Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN's editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The Emerging New York Architects committee has announced its sixth biennial ideas competition. QueensWay Connection supports Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land in their attempts to revitalize an abandoned elevated railway and turn it into a greenway. The competition, which is looking to supplement the ongoing feasibility study by offering ways the park can be activated and turned into a viable green space, is open to design students and professionals who have completed their education within the past 10 years. Cash prizes of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014. Louisville Children's Museum Competition. Designing a Louisville Children's Museum, Revitalizing a Downtown Edge is an ideas competition sponsored by the Construction Specifications Institute and the American Institute of Architects. Louisville lacks a museum dedicated to children specifically between 2-13 years of age, and the competition seeks designs for the museum, which will consist of a 5-level structure including space for up-to-date exhibits, a Museum Shop, play space, auditorium, and administration offices. The top three entries will earn cash awards of $6,000, $3,000, and $1,000 and entries from the final round will be on exhibit at Museum Hotel 21c in downtown Louisville. Registration Deadline: February 10, 2014. Submission Deadline: February 10, 2014. Seattle Design Jam. The Seattle Design Jam competition is all about physical outdoor constructions. Through interactive structures and exhibits, the competition encourages public curiosity and discussion about the festival's theme: Design in Health. Through the creation of an urban playground, Design Jam will explore physical, mental, social, and nutritional health. The competition is searching for ideas that contribute to an urban playscape within the festival space. Submissions must be physical installations, and the use of recycled or reused materials is strongly encouraged. The grand prize consists of $500 and a one month Makerhaus Studio membership. Registration Deadline: September 15, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 20, 2013. 2014 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition. How will driverless cars shape the Philadelphia of tomorrow? Advances in driverless technology will cause major transformations for American cities in the coming century. The annual competition, which challenges university-level students to address design issues that relate to global urban centers, aims to explore how roadways, sidewalks, intersections, signage, traffic signals, and the relationship between buildings, roadways, pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles will change. First prize will receive a $5,000 award and an awards ceremony will be held in Spring 2014. Registration Deadline: October 3, 2013. Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013. Suburbia Transformed 3.0. To explore the aesthetics of landscape experience in the era of sustainability, the Suburbia Transformed 3.0 recognizes residential works that venture beyond "green" to address the aesthetic quality of human experience in the process. The call for entries is searching for built and unbuilt residential landscapes and the jury will choose up to twelve projects in each category: built work; professional visionary (unbuilt) work, and student visionary (unbuilt) work. Winning submissions will be exhibited at the James Rose Center and will become part of a traveling exhibition focused on contemporary residential design. Registration Deadline: February 18, 2014. Submission Deadline: March 20, 2014.
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Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN's editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. The Eco-Porn Competition. To investigate tropes in architectural representation, Reality Cues is conducting a competition series exploring the techniques and conventions architects depend on to convey space, form, and use. The first competition of the series is called Eco-Porn. For some, the issue of sustainability has generated resourceful design, but for others has created a pressure to make architecture merely seem green. The competition aims to uncover if there is value in this deception. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the bonus round winner will receive a 6-foot tall inflatable palm tree cooler. All winners and honorable mentions will be included in Reality Cues’ premier issue of Tropes. Registration Deadline: September 21, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 21, 2013. Richard H. Driehaus Award. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design recognizes the importance of great architecture and craftsmanship to city life. Projects must be located in Cook County, completed within the past five years, demonstrate superior design quality responsive to the neighborhood context, and directly respond to residents' needs. The winner will receive $15,000 and runners-up will receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. The awards presentation will be in conjunction with the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards annual event. Submission Deadline: September 12, 2013. Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition. Duravit USA has announced its first North American design competition. Architects and designers are invited to use Duravit's 2013 launches (the Starck 2, Happy D.2, and DuraStyle) as inspiration to imagine an ideal bath space. Based on the successful use of Duravit products to solve design challenges and the overall creativeness of the project, a panel of design experts will choose the winner. The winner will be awarded the Duravit products included in his or her project up to a value of $15,000 and up to three other entries will receive honorable mentions. Submission Deadline: September 16, 2013. 2013 Dwell Vision Award. In partnership with Big Ass Fans, Dwell celebrates design innovation and skill by awarding a winning entry for excellence in modern design. The 2013 Dwell Vision Award invites projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically revolutionary. Submissions show a new method, material, or concept that advances modern design. The top three submissions will be featured on dwell.com, and the grand prize consists of the first custom-designed Dwell Vision Award, an editorial feature in Dwell magazine, and an awards dinner with design luminaries. Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013. Hatch Live. Based in Soho, New York City, Hatch Live is a multi-day industrial design competition sponsored by Hatch Hub with Rhino 3D. Calling all aspiring designers, the inaugural series consists of four fast-paced rounds that take place in October and November. Each participating designer must use Rhino 3D to generate an original 3D object. The winning designer will receive $4,000, a brunch, and portfolio review with Dan Rubenstein, former editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. The runner-up will receive $500. Submissions open on August 31. Registration Deadline: October 2, 2013. Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013.
