Friday 22 January 2010

Passive House: Architecture Award 2010

on Friday 22 January 2010 - 19:21:39 | by admin
Passive House: Architecture Award 2010
Means of sustainable development have different means! Often we look at the issue with an easier to look at way, the way of ‘design by (so called) green elements’ which sometimes lead us to nothing but some mediocre design with a black solar panel hat.

The more intelligent way of sustainable development of architecture is the passive way. Where from the basic design to the construction process everything is intended to incorporate with the climate and environment, and gradually the design process leads us to a practically sustainable solution with passive cooling, passive heating, passive air-flow and energy system.

If you think your design (something already built) achieves these issues of passive design there’s an opportunity to submit your work and win the Architecture Award 2010: Passive House. Your project may be of any building type and may be situated anywhere in the world.

The deadline of the submission is 1st March 2009 (submission is NOT online, you’ll need to send it via postage mail, so count the time of postal delay).
Visit: Passivhaus website to know more.
Download all the submission documents HERE.

Tuesday 12 January 2010

CAA International Student Design Competition 2010

on Tuesday 12 January 2010 - 16:01:05 | by admin
Its the 8th International Student Design C9ompetition organized by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). This time the host institute is the Sri Lankan Institute of Architects (SLIA).
The title of the submittal design is 'A Memorial to a Memorable Event"
Competitors are invited to make proposals for a memorial commemorating a significant past event in their own country, or the country in which they are studying. The event should be real and worthy of remembrance. It could be a political, sporting, cultural or historical event such as a famous speech, a battle, a protest march, sporting success, disaster, human migration, musical performance, act of bravery, revolution, strike… anything.

Sounds interesting! However we are late to publish this news. The submission deadline is 29th January and the participants are required to send their hard copy submission to Sri Lankan Institute of Architects office.
Awards: First Prize: £2500 Second Prize: £1000 Third Prize: £600
Those who already know this news we blame them not to let us know! And those who are thinking of participating within this short time we wish them all the best! Participating in CAA's competition is always a matter of pride, as their jury is generally seems to be one of the best juries in the world for student design competition. So jump in and make a memorable event more memorable for yourself.
Visit the SLIA CAA Competition Page to know more.

Wednesday 06 January 2010

Rethinking a modern masterpiece: International Design Competition to 'Re-frame' the Gateway Arch of Saarinen

on Wednesday 06 January 2010 - 12:13:23 | by admin
Gateway Arch Eero Saarinen St. LouisThe Gateway Arch of St. Louis by Eero Saarinen is definitely one of the greatest examples of architectural infill in public urban spaces so far. In September 1947 Saarinen’s design won the competition of designing a memorial for Thomas Jefferson in the National Park of St. Louis on the Mississippi River bank framing downtown St. Louis on the West and Illinois on the East side of the river. The jury of that competition chose the 630 feet high stainless steel arch designed by the short-lived genius Eero Saarinen.
Now for the first time in a half century the National Park Service calls a design competition to better “frame” this modern masterpiece. This competition aims to invite world’s best designers to weave it back into the fabric of the city and the region, rejuvenate the connection, welcome and draw people for repeated visits and re-energize the region for living, working and visiting with a target of finishing the construction of new design by October 28, 2015 on the 50th anniversary of the competition of the Arch.
Gateway arch Framing a Modern Masterpiece Design Competition
It’s a three stage design competition.
Stage 1: Submission and selection of portfolios
Stage 2: Calling selected Designers/Design Teams to submit initial design, interviews, QA etc.
Stage 3: Design Reviews and stage III Q/As, finally selected design’s negotiation begins for the project contract
Registration Deadline: 26th January 2010
Pre-submittal meeting/ Site Visit: 13th January 2010

The deadline for registration is approaching. So interested designers, firms should register soon to participate in this competition which is obviously treated as one of the most important competitions of the decade.
Visit the competition website for details:
To know more about the Gateway Arch you may visit: Gateway Arch on Wikipedia
You may visit the site on Google Earth: Download Site Location KMZ.
Gateway Arch| Photo by Zubin R via Flickr
Gateway Arch in the dask

Sattelite view of Gateway Arch St. Louis
Sattelite view of Gateway Arch overlooking downtown St. Louis

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