Plasticity, the quality of being able to be made into different shapes, to be molded or altered, is a quality that is pervasive in contemporary design. This idea can manifest as a material providing haptic experience or as a concept defining relational interaction with performative consequence. From advanced applications of arrested fluid materials to assemblies of components influenced by forces internal and external to a system, the definition of plasticity engages a broad spectrum in the lexicon of contemporary design.

Plasticity extends beyond the design disciplines into biologics where organisms with the same genotype vary in developmental pattern, in phenotype, or in behavior according to varying environmental conditions. This competition seeks to frame this concept within an architectural proposal that foregrounds the application of parametric design and digital fabrication with a broad range of possible outcomes. Casting, forming, 3D printing, fluid assemblies of folded 2D profiles and even activated networks of robotic components are techniques to consider as potential building components in an architecture of plasticity.  New speculative initiatives with an eye toward feasibility are encouraged to enter along with ongoing design research that seeks further refinement through the prototyping process we offer in this unique competition.

This two round competition will yield four finalists in the first phase that will be awarded a stipend to further develop and exhibit their work at the 2014 ACADIA Design Agency conference for the final jury.  A winner will be awarded the opportunity to prototype their design into a full scale, free standing interior assembly with material support and expertise from a leading fabricator and consulting engineer.  The final installation will be sited in the University of Houston College of Architecture atrium at the 2015 TEX-FAB event.

February 2014        Competition Launch
June 29, 2014        Deadline for Registration and 1st round Submissions
July 14, 2014        Finalists announced
October 3, 2014    Finalist submission and 2nd round jury
October 20-26, 2014    Finalists exhibition and public announcement of winner at ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference in Los Angeles hosted by USC
Spring 2015         Exhibition at TEX-FAB 2015 in Houston

Plasticity is open to all architects, artists, designers whether student or professional without limit to country or nationality. Team collaboration is permitted and encouraged. Participants may enter more than once as either individuals or in a team.

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Berlin Unlimited – CALL FOR IDEAS

Berlin Unlimited is a one week events, initiated by Urban Transcripts + CollageLab + Guerilla Architects, surrounding the questions of Berlin at its limits through art, architecture and urban related events.

Only 25 years after the fall of the wall and the end of the “concrete division” (Willy Brandt, 10.09.1989), the city of Berlin still passes through the progress of re-definition and growth – a complex urban and political process, between the renewal of its own image as the “creative capital” and the establishing corporatism.
The exhibition “Berlin Unlimited” is about to explore the contradiction of urban realities – between matters of individual freedom and urban constraint. By means of art and creative media, architecture and urban design, theory and research “Berlin Unlimited” aims to reveal an interdisciplinary narrative about the city and to display a critical view on former limits, todays limitations and tomorrows possible new divisions.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public events: Through discussions in between different invited professionals and nominated artists/participants we want to open up a broader public field for urban related discussions around the opportunities and problems Berlin is facing. Furthermore the exhibition comes along with a program of unlimited events such as film screenings, guided tours, intensive workshops, urban talks and a publication.

*early registration deadline: 2.05.14
*submission deadline: 29.05.14
*announcement of the selected projects: 05.07.14
*exhibition: September 2014

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NOT SO BIG DATA is a challenge to create a one-minute moving infographic that uses data to tell a story about the built world. NOT SO BIG DATA means interpreting data less literally and more figuratively, in ways that is less prosaic and more poetic. We want the data to be the starting point, not the ending point. For this competition, SMIBE welcomes moving image stories that investigate, explore, and entertain our communities about social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that designers of the built world should be discussing.

Above all, we look for groundbreaking work that blends rigorous craft with original storytelling. Submissions should not exceed 1 minute in duration and can be produced in any motion image medium. Entry is free.

Competition opens March 28, 2014 and closes May 16, 2014. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250.

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The objective of this competition for students and young professionals of Architecture and Design, named the Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA), is to come up with ideas for the creation of a centre in which the Amazon ecosystem can be learned about and observed through intimate contact with nature.

The Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA) seeks to become an innovative reference for the dissemination of knowledge about the biological and cultural diversity of the natural environment of the Amazon, providing spaces for educational participation in environmental activities, as well as becoming an interesting stop on the tourism route along the Amazon River.

The project should establish a close dialogue with the landscape and natural surroundings of this unique region of the planet and be highly self-sufficient and sustainable.