In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Rebuild by Design competition to develop strategies to increase the resiliency of urban and coastal areas in the face of extreme weather events and climate change. According to HUD's website, the goal of the competition is "to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding dedicated to this effort. The competition also represents a policy innovation by committing to set aside HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding specifically to incentivize implementation of winning projects and proposals. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale—from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits." The shortlist of 10 teams—including architects, landscape architects, university groups, developers, engineers and others—has been announced. Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes. PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture with ARCADIS Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser. OMA with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors. HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; New City America. SCAPE Landscape Architecture with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; Ocean and Coastal Consultants; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collaborative with ZUS; De Urbanisten; Deltares; 75B; and Volker Infra Design. Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP. Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning & Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects. unabridged Architecture with Mississippi State University; Waggoner and Ball Architects; Gulf Coast Community Design; and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Even as New Yorkers throng to the beaches in the Rockaways, the remnants from Hurricane Sandy still linger. One such vestige is the damaged boardwalk that once stretched from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park in Queens. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation with the help of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in July seeking designs for the 4.7-mile boardwalk, and now the August 14th deadline is nearing. The RFP calls for a multifaceted approach that incorporates a range of flood protection measures such as seawalls and dunes: "The design shall provide for protective structures that are more resilient and able to withstand storm and tidal forces that may impact the coastline in future years." The proposals will focus on the coastal area from roughly Beach 20th to Beach 126th. The Parks Department anticipates that they will select a group of finalists within the next several weeks, and present the designs to the public and Community Board 14 sometime in September.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, architects have been called to arms to both engage in the immediate recovery efforts and to come up with design solutions that will make New York City's buildings more resilient and sustainable in the long-term. The latest in a flood of new Sandy-inspired design initiatives was launched yesterday by New York Restoration Project (NYRP), dubbed "EDGE/ucation Pavillion Design Competition," asking a group of hand-picked, up-and-coming architecture firms to create a storm-resistant pavilion in Sherman Creek Park right on the Harlem River. The structure, located on a former illegal garbage dumping site, would serve as a boating facility and outdoor classroom for a number of activities such as wetland exploration and oyster gardening. The NYRP undertook a major clean-up of the polluted 5-acre area in 1996 and has since transformed it into a healthy and verdant public space for recreation and boating. The project is expected to cost $900,000. With the help of Susanna Sirefman of Dovetail Design Strategists, the NYRP selected eight Manhattan and Brooklyn-based firms, that include: Bade Stageberg Cox, Desai/Chia Architecture, HOLLER Architecture, KNE Studio, Lang Architecture, Taylor and Miller Architecture + Design, Urban Data & Design, and WORKac. The firms will submit their proposals on September 16th, and the following month, a Technical Advisory Group made up of leaders in the field—such as Adrian Benepe, Director of City Park Development for Trust of a Public Land and Thomas Christoffersen of BIG—will select the five finalists. A new jury—including NYRP founder Bette Midler, James Polshek of Ennead Architects, and Christopher Sharples of SHoP Architects—will then look over the submissions. A winning proposal will be announced in late November 2013.
With the rise of Instagram and the proliferation of smart phones and digital cameras, we're all amateur photographer's these days. And now's your chance to snap a photo of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for your chance to win a trip to the top of the tower with two friends! The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is sponsoring the photo competition, calling for cellphone snapshots to be submitted via its Facebook page or with Twitter hashtag #OneWTCBestPhotos through August 25. Snap early and tell your friends, though, as winners will be chosen by the number of popular votes they receive online. For more details, head over here.
