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Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries Commissions Third Chair in 400 Years

Designing for a specific space can be a challenge, but try designing a chair predestined to become a contemporary statement in the newly-refurbished Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, which has commissioned only its third new chair in 400 years. Earlier this year, three partnerships—Amanda Levete and Herman Miller, Barber Osgerby  and Isokon Plus, and Matthew Hilton and SCP Ltd—were shortlisted to compete for the prestigious prize, which has officially been awarded to Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby with Isokon, for their low, round-backed design. Barber Osgerby's contemporary interpretation of the competition brief resulted in a surprisingly slender, three-legged oak design that unites craft heritage and sculptural form to inventively meet reader requirements. The victorious prototype represents a scholarly design approach, with early inspiration drawn from awareness of the library's history and culture. The chair will be produced for installation in the newly-renovated Weston Library over the next year. Bodleian’s estates manager Toby Kirtley told The Guardian that the institution “wanted something that would be iconic and representative of the library. It should be contemporary in style, but not out of place in a heritage setting—innovative and original, without being too experimental and risky.” Barber Osgerby seems to have hit the mark, as Bodley's Interim Librarian Richard Ovenden said, "the winning chair is characterized by a strong identity, creative approach, comfort and suitability for intense study and research." The commission was last granted in 1936 to Giles Gilbert Scott, who designed two heavy, leather-clad bucket seats to furnish the New Bodleian Library building, which is currently undergoing an approximately $105 million renovation by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, and it is set to open in October 2014. Judges included Librarian Sarah Thomas, Director of the V&A Professor Martin Roth, and industrial designer of Kenneth Grange, among others.
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Finalists Announced for Next Figment Pavilion on Governors Island

Take a ferry over to Governors Island in New York Harbor before September 22 and you'll stumble across a massive white cloud made up of thousands of reused milk jugs. Venture inside that cloud, and you'll be mesmerized by thousands more plastic soda bottles partially filled with blue liquid that creates an otherworldly gradient of filtered light overhead. The so-called Head in the Clouds pavilion, plopped in a grassy field on the island, is part of the annual FIGMENT festival, a celebration of arts and culture that brings a series of imaginative installations, including an unorthodox miniature golf course. In partnership with AIANY's Emerging New York Architect (ENYA) committee and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, the "City of Dreams" competition selects a pavilion designed by a young designer or practice to be built the following summer, and this year's shortlist has just been announced. Previous winners include 2010's Living Pavilion by Ann HaBurple Bup in 2011 by Bittertang, and this year's Head in the Clouds pavilion by Brooklyn-based Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. A winner will be selected by October 31, 2013. Dreamcatcher ManifoldArchitectureStudio (Brooklyn, NY) Project team: Kit von Dalwig, R.A., AIA; Philipp von Dalwig, Dipl. Ing., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Andreea Toca; Jane Chua From the Figment Project: "Dreamcatcher, a pavilion where imaginations are lifted, elevating your dreams, captures dreams at the idyllic meeting point of Governors Island, where people from all parts of New York can gather and encounter an experience unlike any other. We are proposing a simple, circular, lightweight structure that captures a changing collection of balloons. Why balloons? Because they’re joyful, uplifting and downright dreamy. Choose your shade, let your balloon go, and dream a little dream." Governor’s Cup CDR Studio (New York, NY) with Sustainable Engineering Services Project team: Lea H. Cloud, AIA, LEED AP BD + C; Jonathan Dreyfous, AIA, LEED AP; Victoria A. Rospond, AIA; Katya Zavyalova; Michael Baskett, AIA; Trevor Messinger; Tiffany Jin; and Yelena Rayster From the Figment Project: "The Governor’s Cup Pavilion hovers in a cluster of trees on the northern side of the Parade Ground. Recycled plastic cups, sourced and discarded throughout the city, are supported by zip-ties from overhead cables, forming a dense knitted structure unspooling from the branches. Strapping and turn-buckled cabling leave the trees unscathed. Crocheted repurposed cups infill areas between the undulated tape structure and branches, creating an airborne topography and shadow play. The configuration forms an outdoor room, shimmering in the sun and echoing with breeze-driven sound. The Greenpoint non-profit Arts@Renaissance will claim the Pavilion for their courtyard gallery space." MÖBI water tower pavilion STUDIO V Architecture (New York, NY) with FTL Design Engineering Studio and Plaxall Project team: Jay Valgora, AIA; Nic Goldsmith, FAIA; Andrew Kirby; James Andrew Scott; Karen Zabarsky; Lucas Lind; Laurie Mendez; Zhongtian Lin; Dilpreet Gil; Natasha Amladi From the Figment Project: "Inspired by the infinite surfaces and curves of a Möbius strip, MÖBI water tower pavilion expresses the potential of adaptation, life cycle, and reuse of materials in the urban landscape. New York City’s ubiquitous and iconic water towers are transformed through STUDIO V’s design into a gathering space that celebrates Governors Island. Constructed from recycled redwood and cedar planks rescued from decommissioned water tanks, MÖBI offers a pre-fabricated, ecological construction process and multi-use environment that will afterwards be repurposed yet again—as wooden deck and furniture for our design for the LIC Biergarten. Much like Governors Island, MÖBI is designed for continuous adaptation and interpretation to serve the NYC community." Urban Accordion afoam (New York, NY) Project team: Lina Bondarenko, Xiao Chen, Sunchung Min, Mario Mohan, Marvin Nardo, Michael Nartey, Wei-Yi Tseng, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich, Yaya Wang, Andrew Weigand, Wanjing Xiao, Ye Zhang From the Figment Project: "Our present city is overrun by private buildings, limiting access to public space. Urban Accordion is a microcosm of an alternate urban condition: a City of Dreams. Four fabric ‘blocks’ expand and contract, creating different levels of enclosure to suit a range of programming, while the space contained by the structures forms a larger communal area for events and chance encounters between the juxtaposed programs. Urban Accordionis a new urban condition: a flexible assembly for serendipity and public events that fluctuates to meet users’ demands." ArtCloud IKAR (Warsaw, Poland) Project team: Igor Bialorucki; Konrad Kedzierski; Anna Granacka; Rafal Boguszewski From the Figment Project: "The future of the city will be determined by a creative mix of technology and culture, and an even more creative reuse of materials. As cities are an amazingly rich source of materials the ArtCloud Pavilion reuses clapboards and transforms them to a free-form structure that is composed for 99% with modules. The system allows visitors to choose and personalize their own piece of ArtCloud. Modular architecture makes people more carefully consider issues of optimization and prefabrication, and saves time and energy during construction. Without a doubt ArtCloud is a direct path to wiser thinking about sustainable living."
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The Shortlist> Top Architecture & Design Competitions of the Week

