Cool School: Design For An Extreme Climate

How do you get to school if it’s minus 45 °C outside?
How do you gain an education when your nearest school is 20km away?
We are asking you to help us design a ‘Cool School’ for a community in Mongolia.

Building Trust international have just announced their 6th international design competition which seeks to find an innovative school design proposal that can withstand the extreme Mongolian winters. The competition challenges architects, designers and engineers to provide a design solution which has the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold regions globally.

Contestants should consider environmental conditions, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics. Building Trust international will work alongside competition partners, World Vision, local government and the school community in Khovd, Mongolia to build the winning school design.

The competition brief can be downloaded from below:

Registration Information:

Advance Registration : £75 (7th Feb – 27th Feb)
Final Registration: £100 (28th Feb – 6th March)

Closing date for all submissions – 3rd April 2015

Announcement of winners to be posted on – 1st May 2015

International Design Competition FAKRO inspires – space for new visions

FAKRO company, world roof window manufacturer and A10 new European architecture magazine invite architects worldwide to take part in the International Design Competition

“Fakro inspires – space for new visions”

The task is to implement the concept – visualisation of the architectural design of the new building anywhere. In the proposed building, use a wide range of products offered by Fakro (windows roof, flat roof windows, loft ladders and accessories for windows). The building must be designed to be the possibility of its implementation. It should also be functional, energy-efficient, full of light, user-friendly and the environment. The block should fully blend in with its surroundings.

Prizes include:
1 place- 5000 €
2 place- 3000 €
3rd place 2000 €

and 5 honorible distinction

Deadline for the contest:
01.02.2015 – 02.06.2015

Contest entries will be judged by an international jury!

Detailed information about the competition, please visit

Historical Meets Contemporary

A competition where architecture students and recent graduates from all over the world can help plan the development of a modern and international study environment in a UNESCO heritage building while preserving the richness of its Art Nouveau beauty.

– to be part of a project supported by the Riga City Council;
– to add a challenging innovative project to you portfolio;
– to have your creative idea pitched to a wide audience;
– to have your name promoted through public discussion of your idea;
– to experience a charrette – a collaborative effort of developing a final – project draft while learning how to adjust your ideas to the needs of various parties.
Take part in an international competition for ideas to develop the building at 11 Skolas str., Riga, Latvia for the needs of RTU Riga Business School!



HMMD Architecture Competitions is working with Samarth NMPD for its latest architecture competition to create plans for a Himalayan Mountain Hut which facilitates mountaineering and adventure tourism throughout the Himalayan region of Nepal.

The purpose of the Himalayan Mountain Hut is to provide trekkers safe, comfortable and inviting lodgings, where they and their guides can rest, refuel and, if necessary, wait out troublesome weather. The chosen design for the mountain hut will then be replicated in multiple locations throughout the Himalaya mountain range.

With a grand prize of US $5,000 and each finalist’s designs being put forward for consideration for the project’s actual construction, this is a fantastic opportunity for architecture enthusiasts to be a part of a real-life project that will help to increase tourism and the income it generates in a predominantly poor region of Nepal. The final deadline for registration on the 1st of April.

More information on

[DAKAR] Temporary Cinema Competition

Dakar is the capital and largest city in Senegal. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the western most city on the African mainland.

Cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography. It is the technique of film photography, including both the shooting and development of the film.

Cinema: A film theatre (also refered to as movie house, film house, movie theater or picture house) is a venue, usually a building or desiginated space for viewing films for entertainment.

Today, downtown Dakar, a city of 2.5 million people, has almost no films theatres with many of the old theatre if not all closing their doors in the last decade.

The aim of this International Competition is to design a Temporary Cinema within the city of Dakar in Senegal. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

_Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure and details.
_Analyse how the thoughtful development of the cinema within the surrounding neighborhood helps to create a livable community.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a temporary structure.
_Build knowledge of design principles related to cultural development within an urban area.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:
1st PRIZE: US$ 3,500
2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,700
3rd PRIZE: US$ 800
There will also be 7 honorable mentions.

Note: this is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA] to generate progressive contemporary design ideas.There are no plans for the Cinema to be built.

_Competition Officially Announced – 01st November 2014
_Start of Competition – 06th November 2014
_Closing Date for Registration – 27th February 2015
_Closing Date for Submissions – 02nd March 2015

For more information please contact us and/or visit website.

