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 »

IFLA INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN COMPETITION

The 51st IFLA World Congress 2014 International Student Competition to be celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and organized by the Argentine Center of Landscape Architects (CAAP). The IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition is part of the Congress, and it promotes and encourages the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education.

AIM OF THE COMPETITION
The competition aim is to promote a reflection on the importance of “thinking and action on landscape” as a conceptual and operative tool to guide the deep and global transformations in their changes. The intention is to reconnect places to the geographic, social and cultural context that contains them, and to recover the essence of their identity and values.

It is intended that students investigate the dynamic process of landscapes in their different complexities (ethical, aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio- cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, etc.) redefining and identifying new and old spaces, applying innovative and sustainable technologies, generating formal and environmental certainties; and humanizing the places and their landscape.

THEME: URBAN LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY Creating a landscape of places
The competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes: abandoned, obsolete and degraded landscapes; landscapes hurt by aggressive anthropic actions to nature and to the culture of the territory, landscapes substituted by new proposals and originated by needs, which may not have always kept the environmental balance.

They should propose new ideas sustained by “reflective thought” that will try to solve the unsustainable problems of urban landscapes in emergency; and the “actionusing the most appropriate techniques to improve the management and building of a landscape of places and of new spaces of urban sustainability.

PLACE AND SCALE
Students may select the context and site of the project. The suggested work scale is established in a range of 2 has (20.000 m2) to 10 has (100.000 m2).
Proposals must show a reflexive and innovative approach, giving value to the identity of the designed place and choosing a strategy for the project execution.

TYPE OF COMPETITION
This is an ideas competition and will consist of one round of submissions. Proposals by the participants should assume publication and exhibition in both digital and printed media.

PARTICIPANTS
The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture). Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however the design must still focus on the configuration of the landscape and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group. The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed four (4). Professional collaborators and associates of members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree may not enter the competition.

Find full details in the PDF document  hereinafter

IFLA 2014 International Student Desing Competition

Declaration Form – Student Competition IFLA CAAP 2014

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:

IFLA 51st World Congress – Buenos Aires, Argentina 2014

51st WC logo

“

Thinking and Action” / Pensamiento y Acción”

VENUE: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA) – Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1300, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

  • IFLA World Council

    June 02-03
    Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Montevideo 932, Auditorium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more >>

  • LALI – Latin America Landscape Initiative

    June 04
    Buenos Aires City, Argentina. See more >>

  • World Congress Sessions

    June 05-06
    Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more >>

  • And more at http://www.iflaargentina2014.com

IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition 2014

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BASIS
The 51st IFLA World Congress 2014 Student Competition to be celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and organized by the Argentine Center of Landscape Architects (CAAP). The IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition is part of the Congress, and it promotes and encourages the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education.

ORGANIZING COMMITEE
Chair: Prof. Arch. EDP Vilma Budovski
Members: Prof. Arch. Martha Marengo de Tapia and Arch. EPP Virginia L. Laboranti.

AIM OF THE COMPETITION
The competition aim is to promote a reflection on the importance of “thinking and action on landscape” as a conceptual and operative tool to guide the deep and global transformations in their changes. The intention is to reconnect places to the geographic, social and cultural context that contains them, and to recover the essence of their identity and values.
It is intended that students investigate the dynamic process of landscapes in their different complexities (ethical, aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio- cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, etc.) redefining and identifying new and old spaces, applying innovative and sustainable technologies, generating formal and environmental certainties; and humanizing the places and their landscape.

THEME: URBAN LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY – Creating a landscape of places
The competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes; abandoned, obsolete and degraded landscapes; landscapes hurt by aggressive anthropic actions to nature and to the culture of the territory, landscapes substituted by new proposals and originated by needs, which may not have always kept the environmental balance. They should propose new ideas sustained by “reflective thought” that will try to solve the unsustainable problems of urban landscapes in emergency; and the “action” using the most appropriate techniques to improve the management and building of a landscape of places and of new spaces of urban sustainability.

PLACE AND SCALE
Students may select the context and site of the project. The suggested work scale is established in a range of 2 has (20.000 m2) to 10 has (100.000 m2).
Proposals must show a reflexive and innovative approach, giving value to the identity of the designed place and choosing a strategy for the project execution.

TYPE OF COMPETITION
This is an ideas competition and will consist of one round of submissions. Proposals by the participants should assume publication and exhibition in both digital and printed media.

PARTICIPANTS
The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture). Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however the design must still focus on the configuration of the landscape and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group. The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed four (4). Professional collaborators and associates of members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree may not enter the competition.