The Van Alen Institute has announced three finalists for its competition Ground/Work, which called on emerging designers and architects to reimagine the institute’s New York storefront. In celebration of Van Alen’s 120th anniversary, the competition furthers the institute’s ambition to bring innovative architectural ideas into the public dialog by reframing the organization’s relation to the street. Young designers were invited to consider the Van Alen's shifting role within New York City through the redesign of its physical space, integrating all of its functions and creating a more visible and accessible presence on the ground floor of 30 West 22nd Street. From over 120 teams, representing more than 350 young designers up to ten years out of school, three finalists were selected: Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures. “We are thrilled by the jury’s selections, and look forward to the finalists’ imaginative visions for Van Alen as a center for innovative projects and public programs,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, in a statement. “Ground/Work is an opportunity to recognize emerging talents in architecture while bringing fresh creativity to the Institute during an exciting period of change.” Finalists were selected by a jury consisting of Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics, and University of Pennsylvania), Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects), Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Ada Tolla (LOT-EK), Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects), and David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute). The three chosen teams will present their proposals to the jury in September, following which the finalist will have four months to finalize their design before construction is set to begin this winter. The three winning teams each present innovative, interdisciplinary approaches that diverge from the traditional architectural practice, reflecting Van Alen’s mission to support and promote pioneering young designers. Below are self-descriptions of the three firms. Collective–LOK is a team formed by Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under). Our approach is shaped by an architectural mindset, but draws on a broad range of interests — historical, conceptual, curatorial, and cross-disciplinary — in order to shape discourse on design in the public realm. Our interest in the potentials of collaboration is rooted in an engagement with the history and methods of architectural practice as scholars, educators, and practitioners. We take inspiration from the rich legacy of firms that have shared a commitment to collaboration as the means to create a socially and culturally progressive architecture. EFGH (Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova) is a New York-based architectural design practice founded in 2007 by principals Hayley Eber and Frank Gesualdi. The studio actively engages projects across scales: from the projective design of large urban sites to innovation at the scale of custom furniture, and everything in between. We explore design as an extensive network of interrelated and often competing issues, interrogating them along the way. Our design process reflects an intense curiosity mixed with a drive for experimentation. Of Possible Architectures (OPA) (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton) is a creative practice working across spheres of architecture, social sculpture, large scale public art, and urbanism. OPA is committed to architecture as an act of cultural production and focuses on radically innovative, often self-initiated, cultural projects. What we do is based on optimistic speculations for how people and the built environment affect one another.
Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. CLOG: MIAMI / Call for Submissions. Miami, the southeastern United States’ largest city, has been subject to natural, political, and cultural forces that have brought both booms and busts. Notwithstanding setbacks, Miami has become an animated, largely American cosmopolitan city. CLOG : MIAMI is seeking original contributions in the form of images, graphics, diagrams, and/or text that effectively communicate ideas about architecture in Miami. CLOG investigates a specific subject matter particularly pertinent to contemporary architecture from various viewpoints and through an array of methods. Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013. Space Station Architecture Competition. To commemorate the recent publication of Space Flight Sketchbook, Architecture Revolution has launched a competition of interest for prospective Space Station designers. Submissions must investigate space station design with respect to achievability, sensibleness, and buildability. Entries are expected to include both architecture design at conceptual and suggested detail design level. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner. Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013. NOMA Community “Connector” Student Competition. The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) has issued a challenge to design a carbon neutral mixed use transit oriented development (TOD) that will “connect people to people and people to places.” Entrants must use innovative techniques, balance the rich history of the Indianapolis site, and follow the principals of the Smart Growth Initiatives for the city, which include sustainability, transit, mobility, and renewable energy sources among others. Environmentally conscious, socially responsible measures will be used to evaluate submissions. A $1,500 first place prize, a $1,000 second place prize, and a $750 third place prize will be awarded. Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 27, 2013. Studio#05 Import > < Export. Studio Magazine has issued a call for papers. Markets, productions, lifestyles and mindsets are linked on a global scale, and through the constant fluctuation of exchanges, architecture becomes polluted by external forces. STUDIO#05 Import > < Export is set to investigate how architecturally linked concepts affect the way we think, envisage and project our cities. In exploring the eternal architectural dialogue, submissions should specify a field of interest and create a context in which to situate contributions. Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013. Unbuilt Visions. Much of the best work is never built, shared, or celebrated. The goal of Unbuilt Visions is to encourage debate about architecture and design through recognizing excellence in unbuilt projects. The annual competition seeks projects at the conceptual stage that contributes to global architectural dialogue. During a time of major technological advances, speculative works present huge potential for promoting theoretical conversation. All architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, and students are invited to participate, and unbuilt work of any sort is eligible. Three grand prize winners will receive $1,000 each. Registration Deadline: October 1, 2013. Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013.
Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. Activate Union Station. While Chicago’s Union Station is an iconic building and an important transport center, it has much more potential. The Metropolitan Planning Council’s Fifth Annual Placemaking Contest is awarding cash prizes of $5,000 to the top temporary ideas that transform three specific sites within the space into a gathering place for West Loop residents and an attraction for tourists. Two winners will have the opportunity to implement their designs for 10 days this summer, between August 24 and September 3, 2013. Submission Deadline: July 24, 2013. Better World Challenge / Redesigning the Billy Taylor House. A Better World by Design and the Billy Taylor Project are asking the Providence community to participate in shaping the future of the Billy Taylor House by designing the transformation of the house’s second floor and yard to create a meet-up, celebratory space. The winning designer will work with the project team to implement the selected proposal. Cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 will be awarded to the top three submissions, which will be showcased at the 2013 A Better World by Design Conference in September. Submission Deadline: August 16, 2013. The Library of the Future. The two-phase competition, open to all NACRB/IDP participants, involves the planning and design of the library of the future. Future neighborhood libraries will be quite unlike today’s libraries, and the competition seeks to discover how the physical form of the library will change to serve the community. Phase 1 consists of A Program for Designing a Neighborhood Library of the Future and, using the winning program from Phase 1, Phase 2 consists of the Design of a Neighborhood Library of the Future. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two submissions for each phase. All qualified entrants can receive IDP core hour credits. Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013. Crisis as Calling. REVERSE and DESIGNCIRCUIT are calling for members of the arts and design communities to put forward ideas addressing specific crises. The international competition invites participants to reassess and react to the general condition of crisis by addressing the challenge of a certain crisis and considering whether restoring post-crisis conditions to their pre-crisis states is the best solution or if it provides opportunities to create a better standard. Submissions do not need to be site specific, but they should establish a reasonable response within the framework of the defined crisis. Registration Deadline: September 6, 2013. Submission Deadline: October 4, 2013. Spark>Spaces Design. The Spark Awards are a series of competitions formed to promote great design and designers and encourage people to discover their own creativeness. Spark>Spaces is a two-phase competition focused on architecture, interiors, urban design and landscape, incorporating 26 different categories for professional designers who want to submit projects that have already been built, produced, built on spec or as part of a proposal, or are in pre-production, with commercial intent. The Award winning Celebration and launch of the exhibition will be in San Francisco in November. Registration Deadline: October 10, 2013. Submission Deadline: October 10, 2013.
Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. Skin Digital Fabrication Competition. TEX-FAB has launched the 2013 SKIN Competition. The international, two-stage digital fabrication competition invites architect, designers, and researchers to rethink the building envelope and boldly explore performative qualities of a facade. Participants are free to select any context of their choosing, real or virtual, at any scale and on any building type. In phase one of the competition four winners will be awarded a $1,000 stipend used towards the development of their design. The winning proposal will be built at scale with fabrication sponsorship by Zahner Co, will win $1,000 and will be exhibited in Austin, Texas for the TEX-FAB 5 event in February 2014. Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013 Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013 Waterfront Gateway Design Competition. The City of New Rochelle, a walkable city of single-family homes and high-density apartments in the downtown area, is sponsoring the Waterfront Gateway Design Competition for an abandoned 2.92-acre site home to a circa 1931 military armory. The competition seeks innovative design and planning proposals for the underutilized site and its two adjacent parcels. The jury will look for an entry that understands the pivotal nature of the site and its potential for the area’s rejuvenation. Finalists will each be awarded a $5,000 stipend to further their designs. Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013. Submission Deadline: August 5, 2013. Revolve Detroit. Once a luxury shopping and musical destination, Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion on Livernois Avenue now requires revitalization. REVOLVE, a collaborative program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation that partners with community leaders, building owners, and artists, seeks to activate vacant storefronts with high-quality, long-term businesses and art installations through the use of “pop-ups.” REVOLVE was recently awarded $200,000 from Artplace America and $50,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to support these efforts. Submission Deadline: July 8, 2013. Constructed Realities 2013. A design awards program of AIA San Francisco, Constructed Realities is a biennial competition that recognizes exemplary projects in a wide range of architectural work. Firms of any size are encouraged to submit projects of various scale and scope. Award categories include Architecture – Small Projects, Architectural Detail, Restaurant Design and Social Impact Design. IDP Candidates can redeem up to 40 hours per area and winning entrants will be featured in an AIASF exhibition. Registration Deadline: July 18, 2013. Submission Deadline: July 18, 2013. Fenn Young Designers Award 2013. In celebrating excellence in creativity and innovation in the design world, Fenn Young Designers Award (FYDA) seeks projects such as buildings, interiors, landscaping, urban projects, fine art and furniture to show how the library can be re-imagined and re-engineered. Since learning processes are constantly changing, the library must be reworked to accommodate the new generation of learners. FYDA will award cash prizes to the top three entries. The jury will also select 10 Honorable Mentions. Registration Deadline: July 20, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 7, 2013.