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. Reimagine the Astrodome. To launch The Architect’s Newspaper’s Southwest edition and to kick-off YKK AP’s expansion in the region, AN and YKK AP are hosting an Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. Architects, artists, designers, and students from the city of Houston, the state of Texas, and across America are invited to submit their concepts on how the Astrodome might be reimagined, repurposed, and reused. First place will receive $2,500, second and third place will receive $1,000 each, and two honorable mentions will each receive $250. The top three and two honorable mentions will be published in print in AN’s inaugural Southwest edition. The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, September 23. Registration Deadline (Extended): Monday, September 23, 2013. Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition. Bay Bridge House (BBH) is holding a design competition for design and architecture students to create a unique design for the Bay Bridge House. The project consists of building an incredibly advanced eco-sustainable house using recycled bridge materials as the structure. The designs must utilize as much of the old bay bridge as possible. BBH will apply for Historic Landmark status and LEED certification once the house is built.  The design contest winner's name will be on the plaque on the Bay Bridge House and listed in publications and articles regarding the project design. Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2013. Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 20, 2013. 2013 Southern California Development Forum Design Awards. The Southern California Development Forum Design Awards welcomes nominations for its 2013 Design Awards, which recognize contributions to the business environment and Southern California communities. Award categories include Commercial Buildings, Education Buildings, Transportation, and Civic Buildings, among others. For built awards, projects must have been completed between October 2010 and October 2013, and for unbuilt awards, projects must have been started between October 2010 and October 2013. Registration Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2013. Submission Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2013. Pratt Journal of Architecture Call for Submissions. The Pratt Journal of Architecture has issued a call for submissions in the form of previously unpublished written and/or visual content for the latest volume of its journal. Architects, artists, philosophers, students, economists, and futurists are invited to submit. Pratt Journal's interest is in the evolution of an action that rules our lives as creators and as students. An editorial board consisting of  students and faculty in the Pratt Institute School of Architecture will review the submissions. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013. eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. eVolo Magazine invites architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists to participate in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition, an annual Awards for high-rise architecture that recognizes outstanding ideas redefining skyscraper design. Participants should consider technological advancements, sustainable systems exploration, and innovative urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems. Three cash prizes will be awarded, and winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_08. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Submission Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2014.
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The Shortlist> Architecture & Design Competitions of the Week

