Posts tagged with "Competitions":

Legendary Bird Home 2020

The LEGENDARY BIRD HOME 2020 competition is the first in a planned series of competitions looking to raise awareness for the global environmental crisis. This competition will be a collaboration with Birdly - a socially-responsible startup that aims to support environmental activism worldwide through funds raised by selling bird homes. Participants are tasked with presenting innovative and attention-grabbing designs for a legendary birdhouse that can be built at home, using materials and building methods that are both environmentally sustainable and easily available. Each project will need to include details of the building method and the materials to be used, ensuring that the structure could be built by a single person with tools that are widely available. In order to make the project more accessible, simple tools that are available at home are recommended, however more sophisticated techniques - like the use of a laser cutter - can be proposed. The winning designs will receive a share of the prize fund as well as media coverage, and their designs will be put forward for production and sale on, with half of the profit donated to selected charities.

Roversi Design Award Competition

*COMPETITION UPDATE: Registration deadline has been extended to April 5th. The submission deadline is  April 8th. CODE - COmpetitions for DEsigners  launches the “Roversi Design Award”, a competition of ideas aiming to design spaces for people’s life, work, and amusement in the 4.0 era of fluidity and dematerialization. A cash prize of € 10,000 will be awarded to the winners selected by an international jury panel made of, among the others,  Frans van Vuure (UNStudio), Peter Pichler, Nicholas Bewick (AMDL Circle), Livia Tani (Ateliers Jean Nouvel), Marco Costanzi, Massimo Iosa Ghini. BRIEF Fluidity. This seems to be the fundamental and most inescapable principle of life and contemporary design. In the digital age, the outcomes and transformations of time are not yet fully decipherable, and the only certainty is that everything changes and evolves at its own pace compared to the past. Today more than ever, life is about dynamism, change, searching for consecutive and precarious balance points, and architecture as a physical space is no exception to these rules. Workspaces are no longer bound to a place and a location. They are contexts of relationship, exchange, and discussion. Housing is no longer intended as a life project, but as consumer goods, and it is even better if it can be used over a short amount of time and without constraints. In turn, the spaces of culture take on an ephemeral dimension, as culture is increasingly affected by events, installations, and temporary exhibitions. What then is the role of architecture in the 4.0 era? It is intended as a piece of software, a device or a reconfigurable application, which can evolve in complex systems and grafts on the enormous hardware inherited from the past. That is to say, to major architectures that are no longer sustainable, often redesigned and internally reconfigured to serve as containers of modern fluidity. Cesare Roversi is one of the most qualified and influential interpreters of such fluidity. Cesare Roversi is a leading company with an artisan soul and over the past 70 years, it has been one of the most well-known brands of Italian furniture. Thanks to the work of expert yet delicate and skillful hands, simple furnishing elements became works of art enriched by shapes and designs that defied time. Masters of design such as Michele de Lucchi and Tobia Scarpa conceived these works. - A company that has been shaping the future for seventy years and that keeps wondering what the spaces of the future will look like. Today, this is a question that Cesare Roversi asks designers, inviting them to imagine life, work, and amusement in the 4.0 era of fluidity and dematerialization. Either way, what is sure is that quality, excellence, and passion for design will play a fundamental role in the life of the future. JURY PRIZES
  • 1st   PRIZE 5.000 €
  • 2nd  PRIZE 2.000 €
  • 3rd  PRIZE  1.000 €
  • 4 GOLD MENTIONS 500€ each
CALENDAR 01/20/2020  “early bird” registration – start 02/16/2020 (h 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end 02/17/2020  “standard” registration – start 04/5/2020  (h 11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end 04/8/2020  (h 12.00 pm – Midday - GMT) material submission deadline
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MVRDV designs a pancaked urban living room for Shenzhen

Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV has been selected as the winner of a competition to design the new Shimao ShenKong International Centre, a mixed-use collegiate complex to be built in Shenzhen, China’s Universiade New Town. Described as a “multi-level urban living room,” MVRVD’s typically captivating and interestingly massed concept, Shenzhen Terraces, beat out 27 other submissions from an array of international architecture firms. Founded in 2001, Shimao is one of China's largest real estate development companies. MVRDV's vision for the center doesn’t take the form of a single terraced building. Rather, the concept calls for a park-like campus populated by a cluster of “stacked plateaus” of various heights that will include a library, art gallery, and much more with an emphasis on culture- and education-focused programming. The largest layered structure, with its middle scooped out to form a monumental, semi-outdoor atrium, will feature a bus terminal and a conference center. All of the structures, which resemble flat sedimentary pebbles or stacks of thin misshapen pancakes, will be connected by a series of walkways that form a continuous, elevated pedestrian route throughout the just-north-of-one-million-square-foot compound. Although MVRDV has packed a lot in, Shenzhen Terraces will ultimately be a sheltered hangout space that shields students from the sometimes-brutal natural elements of South China. Writes MVRDV:
“The terraces are adapted to serve a diversity of functions: large overhangs shield the visitors from the hot sun, while offering places to sit and enjoy the view. These shaded terraces create places for plants and water basins that cool the verandas and create a climate buffer to the interiors. The edges of the terraces dip at strategic points to form connections between the various floors and to double as small outdoor auditoriums. In other places, the facades are pushed inwards to emphasize entrances and create recognizable places within the scheme to help visitors orient themselves.”
Like other MVRDV projects, Shenzhen Terraces was designed to have a low environmental impact, with the firm going as far to call it a “sustainable hub” for Shenzhen's sprawling Longgang District. “The abundant planting and water features reduce the local temperature and provide habitat for urban wildlife, while gardens and rainwater collection generate food and water resources,” writes the firm. “The concrete used in the buildings themselves will be made using recycled concrete as the aggregate, and photovoltaic panels will adorn extensive portions of the rooftops.” Openfabric, a young landscape architecture firm with offices in Rotterdam and Milan, collaborated with MVRDV to conceive Shenzhen Terrace’s expansive landscaping scheme that includes publicly accessible green roofs (on roof sections that aren’t populated by photovoltaic panels), grassy manmade hills, reflecting pools, tree-shaded plazas, “activity zones” for various recreational pursuits, and oblong green patches tucked beneath the terraces which “host planting that imitates the sub-tropical natural forests of the region.” “Shenzhen has developed so quickly since its origins in the 1970s,” MVRDV founding partner Winy Maas said in a press statement. “In cities like this, it is essential to carefully consider how public spaces and natural landscape can be integrated into the densifying cityscape. The urban living room of the Shimao ShenKong International Centre will be a wonderful example of this, and could become a model for the creation of key public spaces in New Town developments throughout Shenzhen. It aims to make an area that you want be outside, hang out and meet, even when it is hot—a literally cool space for the university district, where all communication space can be outside. It will truly be a public building.” Shenzhen Terraces is in-development and no construction date has been given.
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Airbnb launches $1 million fund for wacky homes

Airbnb has launched a $1 million design fund that encourages current and future hosts on the online hospitality platform to get totally and unabashedly freaky—architecturally speaking. Dubbed the Unique Airbnb Fund, the competition-based program is trying to find and finance a total of 10 “unconventional and unusual” living spaces via an online competition judged by near-EGOT-winning actor Billy Porter, Fokke Moerel, partner at Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV, and Kristie Wolfe, an Airbnb ‘Superhost’ and proprietor of a colossal, $199-a-night baked potato in—where else—Boise, Idaho. The Unique Airbnb Fund is a great initiative that makes hospitality exciting,” said Moerel in a news release. “It will empower people to create new spaces with daring, imaginative, and fantastic architecture.” Personal wunderkammers will be created for guests to appreciate and be inspired by. To be clear, the program isn’t specifically in search of habitable tuber crops, boots, beagles, baskets, or elephants, despite the hyper-memorable nature of mimetic architecture. Airbnb also mentions tree houses, windmills, geodesic domes, covered wagons, tiny houses, and yurts as being fair game given that searches for these types of spaces have grown 70 percent over the past year. Because sometimes, an IKEA-furnished mother-in-law apartment just won't cut it. Each of the 10 finalists selected will receive a $100,000 grant to help make their eccentric design concepts a reality with the idea that they’ll eventually become Airbnb listings. As the contest rules elaborate, winners don’t necessarily need to construct a freestanding, fully livable structure if their idea is chosen—winning concepts can be realized within existing homes or properties. Each submission will be judged equally on creativity, sustainability, social good, and, most importantly, feasibility. Entrants must also demonstrate that they currently have an Airbnb listing that could be renovated in the future, have a listing that’s in the midst of a renovation that’s singular nature would benefit from the grant, or have concrete plans to execute an off-kilter listing that could be fully realized with a helping hand from Airbnb. Grants will be divvied up and distributed to competition winners in equal parts during the initial thematic design phase, during the design development phase, and during the final construction documentation phase. The submission period closes on April 15, and winners will be selected by May 15. The listings are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Kurgi Observation Tower