The idea is to create a space which facilitates the relationship between its visitors and nature, a space which stimulates eco-tourists and invites the public to learn about the importance of taking care of the environment.

Contestants: Architecture students and young architects
Register: April 11, 2014 to June 13, 2014

Prizes: € 6,375 + Free digital subscription to AV Proyectos and Tectonica-online + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura, Future Arquitecturas, ARQ ediciones, Pedacicos Arquitectonicos and Taller al Cubo.

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ONE Prize 2014: SMART DOCK

Open International Design Competition for Building a Vibrant Center for Design, Science and Education at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Relocated to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Terreform ONE has announced the 5th annual ONE Prize Competition. Since 2010, the competition has attracted thousands of participants from around the world.

This year’s competition is set in the context of the renovation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a green technology and sustainable manufacturing complex. ONE Prize is a call to build a Smart Dock, where ONE Lab, a new school for design and science, will establish a collaborative teaching facility and public outreach center for socio-ecological design.

This Lab Smart Dock will include spaces for lectures, events, and design studios for approximately thirty graduate level students. It will function both as a visual reference and spatial matrix for ONE Lab, and as an unique interdisciplinary research laboratory for industrial design, synthetic biology, landscape ecology, art, architecture, and master planning.

The ONE Prize seeks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to:

– Design ONE Lab Smart Dock within the existing matrix of the Building 128, a former shipbuilding factory;
– Create a venue that symbolizes the ideas and values of ONE Lab;
– Build a Smart Dock that will serve as a launching point for the redevelopment of industrial and waterfront sites in New York and other cities worldwide;
– Imagine an educational facility that can address the future of learning environments and inflect their design, in times of climate changes.

Since 2010, One Prize has awarded over $40,000 in prize money.
1st place US $5000 + winning entry to be developed for construction.
2nd place US $2000
3rd place US $1000

The ONE Prize Award is an international competition and it is open to everyone from professional to students. The teams can have one or more members. Participants must register by June 30, 2014 and submit their project by August 31, 2014.

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Voronezh Sea

Open International Ideas competition
The aim of this competition is to gather ideas on the renovation (ecological cleanup and improvement) of the Voronezh Reservoir so it can be more attractive for the population and used as a resource for the development of the city. Now the city and reservoir are barely integrated. There are no beaches and recreational zones. The projects should not only address the ecological issues, but also address the way the reservoir can be used in future, meaning that it should contain proposals on the urban development of the Reservoir and its direct surroundings. The projects can include proposals to change the form of the reservoir, for instance by reducing its size or the creation of artificial islands in shallow parts of the Reservoir.

The ideas should not necessarily concern the whole reservoir, but can be proposals for one or more parts. It is important to show how the proposal can be realized – they should be feasible both technically and financially.

Architects, urbanists, landscape architects and ecologists can take part in the open competition. The competition is also open to students in these fields.

The participants are asked to send in a drawing of 420 x 1782 mm (six pages A3) according to a template provided by the competition organizers. Since the scope and size of the proposals can be very diverse there are no requirements concerning scale.

Within Russia, the drawings are to be sent to the office of PROJECT MEDIA in Moscow, outside Russia they can be sent by courier or regular mail to the office of PROJECT RUSSIA in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

I order to be able to communicate with the participants the organizers ask participants to register

Time schedule
March 20 Opening of the registration for the open ideas competition.
April 16 First answers to questions are sent out
May 7 Deadline for the posing of questions
May 14 Last answers to questions are sent out
June 14 Open ideas competition registration deadline
June 27 Projects for the open ideas competition should be received by 18:00
July 2 Jury of the open Ideas Competition

For more information:
e-mail: voronezh[@]

Coonskin Base Ideas Competition

Telluride Arts is pleased to invite architects, urban designers, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2014 Telluride Coonskin Base Competition, an open competition for generating ideas for the community of Telluride.

The objective of this hypothetical architectural design competition is to re-envision Telluride’s Coonskin Base site as a vibrant new community asset. Design proposals should respect and balance the “public use” considerations of the Town of Telluride with the operational and economic interests of the privately-held Telluride Ski Resort. The Coonskin Base area is arguably the most complex and most under-utilized site in Telluride. Given the dynamic complexities of the property, the current arrangement of buildings and uses is lackluster.  Past discussions on new developmental strategies have always ended in a public/private stalemate and political entanglements.

