International Holcim Awards competition

The 4th International Holcim Awards competition celebrates projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment and features total prize money of USD 2 million.

The competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction. The competition has two categories with different requirements.

Holcim Awards (main category)

  • Project has reached an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013
  • All authors must be at least 18 years of age (date of birth March 24, 1996 or earlier)

“Next Generation” (young professionals and students category)

  • Visionary projects and bold ideas
  • All authors must be between 18 and 30 years of age (date of birth between July 2, 1982 and March 24, 1996)
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013

Evaluation process

Renowned technical universities lead the independent juries in five regions of the world. They evaluate entries against the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

read more about the five “target issues” for sustainable construction »

2014 AZ Awards for excellence in architecture and design

AZURE Magazine’s AZ AWARDS is an 

international competition recognizing

excellence in design. Entries are juried 

by a multidisciplinary panel of experts.

IMPORTANT DATES

→ Deadline for submissions Friday, February 21, 2014
→ Finalists will be notified in April 2014
→ People’s Choice voting takes place in April 2014
→ Winners will be featured in the AZ Awards annual on newsstands in June 2014
GUIDELINES
→ Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by 12 midnight EST on February 21, 2014.
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
ELIGIBILITY
→ Designers and design firms from all disciplines
→ Architects, landscape architects and architectural firms
→ Post-secondary students enrolled in design and architecture programs in 2013
→ Clients and manufacturers
→ Projects must be completed by December 31, 2013
→ Products must be prototyped or in production
→ Concepts must have been developed or presented for the first time in 2013
JUDGING CRITERIA
→ Is the design contemporary, visually and intellectually stimulating, forward looking, socially relevant and technically innovative?
→ Does the design have a beneficial social and ecological impact? i.e., is the design sustainable, socially responsible, environmentally friendly; does it possess a long life span, contain recycled materials, can it be recycled?
→ Does the design have the ability to uplift spirits, generate curiosity or simply delight?
GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
→ All information and requested materials must be provided or the submission will be disqualified without notice or return of payment.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
→ No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
→ Submissions become the property of AZURE.
CATEGORIES
DESIGN
Furniture – residential furniture, office and contract furniture, garden furniture
Furniture systems – office systems, kitchen and bath furniture systems, storage systems
Lighting – indoor and outdoor fixtures, lighting systems, lighting installations
Interior products – wall and floor coverings, housewares, fixtures and fittings, textiles, window coverings, appliances, flooring
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings – single-family, multi-unit, new builds, renovations and additions
Commercial and institutional buildings – over 1,000 square metres/under 1,000 square metres
Landscapes – public and private landscapes
Temporary and demonstration – installations, exhibit designs, presentation centres/model suites, theatre sets and displays
INTERIORS
Residential Interiors
Commercial and Institutional Interiors
CONCEPTS
Unbuilt Competition Entries – Projects previously entered for competition
Concepts and Prototypes – Other concepts and/or prototypes not previously entered for competition

A+ AWARD
Student Work – any industrial design product, architectural structure, interior space or unbuilt/unrealized concept developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2013. Winners will receive a $5000 cash prize sponsored by TD Bank Group.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
All finalists are eligible to receive the People’s Choice Award, decided by the general public. Voting will take place during the month of April 2014, on azuremagazine.com.
FEES
→ $150 per entry
→ $30 for A+ student award submissions
Each entry includes a 1-year digital subscription to AZURE
Magazine valued at $25.95 CAD.
Full payment must be received by the submission deadline. Entries submitted without the appropriate submission fee will not be eligible for judging. Payments are only accepted online.
SUBMISSION SPECS
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″ x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
DESIGN
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process. (pdf only)
ARCHITECTURE
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
INTERIORS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONCEPTS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
Substituting drawings/renderings in place of photographs can be made in this category as long as the total number of files does not exceed thirteen.
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
A+ AWARD
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONTACT
For general info: azure@azureonline.com
For technical issues: azawards@adbeast.com

For more about last year’s competition and awards presentation, a couple of blogs have been included for your review:

DOWNTOWN BOGOTA // MY IDEAL CITY

Bottom Up Urbanism to design the City of the Future
Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics, New York
 
Location:Aedes am Pfefferberg, Hall, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: July 12 – August 29, 2013
Opening: Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:30 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
 
This exhibition introduces the research and bottom-up scenario’s developed by the office of Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics, NY. They recognized that traditional planning in the fast growing Latin American countries collapse under political corruption and inconsistency. Top down Urban planning is no longer a valid proposal here, so a bottom up scenario based model is created instead. Rodrigo Nino of Prodigy Network, was the initiator and creator of this bottom up approach, sponsored by BD Promotores, he invited Archi-Tectonics to be the lead architect, to create not only a team of experts, but to fulfill these demands by using the newly generated knowledge in urban design strategies, participatory processes, and smart application of digital and virtual processes. Archi-Tectonics is cooperating with important innovators such as Gary hack, an Urban Planner responsible for Manhattan’s WTC area and West Side development, PSFK, an English trend research group and crowd sourcing expert to assist Rodrigo Nino in the creation of the crowdsourcing platform, and the realtime dialogue with the people of Bogota.
 