Place from Space Competition 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. Place from Space. Place from Space is a design competition that explores the transformation of vacant lots in Cincinnati, Ohio into community spaces. With the goal of activating underutilized spaces to energize communities, design proposals should bring value to the neighborhood and create a sense of place, be creative and encourage community interaction, and should consider environmental impact by focusing on the deconstruction plan, re-use of materials, and productive elements of the design. The competition takes place in two parts, and the grand prize winner's design will be constructed in 2014. Submission Deadline: September 29, 2013. reGEN Boston: Energizing Urban Living. Boston Society of Architects Housing Committee and Emerging Professionals Network have launched reGEN Boston: Energizing Urban Living, an ideas competition that pits proposed solutions for two Boston Harbor sites against each another to find the best ideas. Proposals attempt to reconnect citizens with the Boston waterfront and include housing geared towards all walks of life. The competition is divided in three components: Multi-Generational Housing, Public Space, and Unique City Infrastructure. A $2,000 first prize, $1000 second prize, and $750 third prize will be awarded and selected entries will be on display at two gallery exhibits. Registration Deadline: October 1, 2013. Submission Deadline: October 18, 2013. SOILED — No.5  Cloudscrapers. SOILED, an architectural periodical that claims to "make a mess of the built environment and the politics of space, one issue at a time," has issued a call for submissions in the form of narratives, critical essays, mappings, diagrams, photographs, comics, and speculations that focus on build objects in the aerial environment, where everything is inter-connected and fluid. In seeking to explore the relationship between the built and the diffuse, Cloudscrapers encourages ideas about cloud computing, climate modification, and disaster preparedness for its upcoming issue. Submission Deadline: December 1, 2013. Living Cities Design Competition. Demographers predict that New York City will be home to one million more residents by 2040. Unless new residential towers are built, finding housing will be a struggle for hundreds of thousands of them. The Living Cities design competition, co-presented by Metropolis Magazine, Steel Institute of New York, and Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, seeks architecture and engineering professionals and students to explore the idea of 30- to 40-story, multi-use residential towers using steel structural systems. The grand prize is $10,000. Registration Deadline: January 3, 2014. Submission Deadline: January 3, 2014. Centennial Festival of Riverboats Pavilions Design Competition. The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the country, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014 at the Centennial Festival of Riverboats in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The Festival Committee invites architects, designers and artists to participate in a design competition to develop a small-scale multipurpose pavilion to be utilized along the Waterfront. Entries should indicate the form, material, and fabrication strategy while conveying the design's relation the site and event. Entrants will be part of a public exhibition at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville’s Museum District of West Main Street. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration Deadline: February 28, 2014. Submission Deadline: March 28, 2014.
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Three Finalists Reveal Designs for an Activated Van Alen Institute