Design proposals should creatively explore the symbiotic relationship between the Town of Telluride and the Telluride Ski Resort in an effort to break though the current stalemate.  A well-balanced developmental strategy and architectural design solution should provide great advances for the public and private stakeholders and can engage a larger discussion of the surrounding areas in an effort to make Coonskin the impetus and its surrounding pieces emanating from this site. Your proposals should create a scenario for both long term and short term with as much vision and foresight as possible into the further development and exposure with surrounding communities.


April 25, 2014: Early Registration Deadline, $100
June 9, 2014: Late Registration Deadline, $140
June 16, 2014: Submission Deadline
June 23, 2014: Top 20 submissions notified (includes Top 3 Finalists)
July 19, 2014: Gallery Exhibition of Top 20 entrants opens
July 20, 2014: Winner announced + Panel Discussion: Contextual Modernism

For more information, competition PDF, jury, and to register, visit:

RE:MARKET ‘A Richmond Landmark Reimagined’

The 17th Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Richmond, Virginia, has been a place of commerce since 1779. As part of a larger redevelopment project proposed for the Shockoe Bottom district, the market structure is going to be dismantled and replaced by a modern, public plaza. The market’s building materials will be salvaged and stockpiled for future use.
Propose a design solution that re-purposes the salvaged market building materials into three unique new structures: a Market Pavilion, Trailhead Pavilion, and Garden Pavilion. Each structure will have a different scale, site context, and degree of modularity as outlined in the challenge details. Structure 1 – Market Pavilion A student-run farmer’s market for George Wythe High School. George Wythe High School, located on Richmond’s south side, recently launched its Edible School Gardening Program in partnership with Renew Richmond. Twelve raised beds, a large culinary arts garden and an orchard were planted in October 2013, in addition to 24 raised beds at a nearby community garden. Students maintain the crops and will be a driving force behind a planned farmer’s market on school grounds. The gardens and market will be incorporated into curricula for culinary, science, marketing and business, physical education, and art classes, as well as after-school programs.

Register by: 16th May 2014
Submit by: 16th May 2014

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Competition: Under the Bridge

Participants will need to come up with an architectural object, which will be located in the space under the bridge.
What should be in this place? Or, what would organically complement the bridge?

winner: $1000, possibility of realization after public discussion,
all projects: participation in the exhibition.

Every day while crossing the river we don`t even register how the rythmical urban environment is split in a long pause. Series of houses, trees, signs, and traffic lights is replaced by meditative emptiness. Fog and horizon, the distant cloudy sky and the silhouette of the city. You can finally see what is the weather today, what is happing in the sky.
Bridges are tremendously long and our time perception is relative. The space above us and above the bridge is huge. However there is also a space under the bridge. This space is not as high but is just as long. What kind of place is it? What do we know about it? Almost nothing. This is the hidden place of the city, the recondite resource. When have you been under the bridge last time? What were you doing there?
When building a house, first of all, we think about the roof above our head. Of course the walls are needed as a footing for the roof, as a protection from wind and bad weather. Walls are erected easily, «stone upon stone, brick by brick», but the roof usually quite difficult to do. We need beams, rafters, workers and even a hoisting crane. The technology of roof-construction is much more complicated and more expensive than walls. In “the bridge-case” you have the roof already. The architecture under the bridge is upside down. Here we build from the top down, reinventing the architecture. What is the architecture vice versa? How do you imagine it? It creates new anti-gravitation forms in which stretching of structures predominates over compression and the building becomes much more efficient and cost efficient. Structure becomes light and airy. It is like architecture on the Moon — Earth’s gravity is no longer a serious opponent to an architect.
Buildability of the structure is not the only advantage. The space under the bridge is more likely to be inherently embedded in the tissue of the city. No one pays attention on it, it’s just invisible. It is easy to get there, but it is not used. It’s a paradox. The city is looking for new areas for development. They are acquired through the expansion of the city boundaries, or for example, redevelopment of parks and other beautiful unoccupied places. But in bridges case there is no need to destroy anything. We just have to expand our perception of the urban master plan. One can discover a new dimension in it by designing on it as it is not a flat surface but a three dimensional object.
We suggest participants use these unique advantages of the spaces under the bridge, and perhaps find new ones. We expect from them a fundamentally new architecture, or maybe conventional architecture, that would play in a new way by capitalizing on its unique position in space, forcing us all to think.
In general, the idea of your project is anything you`d add to the city, using such unusual, little cosmic place, like space under the bridge.

