Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 2014 Announcements


Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition
Sponsor: London Borough of Wandsworth
Type: Expressions of Interest
Location: London
Languages: English
Eligiblity: The competition is open to multi-disciplinary design teams from across the globe.  It should be noted that the Jury Panel will be looking for capacity WITHIN THE TEAM to deliver the project.  Where appropriate this may require a collaborative approach; for example a practice from outside the UK, or one with insufficient resources, or one that is unable to meet the required resilience criteria, may choose to team up with an executive/delivery architect or engineer.  Such collaborations are welcomed, providing the proposed delivery arrangement is clearly explained in the submission.
As a minimum the team is expected to include proven capability in architecture, engineering and cost management.  In addition, the teams might helpfully include specialists in landscape architecture, art, community consultation, operational management, as well as other specialisms that are pertinent to their submissions.
As a first step, competitors will be required to demonstrate that the lead organisation in their team can meet the client's minimum resilience criteria.
Awards: An equal honorarium of £12,000 (plus VAT) will be paid to each team shortlisted to take part in Stage 2.  No payment will be made for participants at Stage 1.
EOI Submission Deadline: 13 January, 2015
Design Challenge:
The London Borough of Wandsworth is inviting multi-disciplinary design teams from across the world to take part in a lively and interactive competition, to produce a concept design for a new cycle and pedestrian bridge across the River Thames in London, between Nine Elms and Pimlico.  The purpose of the competition is to identify the best team, capable of designing and delivering a unique landmark bridge for this part of London and to explore what the various design options might be; it is not to select a specific design. 

The competition seeks expressions of interest, supported by evidence of pertinent technical awareness and design innovation at Stage 1.  Public exhibitions will be held, showcasing the design element of each submission.
At Stage 2, shortlisted competitors will be asked to develop their design ideas for the actual site, including formal dialogue with the client and key stakeholders on both sides of the river, and public exhibitions to engage the wider community.  All shortlisted competitors will be asked to complete a formal Invitation to Tender.
For more information, go to:

Passages Competition - Transitional Spaces for the 21st Century
Sponsor: Institute Pour la Ville
Type: Open, international, ideas
Location: Shanghai, China
Languages: Chinese, English
Eligiblity: The competition is directed at young professionals working in the architectural and urban domain under 40 years of age and with a degree. Each team can be inter-disciplinary (composed of architects, urban-planners, landscapers, experts, researchers, artists..) but must include at least one architect.
Entrance Fee: None
Awards: The jury awards a maximum of three prizes. The jury has at its disposal a total sum of €8,000
Submission Deadline: 31 December, 2014
Design Challenge: What types of passages to design in the eastern part of the Expo 2010 site? How to generate a real, lively urban neighborhood; facilitate mobilities, from metropolitan scale to green transport? How to connect the site to its natural and built environment using passages? The challenge: to identify strategic points in a developing area under construction and proposing passages of different types for construction.
Call for an open, public and international competition of ideas followed by a workshop for architectural and urban design professionals under the age of forty
For more information, go to:

Planetary Urbanism - Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design
Sponsor: ARCH+ Journal; Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Type: Open, international, ideas
Location: Germany
Languages: English, German
Eligiblity: The competition is intended for:
• Designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts
• Scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences
• Students from both of the above fields.
Cooperation between designers and scientists in interdisciplinary teams isrecommended.
Entrance Fee: None
Awards: € 20,000 total prize money
Registration Deadline: 30 April, 2015
Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2015
Jury: International Jury consisting of different professionals:
Architect / Urbanist
Social Scientist / Economist
Graphic designer
Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Representative of theWBGU
Representatives of the ARCH+ Editors
Design Challenge: On the basis of empirical material, of data and facts, visualisations should be developed that:
• cast light on the current problems of the urbanisation process
• indicate strategies in the approach to these problems
• and that, as far as can be discerned, present more advanced concepts
The presentation should thereby look behind the facts and clarify coherencies and trends. The presentation should visually display spatial and temporal circumstances and trace the forces driving their development. To master the task, all techniques of visual representation and pictorial media can be employed, but a coherent overall concept should be recognizable in the selection, transformation and presentation of the information.
For more information, go to:

Winner announced for Mumbai City Museum Competition
An international team led by Steven Holl has won the Mumbai City Museum North Wing Design
Competition. The Mumbai City Museum, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, is one of
India’s leading cultural institutions and is in the process of creating a dynamic new identity for
itself as a cultural hub in Mumbai.
Eight teams were shortlisted for the 275 crore project for new permanent and temporary
galleries and facilities. The Jury assessed design submissions, presentations and interviews and
unanimously selected New York-based practice Steven Holl Architects who collaborated with
Mumbai-based Opolis Architects.
Shortlist of over 100 expressions of interest:
• AL_A with PK Das, Arup, Turner & Townsend, GROSS. MAX and Superflux
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos with Malik Architecture, Arup and Empty
OMA + S&K with Meinhardt India, Houtman + Sander, GMD Consultants and Langdon Seah
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects with Christopher Charles Benninger Architects (CCBA), Leslie E. Robertson Associates International (LERA), Buro Happold, WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect and George Sexton Associates
Steven Holl Architects with Opolis Architects, Guy Nordenson and Associates, AECOM, Dongre Project Management Consultants, Transsolar and L’Observatoire
• Studio Mumbai Architecture + Edifice Consultants with Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services and Eskayem Consultants
wHY with Ganti + Associates, Sterling Engineering, Sterling and Wilson, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Buro Happold, Local Projects and Quantsoft India
Zaha Hadid Architects with Sameep Padora Associates (sP+a), AKT II, Max Fordham, Dan Pearson Studio and AECOM

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Announcments Part II


Bamiyan Cultural Center, Afghanistan
Sponsors: UNESCO, Ministry of Culture of Afghanistan, Republic of Korea
Type: International, open, one-stage
Fee: None
Language: English
Eligibility: One team member must be a registered architect
22 January 2014 (23:59 GMT) – Deadline for submissions
Winning Entry: 25,000 US$
4 Runner-ups: 8,000 US$ each
Budget: 2.5M US$
• Zahra Breshna, Architect (Afghanistan)
• Ajmal Maiwandi, Architect (Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Afghanistan)
• Young Joon Kim, Architect (Korea)
• Robert Know, Curator (U.K.)
• Elizabeth O’Donnell, Architect (Cooper Union, USA)
• An international architec
• Memberof International council on Monuments and Sites
Design Challenge:
The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
• Create an innovative design.
• Create a vital centre for the cultural community of Bamiyan allowing individuals to commune and share ideas.
• Integrate the Bamiyan Valley view into the building design and create a positive visual impact on the Cultural Landscape of Bamiyan Valley.
• Integrate an environmentally conscious design, which in the Bamiyan context should consider locally resourced materials, climate and efficiency.
• Connect to the historical context of the World Heritage property.
For more information, and to enter:

Helsinki Highrise: Design-Build Competition for a Prime Location
In Helsinki, Finland
Sponsors: City of Helsinki, Nation of Finland
Type: International, Architect/Developer
26 November 2014 – Registration for Seminar
Autumn, 2015 – Competition begins
Site: Pasila district near the city center
Project size:
The project should contain 8–10 towers of at least 15 stories. A total of 1–2 high-rise buildings should be realized for the start-up area. The right to build will cover 20,000–35,000 square meters of floor-space. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to purchase the rights to build in what is designated as the option area – totaling 40,000–60,000 square meters of floor space.
The winner of this design-build competition will be selected on the basis of the quality of the plan. The winning developer will be able to purchase the right to develop in a designated starting area and build a complete project there in accordance with their plan.
Information sessions
A seminar will be arranged on 3 December 2014 for those interested in participating in the Helsinki High-rise competition. The full-day seminar will take place in the YLE (Finland's national public service broadcasting company) auditorium in Pasila, in the vicinity of the competition area.
The seminar will provide information on Helsinki and the Pasila area from several perspectives. We will discuss Helsinki as a business environment, the development of the Pasila area located near the city centre, and the significant investments that are being started in the area. The seminar will present information on the content of the upcoming competition.
For more information, go to:

FIRE AWAY: Fire as a driver for innovation in Construction
Fire safety is about saving lives, not buildings. That is why it may be difficult to understand why we do not pay more attention to fire safety when developing innovative solutions for buildings, whether in terms of design, materials or interiors. Of course, legislation imposes certain stipulations, which must be complied with, but fire requirements are perceived more as a barrier and hindrance than as an inspiration to explore new avenues. That is what we would like to change. 

