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An international architecture competition aiming to give Paris' much loathed Montparnasse Tower a 21st-century makeover selected the proposal by team Nouvelle AOM as the winning design back in 2017. Now, two years later, another competition hopes to overhaul the greater master plan of the Maine-Montparnasse area.  

Organised by the Ville de Paris, the initiative has selected the proposal by London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to resolve the neighborhood's long-standing issues with accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists and bring the area's sustainability performance up to speed.

"The challenge is to transform this modern urbanism from the 1950s and 1970s to recompose and reshape an urban landscape consistent with the Parisian fabric and adapted to contemporary climate commitments," said Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris.

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Mecanoo recently unveiled their first-prize competition design for a new Civic Cultural Center in Futian, one of Shenzhen's oldest and densest districts. The 93,000 m2 tower will comprise a cultural program and social spots for a city that thrives in semi-open spaces. In response to this, their design is “a building that breathes: open to daylight and natural cooling breezes, and filled with greenery”. A completion date for the project is yet to be announced.

The firm shared more details about their winning proposal below.

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Registration Deadline: Jul 30, 2019; Submission Deadline Jul 30, 2019

Library calls all Homo Prospectus to create an illustration that best represents the relationship between "ancient" and "contemporary". Think that all great works are not necessarily done. As the picture of a painter, they are a continuous becoming of forms and union of fragments, pieces of history and populations that add up and bind, establishing apparently dramatic relationships, but which over time are part of a single great project: the man's architecture. The purpose of Library is to research and analyze, through the current state of the art, the intimate semantic relationships between a historical period (known) and a future one (unknown), asking an intellectual work to all the participants....

CHECK IT HERE: libraryillustrazioni.com

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Registration Deadline: Oct 21, 2019; Submission Deadline Oct 26, 2019

ARKxSITE is pleased to announce the ‘SITE CLOISTER’ international architecture ideas competition for architecture students and young professionals  (≤ 40 years old).

Registration is now open and we would kindly ask for your help in promoting it.

www.arkxsite.com


This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites all architecture students, young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a Site Cloister located near the ‘Aldeia da Mata’ dolmen, in Crato, Portugal.

The Site Cloister aims to create a museological path to enhance the historical significance and contemplative nature of the ‘Aldeia da Mata’ dolmen. It is an intimate and secluded place between the natural landscape and the ‘inner courtyard’ where the megalithic monument becomes a powerful scenery.  A sequence of spaces, above and / or below ground, welcome visitors and provide shade while stimulating movement between open-air and / or enclosed spaces and outdoor environments.


On behalf of ARKxSITE, we welcome your valuable support in assisting us to promote the current and future competitions!

Thank you.

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Registration Deadline: Dec 6, 2019; Submission Deadline Dec 16, 2019

PREMISE

The world that we see today is closer than ever before. Knowledge which was earlier stored via books has now been transferred to the digital medium. It is accessible to the world, making the process of acquiring this knowledge i.e. learning, simpler. An avenue to self-educate and learn was initiated by need of a public space that made knowledge accessible to all with books. The concept of libraries initiated with this idea, by making learning accessible to all. It banked on the idea of gathering a wide spectrum of knowledge in one space, open to enable self-learning.

Books is a medium of self-learning in the form of written media that preserve history, fiction, art, and science. After almost after 650 years of its existence they are now seen as another form of technology that people are moving ahead without. It is not the only source of knowledge anymore.

Digital age resolved this with a few clicks by giving us information-based knowledge and a platform to learn on web. Yet, a spatial zone to absorb this knowledge is still finding its place in the urbanscape in the context of today.

Challenge

The function of a library was re-modelled with time as it served as a public facility that could be centralized for a different learning experience all together. With digitization, availability of the internet, modes of learning have been restructured into new forms, but the spatial zones to acquire this knowledge is yet to receive an update on a larger scale. Library has in a way become a public building that is wanted by everybody, however public interest is diminishing at large.

Today libraries suffer thanks to budget cuts and lack of interest by public at large - can libraries evolve to become something bigger? Can libraries be the think tank of the city? Or a forum where exchange of ideas happens? Can they evolve from a passive function of a repository to an active self-learning space to share and create new knowledge? Can this new function be enclosed in a more conducive infrastructure?