AWARDS
1st Han Group Prize for Landscape Architecture – US$ 3500
2nd IFLA Zvi Miller Prize – US$ 2500
3rd CAAP Merit Award Prize – US$ 1000
3 Certificated Honourable Mentions
Certificates to the top 25 entries- one for each member of the team

PROMOTION AND PUBLICATIONS
The winning teams will also receive international recognition through IFLA sponsorships and IFLA publications.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Submissions must be received by the competition organizers no later than April 5th, 2014. Each entry shall receive a serial number and, from then on, will only be identified by that number, in order to keep anonymity during the submission and the final election.
The final product, when printed at 100% size, must comprise a maximum of three (3) A1 posters (each one measuring 841mmx594mm, landscape format only). The posters will be displayed horizontally next to each other with a 20 mm gap between them.

  • Posters must be individual and numbered to be seen in that order during the selection
  • Entrants must also submit a brief Description (250 words maximum) in a separate PDF file, identified only by the title of the project (DO NOT include the names of the students or the name of the university). It must be a clear and concise text describing the present situation and must identify the key aspects shown in the design proposal, for potential use in the jury report or subsequent publications. The text is to be no justified, left aligned and double spaced, in Arial, font 12.
  • All submissions must be entirely in English, which is the official language of IFLA. Local names and specific conditions of each country may be included in the local language. This is to ensure that all material can be understood by the jury, who conduct their reviews in English.

REQUIRED GRAPHICS

  • The presentation of PDF files into posters must include all the project information, including text. Text should be minimal, but must include clearly and concisely the intentions of the project, concepts, considerations and methods.
  • An aerial photo showing the present situation.
  • Representation of the design to a general scale.
  • Design in a more detailed scale.
  • Cross sections, 3D drawings, sketches and details as necessary to illustrate the proposed design.

DIGITAL FILES

  • PDF files of posters must have a 300dpi resolution and the size of the folder shall be a maximum size of 10MB. Larger folders will not be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the teams to guarantee that the final images and files are in the size and resolution adequate to their reading.
  • The entrants must ensure that all images, photographs and other material taken from other sources are correctly accredited.

ANONYMITY AND PROTOCOL

  1. Upon receipt, each entry will be assigned a serial number in order to guarantee the anonymity during the pre and the final selection.
  2. The four (4) PDF files, and the folder they are in, shall not identify the names of the participants, faculty sponsors or the university.
  3. A fifth (5) additional PDF file, with the complete Declaration Form, which is attached to this document, must be included. This must be fully completed.
  4. The Declaration Forms will be kept separate from the project PDF files, and will only be consulted by the jury once the final deliberations are completed.

COMPETITION RULES

  • Participation in the Competition implies unconditional acceptance of the Competition rules.
  • Proposals received after the deadline shall not be admitted.
  • Presentations which do not include the Declaration Form, with all the requirements and the stamp of the institution, will not be admitted.
  • Submissions shall only be accepted if sent by the means established outlined above.
  • All Competition entries are the property of the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee.
  • Entries will not be returned to the authors.
  • A selection of the works submitted by the Competition entrants will be placed on exhibition during the 51st IFLA World Congress and may be also exhibited elsewhere at the discretion of the Local Organizing Committee and the IFLA Chair and IFLA EXCO.
  • IFLA and CAAP retain the right of duplication or publication of any or all the material submitted to the Competition, and there shall be no obligation whatsoever to the entrants, beyond acknowledging the authorship of the works exhibited or published.
  • All entrants are absolutely forbidden to have their submissions (or any part thereof) published in any way prior to the notification of the jury final decision.
  • The jury shall preside over the competition, and is the sole arbiter at all levels until the final awarding of prizes. All decisions of the jury are final.
  • All disputes related to the Competition that cannot be solved only by the jury shall be settled through arbitration by the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee, who shall appoint an arbitration panel to settle any dispute.
  • The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes shall be announced by the IFLA President upon recommendation of the jury.
  • Entrants are forbidden from requesting any information from members of the jury. All inquiries must be directed to the Competition Chair. However, please, be sure to read carefully through the brief and instructions, as all required information should be contained there.

THE JURY
The Jury will be composed by three to five members of IFLA. The members will be appointed according to the protocols of the IFLA Student Competitions.

EVALUATION CRITERIA
The works will be evaluated under the following criteria:

  • Reflections, ideas, proposals and technical resolutions as required by this competition brief.
  • Integration of practical and aesthetic aspects of Landscape Architecture.
  • Technical / economic viability of the proposals in relation to their location.
  • Graphic representation of the methods that improve the standards and practices of Landscape Architecture.

SUBMISSION FORMAT
The folder shall include 5 PDF files (1 for each of the 3 panels, a 4th with the project description, and a 5th with the Declaration Form (all must be completed in English).
The specifications for the electronic submission will be made available on the 51st IFLA World Congress website www.iflaargentina2014.com  under “Student Competition” at a later date.