Organizers: Social Revolution Festival, Department of Architecture of YaSTU, Municipality of the City of Yaroslavl,

Project address:
150000, Tolbukhina ave., Yaroslavl, Russia

Submission deadline: June, 15 2014

Occupational groups: Architects, Architecture students, Art students, Artists, Design students, Designers, Interior design student, Landscape architects, Landscape architecture students, Landscape planning / Environmental planning, Lighting designers, Students (general)

Type: Open International Competition (for students as well)
Languages: English, Russian

Competition website:


Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together

Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet (approximately 10 x 12 metres) to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor construction. From the cities to the low-income villages, use of concrete – despite its dependence on imported resources – is considered indispensable for building. Yet an excellent, cheap and local alternative called laterite, red earth, is available everywhere in Ghana. The long-term goal is to enable the Ghanaian population and lots of other places, to overcome the stigma that mud architecture is architecture for the very poor.
Jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative plague and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize- $1,500 or Construction of design in Ghana plus a short trip to Ghana for the opening ceremony once construction is completed (in case the winner is not located in Ghana and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $1,000 and 3rd prize- Construction or $500. Honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury but will receive no cash prize.

Registration and submission of entries runs from March 15, 2014 until August 31, 2014.

Join us! Make your name known. Show the world how to reinvent the African mud hut!
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– registration till 25 Aprill 2014, 18:00 ( Kyiv time)
– project submission 27 April 2014, 24:00 ( Kyiv time)
The Competition idea was born in circumstances of nowadays, rising civil responsibility and inspiration.

Maidan, among other things, has brought Ukrainians to the understanding that every city is being built by its citizens. We are the masters of our own destiny. Today’s events in Ukraine make us ponder on our history, public attitude, values, freedom, responsibility for our decisions, our lives and our surrounding. With this competition, we venture to convert maximum energy generated by revolutionary wave to Urban Ideas. Suggest architectural solutions for a happy city and identify appropriate means of expression.

Suggest new functions of public space
The registration is open for specialist who interested in city and urban.

Overall prize pool of 5 000 $
First prize 3 000 $
Second prize 1 500 $
Third prize 500 $
Special prize sponsored by IFAK
and 6 honorable mentions

Ai Weiwei, Beijing/China
Urban-Think Tank, ETH Zurich, Zurich/ Switzerland: Haris Piplas
Heri&Salli Architects, Wien/ Austria: Heribert Wolfmayer
Orizzontale Architects, Rome/ Italy: Stefano Regazzo
WE architecture Copenhagen/Denmark : Marc Jay
Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine: Bohdan Cherkes
Chief architect Kyiv, Kyiv/ Ukraine: Sergey Tselovalnic

17 MAR 2014:   end of registration
17 APR 2014:   deadline for submitting projects
03 MAY 2014:   announcement of the finalists

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Each day is a new beginning in the city. The rising sun invites us to prepare ourselves for the possibilities of the coming day, encouraging us towards optimism and a joy of life. In the early hours all things are possible – it is the marginal zone where dreams can become reality. In this competition round we invite you to explore in photography this special time of day in the city, and to show us your best and most interesting images on the theme of ‘The City Rises’.

Registration Opens 3rd February 2014
Registration Closes 25th April 2014
Deadline for Submissions 9th May 2014
Judging 17th May 2014
Announcement of Finalists & Winner 26th May 2014

It’s easy to register at the competition website – There is a small registration fee of GBP10 (or national currency equivalent) which is processed securely using PayPal and can be paid using all major credit and debit cards.