New York City's Van Alen Institute (VAI) is turning 120 next year, and to celebrate, the institute is taking its message of inspired architecture and urbanism to the street. The storefront space on West 22nd Street has been home to the institute's popular LOT-EK–designed bookstore and event space, organized around a stack of bleachers made from reclaimed wooden doors painted highlighter yellow. VAI's new director, David van der Leer, is tackling the redesign and expansion of the sidewalk space to maximize the organization's public visibility as it evolves its mission into the 21st century. Three finalists—Collective-LOK, EFGH Architectural Design Studio, and Of Possible Architectures (OPA)—were selected from over 120 respondents to VAI's "Ground/Work" competition earlier this year, and now their schemes have been revealed. EFGH Architectural Design Studio Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova. Project statement from the Van Alen:
A microcosm of the space of the city, the new Van Alen Institute is imagined as a container for dynamic life. As an institution committed to the expansion of the definition of “public architecture” and the processes that shape the public realm, the VAI needs a home that embodies that ambition. Recognizing the dramatic proportions of the existing site as an opportunity, the proposed new Ground/ Work space turns a long skinny ground floor volume into a virtue: it maximizes the street level space, creating a single room - a large “grand hall” - that strives to reach the scale of the street, and extend the life of 22nd Street into the heart of the Institute. Through the easy manipulation of three mobile components in the space, The Media Wedge, The Bleacher and the Hinge Table, the VAI can be radically transformed by a few employees in a short amount of time.   When one asks “What is the new space of the Van Alen Institute; A Workspace, Exhibition space, Lecture Hall, Book/ Media Outlet, Public Forum, Conference space, Performance Space or Party space?” The only suitable answer is All of the Above.
View more information on the proposal at the Van Alen website. Collective-LOK Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo Project statement from the Van Alen:
The new institutional home of the Van Alen has to be many things at once. The brief requires curatorial flexibility for a breadth of public programming including exhibitions, lectures, reading groups, and book launches; a comfortable and efficient office environment for different scales and modes of work ranging from formal to casual; a framework that can grow to include the second floor and basement as the institution expands in the future; and a mobile street seat that will bring the Van Alen’s mission into the urban realm. To accommodate this range of scenarios within a limited square footage, we propose a Screen Play: a mechanism to order these spatial, curatorial, and temporal scenarios through a subtle interplay of surfaces that creates a complex and ambiguous presence in the city. The project proposes five strategies of screen play to enable and give shape to the broadest possible range of uses.
View more information on the proposal at the Van Alen website. Of Possible Architectures Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton. Project statement from the Van Alen:
The VAI has developed a legacy of architectural projects through competitions and commissions. The Van Alen Stairs, inspired by the TKTS Steps, capture this legacy most succinctly. The Stairs achieve an architecture of relational tectonics. We have identified relational tectonics as the dimension of architecture which intentionally provokes relationships between people, their behavior, and their environment...For the next iteration of the Van Alen Institute, we propose a translation of the Van Alen Stair into the Van Alen Table. The dimensions of the Table are precisely calibrated to the VAI's space. The Table allows for the full gradient of programs to easily expand and contract along, around, and in between its 70' length. This table presents those using it — whether reading, lounging, working, etc. — in a way that is both comfortable, natural, and uncanny. The experience is just off-center from typical expectations.
View more information on the proposal at the Van Alen website. The public is invited to weigh in on their favorite designs through September 10, which will be evaluated by a jury later this month. The competition jury includes Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics), Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects), Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography), Ada Tolla (LOT-EK), Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects), David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute), and Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner). The winning design team will be announced in late September and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.
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Reimagine The Astrodome: Houston Design Ideas Competition Launched

To launch the forthcoming Southwest edition of the Architect's Newspaper, and to kick-off YKK AP's expansion into the region, AN and YKK AP have teamed up to host Reimagine The Astrodome, an Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. The competition is open to anyone who wishes to participate, whether it be professional architects and engineers or students and artists. Registration opened yesterday afternoon and will close on September 17. Entrants who register by September 6 will get $10 off the registration fee, which is $50 for professionals and $20 for students. The top five proposals, which will be selected by a jury of prominent architects and educators in Houston on October 4, will receive cash prizes and be published in the first issue of AN Southwest, cover date November 6, which will be distributed at the Texas Society of Architect's 2013 design expo and convention in Fort Worth. Register today!
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Unveiled> OMA Master Plan Wins Bogotá’s International Design Competition

OMA has been selected to design the Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) new civic center, situated at the heart of the city’s main axis, Calle 26. Steered by partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu, the 680-acre mixed-use design occupies a footprint as large as Washington, D.C.’s National Mall and will operate as the city’s government headquarters with intermixed residential, educational, retail, and cultural developments, all which encourage continuous activity within separate districts. The design intends to integrate civic and public life while connecting to local destinations. CAN will form a new public axis in Bogotá, unifying green, infrastructural, and programmatic networks. The site is divided into three districts, including an institutional/governmental area that connects to the current cultural and park spaces, an office zone linked to the current financial district, and an educational campus that links to the University City of Bogotá. The multi-use program will be tied together by a green path that extends into Bogotá’s decidedly popular pedestrian and cycling CicloVia system. Shigematsu described the development as one that attains “clear urban density while accommodating programmatic diversity.” The winning design will move Bogotá’s historic downtown center, master-planned between 1947 and 1951 by Le Corbusier. CAN will be the second largest constructed institutional master plan in Latin America, with Oscar Neimeyer’s 1960s Brasilia being the largest. The project will be carried out in partnership with local architect Gomez + Castro, mobility consultant Carlos Moncada, financial consultant Oscar Borerro, and sustainability consultant Esteban Martinez. [beforeafter]oma-masterplan-bogota-archpaper-09 oma-masterplan-bogota-archpaper-10[/beforeafter]
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The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