Challenge: The challenge here is to design/complete rewrite the universal definition of public library and democratize education and learning through refreshing spatial ideas.

 

Learn more on https://competitions.uni.xyz/libgen

Timeline:

Launch July 09, 2019

Registration closes: December 06, 2019

20$ Students, 25$ Professionals, 80$ Institutional Access

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2019

Public Voting begins: December 26, 2019

Public Voting ends: January 16, 2020

Result Announcement: January 26, 2020

 

Prizes:

Prize pool of worth 15000$

First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)

Runner up: 3 x 1500$ (For students and professionals)

People’s Choice: 2 x 500$ (For students – Most appreciated project wins this)

People’s Choice: 2 x 500$ (For professionals – Most appreciated project wins this)

Honorable mention x 7 (Students): 250$ Each

Honorable mention x 7 (Professionals): 250$ Each

 

 

More competitions here: http://competitions.uni.xyz

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Registration Deadline: Oct 15, 2019; Submission Deadline Oct 15, 2019

ABSTRACT

The sense of sight is one of the 5 basic senses for humans.  However, some people do not get a chance to enjoy this basic sense.

Visual Impairment refers to a decreased ability to see, to such an extant that it may not be fixable by regular means, such as glasses.  When a person has a complete (or near complete) loss of vision, it is termed as blindness.

Blind people may face a lot of difficulty in going about their normal daily routine.  Normal activities like driving, reading, etc becomes impossible for them.  Other activities like walking, socializing, writing, eating, et cetera become a major task for them.

Over the history of tackling blindness, and finding solutions to make their lives simpler, a lot of innovative efforts have been brought about.  The most notable amongst these is the Braille.  It is a system of tactile writing, represented in the form of raised dots, which can be used by the visually impaired.  It transforms one of the most basic needs, reading, from a sight-based activity to a touch-based activity.

It is one of the most helpful things designed for the blind and has existed since the year 1824, when it was first developed by Louis Braille.

Architecture and architects play a large role in designing blind-friendly cities.  And thus, comes the idea for this competition.  To take the other four senses i.e. the sense of hearing, the sense of smell, the sense of taste, and the sense of touch, and transform it into a reality, which can be equally enjoyed by the blind and the non-blind.

AIM OF THE COMPETITION

The aim of the competition is to design a structure (or a complex of structures) which bridges the gap between the blind and the non-blind.  Something that erases the distinction between how the blind and the non-blind experience the world differently.

A place which the blind can enjoy just as much as a person who can see.

Just like the Braille system in 1824 had allowed the blind the read like a normal person; this competition aims at creating a built environment enabling the very same objective, i.e. to erase the distinction between the blind and the non-blind, and to erase the handicap of visual impairment by “Connecting the Dots” and “Building for the Blind.”

download the detailed brief by clicking here.

SCHEDULE

  • Start of Competition:  July 1, 2019
  • Deadline for Registration:  October 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Submission:  October 20, 2019
  • Announcement of Winners:  November 2019

Note:  All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 am IST (Indian Standard Time)

REGISTRATION

Entrants may register as individuals or as a group consisting of maximum 3 members.  All architecture and design students, as well as professionals are eligible to participate in the competition.  They may do so by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through the secure gateway (PayPal/Instamojo) on our website www.architize.com

  • Early Registration Period (July 1 to August 15) –  $20
  • Regular Registration Period (August 16 to September 15) –  $25
  • Late Registration Period (September 16 to October 15) –  $35

Note:  It would not be possible to amend or update the information related to your registration including the names of the group members once validated.

AWARDS

  • First Prize –  $500 + Certificate
  • Second Prize –  $200 + Certificate
  • Third Prize – $100 + Certificate
  • 3+ Honorable Mentions to be published on the site

FAQ

  • There is no limitation to the type and scale of built space that you may construct.
  • The project should aim at inclusivity, and should be a place, not just for the blind people, but a place that everyone can enjoy. Even those who are not visually impaired.
  • The political correctness of your language would not play a role in the judgement of your ideas. For example, as far as your design idea is brilliant, you won’t be judged based on the terminology that you use, be it “Blind People” or “The Visually Impaired.”

