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  1. Architecture and Food: International Competition / “Buffet” restaurant

    January 30, 2013 by architectural competitions

    Architecture and Food

    The competition consists of two parts: a conceptual and practical, the best project will be realized.

    PLACE: Yaroslavl, Russia
    DEADLINE: April, 10, 2013 
    CONSTRUCTION: May-June, 2013.
    “Gourmanization of the Space” – Taste in architecture is like the taste of food. Smell, color, taste – this feelings akin the feeling of optic nerves. Pleasure one experiences at the sight of appetizing building is comparable to dinner at a nice restaurant, and the more simple and unassuming ingredients are surprise us the more as a delicious in general could have been built. The pleasure of the experiment: combine salt with spicy at the architectural kitchen… Environment is saturated or nourishing. Architecture, that forcing to applaud to chef. Architecture as a compliment from the chef. The image of the food in the architecture and design of food.
    New alternative architectural competition from the “NMAXU”. We offer you to prepare delicious architecture beyond typology, functions, rules and regulations, and not be carried away by fast food in the form of American roadside diners: exactly replicate the kind of hot dog, hamburger or a donut. No direct metaphor in thinking is encouraged. The best works will be distributed to nominations: – The best in the light architecture (snacks) – The best basic architecture (hot) – The best dessert in the architecture.
    The competition consists of 2 parts: a conceptual and practical: Conceptual part: participants are invited to make sketches of their vision of interaction between architecture and food for the exhibition and publication. Project for realization: design for a terrace/veranda and summer pavilions of the cafe + additional drawings.
    Competition is a part of the Social Revolution 2013 festival, Yaroslavl, Russia. Organizers: professional-technical, architectural and artistic initiative: “NMAXU”, “Buffet” restaurant, architectural portal , Department of Architecture YaSTU. The additional prizes, publication and exhibition of the projects are also provided by the organizers.More information on website:

  2. Future of Money Design Award

    January 28, 2013 by architectural competitions

    Future of Money Design Award


    Whether we like it or not, crime is a driving force behind a large proportion of technological ‘progress’; this is especially true regarding money.  In 1817, a burglary at a British dockyard led the government to start a competition challenging locksmiths to invent an unpickable lock.  The result was the Chubb detector lock, and it remained ‘unpicked’ for 33 years.

    In the past, adding another lock or increasing thewall thickness of a safe was the obvious solutionto deter theft.  However, as our money becomes completely electronic, new crimes will undoubtedly be committed which take advantage of the technology itself.  Perhaps if we could imagine what crimes might happen, we could start to think about how to prevent them. What financial crimes could be committed within a completely electronic marketplace? We invite creative practitioners to imagine and design a future monetary based crime.  A crime which utilises a loophole, a social convention or specific technology.

    The competition will run in two phases.
    FIRST PHASE – Initial Idea
    Please submit an overview of your initial ‘future crime’ concept. Preferred format = PDF. Maximum 3 pages communicating the concept and examples of previous work (website or PDF).
    Deadline for submission 20th February 2013. Send entries to

    SECOND PHASE – Project Development
    Shortlisted entrants will receive £500 each to develop their idea and produce a short video. The videos and concepts will be judged during the annual Tomorrrow’s Transactions forum in London, and prizes will be handed out to the winners.

    The awards will be presented during the annual Tomorrrow’s Transactions forum, on the 13th / 14th March 2013, organised by Consult Hyperion.



    January 27, 2013 by architectural competitions



    [Traffic, transit, migration, nomadism]

    «When traffic delays and confusion seem hopeless, remember that men of vision are working on the problem. Actually traffic engineers are planning city streets and country highways free from stop and go…
    1. Sidewalks will be elevated – you’ll walk and shop ABOVE Main Street, actually cross OVER it.
    2. Local traffic will use the FULL width of the streets below – no sidewalks, no parked cars. Loading and unloading will be done INSIDE the buildings.
    3. High-speed, long-distance traffic will have its own elevated, one-way lanes, no stop lights or intersections.»
    «Pedestrians –
    Express Traffic –
    Local Traffic –
    – each will be given a clear path by 1960»
    – predicts NORMAN BEL GEDDES, authority on future trends.
    ~ «This is the City of TOMORROW» Advertisement brochure for SHELL, before 1960.

    (…) Could we imagine an alternative society in which the free movement of people takes part of their human rights? If people could follow the path of the internet and the migration of information, what would happen to our society? Would our ability to move depend on money and how would it influence tourism? How can we deal with the freedom of movement and borders? How could we overcome the dilemmas of urban mobility? Would there be a changing urban aesthetic relating to urban space and technologies of transport and communication? What could be the future of the pedestrian? And how could our movements shape the urban landscapes and our daily lives in the cities? (…)


    Launching date: 15th of January 2013
    Questions Deadline: 15th of February 2013
    Early Birds Registration Deadline: 1st of March 2013
    Submission Dead Line: 15th of April 2013, 23:59 pm, European time (CET)
    Results announced: 15th of May 2013

    Early Bird fee (until 01.03.2013): 30 € / submission
    Fee (after 01.03.2013): 50 € / submission

    … more info on:

  4. RSA US Student Design Awards

    January 25, 2013 by architectural competitions

    RSA US Student Design Awards

    RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) – an undergraduate competition to inspire collaborative design-led social change in the areas of architecture, interiors, urban transit, industrial design, fashion and textiles connects design students and faculty with industry needs.