Off the wall – Design contest for a new furnishing metal bookshelf

Mabele, brand of the Italian MA-BO, is looking for original solutions for metal bookshelves that might be hung on the walls just like pictures. The proposals should be able to adorn an empty wall characterising the surrounding environment in a different way with respect to the classical aesthetic canons.

Link to official page:

Upload phase: 5th November 2014 – 3rd February 2015
Community Vote: 4th February 2015 – 18th February 2015
Client Vote: from 19th February 2015

1st: €1000 + royalties contract
Mabele reserves the right to select more than one winner in case the projects satisfy the Client needs, in which event it will grant a further royalties contract.

Participation is free of charge and open to all creative people (at least 18 years old).

TRENDS Excellence Awards in Architecture & Design 2014

TRENDS Excellence Awards in Architecture & Design 2014 is brought to you by Home & Design TRENDS magazine (India). Categories are spread over architecture, interior design, product design and visual design. Open to all architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers and photographers – the submitted works must be located within India only.

Call for entry: Nov 15, 2014
Last date for submissions: Jan 5, 2015

A first-of-its-kind in the country, these awards are an endeavour to bring forth the best in architecture, interior design, concepts, forms, and practices in India.

To participate log on to

Sen Kapadia (Jury Chairperson)
Ambrish Arora
Bose Krishnamachari
Kapil Gupta
Shimul Javeri Kadri
Sunita Kohli

Trends Desk
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A roundabout for ceramics and the territory

Mirage, international leader in the production of Italian-made porcelain stoneware, with the patronage of the municipality of Pavullo nel Frignano, is launching the contest “UNA ROTONDA PER LA CERAMICA ED IL TERRITORIO”, aiming to seek new and original ideas for the design of a decorative installation on the roundabout opposite the company entrance along the S.S. 12, the main access road into the Frignano area.

A contest run in crowdsourcing mode, aiming to source a new design that reinterprets the use of porcelain stoneware in non-conventional settings.

To build the roundabout, the municipality of Pavullo and Mirage have chosen to call on the network of Italian and foreign designers and architects, who may submit their creative ideas in the form of concepts and design solutions.
Designers are required to use Mirage porcelain stoneware as the key material, and comply with the two main purposes of the contest: to enhance the history and local specificities of the Frignano region, set against the hills of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and promote the value of the local ceramics industry, of which Mirage is an international point of reference.

To take part in the contest, participants must register at, submitting their design in digital format no later than 15 November 2014.

The panel of judges will select the winning project based on criteria including the nature of the design solution, the feasibility of the proposed idea and relevance to the concept of “ceramics and the territory”.
The results of the contest will be published on the official website from 1 December 2014.

For more information:

Fairy Tales 2015: Architecture Competition


(NEW YORK, NY October 14, 2014) – After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration.

“When we launched the inaugural Fairy Tales competition, we could not have anticipated the overwhelming response it drew. The participants hailed from the most diverse backgrounds and from so many corners of the world we’d have a hard time visiting them all in one lifetime,” say Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Founders of Blank Space. “Each participant crafted their wildest architectural ideas, unleashing the power of architecture on universal themes at the core of humanity. The results were profound, and have been viewed, shared, tweeted and exhibited to millions of design fans around the world.”

The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.

The entries to the 2015 Fairy Tales competition will be reviewed by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, art, storytelling, and even business and entrepreneurship. The jury includes Anish Kapoor (Sculptor), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at the MoMA), Karim Rashid (Designer), Yves Behar (CEO of Fuseproject), John Hoke (VP Global Design at Nike), Jaime Derringer (Founder, Design Milk), Stanley Tigerman, FAIA (Tigerman McCurry Architects), Juergen Mayer (J Mayer H Architects), Shohei Shigematsu (Partner, OMA), Hunter Tura (CEO, Bruce Mau Design), Andy Hunter (Co Founder, Electric Literature), Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani (Co Founders, Blank Space).

In addition, Blank Space has partnered with the best architecture and design publications out there: Design Milk, Dwell, Archinect, Bustler and Archdaily. They will confer the winning entries to millions of design fans around the world, giving these unique architectural fairy tales the recognition they deserve.

“We created the Fairy Tales competition to reinstate architecture’s value and place in today’s world, to uncover truths about how architecture shapes society and how society shapes architecture,” says Francesca Giuliani.

“Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this. We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own,” continues Matthew Hoffman.

Regular Registration ($50) will be open until December 12, and Late Registration ($75) until the Submission Deadline on January 16, 2015.

To register for Fairy Tales 2015 and for more detailed information, please visit:

Find Twitter content about the Fairy Tales Competition by tracking the hashtag #FairyTales2015


For additional info or high res images please contact Matthew Hoffman at


Blank Space is an online platform for architecture, founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. Matthew is an architect who believes architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social. Francesca is a journalist who believes that communication is omnipresent, and that good communication helps great ideas change the world. Through competitions, publications, and projects, we uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.

We like to think of Blank Space as an office for thought provocation, challenging architecture to rethink its role in society by speaking about things everybody can relate to, in a language understandable to all.

REGULAR REGISTRATION: Until December 12, 2014 ($50 USD)
LATE REGISTRATION: Until Submission Deadline ($70 USD)


1ST PRIZE: $1500 USD
2ND PRIZE: $1000 USD
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions. Honorable mentions will be featured in our next publication, Fairy Tales, Volume II.

Lucas Museum Design Contest

The City of Chicago was recently presented with an exciting opportunity to potentially become the home of the George Lucas Museum.  With the recent rejection of a site in San Francisco, and Lucas taking up a second residence in Chicago with his new wife Mellody Hobson, he released an RFP for the city to host a potential site for the filmmaker’s collection of art and movie memorabilia.  Chicago may actually end up having two major landmarks come into the city – the Barack Obama Presidential Library and the Lucas Museum. VIATechnik is putting its resources toward making the Second City a prime landmark destination. Here’s how:

VIATechnik is sponsoring a very unique, once in a lifetime, museum design competition.  VIATechnik’s CEO, Danielle Dy Buncio explained what a great honor it is to host this unofficial contest where aspiring designers and architects can showcase their talents and passion for the Star Wars Franchise and it’s maker George Lucas, all while helping Chicago become a destination for the Lucas Cultural Museum.  George Lucas envisions an iconic museum in a 1st class city.  Dy Buncio explains that she hopes the winning submission showcases an iconic design while being mindful of (and taking advantage of) Chicago’s landscape, robust architectural history, and four seasons.

Please note that this contest is not sponsored by George Lucas, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, Lucasfilm, or the City of Chicago.  Winning entries will be shared with the City of Chicago’s  Selection Task Force, but it does not guarantee in any way that any of the designs will be used by the Task Force.

Contest Closes June 15, 2014, so get started now!

More onformation:


London Organic Skyscraper

This international competition calls on and challenges participants to design or present a fresh concept for an Organic Skyscraper – a skyscraper that grows or changes form according to future requirement.

The skyscraper will serve as a tech city (technology and digital media centered companies) within the area. The design proposal should be one with topology that allows for the possibility to grow as the need for more space becomes necessary in the future to counter today’s ever-increasing number of city commercial skyscrapers which are under utilised, sparsely occupied or even with empty floors. This has on some occasion been due to the trend for commissioning and constructing too many unnecessarily high skyscrapers resulting in low-density use or occupancy in major cities.

The design should be visually and aesthetically engaging, explore and investigate the possibilities for urban Skyscrapers that present the unique possibility to increase useable space vertically and horizontally as the need arises or even to shrink where there is space or height surplus to requirement. It should also maximise the positive impact of such a Vertical Structures whist minimising the negative.


  • Architects
  • Graduate Architects
  • Architecture Students
  • Team (Architects, Graduate Architect, Architecture Students, Engineers, Designers, Urbanists)

Every entrant shall be required to pay an entry fee as follows:

  • Special Registration: $60 US from 06th February 00:00 (GMT) to 20th February 2014 23:59 (GMT)
  • Early Registration: $80 US from 21st February 00:00 (GMT) to 17th March 2014 23:59 (GMT)
  • Standard Registration: $100 US from 18th March 00:00 (GMT) to 29th May 2014 23:59 (GMT)
  • Late Registration: $150 US from 30th May 00:00 (GMT) to 10th June 2014 23:59 (GMT)

10th June 2014 ———————————– Closing Date for Submissions

Can you make this sad space AWESOME?