IMPORTANT TIP: Do a research on what has already been built for the blind, before beginning with your own design ideas.

In case of any queries, please send us a mail at info@architize.com

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Registration Deadline: Oct 1, 2019; Submission Deadline Oct 5, 2019

The Architecture Community is pleased to announce its International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Architecture Competition inviting all architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around to participate.

The Architecture Community is pleased to invite to participate from around the globe to take part in the International Residential Architecture Awards 2019.

The awards will be having the following categories:

Housing | House Design | Housing More than 5 Floors | Housing Upto 5 Floors | Housing Single Family | Housing Multi- Family | House Design | Housing Interior | Household | Residential Interior | Private Housing | Private Residential | Residential | Recreation and More….

International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture? It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine Architecture design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the Architecture and the natural world, the Architecture and the community, and the Architects and the city.

International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Will be judged by two stellar panels: one for design, the other for architecture. Each of the panels will be compiled of industry experts who will use their insight and experience to deliberate the results.

The Design panel will be looking for: fresh thinking and originality, beautiful execution, great storytelling, work that pushes and progresses the client brief beyond expectations, work which emotionally connects with its people.

The Architecture panel will be hoping to see: work that is programmatically, formally and spatially rich, design that pushes boundaries, projects that address issues of sustainability a people focused, client driven approach.

The reputable judges will nominate 3 finalists within each award category. The winners of the International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Will be selected by honorable jury members. Winners will get a winner kit (Certificate and winner’s poster) Award will publish on The Architecture Community’s website and our media partner’s website

Participate here: http://www.thearchitecturecommunity.com/iraa-awards-registration-form/

Submission Fee:

Early – 1st July to 31st August 2019 Fee – $99

Late – 1st September 2019 to 01st October 2019 Fee – $199

Free Entry For Students.

Schedule:

Registration Open 1st July 2019

Registration Closed 01st October 2019

Submission Closed 05th October 2019

Winners Announcement 30th October 2019

Competition Info:  Category: ARCHITECTURE AWARDS Organizer: The Architecture Community

Who can enter? International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Is open to all architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe.

Prize:  International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Deliver unprecedented exposure for our finalists and winners.

Submission requirements:

  • 1. Maximum 4 images of project.
  • A3 size sheets (420mm X 297mm) in horizontal format and submitted as digital colored high-resolution files meant for printing in JPEG format.
  • Project About in Docs format in about 500 to 700 words.
  • Submission sent do not exceed maximum of 20Mb in zip file.
  • Unlimited Projects in multiple categories.
  • No restrictions in built, concept and projects making date.

International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. To view Jury Members click here.  

Go to learn more: http://www.thearchitecturecommunity.com/international-residential-architecture-awards-2019/

Official website: For all further information about the International Residential Architecture Awards 2019. Or to submit your works visit the following official website: www.thearchitecturecommunity.com

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Registration Deadline: Aug 15, 2019; Submission Deadline Nov 2, 2019

OVERVIEW

As designing and architecture leap forward with changing times, land constraints and it’s high demands due to limited resource grow even more with the growing population. An optimized utilization of land with more than one purpose has given birth to a mixed form of its use. Through centuries, things which have remained unchanged is architecture’s ingenuity to make it happen. In today’s time when all places are assumed to house everything in one place, it marks the beginning of an age when design would change this movement and create new dimensions.

Designing has the power to mold functions of a place and make it capable of delivering all at once. We mark this advent of creating spaces like these that will define new dimensions in land use and function of a building/space. Fusion will be a sprint award where we honor projects which bent the use of architecture as a tool to merge diverse uses and giving birth to spaces that are entirely new. Fusion aims to spread awareness about these small yet powerful innovations that make architecture possible and the efforts of designers who make them. Fusion is a part of A4A (A for Architecture ‘20 Awards).

For more details:- https://competitions.uni.xyz/fusion

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Registration Deadline: Aug 15, 2019; Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2019

The AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium examines the confluence of urban elements within the airport landscape—transportation, commerce, public space and technological interfaces—and how Asian airports introduce alternatives for life in transit.

