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Competitions
Competition / TRANSIENT SPACES / CCNY, Spitzer School of Architecture Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:39
TRANSIENT SPACES is a publication project originated at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture by faculty members whose research and studio practices engage with the themes of transiency, activism and dwelling in contexts of impermanence and crisis, where the demand for belonging and community building challenges the agency of design and our roles as architects and educators. The aim is to build a platform to reveal academic and professional practices as a means to expand the dialogue among design, policy professionals and the communities they are engaging with. The publication will include work of artists, scholars, students, architects, engineers and actors from humanitarian support mechanisms. There will be recurring material reviews until the 25th of February 2018 at 11:59 pm. Send us your abstracts AND full contributions to be considered. No need to register! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More about The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture: https://ssa.ccny.cuny.edu/

Register by: 02-25-2018 / Submit by: 02-25-2018

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Competition / Building For A Billion - International Design Competition / Ultratech Cement Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:38
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in 'BUILDING FOR A BILLION', an International competition under the initiative 'India Next' by UltraTech Cement. This competition invites Engineers and Architects, to develop innovative solutions to tackle the mammoth task of housing every Indian. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ (PMAY) was launched on 25th June, 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India with a mission to provide a ‘home for every Indian’. The scheme includes regulated homes for the urban poor and robust (pucca) homes for the rural people. The nearest target is 10 million homes by the year 2019 and 20 million houses for the urban poor by the year 2022. 

Brief: Innovative, contextual, viable, sustainable and most importantly inclusive solution for housing, along the lines of the Government's Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana 

Eligibility: Professionals: Architects & Engineers (Civil/Structural) Students: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Year (Individuals and Groups) 

Registration : Free Submission deadline: January 14th, 2018 

Register by: 12-15-2017 / Submit by: 01-14-2018

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Competition / Beam Camp Seeks Proposals for Spectacular Projects / Beam Camp Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:35
Beam Camp is a collaborative building and design summer camp in Strafford, NH that works with kids aged 10-17 to make the seemingly impossible possible. Our award-winning program has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, NPR, and designboom, and offers young people the opportunity to cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design, problem solving and the creative process. An intergalactic salvage station struck by a meteor, a solar-powered cinematic riff on a French film from 1902, a 2-story arboreal kaleidoscope: every year, Beam Camp solicits proposals for unique and spectacular large-scale projects that serve as the centerpiece for a 25-day session of camp, during which they are built and brought to life by 100 campers and staff. Our Project Team works with the winning designers (Project Designers) to translate their designs into the camp context. Precision of craft, skill, and imaginative thinking are paramount in our projects and the work of our staff and campers — please take some time to familiarize yourself with our past projects. 

Register by: 01-07-2018 / Submit by: 01-07-2018

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Competition / Livability in New American City / Urban Design Committee of AIA|DC and City Age Conference Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:33
Introduction 
Cities around the world are growing at an unprecedented rate, and for the first time in recent history represent the preferred place for people to live. Urbanization has historically aided millions to escape hardship through increased employment opportunities, better education and healthcare, large scale public investments, and access to improved infrastructure and services. The city has been the ideal for heightened livability for people worldwide. These extraordinary opportunities have also propagated unanticipated pressure on the livability of cities that remains pervasive today. US cities are faced with new 21st century challenges aimed at corroding three interwoven drivers of livability: equity, safety, and affordability. These drivers have been the pillars of American cities, and are now being dangerously tested by the increasing pressures of urbanization. How will retail fit into the livable city of the future? “[The city’s] order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — … an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city… is always replete with new improvisations.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Traditionally, local main streets with corner stores, community restaurants, and neighborhood shops were the suppliers of energy to sustain this civic ballet. 

Rapid suburbanization helped re-choreograph and focus this activity into shopping malls surrounded by sprawling roadways. Today’s trend is a return to urban living. Expanding urban centers and urbanized suburbs are different now, characterized by changing demographics, values and rapid adoption of new technology in all aspects of life, from mobility to e-commerce, augmented reality in communications – in short, the amplified smart city. Goods, services and sustenance remain at the center of urban life, and a measure of the livable city – exemplifying issues of equity, safety and affordability. Income inequality has risen 75% in urban centers over the past 20 years. Affordability at all levels from housing to food is constantly challenged. While urban crime in the US has steadily decreased over the same twenty years, recent studies also show that city living seems to increase sensitivity to social stress. Safety takes on a new dimension. How will retail continue to be a part of the social life of cities, redefining its relation to streetscapes and the public realm? How can, and will, this change the face of retail, and thus, our communities?

Register by: 11-15-2017 / Submit by: 11-15-2017

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Competition / Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition / Malcolm Reading Consultants Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:32
The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition is a global search for an outstanding design team to create a new cultural destination for Australia. Adelaide Contemporary will showcase an exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art. It will benefit from a strategic site on the city’s cultural boulevard and combine a contemporary gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. Adelaide Contemporary will extend the concept of an art destination and combine new public and cultural features, creating an accessible community meeting place and integrating art, education, nature and people. 

This two-stage international competition is seeking architect-led creative teams with an initial open call for Expressions of Interest. Following this, up to six teams will be selected to develop a concept design at the second stage. These teams will need to include an architect registered with the Australian Institute of Architects. An honorarium of AU$90,000 will be paid to each of the shortlisted teams at Stage Two. To enter, competitors will need to read the Competition Conditions, fill out an online form and upload documents detailing their company information, proposed team composition and relevant experience, and project understanding and approach. The deadline for responses is 21:30 ACDT / 11:00 GMT Friday 24 November 2017.

Register by: 11-24-2017 / Submit by: 11-24-2017

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