So how do we transform fire safety from being something burdensome to being a trigger for innovation? Therefore, we are asking you: How can we create innovative, intelligent, smart, creative and unusual building solutions, which focus on fire safety? Can we use alternative construction materials or put materials together in new ways? Can we think in terms of new forms of building design and construction? Or in terms of new interiors and layout! s, when we know that interiors are actually the leading cause of fire? And can we also incorporate accessibility, indoor climate, energy efficiency and sustainability, so our buildings become, not only safer, but also better for us to be in and better for the environment?
In Denmark, every year about 80 people lose their lives as a result of fires in buildings. In order for a building to be considered fireproof, it must comply with the fire safety requirements of the Danish Building Code. These requirements stipulate that certain parts of the building must be built with materials and structures, which can withstand fire. 

The parts, which are subject to these requirements, are:
• Bearing and stabilising building components: i.e. outer and inner walls, and columns and beams on every floor of the building
• Horizontal divisions between the building’s floors
• Cladding of walls or the underside of ceilings, both oblique and horizontal
• Roofing
• Insulation materials 

Read more about fire conditions in the Building Code here (only in Danish) 

The task
Present in words or images an idea for new construction solutions, which incorporate fire safety. 

Your proposal might, for example, be based on:
• New building design – ideas for how we could organise and formulate buildings
• New building materials – ideas for using new materials or for using familiar materials in new ways
• New interiors – ideas for new solutions inside buildings 

In terms of your idea, you might take the following parameters into consideration:
• Warning: Does your solution alert people to overheating and smoke?
• Reaction: In the event of incipient fire, does your solution trigger a reaction or change?
• Redning: Rescue: Does your solution support evacuation in the event of fire, e.g. via the façade?
• Combustion and smoke formation: How does your solution perform during a fire?
• Division of labour: Does your solution contribute anything to other elements in the building in the event of a fire? 

In your proposal you should describe clearly how your solution incorporates fire safety.
Upload your idea
Your proposal should explain clearly and simply how to tackle the challenge. You can present your proposal via text, images, illustrations or video. Files must not exceed 20 MB.
(Your idea does not have to be complete. You are welcome to upload a sketch and complete it a later point, after you have received feedback from Innosite, the organiser of the competition or other users.)
If your proposal has been wholly or partly drawn up in the context of a previous competition or project, or is already in a state of realization, you must inform us of that. However, we would like to stress that it will not affect the jury’s selection of the winners.
Criteria for judging
The winning ideas will be chosen by a jury after the competition deadline. The names of the Jury will be announced in Week 48. 

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of their creative and innovative qualities and, to a great extent, on how feasible they would be to realise. In their evaluation the jury will place special emphasis on how proposals respond to the following points: • Creativity• Innovation• Feasibility• Sustainability (social, economic, environmental, climatic)
1st prize: DKK 30,000
2nd prize: DKK 5,000
3rd prize: DKK 5,000

The winning ideas and other selected ideas will be published in a publicly accessible ideas catalogue. 

We will also offer prizes to the week’s best proposal or to the most active member. So upload your entry in good time and get feedback on it as well as the chance to improve your submission or help others with inspiration and knowledge.
Competition period
The deadline for uploading submissions is 7 January 2015 at 11.59 pm (GMT + 1).
Registration and Submission
In order to upload your idea, you must register as a user on
Register as a user here 

If you wish to enter as a team, you can do so by registering a group on the site.
About the organizer of the competition
The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI) is Denmark’s information centre for fire safety and security and works to protect lives and property. We develop our knowledge through relevant research and development activities, providing technical services to companies, institutions and authorities. In our laboratories we test new materials for construction, shipping and the offshore sector. This means we can guarantee that materials achieve a level of safety, which complies with regulatory requirements.
The FIRE AWAY competition is part of a project, in which DBI are focusing on fire as a source of inspiration in construction. We wish to encourage the development of ideas and products, which incorporate fire into materials, equipment and building design, with a view to raising the level of safety in our buildings and to generate new and innovative solutions.
Competition website:

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Announcements


New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, Budapest
The first stage of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition resulted in 470 entries. Based on the decision of the jury, 6 entries have been invited to the second stage in the House of Hungarian Music competition and the Museum of Ethnography competition and 5 entries in the FotoMuzeum Budapest and Hungarian Museum of Architecture. However, the original, open competition for the New National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, closed without a winner. Five honorable mentions were awarded, and a new, invited competition has been launched — an international, invited design competition with an open pre-qualification process for the design of the museum building. Up to ten teams will be chosen for the second competition stage.

The new timetable is as follows:
12/1/2014 – Prequalification deadline submission
12/19/2014 – Invitation to the qualified entrants
1/13/2015 – Q&A deadline
3/3/2015 – Design submission deadline

1st prize: 65 000 EUR
2nd prize: 35 000 EUR
3rd prize: 25 000 EUR
Total prize money: 325 000 EUR

According to an initial report, the following have already been invited:

For further information, and to register, go to:

Future Ground, New Orleans - Shortlist
Future Ground is a design competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.
The three finalists teams will receive $15,000 each to participate in a six-month research and design process. Working closely with local stakeholders and national experts, teams will forecast changes in density, demand, and climate over the next half-century in New Orleans, and will tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges underlying reuse of the most prevalent types of vacant land in the city. The project will produce implementable, replicable solutions that NORA can apply to specific sites citywide, and can help catalyze change in cities around the world.
Finalist Team Lex:
L.Arch.: Jacob Boswell
L.Arch.: Kristi Cheramie
L.Arch.: Mattjis van Maasakkers
sonstige Fachplaner: Jennie Miller
Finalist Team Pad:
DARCH, New York City 
GANSstudio, Brooklyn 
sonstige Fachplaner: LoriAnn Girvan
Universitäten/ Hochschulen: Marc Norman
Finalist Team Stoss:
L.Arch.: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston 
OJT Office of Jonathan Tate, New Orleans 
Stadtplaner: Liz Ogbu
L.Arch.: Ann Yoachim
Verkehrsplaner: Byron Stigge
L.Arch.: Kate Kennen
L.Arch.: Jill Desimini
Projektsteuererin: Teresa Lynch
Investor: Michael Brady

Results: Development of Kaliningrad's Historical Center

Client: City of Kaliningrad
Type: open, one-stage
Design Challenge:
Noncommercial partnership ’City-Planning Bureau ’The Heart of the City’ under instructions of the Government of Kaliningrad region and in association with the administration of municipal entity ’Urban district ’The city of Kaliningrad’ announces an open International architectural and city-planning competitive tender for the Concept of area development in the historical center of Kaliningrad (Korolevskaya mountain and its locality)
The competition objective is to provide a rational urban, city-planning,and extensive tridimensional solution for the area of former Korolevskaya gora and its locality (the area of 56 ha within the boundaries of Novaya Pregolya riverfront, Zarayskaya str., Shevchenko str., Klinicheskaya str., Proletarskaya str., Sergejeva str., Universitetskaya str., Zhitomirskaya str., V. Hugo str.);
1st Prize 
studio 44 architects, St. Petersburg 
Urban Planner: Institute of Territory Development
2nd Prize 
Devillers et associés, Paris 
Wall, Moscow 
3rd Prize
Trevor Skempton, Liverpool
3rd Prize 
Urban planer: HOSPER landschapsarchitectuur en stedebouw, Haarlem 
Andreas Jonasson Arkitektkontor, Stockholm 
Finalist special subject for discussion:
PAD Baum Freytag Leesch, Weimar 
Osterwold°Schmidt EXP!ANDER Architekten BDA, Weimar
Finalist special subject for discussion:
Narodnij architektor, Moscow 
Urban Planner: Central Scientific Research and Design Institute for Town Planning, Moscow 