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 CompetitionDesigning 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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2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists Propose Designs for Humanity

Just as soon as they were announced, deliberation has begun on the nineteen semi-finalists in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. In the spirit of architect Buckminster Fuller’s call for revolutionary scientific design, this international design competition summons participants to innovate sustainable, long-term solutions for “humanity’s most pressing problems.”  This year, the jury has chosen projects that vary in subject and method, re-envisioning current global systems or addressing specific gaps within them. Each submission is judged on adherence to Buckminster Fuller's idea of a "preferred state model," one whose initial conception leads to the most desirable outcome. Criteria include relevant vision, comprehensive strategy, anticipation of future effects, ecological responsibility, feasibility, verifiability, and opportunity for replication in similar conditions.  Projects must also be accurately timed for advantageous change. The semi-finalist projects are: · The Loowatt System · Regenerating Healthy Soils Through Sustainable Sanitation (SOIL) · Mushroom Packaging (Ecovative) · Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science · Bioenergy Value Chain · Healthy Watersheds for Clean Energy · TBS River Regeneration · The Green Chemistry Commitment · International Bridges to Justice Training Resource Center · Voltree Acoustic Early Detection Sensor System · 100,000 Homes Campaign · Eliminating Poverty Through the “Traffic Light” Strategy · Echale a tu Casa · MASS Design Lab: Building Systematic Change · Build Change’s Homeowner-Driven Technical Assistance for Safer Housing · PITCHAfrica: Waterbank Schools · Ento · Olazul: Ecological Shrimp Aquaculture · Agroforestry Reconnecting People and Nature The 2013 entries focus mostly on global topics concerning ecological and condition of life improvements. Holistic solutions that are locally and globally applicable, they range from the introduction of insects into the Western diet to a design laboratory dedicated to socially responsive architecture. The jury will continue deliberation into the next six weeks, concluding with a final, in-person negotiation on October 7th. On this date, they will also host a public discussion at Marfa Dialogues in New York City. See details of each semi-finalist entry here.
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Blobs, Turf, and High-Slung Hammocks Among Chicago’s “Active Union Station” Winners

The Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago announced the winners of its “Active Union Station” competition, which is meant to enliven the railroad hub's underused public spaces. Although it’s the nation’s third busiest train station and gets more daily traffic than Midway Airport, Chicago's Union Station remains basically a waypoint on a longer trip. Two winners and a runner-up hope to change that. “Blah Blah Blob!” will take over the Plaza of Fifth Third Center, and “trainYARD” will sprout in the Great Hall. “I Searched High and Low for You” is the runner-up. The visual inspiration for Latent Design & Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s “Blah Blah Blob!” is, in part, the rip-stop nylon canvas elementary school teachers used to inflate around giddy students during recess. “Remember how much fun this was?” asks the entry’s visual plan. “Yeah, you do.” Astroturf completes the experience inside the brightly colored blob, which will move around the plaza throughout the exhibit’s duration. “trainYARD” brings the park lawn indoors, “putting it right in the middle of their daily routine.” The design by SPACETIME includes recycled-grass areas for tetherball, croquet and bocce, as well as picnic tables and lawn chairs. Runner-up “I Searched High and Low for You,” by Ann Lui and Craig Reschke, envisions a slew of red hammocks along Union Station’s Canal Street arcade, slung over a row of what appear to be floating orbs high overhead. Their appearance would be striking, acting as a “beacon for the city,” and a gallery of hammocks — not to mention their almost sculptural accent to the arcade’s parade of columns — would bring some activity to a lonely corridor. View the full list of entries here. The winners will receive $5,000 to implement their ideas between Aug. 24 and Sept. 2. Fifth Third Bank sponsored the competition, which served as the Metropolitan Planning Council’s fifth annual Placemaking Contest.
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The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

eco_porn_comp_01 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.
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Ten Teams Shortlisted for HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition

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.