Basis for the development of this initiative was the awareness of new circumstances. Latin America is experiencing a dramatic surge of its middle class. In just a decade, the proportion of people in Latin America with a daily per capita income between $10 and $50 a day went from around one-fifth to one-third. For the first time in history, there are as many people in the middle class as there are in moderate poverty. This destroys our romantic view on Latin America, as a region of poverty, corruption and inequality, a region that needs Western support and care. The change from the third world developing countries into developed regions with higher levels of education, rising incomes, booming economies & trade, caused the massive growth of the middle class.
 
This new middle class now has a much better vehicle to help create their city and their wealth. The recent initiative by Rodrigo Nino of Prodigy Network “My Ideal City”. This online platform is an instrument where all people in Bogota help to create their city by interacting in proposals made for their Downtown in crowd sourcing, thus impacting design through real time interaction and direct feedback. Once the different initiatives are defined, the process is completed by the population crowd funding it’s own initiatives. A first example for the success of this new model is BD Bacatá, a project developed by BD Promotores, where Prodigy Network has brought together more than 3,500 investors, who have invested more than 200 million dollars, making it the largest skyscraper in Colombia’s history and the world record in crowd funding.
 
 “My Ideal City” goals far exceed the city limits of Bogota, in fact the campaign aims to inspire a global discussion of the needs and wants of the next generation of urban dwellers and has recruited top thought leaders of industry to help create and build this city of tomorrow, built by the people of today.
The exhibition shows research and proposals from the „Ideal City“ Bogota and will give an insight to these innovative strategies in urban planning that could serve as a new start in the development of urban planning processes in the Third World.
 
Speaking at the opening will be:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Rodrigo Nino, CEO Prodigy, New York, Bogota
Beate Engelhorn, Curator Aedes Berlin
Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics, New York
 
Visual materials on the exhibition areavailable fromBeate Engelhorn: be@aedes-arc.de.
 
This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:
Prodigy Nework and BD Promotores
 
Many thanks to our Aedes cooperation additional partners for their generous support and collaboration: Zumtobel, carpet concept, Axor hansgrohe

 

TORRE DAVID – Informal Vertical Communities

ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design / Zurich
Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank / Caracas
 
Location:Aedes am Pfefferberg, Studio, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: July 12 – August 29, 2013
Opening: Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:30 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
 
The exhibition “TORRE DAVID – Informal Vertical Communities” is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was presented at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. At Aedes Berlin, the Torre David project will be presented in an extended format and will include new research on the intersection between verticality and informal communities.
 
Torre David is a 45-story office building in Caracas, Venezuela. As one of South America’s tallest skyscrapers, it is unique in its lack of elevators. Almost completed, it was abandoned following the death of its developer and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Today, it is a squat of more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that some call a vertical slum.
 
Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, professors at ETH Zurich, along with their research and design teams at Urban-Think Tank, the photographer Iwan Baan, and the SuAT Group, spent a year and a half studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-turned-home. Where some only see a failed development project, they have conceived of it as a laboratory for the study of the informal. With the support of the Schindler Group, the research team also explored innovative design solutions to address new modes of vertical mobility. Building upon this work, this exhibition presents novel proposals on how existing structures in today’s cities, such as parking garages, can be retrofitted and transformed to meet urgent needs such as a lack of housing and recreational space.
 
The exhibition lays out a vision for practical, sustainable interventions in Torre David and similar informal settlements around the world. It argues that the future of urban development lies in collaboration among architects, private enterprise, and the global population of slum-dwellers. Brillembourg and Klumpner issue a call to arms to fellow architects: to see in the informal settlements of the world a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of using design in the service of a more equitable and sustainable future.
 
Working in the global context of informality, Brillembourg and Klumpner focus on developing strategies to transform cities into more productive and inclusive environments, and on training a new generation of designers to improve cities in the 21st century. Since 2010 they have held the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich. They are also co-principals of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to delivering innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and artists.
 
A catalog for the exhibition will be available. The accompanying book, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, is published by Lars Müller Publishers, photos by Iwan Baan.
 