BrightLane Inc. is offering individuals an opportunity to change a little piece of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are open to any ideas and suggestions that will transform our site into something awesome.

Site: A large alleyway 12 feet wide X 153 feet deep, beside BrightLane’s building located at 545 King Street West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This alley is located between a 5 story building and a 1 story building, and is accessible from King Street West. Designs may incorporate the walls of each building but must allow for a person to pass through the space to access a door at the end of the alley.

Entry: Ideas, drawings, or renderings are welcomed by all designers, creatives, architects, and engineers; both students and professionals. Individuals and teams are welcome to submit multiple entries.

Prize: The person/team that submits the winning idea will be invited to help implement their idea and receive free membership to BrightLane’s community of entrepreneurs plus free work-space and entrepreneurial support on King Street West in Toronto.

*emails submitted to the contest will be the primary means for communication. Ensure the email submitted with your entry is a functional address.

Registration begins: April 9th, 2014
Submissions due: June 9th, 2014
Competition deadline extended: June 30th, 2014 at 11:59pm. 
Winner Announced: June 16th, 2014

Any questions can be sent to social[@]


2014 Design Awards Call for Entry Now Open

Kicking off our awards season at AIA Los Angeles, we are proud to announce the opening of the 2013 Design Awards Call for Entry. Over 30 awards were given last year in the built & unbuilt categories, give yourself and your project the chance of winning a coveted AIA|LA Design Award.

Important Information:

Registration + Submission:
The AIA|LA Design Awards registration deadline is May 30, 2014.

Individuals or firms may submit any number of projects to the AIA|LA Design Awards and NEXT LA Awards. An entry will be eligible even thought eh submitting architect is not the sole author, providing the submitting architect credits all other participants who substantially contributed to the design of the project. AIA|LA uses a paperless, digital submission entry. Registrations for all awards should be completed online.


  • AIA|LA Design Awards: Built Projects
  • Next LA Awards: Unbuilt Projects
  • Cultural Affairs Commission Design Awards

Important Dates

  • Registration Closes:
    Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM
  • Submission Materials Due:
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 by 5:00 PM

More information: AIA|LA

City-County Building Plaza Design Competition

This competition is seeking a final conceptual design that would be implemented on an existing 1.94 acre open space on the City-County Building property also known as the City-County Building Plaza (CCB Plaza).

The design team whose winning design is selected will receive $15,000 (2nd Place – $7,500; 3rd Place – $2,500) and will then be the preferred professional services provider for a full engineering/design contract (upon obtaining available funding) with the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority (IMCBA).

This competition is a two-stage competition. During the first stage, minimum qualifications from design teams will be requested. The second stage is the design submittal.

Register/Submit: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

For more information please visit the website at

World Architecture Festival Awards 2014

World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, live, global architectural awards programme. Anyone can enter and anyone can win.

WAF sets the benchmark for architectural excellence, where talented architects from every country of the world, regardless of their experience or status, gather to celebrate the purity of brilliant building design. Whoever you are and whatever your building, WAF is the place where success comes solely from the real quality of your work.

You must have completed your online entry in full by 30 May for your project to be considered for a WAF award. You then have until the 6 June to deliver your entry boards that will be displayed at the festival.

The WAF awards provide you with global press coverage, an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your strongest work and cement your name on the world stage. Judges this year include Richard Rogers, Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg. Make sure you don’t miss out and start your entry today.

Time is running out, start your entry and guarantee your project will feature in World Architecture Festival 2014.

2014 Judges

  • Dietmar Eberle
  • Richard Rogers
  • Sir Peter Cook
  • Manuelle Gautrand
  • Erik G. L’Heureux
  • Enric Ruiz Geli
  • Julie Eizenberg
  • Rocco Yim