DEADLINES
Entries must be received by the competition organizers, in Argentina, no later than: May 5th, 2014, at 12 PM.
Selection of the top 25 submissions: May 19th, 2014
Final selection: June 2ndand/or 3rd , 2014
Award Ceremony and Exhibition: June 5th to 6th, 2014

CONTACT INFORMATION
Prof. Arch. EDP Vilma Budovski
Member of the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee – Committee Chair of Student Competition, e-mail: ifla51competition@iflaargentina2014.com

With copy to: Virginia L. Laboranti, e-mail virginialaboranti@fibertel.com.ar

For more information about the 51st IFLA World Congress and participation in the student competition, please visit the Congress website: www.iflaargentina2014.com

World Landscape Architecture Month 2013

LET´S CELEBRATE THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH IN NEW ZEALAND!
“SHARED WISDOM IN AN AGE OF CHANGE”

How?

Easy! We are inspired by this year World Congress theme and by the fact that current approaches to management of our landscape can no longer be sustained. We are interested in photographs that show our CHANGING LANDSCAPE THROUGH MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS OF WISDOM:

“Whether exploring ancient wisdom, reaching across realms of contemporary knowledge, or imagining a more resilient future, shared wisdom strengthens our ability to effect positive change”
(http://www.ifla2013.com/)

CATEGORIES

Contemporary issues around globalization
Keywords:
Future urban living + urban agriculture + green technology + densification + biodiversity + sustainable environmental management.

Indigenous wisdom
Keywords:
Sharing of wisdom across time/place/culture + wayfinding/navigation + contact + settlement + adaptation + post settlement + healing + renaissance + future sustainability + prosperity.

Radical change and resilience
Keywords:
Paradigm shift + threats to sustainability + tools for effecting positive change + problem solving – imaginative and technical + capacity of landscape to adapt to change + new ideas and technologies – what’s ahead?

FORMAT
Each participant can send one image by category. In addition, please fill in the submission form for each photograph that you send. It is not compulsory to send material for all the categories. Photographs should be 3MB (top).

IMPORTANT DATES
Closing date for submissions: December 31, 2012
Jury decision: January 31, 2013
Exhibition: April 10, 2013 in New Zealand!

Send us your material by email to the following: iflaphotovideocompetition@iflaonline.org

AWARD CEREMONY & PUBLICATION
The best five photographs will be presented at the World Congress in New Zealand where you will receive a diploma of recognition for this achievement. In addition, we will publish the best photographs in our IFLA WEB PAGE and IFLA NEWSLETTER that is distributed all over the word.

THE JURY
Renee Davies – Chair IFLA50 World Congress
Charlotte Buys – IFLA Delegate, Netherlands
Herman de Lange – ILASA President, IFLA Africa Secretary
Mónica Pallares  – SAPM IFLA Delegate
Christine Bavassa – IFLA Executive Secretary and Webmaster
Paula Villagra – Chair Communication Committee of IFLA

Submission Form

Horizons “Arts-Nature” in Sancy, France

[English below]

Appel à candidater 
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy, programmé du 15 juin au 15 septembre 2013, est la 7è édition d’un évènement d’art contemporain qui puise son originalité dans l’inscription d’œuvres plastiques éphémères réalisées spécifiquement pour le Massif du Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme), cadre grandiose entre lacs, volcans et eaux tortueuses. Piloté par l’Office de Tourisme du Sancy, l’appel à projet porte sur la création de 10 œuvres d’art au sein de la Communauté de Communes du Massif du Sancy.

Rémunération artistique : montant de 8 000€  TTC (comprenant la conception, le transport des matériaux, la réalisation sur place ou l’installation de l’œuvre, le déplacement, la restauration et l’hébergement des artistes sélectionnés).
Ouvert à tous y compris les jeunes talents (écoles d’art, d’architecture de paysage en dernière année ou ayant obtenu leur diplôme depuis 2 ans maximum).
Type d’œuvres : installations in situ
Nombre de candidats sélectionnés : 10

Pour télécharger l’appel à candidature et les fiches descriptives des sites : www.horizons-sancy.com
Date limite d’envoi des candidatures le lundi 17 décembre 2012 à l’adresse ci-dessous :
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy
Office de Tourisme du Sancy
Allée du Lieutenant Farmont
63 240 LE MONT DORE (France)

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Call for applications

Horizons « Arts-Nature » in Sancy, will take place between the 15th June and 15th September 2013. This is the seventh of a contemporary art event based on short-lived visual works of art specifically made for the Sancy massif (heart of the Massif Central in France). Managed by the Sancy Tourist Office, the call for projects involves the creation of 10 works of art in the Sancy Massif.

Art remuneration: a payment of €8,000 will be given to each selected artist (covering  the creation, travel expenses, the transport  of materials from the studio to the site, installation of the work, food and accommodation for the artist in the area).
The event is open to all artists, without any limit of age, and to young talents (just or recently – less than 2 years- graduated from art school)
Type of artworks: installations in situ
Number of candidates selected: 10

To download the application documents and information relative the event please visit the web site: www.horizons-sancy.com
Deadline to send the applications : Monday 17th December 2012, to the address below:
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy
Office de Tourisme du Sancy
Allée du Lieutenant Farmont
63 240 LE MONT DORE (France)