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.
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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
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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.
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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

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