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Competition / International Competition in Architecture - Jacques Rougerie Foundation / Jacques Rougerie Foundation Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:49
Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017 - Jacques Rougerie Foundation Architects, engineers, designers, all of them participate to the development and the construction of an upcoming world at their own level. Together, by looking further, beyond preconceived ideas and well-established concepts, these entrepreneurs, these creators, have the power to make up new rules, propose new directions: innovative facilities and housing bringing new living conditions, making room for new ways of moving, of consuming energy, to counter major environmental challenges of our era and others to come. 

The prizes of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation support and accompany this approach. Innovation, architectural disruption, sustainable development and resilience against climate changes are the keywords of this 7th edition of the international competition in architecture of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation - Institut de France. 

Every architectural project submitted must fall within one of the two fields: the Sea, guardian of our environmental as well as societal environments, or Space, field of development and technological applications that are unavoidable for the future of our civilisation. This year, the Foundation adds to the grand prix - which are open themed - three more specific themes, the «focus», to deliver a new, prospective vision, targeting one issue in the medium term or preparing oneself for an ecological and social emergency on one continent. 

Innovation and architecture for the sea awards - Louis Vicat Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : The ports of the future - € 2 500 - Innovation and architecture for space awards Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : Solar power satellites - € 2 500 - Architecture and sea level rise awards Grand Prix - € 7 500 Focus : The African coastline - € 2 500

Register by: 11-19-2017 / Submit by: 11-19-2017

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Competition / Vimania ARchitecture competition / AR/VR consortium Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:47
Augmented reality provides us with new research field of architecture. Now you do not need architectural models. We can see the building as it is with all the details. At the same time, it remains virtual model. These properties are augmented reality give us new opportunities. For example, we can compare the buildings from different regions of the world, from different eras in the same scale. We can make collections of buildings, unimaginable compositions. These new aspects give the researcher of the architecture an unexpected tools and fundamentally unattainable points of perception. Perhaps we will be able to explore the flow of time in the evolutionary series of buildings from different eras. Traditional classical compositions of cities are broken, being subjected to the inexorable impact of a new instrument of perception. Augmented reality and virtual reality give us the opportunity to create a new philosophy of historical development of architecture. Explore it in every detail. 

In this competition, we invite participants to submit 3d models of buildings from your country and your region. We’ll create augmented reality applications based on the best models. Participants can create 3D models in 2 categories: • 3d model of a modern building with unique details inherent in your region. • 3d model of a historic building or monument which is not far from you. Building models should contain photorealistic textures and at the same time be geometrically optimized, do not contain interior details and various elements that are not visible from the outside. Optimum format of models: 3ds. Also files in format Sketchup 2015 are accepted. The prize fund is € 12,500.

Register by: 11-29-2017 / Submit by: 11-30-2017

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Competition / Tiny House Design Competition / Volume Zero Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:46
Home is a domain that is intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, it connects with its user on a personal and emotional level. The modern day scenario of environmental and financial concerns along with the desire to have more freedom has led people to follow simpler and efficient ways of living. With the rapid growth of technology and smart living there lies an opportunity for efficient spaces with the feeling of homeliness and personal touch points. The Tiny House Movement celebrates this concept of simple yet resourceful living. The homes can be designed as an innovation of maximum usable space in minimum footprint, thus redefining sustainability. Living small, yet Living it All. 
The Design of the house should be innovative and creative with a sustainable edge. The relation between the exterior and interior spaces ought to be taken into consideration. The proposal should be well conceptualized. Most importantly, the area of the house should not exceed 250 sq.ft. Mobility being a vital factor, the house need not be self-mobile, but should be treated as an extension that can be towed easily by a car or pickup truck. However, the participants can avoid the issue of mobility altogether but provide a strong justification for the same. The Interior Program Spaces include: Living Area | Sleeping Area for 2 | Cooking and Dining Area Toilet | Workspace. Client Interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For the purpose of this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept. 
Prizes of total USD 3200, broken down as follows: 1st Prize: USD 1600 + Certificate 2nd Prize: USD 1000 + Certificate 3rd Prize: USD 600 + Certificate 10 Honourable mentions: Certificates Winners and honourable mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines. 

Register by: 08-31-2017 / Submit by: 09-01-2017

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Competition / LBC-LA Collaborative Student Competition 2017 / Living Futures Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:19
“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.” Los Angeles World’s Fair (LAWF) is a social purpose company that aims to bring the World’s Fair to Los Angeles in 2022. 

“Distinctive pavilions and urban settings will be spread throughout Los Angeles County, located near and accessed by various metro stops along the transit system. The plans are specifically designed to encourage a grand scale transition from a car-dependent culture to widespread adoption of mass-transit. The theme of the fair is “LA: The Connected City; A World Connected™ and seeks to do it on every level – from the physical to the cultural.” Pavilion Zero Concept: Pavilion Zero will be the main pavilion at the Los Angeles World’s Fair’s™ and the initial operational epicenter and informational locus. The pavilion will act as headquarters and event center for the Fair, providing a dedicated venue for meetings, conferences, presentations, and events throughout the development and implementation of the entire project. It will set the agenda for all participating pavilions spread throughout LA’s 88 cities, demonstrating cutting­ edge infrastructure and communication technology, immersive and participatory media, community sensitivity and transportation connectivity, the promise of the fully developed LA World’s Fair™ to come. 

World's Fair Pavilion Zero Competition Concept: Design Innovation Submissions must develop an extensive plan for the LA World’s Fair 'Pavilion Zero' that meets the following requirements: Understanding and incorporating the design intent of 'Pavilion Zero'. Refer to the Pavilion Zero Design Guidelines in the "Full Competition Guidelines" PDF for location and description of the project site. Addressing all seven (7) LBC Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge version 3.1. Repurposing the designed space after the World’s Fair Integrating the theme of the fair, 'LA: The Connected City', through holistic design thinking that speaks to, engages and connects the local community. The Pavilion Zero design shall speak to the identity and community surrounding the proposed site and include design aspects that help to remediate known problems or help to generally elevate community connectivity and social justice. Teams are encouraged to use a holistic and innovative approach to net-positive design that explores a paradigm shift within the world of design and construction. 

Competition Guidelines: Using the foundation of the 2022 LA World’s Fair and the concept of creating long-term positive impact in the various communities of Los Angeles, students are invited to develop a presentation poster using compelling visualizations to describe how their projects can achieve these concepts and transcend the Living Building Challenge. The poster should include graphics, text, and explanatory information such that the topic is self-evident without the student’s verbal assistance. The poster title, along with students’ names and degree program should appear on the lower right corner of the board. A text description of the project no longer than 500 words should also be included on the poster. 

Prizes 1ST: $1,500 2ND: $750 3RD: $250 Jury The Innovation Awards are judged by an esteemed panel of key professionals from top architectural, engineering, institutional, analytical backgrounds and select members of the collaborative team. 

Register by: 09-30-2017 / Submit by: 10-01-2017

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Competition / Architecture at Zero / PGE, AIACC, SFSU Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:15
The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC). This facility is San Francisco State University’s center for estuary and ocean science located on 53 acres of bayside property in Tiburon, California. The competition has two components. First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate the program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown. Second, entrants will design two buildings in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.

Register by: 01-10-2018 / Submit by: 01-30-2018

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