    Who are we?
    The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, founded in London, 1754) is committed to finding innovative solutions to today’s challenges.

    Why do we need SDA-US?  Why now?
    “It is a pivotal moment in the field of socially responsible design. More than ever, design professionals are involved in projects that have a social impact. Student enrollment in educational programs or social innovation is growing exponentially.”  Bill Moggridge, RSA Royal Designer for Industry, co-founder of IDEO and Director, Cooper-Hewitt,  National Design Museum 2010-12.

    Who can participate?
    We’ve invited studio groups from some of our top design schools to get involved. We know their students love creating new things, and have no interest in the status quo.

    When’s the deadline for entries?
    March 29, 2013

    More information

  5. International Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2013

    January 23, 2013 by architectural competitions


    Light is a fundamental element of life and a key aspect of any architectural project. Prizes will be awarded to projects that have successfully met the architectural lighting needs of an interior or exterior space, having created a positive synergy between architecture, interior design, landscaping and lighting.

    The Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards value the creativity, innovation and sustainability of lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project.


    1. ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING: lighting projects for exterior illumination such as: facades, sport facilities, monuments, canopies, etc.
    2. INDOOR LIGHTING: lighting projects for interior illumination such as: shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, single buildings, offices, etc.
    3. URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING: lighting projects for urban illumination such as: squares, roundabouts, avenues, streets, parks, bridges, etc.
    4. STUDENTS PROPOSALS: this year’s theme is “Light to connect”; lighting projects, both indoor and outdoor, in which light is used as a tool to connect people and/or spaces: squares, streets, parks, beaches, malls, airports, car parks, etc. Only idea-based projects will be accepted.

    *Bear in mind that the projects must incorporate innovation and sustainability elements in all categories.
    *Only daylight based projects, entertainment lighting, and luminaire design will not be accepted.


    The jury will determine 4 winners (1 per category):

    • Architectural Exterior Lighting Award: 15.000 €
    • Interior Lighting Award: 15.000 €
    • Urban and Landscape Lighting Award: 15.000€
    • Students Proposals Award: 3.000 €

    Deadline: 31st January 2013

    More info:

  6. Grace Arts Center Entryway and Backlot Ideas and Design Competition

    January 21, 2013 by architectural competitions

    Grace Arts Center Entryway and Backlot Ideas and Design Competition

    Grace Arts Center of Dania Beach, Florida, is a non-profit organization providing education and venues for the performing and visual arts, besides being co-located with an art gallery and the dogoodhere café.

    The Competition
    The organizers are looking for ideas and creative designs for the façade treatment of the rear façade of the warehouse building, a canopy for the entryway, including the door (which swings outward, (as per the building code), into the Grace Arts Center, off of the alleyway access, and a general plan for the parking area. Competition entrants may choose at their discretion to submit proposals either for the entryway/canopy and façade treatment of the building alone, or include ideas and designs for the general plan of the parking area.

    Important Issues
    This competition seeks to raise issues of critical importance to the current and future practices of environmental design, art, and planning. Such issues include Sustainability, Building Façade Revitalization, Movement and Sensory Challenged Accessibility, First Cost and Cost of Ownership, Sociable Urban Design and Planning, Pedestrian, Public Transit, and Bicycle Modes of Mobility, Integration with the Automobile, Light Pollution, Vehicular Access, Art and its Role in the City, and Public Art.

    The Competition in detail
    There are two sections to this competition. Participants can choose to propose a west facing façade treatment for the building alone or propose in addition ideas and designs for the backlot parking area. Any proposal for the backlot parking area must also include proposals for the Grace Arts Center building façade.
    The west facing façade treatment of the warehouse building should include a 2 dimensional surface proposal for the entire façade, as well as a canopy to protect guests at the entry door, both of which should reflect the diverse, creative, and exciting activities of the Grace Arts Center. The 2 dimensional façade proposal should ideally be on the surface only, removable, and be capable of returning the façade to its original condition. The canopy for the entry door must accommodate access for emergency response and delivery vehicles, be demountable, and removable from the façade, should withstand high winds but does not need to meet Dade County impact standards.
    The Backlot parking area should assist in the flexible use of the parking area, including accommodating vehicular traffic, parking, and transitory events, such as café tables and chairs. (For further details, see below.)
    In general, the ideas and competition entries should use recycled and recyclable materials, be of low carbon content, low environmental impact, low energy consumption, and show how post-consumer waste can be used to make beautiful cities. The work of Samuel Mockbee is an example of this.