Resiliency is a word that has become lodged in the vocabulary of nearly every lawmaker since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast last October. And this month, government officials—on a local, state, and federal level—are taking steps to ensure that coastal cities are more resilient and rebuilt to better withstand natural disasters in the future. Yesterday, at a panel discussion on Innovation & Resilience Design in Sandy Rebuilding at NYU, Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, announced the launch of a new regional design competition, "Rebuild by Design" seeking teams—made up of the top engineers, architects, landscape designers, and other experts—to propose projects that tackle issues such as climate, economic, and infrastructure (and as the press release states, "will actually be built"). These proposals can run the gamut from green infrastructure to residential retrofits. "It is not enough for communities to build back to what they were," said Secretary Donovan during the panel. "Our solutions will have no boundaries." Donovan is collaborating with the Rockefeller Foundation, which will provide $3 million in funding in support of the competition. The competition calls on teams to look at "coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks, and a fourth category that will include other innovative questions and proposals." Donovan explained that the competition will "unfold in four stages" starting with a call for proposals and the selection of up to 10 teams. Teams will then study the region and submit design proposals. From there, Donovan and his partners will choose a winning project, which will then be implemented. Speaking on the panel today, Seth Pinsky, President of New York City Economic Development Corporation, pointed out that the advantages of this competition are that it endeavors to "pull together inter-disciplinary teams for a common goal" and its savvy "regional approach" that looks at the relationship between each region to provide more thoughtful and effective solutions.
Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here. Designing Recovery. AIA, Architecture for Humanity, Make It Right Foundation, and the St. Bernard Project are sponsoring a residential design competition that will substantially impact the lives of families who have been affected by disaster. The competition solicits high quality, affordable housing designs to reduce damaged caused by natural disasters. Three cities (Queens, NY; Joplin, MO; and New Orleans, LA) have been chosen as the settings for the competition. $10,000 will be awarded to one design for each location, and the goal is to utilize as many entries as possible to construct affordable housing. Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013. Design, Make, Display. AIA and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFI) have announced an architectural model competition and exhibit to show how the architectural model is an evolving art form that continues to be a significant system of representation of architectural design. While many designers have stopped using traditional physical models and switched to digital representation, this exhibition seeks to include both hand-built models and ones that incorporate digital technology. The models will be chosen from a public call. A jury of AFC and AIA Cincinnati members will then select entries to be exhibited at AFI in the Fall. Submission Deadline: July 15, 2013. SukkahPDX. The Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM), the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum, invites designers and artists of any background to create contemporary responses to the typical challenges of designing a sukkah, a temporary dwelling constructed each fall in observance of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Jewish texts provide complex parameters for sukkah design and construction, and the winning designs will be installed and displayed at OJM throughout Sukkot 2013. Selected entries will each receive a $400 budget to create and install a freestanding and self-supporting sukkah that will serve as the focal point of a weeklong series of events. Submission Deadline: July 19, 2013. Tamarac Bench Design. Tamarac, Florida has a strong and dedicated community spirit. The Tamarac Public Art Committe is searching for a professional artist, designer, or team to develop a unique standard design for a covered and uncovered public bench. The bench must be durable, hurricane resistant, low maintenance, and affordable. The selected entry will be produced and placed throughout public spaces in the city, and up to ten covered benches may be installed in the new Maitland Park next summer. A contract for up to $60,000 may be offered to the designer for production, delivery, and installation. Submission Deadline: July 9, 2013. 5th Advanced Architecture Contest. The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Hewlett-Packard are searching for architects, engineers, planners, and designers who want to contribute to making the world more habitable through submitting ideas that respond to challenges such as ecology, architecture, and urban planning. Entries should envision what the city and habitat of the 21st century will look like. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding proposals at any scale and for any city that analyze the theme of Self-Sufficient Habitats. Three teams leaders will receive cash prizes totaling 50,000 EUR and a one-year grant to take the Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC. Registration Deadline: September 30, 2013. Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013.