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 »

Design the trophee of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

Call for the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe trophy design 

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

Requirements for the design

  • Should represent the profession
  • Should represent the impact of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s work
  • Should be of a design, material and production that encompasses sustainability
  • Should be designed in such a manner that the container and the object could be one or complement each other
  • Should be reasonable and practical in size to carry and be representative so the object and its container do not to exceed 40 cm long.
  • The object and its container should weigh less than 1000 grams.
  • Should have sufficient space and appropriate surface to easily engrave the name of the awardee on it
  • Should be inspiring and memorable

Submission requirements

The submission should be made in pdf format size A4. It should include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 pages with the following:

  • The concept with a short summary text of 50 words for publication purposes
  • A 3D view of each side
  • Material description and costs in Euros for the production of 5 pieces
  • Participants should send an email expressing their intention to participate, through an anonymous email with their code (best is a combination of 3 letters and 3 numbers in any combination) before January 07, 2014.
    The material submitted will not be returned to its author.
  • By accepting to compete the designers do a full transfer of rights of exploitation of the work to IFLA
  • IFLA will duly recognised the winner on its “Award Competition” communications

Eligibility : All design professionals around the world are welcomed to participate individually or as a group.

Prize : The winner will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the nursery Lorberg

Cost : The production of the award must be affordable for IFLA (maximum €500). The cost of production will be one of the evaluation criteria.

Production  : The winner of the competition will produce 5 awards. These awards will be delivered at IFLA’s office in Brussels by May 15, 2014. All production and shipping costs will be covered by IFLA.

Copyright : The winner and IFLA will share the copyright of the work.

The Jury & Selection Committee
Chair: Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI
Assistant to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1960-63)
Ms. Desiree Martínez, IFLA President
Mr. Ilya Mochalov, IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope, IFLA Treasurer
Dr. Tunji Adejumo, IFLA Vice-President for Africa
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich, IFLA Vice-President for Americas
Dato Ismail Ngah, IFLA Vice-President for Asia-Pacific
Ms. Ana Luengo, IFLA Vice-President for Europe
Maestro Sebastián, Mexican plastic artist

Important dates

Closing date for questions

January 15, 2013

Closing date for submission

February 10, 2013

Jury’s decision

February 24, 2014

Winner’s announced

February 25, 2014


IFLA Communication Committee 



International Student Competition Announcement

The UIA 2014 Scientific Committee announces that the International Student Competition registration deadline has been extended till the 29th November 2013.

Please download the competition brief and the competition site information from the website. This is a most exciting opportunity to engage with complex design challenges at a major transport interchange at Durban’s Warwick Junction and cemetery site, as well as an opportunity to develop unique spatial and technical solutions that explore large, medium and small scales of intervention. 6000 informal traders operate at Warwick with a need for affordable housing opportunities, innovative service systems and appropriate storage facilities. We look forward to receiving your registrations, your contribution to this project and to wider debates on cities in South Africa and beyond.


UIA2014 Durban
160 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban
+27 31 201 7590  •  •

International ideas competition for a new Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales in Odense

The eternally pertinent stories of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen appeal to people all over the world and are read by children and adults alike. However, the treasure trove of fairytales needs a physical setting that matches the poetry. That is why Odense City Museums and the City of Odense are now launching an international open ideas competition for a new presentation concept, a new House of Fairytales and a fairytale garden: a new attraction that should welcome people into Andersen’s fairytale world and also serve as a world-class landmark in Odense, the birthplace of the writer. The ideas competition is co-sponsored by the Realdania Foundation.

Distinctive attraction
The little yellow corner house known as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen is one of the main attractions in the Danish city of Odense. The main focus of the presentations is currently on the life and character of the writer, but the museum does not fully respond to the great interest in the fairytales shared by the people who come from all over the world to see it.

In launching a large-scale international ideas competition, Odense City Museums and the City of Odense now invite architects, communicators, artists and others to present innovative ideas for an overall concept that can combine the current facilities of the place in a single distinctive attraction.

The new House of Fairytales should unite, continue and develop the experiences currently offered by the museum, while at the same time adding a new layer to ensure that the fairytales will to a greater extent be the gateway to the world of Hans Christian Andersen. The House of Fairytales should communicate the power of the stories and offer a complete experience in which curiosity, imagination, experience and reflection go hand in hand with architecture of the very best quality.

Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen, museum director, Odense City Museums: ‘The House of Fairytales should reflect the inter-national renown of Hans Christian Andersen, and its architecture should be of the very best quality. The garden should be a unique urban space that serves as a place of inspiration, immersion, surprise and play and invites local residents and visitors to the House of Fairytales to come in to experience this. The aspiration is to create a strong whole that fits into the surroundings in an elegant and respectful way.’

The House of Fairytales: part of a new city centre
Right now there is a unique opportunity to rethink the area around the Hans Christian Andersen House in the context of the city of Odense. The competition site is located at the city centre, which is currently undergoing major transformation. The city district that was bisected by the four-lane Thomas B Thriges Gade road in the 1960s will be reconnected, and new green neighbourhoods with housing, workplaces and commercial and cultural facilities will be created.

Jørgen Clausen, chief executive, City of Odense: ‘Urban planning in Odense is developing so fast that the city will look very different ten years from now. The vision of a more coherent city centre is a unique basis for development of a Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales and an adjacent garden. Both will be distinctive elements in the historic part of Odense and an attraction that will benefit both local residents and visitors.’

The result of the ideas competition will be taken into account in the preparation of a subsequent design competition that is to bring the concept even closer to realisation. A total fund of EUR 100,000 has been set aside for prizes to the winning entries in the competition.

The ideas competition is co-sponsored by the Danish Realdania Foundation. 


Further information
Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen, museum director,
Odense City Museums, Tel: +45 65 51 46 00 / +45 20 90 13 10
Jørgen Clausen, chief executive, City of Odense, ; tel: +45 65 51 10 00
Lars Autrup, project manager, Realdania; tel: +45 70 11 66 66

The international ideas competition is open to everyone throughout the world and is particularly aimed at architects, museum professionals, communicators, designers, landscape architects, urban planners, theatre professionals and others with good ideas. The Danish Architects’ Association will act as competition adviser throughout the competition period.

Competition entrants are asked to present proposals for an overall communication and space design concept that links together the existing facilities at the site in a single unified attraction of international standing with a clear focus on the fairytales. The result of the ideas competition will be an important contribution to the development of the brief for a subsequent restricted design competition.

Competition entries should take the vision for a Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales and a fairytale garden set out in the competition brief into account and should describe the museum presentation and communications aspects and the spatial and architectural framework of the House of Fairytales and the garden in a single concept.

Entries must be submitted no later than 29 November 2013, and the competition result is scheduled for announcement in late March 2014. The subsequent design competition is expected to be launched later in 2014. The scope of the project as well as its budget and time schedule will be determined on the basis of the result of the ideas competition.

The ideas competition brief can be downloaded at


Rio de Janeiro CityVision Competition

Rio de Janeiro CityVision Competition is the fifth international ideas competition launched by CityVision and it’s part of the annual programme Sick & Wonder recently published on the issue 8 of homonymous magazine.

The purpose of the competition is to provide a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future.

We live in a particular period, made so ​​by a broader vision of history itself, for which “the sums don’t add up” and the meaning of “time” has lost its positive and progressive meaning, giving way to a “contemporary time” in which present, past and future (or rather our visions of it) seem to coexist.

Reality is now compromised by the crisis and bad taste has prevailed thanks to the habituation of citizens to “that condition where human beings seek in every way to hold on to their humanity thus absorbing the effects of increasingly harrowing struggles between good and evil “made possible by the institutionalization of behavior, to which we have been used (read: tamed).

So in formulating their planning hypothesis it will be necessary to analyze the city and grasp the essence of its disgust, to then subvert it all through the wonder, that is “a view diametrically opposite to that which until now has been the custom of things for us”

The Rio de Janeiro ideas will be judged by an international jury which will have as president of the jury Aleandro Zaera-Polo and again Jeffrey Inaba, Jeroen Koolhaas, Hernan Diaz Alonso,  Pedro Rivera and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia.

Rio de Janeiro CityVision Competition will be judged in June and the award ceremony will take place in October. 

Grand total prize of 4.000 Euro.