Kurgi farm is located in the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Northern Europe and listed as a nature conservation area of international importance by UNESCO. Kurgi Farm is owned by a young couple, Kristaps and Laura, who were mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area. So much so that they decided to live there permanently. For the Kurgi Observation Tower competition, participants are tasked with designing a tower that will allow visitors to view and experience the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve in a new way. The proposed observation tower will be located on top of the hill of the Kurgi estate, to take in the spectacular views. Kristaps and Laura intend the tower to be a part of their ecotourism concept, offering guests a refuge from the busy city life, a chance to find harmony in the spectacular views of nature, and to provide them with therapeutic experiences with the horses. As Kurgi farm has expressed an interest in the construction of this tower, designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right. Download the full competition brief for more information! Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Open Call: 2A City Architecture Movie Awards 2020

We celebrate movies demonstrating ancient, contemporary, and modern architecture, representing a blend of talent, idea, vision, as well as commitment. The 2A City – Architecture Movie Awards provide critics, theorists, and architectural philosophers with a new median for architectural expression as well as a discussion. At the 2ACAMA, we believe that movies present a contemporary way to understand and envision space. The ultimate motive behind bringing the two Arts of Architecture and Cinema together lies in a deep standpoint. This viewpoint states that movies are a play of expressions and sequence of events. On the other hand, Architecture is a powerful and enduring identity that speaks for itself using built structures. Both share a relationship that goes a long way and is both shallow and intense. 2A City – Architecture Movie Awards – The Vision It is not easy to imagine cinema and movies taking place in a vacuum. Architecture is the panorama of films and cinema. Landscapes, houses, and cities comprise of the frames where filmmakers take account of people, lives, thoughts, and feelings. Their relationship, and in some cases, the results of this fusion are surprising – beyond doubt. The architecture in the movies comes out as a backdrop of the scene or as a framework of the action. But it doesn’t just serve as a background to frame a film. It plays an enormous role in setting the disposition, the story, as well as the unseen shades in the movie. Specific environments give rise to certain feelings, as well as meanings. Even though not said through words, the visual spur of space makes us visualize and examine how the people in space work and move. As the international audience grows, and new genres come into view, the 2A City – Architecture Movie Awards take account of more than just the film’s viewing. A lot of influential programs, lectures, as well as discussions, are to be organized that may add to the rational impact of the cinema and architecture. The Jury At 2ACAMA, the board of judges comprises of the independent panel of adjudicators who are “renowned professionals” in the fields of architecture, business, film production, education, publishing, as well as culture. Eva Sangiorgi Constanze Ruhm Golmar Kempinger-Khatibi Elise Feiersinger Karl-Heinz Klopf Sum and Substance At 2ACAMA, we believe that film controls space just as architecture persuades film. So, 2ACAMA has been designed to identify movies that make dependable and significant contributions to humankind and the built environment utilizing the art of cinema. A stunning gamut of architecture and cinema lovers from all over the world would witness the event. The venue for 2ACAMA is Belvedere 21 in Vienna, Austria, on 5 June 2020. The film registration for the 2A City – Architecture Movie Awards 2020 begins on Feb 15th, 2020. The registration deadline for the 2ACAMA 2020 is April 1st, 2020.

Mega Dunes Eco Lodges - Abu Dhabi

The Arabian Oryx is a medium-sized antelope that is native to the Middle East. It has long, straight horns, a tufted tail and a distinct shoulder bump, and it is the smallest member of the genus Oryx. Native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Oryx was considered extinct in the wild at the start of the 1970s. However, a number of breeding programs in zoos and private reserves meant that Arabian Oryx numbers slowly increased, and they were reintroduced into the wild from 1980. As of 2009, there are a number of Arabian Oryx living in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, yet the species is still listed as vulnerable. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and is home to rich, natural biodiversity which includes a number of unique desert-dwelling species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, including the Arabian Oryx. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is one of the driving forces behind efforts to maintain the emirate’s dwindling natural population, setting up and maintaining a number of environmentally protected areas. Established in 2018, the “Sheikh Zayed Protected Areas Network” consists of 13 terrestrial protected areas and covers over 15% of Abu Dhabi’s territory. The Qasar Al Sarab Protected Area covers 1304 square kilometers in which the Arabian Oryx roams freely; and the Arabian Oryx Protected Area, which covers 5975 square kilometers, is home to the largest population of Arabian Oryx in the world. In order to maintain public interest in these amazing creatures, and allow the public to view them up close, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) are looking to create a series of sustainable visitor lodges that can be positioned throughout the protected area. The key design feature would need to be sustainability, in such sensitive natural environments, the visitor lodges must not have a negative impact on the environment of the protected areas or any species living within. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is interested in constructing approximately 25 units within their protected areas, as such winning designs will need to involve creative solutions for construction and operation within these delicate environments, while at the same time providing an exciting and comfortable experience for visitors. Download full competition brief for more information! Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Tottenham Pavilion Project

