaper, "The charrette proposal is meant to be a nod to Trump's 'eye for an eye,' reactionary style of responding to criticism. In this vein, I felt it only natural that a bookend to his absurd proposal for The Wall is an equal and opposite wall proposal: between him and everyone else." "I'm more interested in the wall itself and how it represents division and isolationism," he continued. "The charrette is political, no doubt, but how this plays out architecturally will be the revealing aspect of the exercise." A  jury posted to the competition website includes a variety of design and urbanism journalists as well as several designers and architects. For more information on Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump, see the Reality Cues website. Competition entries are due September 8, 2016, with winners announced a month later.
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METALAB Wins San Antonio River Barge Competition

Back on April Fools, the City of San Antonio and the local AIA San Antonio chapter announced the winners and runners up for the second phase of their river barge design competition (no joke). Their top pick: Houston-based design firm METALAB’s proposal for a multi-purpose electric barge that could serve both leisure-oriented activities as well as commuters on the San Antonio River. The barge could host dinner events, sightseeing tours, parades, and provide local transportation. Design-wise, much of this will be accomplished through a modular decking system of flexible components that can be adapted for the variety of proposed functions and programs. The design features a single deck for easier wheelchair accessibility. The railings—taking design cues from papel picado (Mexican folk art paper cut out decorations typically displayed during holidays and special events)—lean out to made the barge feel more spacious. In second place: a proposal by San Antonio-based Luna Architecture + Design with Neptune Beach, FL-based Lay Pittman & Associates. And in third: Austin-based Sadi Brewton + Jonathan Davies. There were twelve teams in the initial competition phase, with the top three finalists given $7,500 to expand their design concepts. METALAB's concept could replace the existing aging barge network. “The current river barge design was created for HemisFair ’68 to offer visitors rides up and down the length of the river,” said Roberto C. Treviño, District 1 City Councilman and architect, in a statement. “METALAB’s design is modular, modern, and offers the possibility for barge uses we couldn’t have imagined before. This not only presents a great option for tourists, but is an opportunity for residents and the local entrepreneurial community to propose new and imaginative ways to use the river barges.” The city will present the proposal to City Council this spring, and expects to put out two requests for proposals this May, one for construction, and the other for programming and operations. If the design moves ahead, San Antonio residents and visitors should expect to see a barge prototype on the river by 2017, and the final fleet ready in 2018.
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Competition Details for NYC’s New Port Authority Bus Terminal

Calling all international architects, designers, urban planners, and engineers: the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is asking you to create a multi-disciplinary design team to submit designs and deliverables for a new bus terminal on Manhattan's west side near the aging existing terminal on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. The current terminal is the largest in U.S., supporting over 220,000 passenger trips each weekday. PANYNJ is seeking designs that address “an appropriate level of service to meet bus passenger demand, improved functionality for bus parking and staging, minimizing traffic impact on surrounding local streets, and sustaining safety and security.” While the two-phase competition opened earlier this month, the PANYNJ board just approved funds for the project this past week. The projected cost: $10-$15 billion. One alternative to the current Manhattan location was Secaucus, in northern New Jersey. “Scott Rechler, Andrew Cuomo’s top appointee to the Port Authority, had asked the agency to explore putting the new terminal near the Secaucus Junction train station in New Jersey,” reported New York Magazine. Rechler thinks a new larger bus terminal in NYC will worsen Lincoln Tunnel traffic. Those who didn't support his plan say it would require a train transfer for many traveling from New Jersey to downtown Manhattan. “As part of a deal announced Thursday, Rechler will drop his push for a Jersey-based terminal, and in exchange, New Jersey’s top appointee to the authority withdrew his opposition to a $4 billion reconstruction plan for La Guardia Airport’s central terminal.” The first competition phase deadline is April 12, 2016. The second phase will be due sometime late this summer. PANYNJ officials expect to announce a winner this September. The award: $1 million for the winning concept. More details on PANYNJ’s competition page.