By 2035, it’s estimated that air travel in Asia will be greater than Europe and North America combined, with routes in Asia serving an extra 1.8 billion annual passengers. Increase in airport capacity challenges physical infrastructure as much as operations and passenger experience. A trillion dollars is earmarked for airport development in Asia alone in the next 10 years. Unprecedented growth requirements are difficult to meet and concrete alone is not the answer.

Asian airports are ideal for testing new technologies, including construction, immersive digital environments, automated operations and unconventional non-aeronautical programs. From Mumbai to Shanghai, airports across Asia are reinventing airports as microcosms of complex urban environments, tackling challenges in environmental and commercial sustainability. Airports are leading experimentation and invention in mobility, real estate, and lifestyle, all of which can be scaled up and replicated in cities.

We are inviting industry professionals, academics and innovators to propose papers for the next AERIAL FUTURES symposium in Singapore, responding to one of the following prompts:

Travelers of Tomorrow 

As Asia’s middle class rises, vast numbers of first-time travelers are expected to visit Asian airports. This emerging demographic is the world’s fastest-growing aviation market and is sure to bring new consumer demands and habits to airports. Catering to luxury airline users, established cities like Singapore, Incheon and Hong Kong have turned their airports into high-end shopping malls, while many new locations and routes with low-cost carriers have advocated for stripped-down terminals.

Digital Ecosystems 

Asian airports use technology in unprecedented ways to improve the passenger experience, including automated kiosks, facial recognition, language localization, and self-service options for passengers. How will these technologies work together and how will the human feature within this constellation? What will come of the data such technology yields, and who benefits from it?

Urban Microcosms 

Airports present ideal environments for controlled experimentation. As microcosms of the urban spaces around them, airports increasingly share elements in common with cities, including intermodal transportation, commerce, public space, culture and technology for user engagement. The combination of these elements with airport safety, access and speed, necessitates imaginative approaches. How do smaller-scale, experimental interventions present new insight on how airports or cities will continue to develop?

The Airport Threshold 

Many airports have transformed from transient spaces into attractive and stimulating urban destinations, that are more than sites for the hurried traveler to navigate. In doing so, airports have become liminal spaces between sovereign territories and urban ecologies, where complex negotiations related to leisure, trade, security, information and mobility play out. These unique choreographies demand inventive approaches to urban planning and design at different scales. How do airports affect larger, long-term issues and give rise to spatial practices at the scale of the city and region, such as masterplanning, policy and economic activity?

For more information, please visit aerialfutures.org/living-laboratories.

How to apply

Please submit your 300-word abstract by August 15, 2019 to info [ at ] aerialfutures.org. Include your name, affiliation, working title of paper, a C.V. of no more than two pages, and an email address.

About AERIAL FUTURES

AERIAL FUTURES is a non-profit organization committed to interdisciplinary discourse on aerial infrastructure and its interdependencies. As a cultural platform and expert network, we curate salons, think tanks and public programs that provoke timely considerations of our aerial age to imagine the future of a connected multimodal world.

The AERIAL FUTURES agenda fosters leadership and disruptive thinking in an industry that is overwhelmingly technical and transactional. Beyond aviation, our program explores the interfaces of design, technology, policy, social sciences and the extended urban ecosystem that airports are part of.

www.aerialfutures.org

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The 2019 edition of the Australian Institute of Architects' regional NSW Architecture Awards recently came to a close with the big reveal of the winners. A total of 51 entries across 12 categories received named awards, awards, and commendations.

The big-time winner of this year's competition was the Maitland Riverlink. Designed by Chrofi with McGregor Coxall, the project won this year's honorable NSW Architecture Medallion as well as the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture and the Blacket Prize. Another big winner was the Green Square Library and Plaza by Studio Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture; it received the John Verge Award for Interior Architecture, the NSW Premier’s Prize, and awards in the Public Architecture and Urban Design categories.

Recipients of NSW Architecture named awards and awards will now advance to compete in the National Architecture Awards. National Award winners will be announced on November 7.

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