Registered entrants are invited to submit a maximum of three photographs per entry.  Photographs should be a JPEG or TIFF with maximum size of 2400 x 1800 pixels (portrait or landscape orientation) and can easily be uploaded through the competition website at

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The program challenges participants to design or present a fresh concept for an Organic Skyscraper – a skyscraper that ‘grows when required’.
The skyscraper will serve as a Tech City (technology and digital media centered companies) within the area. The design proposal should be one whose topology 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 or sparsely rented out or empty floors.  This has sometimes been due to the trend for commissioning and constructing unnecessarily high skyscrapers with 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 presents the 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 for a number of reasons.It should also to maximise the positive impact of such a vertical structures whist minimising the negative.
Total Design Area: Open to participants
Total Plot Size:  3,510 m² (square meters), approximately ELIGIBILITY:
· Architects
· Graduate Architects
· Architecture Students
· Team (Architects, Graduate Architect, Architecture Students, Engineers, Designers, Urbanist, Landscape Architects)

10th June 2014 23:59 (GMT) Closing Date for Submissions

26th June 2014 Winners Announcement
Winning project entry will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000.00More information:

The Fan Fiction Competition

“Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker…They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couch-bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.” — Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011

“Herodotus says, ‘Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects’.” — Mark Twain

What would the story line of architecture look like if it was reinvented from scratch? Which starchitects would make up the cast of your dramas? Which buildings would populate the backdrops of your global stage? Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the ‘share’ button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to retell and reinvent. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between fiction and reality.

*Inspirational reading: Hanging with Zaha and Rem, Chat with a Viral Image Creator

Step 1: Make the most provocative fictional image or GIF animation using architects, buildings or landscapes.
Step 2: Give your image the most provocative title.
Step 3: Email your submissions to the Reality Cues Librarian ( in JPEG or GIF format, at least 900px wide. Include the title of the piece and your name as you would like it published.

Entrants will be competing for satirical gold! Introducing the Reality Cues Awards:

First Prize: Gold
Second Prize: Silver
Third Prize: Concrete

Competition launch/ Registration Opens: April 01, 2014
Final Submission Deadline: May 01, 2014
Announcement of Winning Entries: June 01, 2014

Submit questions to Answers will be published periodically.

Registration is FREE.

Alex Mustonen – Snarkitecture
Alexandra Lange – Dezeen
Christopher Barley – Th—ey
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan – Gizmodo
Kelsey Keith – Dwell Magazine
Marc Kushner – HWKN & Architizer
Quilian Riano – DSGN AGNC
Sammy Medina – Metropolis Magazine

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EURegeneration | ECOTOWER HOTEL in Rome

The Esposizione Universale di Roma (better known by its acronym, EUR) was commissioned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1930s to showcase architecture that portrayed his fascist ideologies. Today, it is a thriving commercial suburb. The creation of the EUR was a huge, 1930s urban regeneration project, spearheaded by Mussolini, Italy’s controversial prime minister andself-titled Il Duce (meaning “the Leader”), who intended to showcase the area at the 1942 World’s Fair to celebrate 20 years of fascist Italy. However, the World’s Fair was abandoned at the onset of World War II,and, subsequently, Mussolini’s ambitious EUR project was left incomplete. Although workcontinued after the war ended, the newer buildings lacked the influence of political agenda and failed to match the grandeur of the regime’s earlier architecture.

The area as it stands today retains the tantalizing air of an unfinished project. After the war, the uncompleted EUR development was severely damaged. However, the Roman authorities found that EUR could be the onset of an out-of-town business district, which other capitals did not begin planning until decades later (London Docklands and La Défense in Paris). Therefore, during the 1950s and 1960s the unfinished Fascist-era buildings were completed, and other new buildings were built in contemporary styles for use as offices and government buildings, set in large gardens and parks. EUR was almost fully completed for the 1960 Olympics, held in Rome.


March 1, 2014: Promotional registration begins
March 15, 2014: Promotional registration deadline
March 16, 2014: Special registration begins, Question period is open
April 30, 2014: Special registration deadline
May 1, 2014: Early registration begins
May 20, 2014:  Early registration deadline
May 21, 2014: Late registration begins
June 15, 2014: Late registration deadline
June 25, 2014: Project submission deadline

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The brief is to design a temporary, freestanding, transportable and contemporary showcase Pavilion to be installed in the Museum Gardens.
The theme for the 2015 Triumph Pavilion is the ‘Sky’, hence the Pavilion will be entitled ‘Sky Pavilion’. It is an exciting prospect and aims to be one that inspires architects to explore the 5th facade of most architecture project. The sky is a complex sphere with such elements as sun, moon, stars and clouds all adding to the dramatic effects of colour, day, night, texture, rain, sunshine etc.