Shortlist announced: New arena for Bristol
Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson, has announced the shortlist of five experienced design teams for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena, at his annual State of the City address.
The announcement follows the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Invited Design Competition which launched in August. Over 30 teams from across the world, expressed interest in designing the cultural venue that will be located close to Bristol Temple Meads Station and is due to open towards the end of 2017.
The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams (in alphabetical order) are:
• Grimshaw, MANICA Architecture, Thornton Tomasetti, M-E Engineers and Neil Woodger Acoustics
• IDOM (in collaboration with Foreman Roberts and Nagata Acoustics)
• Populous / Feilden Clegg Bradley / Buro Happold / Vanguardia
• White Arkitekter with Arup
• Wilkinson Eyre with Arup
The multi-disciplinary teams include architects and engineers who all have experience of delivering major venues in the UK or overseas. They will now work on their design proposals for the Bristol Arena which will be submitted in January 2015. A public exhibition of all five design proposals will take place in January prior to a decision being made in March.

Public Space Design Competition: Precast Concrete Urban Furniture & Sport

Sponsor: Union of Designers in Belgium

Location: Belgium

Type: Open, international, ideas

Eligibility: Open to all designers

Fee: none

1st prize - 1000 €
2nd prize - 600 €
3rd prize - 400 €
Submission Deadline: 30 November 2014

Design Challenge: This competition is free of entry, anonymous and respects the highest standards of international ideas competitions through the partnership with Union of Designers in Belgium (, the professional union of industrial, graphic and interior designers in Belgium and member of European and International Designers associations.
Contestants will have to imagine one idea related to the thema of "Precast Concrete Urban furniture & Sport" and will present it on maximum 2 A3 sheets. Contestants can propose several entries separately. A prototype will be produced among the three first prizes by the sponsor and will be exhibited at the trade fair. Ideas therefore must be quite realistic.

If you are not in the winners or the runner-ups, your idea will not be published and will remain confidential. If you are among the winners, your idea will be published. If you are a runner-up, you can ask not to release publicly your idea. The Jury will decide how many runner-up projects can be published or exhibited.
For more information, go to:

Friday, October 17, 2014

More October Announcements


New Taipei Museum of Art Design Competition
Sponsor: Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Type: 1 stage, Expression of interest
First prize - project commission
Second prize - NTD $2.5 million
Third prize - NTD $1.5 million
Fourth-sixth place - NTD $1 million each
Submission Deadline: 14 January 2015
Design Challenge: In recent years, the New Taipei City Government and civil societies have focused on building facilities and cultural features to preserve the cultural source of local arts. Since 2008, the plan of building the New Taipei City Museum of Art, which targets are integrating the arts and humanistic resources, intensifying arts and resources network, combining touristic resources and increasing the value and energy of tourism.
The functions of New Taipei Museum of Arts will be exhibition, education, promotion, and collection. Thus, the three missions of NTMoA are:
1. preserving and interpreting resources of new Taipei artists.
2. Honoring excellence of Taipei artists.
3. Promoting new Taipei art.
For more information, go to:

Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce
Sponsor: The California Endowment
Location: Coachella Valley, California
Type: International, 1 stage (student round), 2 stage (open round)
Open Division - The goal of the Open Division is to produce an implementable proposal for a housing community that can and will be realized.
Individuals, firms, or teams from around the world comprised of architects and professionals from allied fields. Teams may also include students and faculty from architecture and other disciplines.
Student Division - The goal of the Student Division is to produce comprehensive proposals that address the full scope of competition issues with a greater emphasis on creativity and less emphasis on short-term implementation.
The Student Division is open to high school or college students and faculty from around the world who are currently registered in an educational institution. Faculty may participate only as part of a student-led team.
Entry fees:
Open Division - $175
Student division - free
Awards: A total of $350,000 USD in prize money will be awarded to winning entries, finalists, and awards of merit.
Submission Deadline: December 2014
Design Challenge: Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley. Efforts to improve living conditions suffer from a lack of funding and coordination. The competition seeks to address this by harnessing the power of design to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation and development, with implications for California and the nation.
For more information, go to:

Katus Competition
Sponsor: Katus
Location: Svertingstad Gard, Norway; Ulenurme, Estonia
Type: Open, international, ideas
Development area in Norway:    
I prize 5,000€
II prize 3,500€
III prize 2,000€
Terrace house in Estonia:
I prize 4,000€
II prize 2,500€
III prize 1,500€
Submission Deadline: 26 January 2015
Design Challenge: 
We believe that this is a new way of looking at home construction. Ecological thinking and progressive technological solutions must go hand in hand with innovative architecture. We are collaborating with two well-known prefabricated home manufacturers: Kodumaja Ltd and Nurban Ltd, who have international experience of producing up to 14 storey apartment buildings and homes for hundreds of families.
Why can´t our best architects design progressive and contemporary houses that apply the principles of low cost and fast assembly without forgoing good design? We aim to do just this. Organizing a competition we widen a portfolio of well-thought and precisely designed home solutions, while encouraging our partners to promote contemporary architecture.
Competition has two development areas, first one in Svertingstad Gard, Norway and the second one in Ülenurme in Estonia. Topics are row (terraced) houses and apartment house, in different countries and different contexts.
For more information, go to:

OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015
Sponsor: OISTAT
Location: Berlin, Germany
Type: Open, student, 1 stage
Eligibility: Open to architects and students of schools of architecture. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students in those fields, will be welcomed, although it is not an essential requirement. Architects or students associated with members of the jury are not permitted to enter.
Entry fees: €50
First - €5,000
Second - €2,500
Third - €1,000
Registration and Submission Deadline: 27 March 2014
Design Challenge: 
The theme for the competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river.
The floating theatre will provide a performance space for an audience of 200-300 people and backstage accommodation for a cast of no more than 20 performers. Facilities for the audience, such as foyer space, toilets and refreshment areas will be located on the land and will be temporary and easily moved to another location, when required. 
There is increasing interest amongst theatre practitioners in the use of temporary site specific locations to present particular productions. These settings can often provide a unique atmosphere, which resonates with a particular production or style of presentation, in a way which may not be possible in a conventional theatre. 
These are the themes to be explored in this competition.
Competitors are asked to design a theatre for a particular performance, which will be defined by the competitor. This may be a conventional performance or something more experimental. We wish to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between the performance itself and the space which it inhabits. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students in those fields, will be welcomed.
For more information, go to:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mid-October 2014 Announcements


Museum of Science Fiction: Preview Museum
Exhibit Design Competition
Sponsor: The Museum of Science Fiction
Location: Washington, DC
Languages: English
Type: Open, international
Eligiblity: This competition is open to students, architects, industrial designers, and exhibit designers. Teams or individuals from the United States or abroad may participate.
Entrance Fee: None
Award: $1000
Registration Deadline: 31 October, 2014
Submission Deadline: 30 November, 2014
Jury: The design solutions will be judged by members from the museum's Board of Advisors, including award-winning author Creative Director, Louis Paul Miller (Character SF), and the Preview Museum Design Team.  Other jurist invitations are pending acceptance and will be announced shortly
Design Challenge:
The Museum of Science Fiction is a nonprofit organization, which seeks to establish a science fiction museum in Washington, DC. As an initial step, the museum will build a temporary, semi-permanent preview museum, which will be used to:
  • Establish an immediate presence for the museum in Washington DC, and generate excitement and media interest in a future, full-size museum.
  • Solicit donations for through fundraising events.
  • Test innovative new technologies and gain insights into the visitor experience to inform planning for a future, full-size museum.
Additionally, the preview museum exhibits will:
  • Engage and educate visitors with compelling content, design, programming, and state-of-the-art visual and digital installations.
  • Create a social hub for the science fiction community.
  • Be seen as a comprehensive source of science fiction knowledge.
  • Demonstrate the educational potential, particularly in the STEM fields, of a science fiction museum.
For more information, go to:

reTHINKing Architecture Competition: Temporary Housing for surfers in Tarifa
Sponsor: reTHINKing Architecture Competitions
Location: Tarifa, Spain
Type: Open, ideas
All students and architecture professionalsor related branches anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number
of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.
Entrance Fee:
Early (before 25 October) - 30 € + IVA
Regular (before 20 November) - 60 € + IVA
Late (after 20 November) -  90 € + IVA
First prize 3.000 €
Second prize 1.500 €
Third prize 500 €
Registration Deadline: 20 December 2014
Submission Deadline: 23 December 2014
Javier López Rivera (ACTA architects)
Ramón Antonio Pico Valimaña (ACTA architects)
José Ramón Moreno
Elena Vilches (Vázquez Consuegra studio)
Javier Terrados
Design Challenge:
The reTHINK!NG team proposes the “installation” of a temporary shelter for the sea lovers society dedicated to water sports. These properties must be rethought taking into account the nature which
they are located in as mobile surfing condition of this population. It is not the construction of a building to create a strong impact on the environment, but rather a project that is able to read the landscape and negotiate with it.
It is required that the proposal have a ZERO ECOLOGICAL PRINT, ie, rethinking waste management, contact with the ground or water. The systems must be independent, can not rely on urban rush. They must be self-sufficient and renewable. Where does water or electricity come from? How do the materials get to the site?
The concept of time applied to architectural design. Can be removable? How long would these accommodations be projected for?
All these questions are the beginning of what Rethink!NG aims to promote in this project.
Think of the competition as a laboratory of ideas. 
Contact Information:

Final Design Concepts for 11th Street Bridge Park Unveiled
As part of a seven month nationwide design competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park has received design concepts from four nationally recognized design teams. Landscape architects, architects and structural engineers have spent the summer envisioning Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park on the foundations of an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River.
Informed by hundreds of community meetings with 11th Street Bridge Park staff, four design teams were tasked with creating an iconic new civic space supporting the community’s environmental, economic, cultural and physical health. These four teams were selected by the Bridge Park’s Jury of national experts for their creativity, energy and vision from more than 80 firms who responded to an open call for submissions launched in March, 2014.
The teams are: 
  • Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson & Partners
  • OLIN / OMA 
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture  
  • Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates
For more information and to see images of the design concepts, go to:

Winners of Mud House Design 2014 Competition
(Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together)
Nka Foundation Announces the winners of the Mud House Design 2014 competition for Ghana:
  • 1st prize winning design: Sankofa House by the design team M.A.M.O.T.H, France;
  • 2nd prize winner: Eban Aya by Atelier Koe, Senegal;
  • 3rd prize winnder: Ejisu Earth House by Jason Orbe-Smith, USA.
The competition was open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world. The challenge was to design a single-family unit on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The client of the design entry is the middle-income family at any township in the region. Total costs of constructing the design entry was capped at $6,000; land value was excluded from this price point. The competition was designed to: (1) to generate mud house design alternatives to be available free to everyone to appreciate, use, or improve them to generate more practical and contemporary design solutions for the region; and (2) to make possible the construction of the best design entries through building workshops to realize prototypes, as examples to the local people that mud architecture can be durable and beautiful.
The jury involved a preselection jury and grand jury by! use of judging criteria involving functionality, aesthetics and technical matters. Twenty top finalists were chosen by the Preselection Jury of architects, professors and administrators with relevant expertise, which were forwarded to the Grand Jury of architecture professors and others who are established in earth architecture.  From the Top 20 Design Entries, three prize-winning designs were selected. Prizes for first, second and third place consist of a commemorative plaque and a choice of cash reward or construction of winning design in Ghana. Every design team of the Top 20 Design Entries receives a certificate of recognition.
The grand jurors include Belinda van BUITEN, Director at FBW architects/African Architecture Matters at Utrecht (The Netherlands); Márcio Albuquerque BUSON, Professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of Brasilia (Brasil); Mariana CORREIA, Professor of Architecture at Escola Superior Gallaecia (Portugal); Toby CUMBERBATCH, Professor at The Cooper Union (New York); Ahmad HAMID, Principal founder, Ahmad Hamid Architects (Egypt); Rowland KEABLE, UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture and Director Rammed Earth Consulting CIC (UK); Bruno MARQUES, professor of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Oporto Lusíada University (Portugal); John QUALE, Director and Professor of Architecture at the the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning at Albuquerque (USA); Ronald RAEL, Professor of Architecture in the University of California at Berkeley in California (USA); and Humberto VARUM, Professor of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering of the U! niversity of Porto (Portugal).