Call out for architects, artists, innovators, and imaginators. Competition to design a new kind of public space to be seen by 1.6m people this summer and an international audience through the London Festival of Architecture. Tottenham Pavilion is a project born from the Harringay Warehouse District; a former industrial site that has, over the past 20 years, been converted into live-work spaces by artists, makers, musicians, and entrepreneurs. The community is a living example of anti-gentrification. The area has a unique power dynamic - it's not simply grass-root, nor bottom-up, that’s far too linear - it has a power source that comes from the clash of differences. This commission is about preserving the anti-gentrification resistance of the area. The winning concept will learn lessons from a very unique corner of London and reinterpret them for a wider audience. Part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020 program, both the winning and shortlisted designs will be featured in the festival.  

Helsinki Energy Challenge

In a drastic turn to eliminate coal as the main source of district heating, The City of Helsinki today kicks off the Helsinki Energy Challenge – a global one million euro competition to find the future of urban heating. With the aim to find a solution sustainable in the long term, ideas presented must not rely on fossil fuel or biomass-fired heating.

With the aim of becoming carbon-neutral by 2035 and with coal banned from energy production in Finland from 2029, Helsinki is strongly dedicated to the decarbonization of cities. Several cities already have ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions. The City of Helsinki takes things one step further in declaring that it will not rely on biomass-fired heating, making the city’s energy production, not just fossil-free, but truly sustainable.

In line with the strong commitment to decarbonization, Helsinki Mayor Mr. Jan Vapaavuori is taking radical action by launching a global one million euro challenge competition, urging innovators from around the world to propose game-changing solutions for the future of urban heating.

“Solving the urban heating challenge is crucial to reach global climate goals. Cities have a key role to play in the transition to a low carbon economy, and Helsinki is now taking an initiative to lead the way. We invite innovators from all around the world to use our city as a testbed to develop not just fossil-free, but truly sustainable, solutions. Together, we will create the future of heating to fight global warming,” says Mayor of Helsinki, Mr. Jan Vapaavuori.

The goal of the challenge is to find solutions that can be implemented in Helsinki by 2029 and that potentially could contribute to decarbonizing city heating around the world. The City of Helsinki is committed to openly sharing the solutions and know-how gathered from the challenge. Cities such as Toronto, Amsterdam, Vancouver, and Leeds as well as organizations like the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council and C40 City Solutions Platform, are already supporting the initiative, to name a few. “Climate change is a global crisis that will not be solved by quick fixes. With over half of the city’s heat coming from coal, we hope that our shift to sustainable energy can help inspire other cities and act as a real-life case that a transition is possible. Taking this next step might lead to a revolutionary breakthrough in our pursuit for a more sustainable city life.” says Mr. Vapaavuori. The scope of Helsinki’s heating system allows for a range of solutions, from large to small scale, but the ideal combination of solutions is yet to be found. The winning proposal could just as well include technological and business model innovations, as it could be a solution requiring system-level transformation. Proposed solutions will be evaluated based on climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost, implementation schedule, implementation feasibility, reliability and security of supply, and capacity. About the Helsinki Energy Challenge: The Helsinki Energy Challenge is a challenge competition, open globally to anyone who can propose a sustainable heating solution for Helsinki – consortiums, start-ups, larger and more established companies, research institutions, universities, research groups, and individual experts. The only requirement is that participants should join the competition as a team. The challenge is open for submissions from February 27, 2020, until May 31, 2020. By early July, finalists will be invited to a co-creation phase, which includes a 3-day boot camp, where they are provided support to develop their proposals, before presenting them to an international jury of experts who will name the winner(s). The winning solution(s) will be presented in November and awarded one million euros.

