Saturday 14 May 2011

Designing a hypothetical new capital for Australia

on Saturday 14 May 2011 - 14:20:34 | by admin
Urban design discourse should always remain open to multidisciplinary inputs with a vision as open until people call it wild! Since most often we fail to imagine what's going to happen after a 100 years to a city, we are to keep our thoughts rising and shining with wildness to cope up. And here is a competition that would allow us to think again for a city's future, it's for Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The competition is entitled as CAPITheticAL, allowing registration for free for any design professional including architects, urban designers, planners, artists, environmentalists and students to participate from any country. It will be followed by a two stage submission process of design proposals with a cash-prize for winners.
Submission deadline for 1st stage: 31st January 2012

The competition is looking forward to the answers to many questions, including:
-Would you build a new capital today or could the Australian Federation be expressed in a different way?
-Would it be a city in the conventional sense or not? If not, what form might it take?
-What ideas would drive its design and development?
-How would 21st century social, political and environmental factors influence the nature of the city?
-Of what should our national capital consist?

Think, read, explore, brain-storm and jump into design. Here is the link to the competition website, go through for details and for registration:

Friday 28 January 2011

Leaf Awards 2011 is now accepting entries

on Friday 28 January 2011 - 20:38:41 | by admin
Leaf Awards 2011 Emirates Glass Leaf Awards is recognizeing and honoring architectural excellence from last eight years. This year they are accepting entry in these categories:
International Building of the Year 2011, Mixed-Use Building of the Year, Residential Building of the Year (single occupancy) / Residential Building of the Year (multiple occupancy), Commercial Building of the Year, International Interior Design Award, International Commercial + Public Interior Design of the Year 2011, International Offsite Construction Project of the Year 2011, Young Architect, Best Structural Design of the Year, Public Building, Best Sustainable Technology Incorporated into a Building 2011 and Best Sustainable Development in keeping with its Environment.

Last year's Overall Winner - Soccer City National Stadium – “The Melting Pot”, Johannesburg, South Africa designed by Boogertman + Partners and Populous.

The awards are open to all individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the world of architecture. Previous winners have included Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, SOM, Steven Holl and Terry Farrell.

The registration is open until 15th of May 2011

Visit the Leaf Awards website to know more.

Tuesday 16 November 2010

The Next Generation 2011 Design Ideas Competition

on Tuesday 16 November 2010 - 07:33:05 | by NEO
Next Generation Design Competition This year the MetropolisMag will be gathering the best and brightest among emerging designers from which the first 'one' will emerge. This time Next Generation® Design Competition a partner is contributing the other "one" - an entire eight-story office building in downtown Los Angeles. The partner is the General Services Administration (GSA), one of the biggest landlords in the world.

Metropolis's 2011 Next Generation® Design Competition GET ZERO passes this challenge directly to the design community-- professionals in practice 10 years or less, as well as students. This year, entrants will work on a specific existing GSA office building, an entirely commonplace 8-story 1960s-era Los Angeles office building that is remarkable only for being typical of hundreds of other GSA mid-century modern buildings, scattered across the 50 states.

Next Generation Design Competition 2011 siteNext Generation: GET ZERO asks entrants to design "fixes" that will transform the existing building, bringing it to the highest possible level of performance in a memorable, beautiful, and original way. Entrants may be teams working together to transform the entire building (and its surroundings), or individuals or small groups tackling one or two individual systems and elements (facade, roof, fenestration, interior furnishings and equipment, signage and way-finding, among many other details). The entries must also focus on making the building safe, accessible, and efficient for the people who work there and the thousands of citizens who visit it. Every design specialist-at every scale of design-has something important to contribute.

Prize: 10,000 USD
Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2011
For more details visit the Competition Website.

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