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 »

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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:

International Open Design Competition

The city of Lviv (Ukraine), together with the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv, Ukraine) and “Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv”. Ukrainian-German cooperation project implemented by the Lviv City Council and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, announces the International Open Design Competition for the Open Spaces of Bernardine Monastery Complex in Lviv, Ukraine.

Individuals and teams of professionals and/or students in the fields of architecture, landscape design and/or urban planning from around the world are invited to create a design for the public open spaces in and around the Bernardine Monastery complex, located in the inner city of Lviv, Ukraine:
– that reflects the historical, spatial, social and environmental characteristics of the area;
– that preserves the unique existing characteristics of each of the open spaces and develop their qualities with new treatments and elements;
– that creates a unifying concept for the site as a whole and incorporate it into the existing urban context;
– that enhances the site’s potential as a public recreational amenity.

Schedule

Registration opens: June 29, 2012
Questions close: August 17, 2012
Answers to questions: August 31, 2012
Submissions close: October 3, 2012
 

Prizes

First Prize: €3000, Second Prize: €2000, Third Prize: €1000, two honorable mentions €600 

Fee/Registration

There is no entry fee, but competitors are to register with the organizers by email at competition@city-adm.lviv.ua

More details: www.design-competitions.lviv.ua

ASLA 2012 Awards Call for Entries

ASLA has released its 2012 awards call for entries for professionals and students and we would like to encourage you to enter.

Award recipients, their clients, and student advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix, September 28 – October 1, 2012. The award winning projects will be featured in a video presentation at the ceremony and on the awards website following the event. Professional award recipients receive featured coverage in the September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design, construction industry and general-interest media. Student award official entrants will receive a complimentary full registration to the 2012 annual meeting, and the official entrant for each project receiving an Award of Excellence (up to seven) will also receive travel and hotel accommodations for the meeting.

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that are convened each year to review submissions. Members of this year’s professional awards jury are:

  • José Almiñana, ASLA, Andropogon Associates, Philadelphia, Jury Chair
  • Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, The Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • Gail Brinkmann, ASLA, City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department, Phoenix
  • Kathryn L. Gleason, FASLA, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic, Los Angeles, Times, Los Angeles
  • Mikyoung Kim, ASLA, Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston
  • Tom Leader, ASLA, Tom Leader Studio, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Thomas R. Oslund, FASLA, oslund.and.assoc., Minneapolis
  • Jim Schuessler, ASLA, BNIM, Kansas City, Mo.

Members of the student awards jury are:

  • David Yocca, FASLA, Conservation Design Forum, Elmhurst, Ill., Jury Chair
  • Sheila A. Brady, FASLA, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark A. Focht, FASLA, Fairmount Park Commission, Philadelphia
  • M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, New York City
  • Paul H. Gobster, FASLA, USDA Forest Service, Evanston, Ill.
  • Debra Guenther, ASLA, Mithun, Seattle
  • Linda Jewell, FASLA, University of California at Berkeley
  • Chris Reed, ASLA, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston
  • Andrew Wilcox, ASLA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.

Both the ASLA professional and students awards feature five categories: General Design; Residential Design; Analysis and Planning; Communications; and Research. The Professional Awards also include The Landmark Award, while the Student Awards include the Student Community Service Award and Student Collaboration categories.

Entry forms and payment must be received by:

  • Friday, February 3, 2012, for ASLA Professional Awards
  • Friday, April 27, 2012, for ASLA Student Awards

Submission binders must be received by:

  • Friday, February 17, 2012, for ASLA Professional Awards
  • Friday, May 11, 2012, for ASLA Student Awards

In need of inspiration? View the ASLA 2011 professional and student award-winning projects.

There are many reasons to enter—and we hope that you will!

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA
Executive Vice President/CEO
American Society of Landscape Architects