Speaking at the opening will be:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Dr. Paul Friedli, Schindler Management AG
Prof. Alfredo Brillembourg, ETH Zurich
Prof. Hubert Klumpner, ETH Zurich
 
Visual materials on the exhibition areavailable fromMoritz Nalbach: mn@aedes-arc.de
 
This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:
The Schindler Group, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich
 
Many thanks to our Aedes cooperation additional partners for their generous support and collaboration:
Zumtobel, carpet concept, Axor hansgrohe

 

The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize

NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS MAY 11, 2012

The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize, sponsored by Banc de Sabadell, will be announced within the framework of the 7th European Landscape Biennial which will take place on the 27th and 28th September 2012 in Barcelona. http://www.coac.net/landscape/

The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize is opened to all kinds of landscape projects and planning created in Europe from 2007 to 2012. Deadline for presenting project’s documentation is March 30th, 2012.

There is a sole AWARD, which has an economic value of 15.000 euros. It will not be declared void under any circumstances.

To participate, fill out the on – line registration form at www.coac.net/landscape.

Deadline for Presenting project documentation on–line is 30th April 2012.

Chicago Pier makeover

An urban forest would rise inside Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens in the redesign proposed by Team X, led by the Xavier Vendrell Studio. Five teams submitted plans to redesign one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Navy Pier is in store for a makeover, and the changes could be dramatic.
Five teams of celebrated designers from Chicago and around the world unveiled competing plans for remaking the public spaces of Illinois’ most popular tourist attraction.
•Zigzagging boardwalks that would jut out from the pier, bringing visitors close to Lake Michigan and even offering opportunities for swimming in the lake.
•A grand staircase that would sweep upward from the park around the pier’s Ferris wheel and offer dazzling views of the city skyline.
•A tower, called the Glacier, which would rise out of the lake just east of the pier, becoming a jagged ice sculpture in winter.
•An aerial gondola that would carry visitors to and from the pier, lifting them over congested downtown streets.

Until a winner is chosen, Chicagoans have some spectacular design plans to ogle and a chance to debate the latest grand schemes for a city that revels in Daniel Burnham‘s often-quoted aphorism: “Make no little plans.”
The competition is “not just to pick a design or an architect. It’s also to raise public awareness,” said Stanley Collier, editor of Competitions, a Louisville, Ky.-based magazine that focuses on design contests.
The five teams are charged with re-imagining the pier’s public spaces, which stretch from the Gateway Park on the west end to the east end plaza that overlooks Lake Michigan.
The spaces also include the elevated park around the Ferris wheel, which is known as Pier Park; the Dock Street pedestrian promenade, which lines the pier’s south side; and the Crystal Gardens, an indoor space festooned with palm trees and fountains.

Here are the lead firms of each team, and the key elements of the plans:

•AECOM/BIG — The Crystal Gardens would become a “vertical urban farm” to supply produce to restaurants at the pier. A grand staircase would sweep over a proposed addition to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and offer uninterrupted skyline views. On the pier’s far east end, a tiered platform would create a “lifted corner” that would rise above the Dock Street promenade, providing another lookout. A tier on the other corner would descend directly to the water.

•Davis Brody Bond/Aedas/Martha Schwartz Partners — A series of boardwalklike extensions on the pier’s southern edge would include a variety of features, among them slips for tour boats, an outdoor theater, fishing areas and a beach. A “flyover” ramp would connect Pier Park to the boardwalks. A gondola would carry visitors to the pier from Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

•!melk/HOK/UrbanLab — Curved platforms would extend over the pier’s southern edge, providing lookout points. Boardwalks at the pier’s eastern end would let visitors get closer to the lake; below the platforms, and visible to the visitors, would be underwater “fish resorts” where fish would congregate. The towering structure called the Glacier would rise out of the lake off the pier’s eastern end.

•James Corner Field Operations — Undulating steps would join Pier Park with the Dock Street promenade. The plan also suggests turning the interior of the Crystal Gardens into a striking display of hanging gardens and putting oval-shaped cabs on the nearby Ferris wheel. A swimming pool with a sand beach would run along the pier’s southeast corner at lake level. A stepped amphitheater would lead down to the eastern end of the pier, where a platform would extend into the lake.

•Xavier Vendrell Studio/Grimshaw Architects — Circular arrangements of trees and plants would be installed to soften Pier Park. They would enliven the South Dock with pocket parks, terraces and kiosks. A wedge-shaped “horizon walk” platform would extend outward and upward from the pier’s east end, creating another vantage point to gaze over Lake Michigan and providing another reason for people to walk the entire length of the pier.

The contest is the most visible result of a long-range revamp of the pier that officials announced last summer.
By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune critic (bkamin@tribune.com)
Chicago Tribune