The competition calls on participants to create a unique space that invites visitors to appreciate the role the sky and its elements play in our well being, perception of architectural structures and the world around us as a whole.

The winning design proposal will be one that is perceived to most satisfy the brief and is befitting of the Museum Gardens. It should also be inclusive and encourage / highlight the need for ecological and sustainable design principles where possible.

Pavilion should not exceed 4 meters in height and 60 square meters in area.


02 February 2015
Completed and in place by 28th May 2015


The winning project team may be assigned to an architectural office or co-architect to collaborate with in further developing the construction drawings and prepare it for construction where the team lacks the experience. It is to be built on a site elsewhere and assembled or placed in position in the Museum Gardens.


One Registration per Project Proposal. Each proposal is assigned a Unique Registration Number (URN). Participants or teams can register to submit more than one design proposal.

Every entrant shall be required to pay an entry fee as follows:
o     Special Registration: $120 US from 23rd January 00:00 (GMT) to 06th February 2014 23:59 (GMT)
o     Early Registration: $200 US from 07th February 00:00 (GMT) to 13th April 2014 23:59 (GMT)
o     Standard Registration: $250 US from 14th April 00:00 (GMT) to 30th September 2014 23:59 (GMT)
o     Late Registration:$350 US from 01th October 00:00 (GMT) to 04th November 2014 23:59 (GMT)

Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA, England, United Kingdom next to the V&A Museum of Childhood.

$12,000 USD (GBP equivalent) including all materials, fabrication, construction and any transportation cost all with liason with ArchTriumph.
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Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt. 100 % owned by the Hungarian State hereby announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest. The construction of the new buildings, the complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and the renovation of the institutions already present Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading, well-known tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park recognised as such all over Europe.

Competitions: visions of the institutions

The New National Gallery provides a comprehensive overview of European culture and the Central European and Hungarian national identities through outstanding European artefacts of the modern age and the richest collection of Hungarian fine art.  The Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art houses the latest contemporary culture.

The Museum of Ethnography is the museum of people and their communities. The Museum is one of the earliest ethnographic institutions of Europe operating since 1872 and it is a social museum proud of its collection of outstanding value, and is also open to the future and to renewal; its building will be designed in this spirit. The Museum of Ethnography is a place where all members of society return with pleasure – because it mirrors themselves and their roots.

The Hungarian Museum of Architecture is the house of traditions and innovation. It is a research centre, exhibition venue and social forum with relevant programmes for the users and designers of the buildings, considering architecture a public matter and embracing its whole spectrum from the flat to the city.  The FotoMuzeum Budapest is one of the most significant photographic collection, exhibition site and research centre of Central Europe. The exhibitions and programmes of the museum introduce world famous classical artists and also young pioneers and deal with the historical aspects of this art as much as with the analogue and digital technologies.

The House of Hungarian Music is the latest musical centre in Budapest as well as an interactive experience centre presenting the world of sounds. It is focused on the experiential and interactive exhibition of the whole span of Hungarian music history with uniquely complex functions among the museums of Hungary; it is not only an exhibition centre, but also an institution offering wide-ranging experiences and performing educational functions.

The planned investment is the biggest new museum development project in Europe to date. The submission deadline is 27 May 2014.
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Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism

Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism (UE:EU) is an independent research group exploring international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the implications of emergent risks on the built environment and its inhabitants.

Large urban populations growing directly over major fault lines in Iran, infectious disease epidemics becoming endemic in Hong Kong, flooding threatening the UK’s coastal towns, and China’s unique aging population issue exemplify how 21st century urbanism is becoming defined by our relationship to risk. We therefore question how prepared our urban lifestyles and urban forms are for these inevitable threats.

This is a call for an international and interdisciplinary perspective on risk within the built environment from students, academics, and professionals. Our goal is to collect worldwide research and extrapolate valuable lessons learnt that can be used in future architectural and urban design education and research.

Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism is seeking papers and projects in a variety of fields which discuss the implications of emergent risks on the built environment and its inhabitants. In addition to architects and urbanists, we welcome submissions from all disciplines including anthropology, geography, history, economics, psychology, political science, etc. Threats are never purely an urban or human issue when it comes to the complexity of cities; risk and resilient solutions lie somewhere in between and cross-collaboration is key.

10th April 2014 – Submission of abstracts 
10th May 2014 – Successful candidates announced

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