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. 
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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).

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