Register/Submit: Friday, May 30, 2014

Apply now at

Beyond Environment Exhibition Installation

Call For Proposals: Beyond Environment Installation LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 6522 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
The curators for the exhibition Beyond Environment, to be held in September and October 2014, are hosting a competition to design and build three pavilions at the LACE gallery. Beyond Environment explores the potent interchange between architecture, Land Art, and Performance Art that emerged through Italian architect Gianni Pettena’s collaboration with American artists Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in the 1970s. Captivated by a journey to the USA in 1971, Pettena’s About Non Conscious Architecture series would converse with the American Midwest, a conversation culminating in his meeting with Robert Smithson in Salt Lake City. Earlier, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pettena’s experiments in material transformations helped create some of architect’s most iconic works. Staged in Minneapolis in an abandoned school and in a non-descriptive suburban house, and titled Ice House I and II, Pettena would pour water into the mold works he created around the buildings’ perimeter walls. Curing during the winter night to a coat of ice, the houses resonated with their conceptual predecessor, Kaprow’s Fluids of 1967, as well as with a newer contemporary architectural sensibly concerned with the effects of variedly compounded, highly eidetic architectural surfaces.
Curated by Emanuele Piccardo and Amit Wolf, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, Beyond Environment combines approximately thirty works by Pettena, Kaprow, Smithson, as well as from Pettena’s Florentine milieu, that of Superarchitecture and the Italian “Radical” groups UFO, Superstudio, and 9999.
Competitors are asked to reconsider this architecture-art complex using contemporary technologies and materials. An exhibition of selected proposals will be hosted concurrently at the WUHO Gallery. Program Requirements: Design three pavilions that will act as media rooms, each approximately 10’ x 10’ x 10’. Important aspects of the design are therefore the control of light/visual/sound elements, and the further manipulation of the pavilions’ envelope to accommodate seating and display. competition packet for existing gallery layout (plan and section) as well as dates for site visits will be sent to participants following registration. The winning designer(s) will be presented with a budget of $4000.
Submission Requirements and Process:
There will be a preliminary round of judging, from which a short-list of three candidates will emerge. The final judging will be held on 30, May, 2014. The winning proposal will collaborate with the curators, engaging in all aspects of the project realization including design sessions, discussions of the projects’ amendments/adjustments, and technical investigations into the pavilions’ realization. 24” x 36” presentation board (landscape format), mounted on rigid board or foamcore, with the following images: plan, section, perspective of media room, narrative (maximum 500 words). Budget to include all estimated costs, included separately on 8 ½” x 11” paper. No indication of design team and/or designer name to appear on the board.

Registration deadline/ Submission deadline:
07. June 2014

More information on the website:

Vision42 Design International Competition

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment and public space that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers and its elected officials to transform the street into a model for a 21st century live/work space and transportation corridor.

The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility is hosting a design competition that encourages entrants to imagine an enhanced public environment for one of the most iconic streets in the world-42nd street in midtown Manhattan.

Submit your plans to transform the street into a world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram. In addition to the $10,000 winner’s prize, the jury’s top selected projects will be featured in The Architect’s Newspaper.

Digital Registration Deadline:
Sept 8, 2014 (Midnight) EST

For more info and to register visit:

Wine Culture Centre

The ability of fermenting grapes has transcended through the centuries to be an art which blends science, pleasure and aesthetics.

Cantina Valpolicella Negrar (Verona) produces some of the most prestigious classical wine labels in the world – such as Valpolicella, Recioto, Ripasso and Amarone. In order to crown this excellence, the winery’s board of directors seek a design proposal able to match up to the prestige of its brand. The purpose is to rethink the “winery” under a contemporary perspective, transforming it from a simple storehouse / production facility into a catalyst for culture, tourism and research: what kind of architecture can be proposed?

This is the challenge YAC offers the designers, proposing to transform Valpolicella’s old winery into an architectural manifesto in which wine production has to become the pivotal feature to frame within the architectural design. The proposal shall comprehend a wide range of wine-related activities; spaces for wine tasting experiences / lectures / media showing / media listening / wine museum / hospitality resort / research centre / educational centre.

FOSTER+PARTNERS / London – Nicola Scaranaro
5+1AA / Genova, Milan, Paris – Alfonso Femia
ASV3 / Cesena – Fiorenzo Valbonesi
ANTONIO RAVALLI ARCHITETTI / Ferrara – Antonio Ravalli

24 MAR 2014 “early bird” registration – start
30 APR 2014 “early bird” registration – end

01 MAY 2014 “standard” registration – start
01 JUN 2014 “standard” registration – end

02 JUN 2014 “late” registration – start
30 JUN 2014 “late” registration – end

07 JUL 2014 (h 12:00 GMT, midday) material submission deadline

1 A1 table + 1 A3 booklet required; 15.000€ prize money. Awarded proposals will be published on architectural magazines /websites / will be internationally exhibited. Finalist proposals will be published on