    Registration deadline: February 18, 2013

    More information

  7. The Cycling Visionaries Awards

    January 20, 2013 by architectural competitions

    velo city vienna

    The Cycling Visionaries Awards programme highlights new ideas to evolve cycling cultures around the globe. The programme seeks to support young individuals from different backgrounds and cultural contexts engaged in the evolution of cycling as key to the future of urban mobility. Hand in your ideas and projects for urban cycling! Win a Cycling Visionary Award and participate in the global discourse on urban cycling!

    Awards categories

    •      Advocacy and Social Projects
    •      Science, Research and Development
    •      Design, Fashion and Cycling Equipment
    •      Urban Planning and Urban Design
    •      Cycling and the Arts

    Winners of the Cycling Visionaries Awards are entitled to free participation in the foremost global venue on urban cycling, the Velo-city conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria, in June 2013.

    During the Velo-city conference, there will be ample opportunities for prize winners to meet leading voices of the global cycling community. Cycling Visionaries will learn more about global cycling cultures, develop their own networks and expand the scope of their work. Moreover, Cycling Visionaries will participate in the Velo-city 2013 conference programme and present their ideas in speed-datings, lectures, round tables or film screenings. Additionally, their work will be published in the Velo-city Vienna conference publication.

    The Cycling Visionaries Awards programme is open to ideas and projects covering all fields related to urban cycling. Submissions for the awards will be taken from now until 31 March 2013.

    More information:

  8. STUDIO #04 – TRANSFORMATION Call for Papers

    January 17, 2013 by architectural competitions


    The city is a place involved in a continuous Transformation where man is the main creator and user. The city withstands continuous changes in its form, generating new and different landscapes.
    STUDIO #04 – TRANSFORMATION – is set to investigate which were, are and will be the dynamics and the transformation processes of the cities.
    Through their decisions, men repeatedly adapt space to their necessities, in a path of programmatic choices and transformations caused by uses and customs that are always different.
    At the same time nature is also the lead of the urban metamorphosis process; in some cases it contributes to the “re-naturalization” of the abandoned territories; in other, it undermines the artificial order producing transformation opportunities.

    The continuous transformation of the reality we experience inevitably condition the perception of those who use space, creating new unexpected necessities and will of change, which in turn will produce other transformation in the city in a continuous evolutionary process.

    Which are the dynamics and the transformative processes? What will be the results? How long will the change take? Which cities for the future, which future for the cities?

    All submissions via e-mail to:
    ABSTRACT: January 31st 2013
    FINAL PIECE: February 28th 2013

    Here are the links to download all the details: or competition pdf


    January 16, 2013 by architectural competitions



    The application deadline for the competition of Nikola’s Belvedere is delayed to January, 22, 10:00 AM, Moscow time.
    As announced, by this date participants of Nikola’s Belvedere competition are welcome to spend free of charge one day in Nikola-Lenivets.
    Visit us to study the site and to get inspiration.
    For further information about the holidays in Nikola-Lenivets including longer vacation please call:
    +7 (915) 899-48-32 – Kristina,

    We recall the conditions of the competition on project of belvedere (observation deck) for Versailles park in Nikola-Lenivets.
    Nikola’s Belvedere should become one of the iconic symbols of Nikola-Lenivets. Objectives of the competition include design and construction of belvedere which will become the high-rise dominant of Versailles Park and will connect composition-wise Rotunda by A.Brodsky and Arch by B.Bernaskoni into a uniform architectural ensemble. The main function of the belvedere is to show the park from above.

    The winning project will be implemented in Nikola-Lenivets village and presented at the festival Archstoyanie 2013. Summer.
    Participants – artists and architects.

    For further information about the competition of Nikola’s Belvedere please visit

  10. PIN Architecture : January Brief / The Breathing Building

    January 14, 2013 by architectural competitions


    PIN Architecture is an open monthly competition for designers who have a desire to exercise design skills and communicate original ideas.  Submissions are both small and digital to give busy designers an opportunity to participate without the time commitment of a standard competition. There is no fee to participate. The first place winner will receive a poster containing the top 10 submissions of the month.

    January Brief / The Breathing Building :

    In pursuit of higher R-values and lower energy bills, buildings are increasingly becoming hermetically sealed from exterior environments.  While energy efficiency is extremely important, buildings can also be designed to open up to outside conditions.  Glass affords buildings visual connection with the outdoors; however, other qualities (breezes, sounds, and smells) are typically limited to the operation of windows and doors.  How might a building more fundamentally open and close beyond standard methods of fenestration?  How might it inhale and exhale?

    Submissions may be technical, conceptual, practical, and/or artistic.  Participants are asked to consider a solution that addresses an environment that requires insulation, not a location that has consistently temperate weather.  Concepts should address both open and closed positions.


    Format :
    Submissions must be completely contained within a 4 inch circle (templates can be found at  Any media type (hand drawings, vectors, renderings, photos, etc.) may be used in addition to text to best express the concept.  Submissions must be 300dpi JPGs and should be sent to by January 25th, 2013.  Please include your name, city, and state in the e-mail.

    Schedule :
    1st of the Month : Competition Brief Posted
    25th of the Month : Submission Due
    Last of the Month : Winners Announced