Vale de Moses Meditation Cabins

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat in the stunning remote forests of central Portugal is listed as one of the best retreats in the world by NatGeo UK Traveller, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian and several yoga magazines. Every year the retreat welcomes over 500 people from 60+ countries around the world, all looking to take time to be with themselves in a natural wilderness environment - abundant space to breathe and feel. The initial restoration of the Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat took five years and used traditional construction methods to reinvigorate four abandoned stone farmhouse cottages. Much of the work was done by hand - without electricity or power tools - and now eight years on, the retreat is looking to build new facilities for their guests. The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins competition is the first in a series of competitions based in Portugal and the first in partnership with Vale de Moses. For this competition, participants are being asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat. The cabin’s main purpose is to allow guests to experience treatments and meditation sessions that allow them to reconnect with themselves, and to the surrounding forest, gardens and natural elements. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist; providing a world-class healing space that connects each guest to the beauty of nature, while at the same time protecting them from its harsher elements. With winning designs being considered for construction - and Portugal’s reputation as one of the greenest countries in Europe - projects are expected to have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice, focusing on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques.

Architecture at Zero 2020

The 2020 Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy library for the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide the required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation. The preferred solution is an all-electric zero net energy library. The preferred solution will not include natural gas and will use electric power. ELIGIBILITY This competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, and designers anywhere in the world. AWARDS AND JUDGING Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to students and professional winners. Entries are judged on the presentation board highlighting the project and the supplementary documentation. A separate review panel will convene to jury the technical components, which will result in a Technical Evaluation provided to the Jury. The Jury will determine the winners from all submissions. The Technical Evaluation is not the sole criterion on which entries will be judged but acts as a complement to the overall project design evaluation. Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Winners will be announced in June 2020. Details forthcoming. DEADLINES The registration deadline is April 17, 2020, at 6:00 pm PST and the submission deadline is May 11, 2020, at 6:00 pm PST. Students must complete the registration form. Please note that the Architecture at Zero competition uses an electronic registration process. If you are submitting multiple projects, you will need to register each project separately. All submissions shall become the property of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which reserves the right to exhibit and reproduce any of the submissions. By submitting a project, the entrant agrees to all terms and conditions outlined in the Architecture at Zero Terms and Conditions. In any public use of the submissions, credit will be given to the design team. All submissions are final. SITE INSPECTION Representatives from the San Benito County Free Library and PG&E will lead a tour of the competition site on March 21, 2020, at 12 noon. This session will be filmed and questions and answers posted on the website for those unable to attend in person. To Attend: Please confirm your attendance via RSVP to Address: 470 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA Wear sturdy shoes. The tour will take approximately 60 minutes.

Ghost Town Refuge Competition

As the temples of Angkor and the ruins of Chernobyl, ghost towns have always played a special role in the collective image.  There is an axiom, a mysterious and elusive connection between life that has passed in a place and the fascination such space exerts once it has been abandoned. As if any event occurring in architecture could leave a mark. As if any person living in a place could give a unique value to it. It is something intangible but real, mysterious but perceptible. It is something that remains over time as the echoes of distant lives that turn abandoned cities into indescribably charming places. Craco is no exception. Perched on stone pinnacles and clay ridges, Craco is the archetype of the ghost town. It is a city burned up by the sun and severe winters. It is an assemblage of houses with unsteady bricks clinging to each other. Their arrangement is so expressive and fascinating that looks artificial. It is a sculpture of houses with torn-off roofs, interrupted vaults and ruined bell towers. It is a place that does not belong to the present. This space is trapped among the depths of the past. Here, time and abandonment made one of their most indescribable miracles. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world look for such a miracle in pursuit of intense emotions. They undertake a journey that is not always easy. They do so by following the irresistible call of the most outstanding ghost town on the planet. Ghost Town Refuge aims to respond to such a call. Ghost Town refuge is the competition launched by YAC and Craco Ricerche. It invites architects to design a dispersed system of contemporary refuges among the ruins of the ancient Craco. This system will enable visitors to live a sublime experience: living among ruins and falling asleep under the uncovered vaults of a ghost town. Among steep routes and pebbly paths, in the new refuges, visitors will have the opportunity to lie down under starry skies hearing the sound of the benign ghosts of Craco. When the wind blows through empty windows and torn-off roofs the spirits of the hamlet appear. They are old rusty hinges that creak and whimper at nightfall. They are the irreverent guardians of the identity of a hamlet that, despite time, does not intend to die.