The Gowanus Lowline Ideas Competition

Turning a Wasteland into a Community

The Gowanus Lowline Ideas Competition

by Dan Madryga


The landscape of waste: it is a common feature in any big city. Left in the wake of decentralized cities and waning industry, the neglected postindustrial terrain is an unavoidable blemish on the built environment. The desolate, ugly, contaminated vestiges of abandoned factories, overstuffed trash dumps and discontinued mills were pushed out of site and out of mind for decades as Americans sought refuge in suburbia. Yet as urban centers are gradually redeveloped and society expresses increased concern about environmental crises, these harmful, marginalized sites are becoming more difficult to ignore. On Brooklyn’s doorstep lies one such wastescape: the dormant and noxious Gowanus Canal. With help from the recent Gowanus Lowline ideas competition, locals are beginning to seriously contemplate a restorative future for this type of ailing urban environment.

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Anticipating a Second Stage: The New Taipei City Museum of Art Design Competition

Anticipating a Second Stage

The New Taipei City Museum of Art Design Competition

by Stanley Collyer

Finalist entry by Kengo Kuma and Associates

To arrive at a design for a new art museum in Taipei, the organizers decided to allow the participants more flexibility than usual in devising their planning concepts for the new institution. According to the design brief, “the planning and design guidelines in this program are for reference only. The designer must propose…new possibilities for modern art museums, define the exhibition method, and propose new space requirement, then proceed (in) the planning and design based on the new required spaces and design guidelines.”

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Kaiser Permanente Hospital Design Competition: Finalists Announced

Kaiser Permanente has announced three finalists in its “Small Hospital, Big Idea” design competitio: Aditazz, Palo-Alto: Gresham, Smith and Partners: Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, San Francisco: The three finalists were selected from a shortlist of nine firms. To see the submissions of all nine teams, go to: Each of the three finalists will receive

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Windermere Steamboat Museum

Sponsor: Lakeland Arts Trust, RIBA Type: Expressions of Interest, two-stage Location: Lake District National Park, UK Language: English Fee: £50 Eligibility: Expressions of Interest are invited from architect-led teams which should also include the services of a structural engineer, M&E engineer and landscape designer. Practising architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board

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Sukkahville Design Competition 2011

Sponsor: Keihlla Residential Programme Type: Open, international Location: Toronto Language: English Fee: Free Eligibility: Open to architects, students, artists, builders and allied design professionals Timetable: 31 August 2011 – Q&A 31 August 2011 – Submission deadline 6 September 2011 – Finalists notified 4-10 October – Construction period 11-12 October – Sukkahs will be on

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Fentress Global Challenge 2011: Airport of the Future

Sponsor: Fentress Architects Type: Open, student, international, ideas Language: English Fee: Free Eligibility: Open to graduate and undergraduate students actively enrolled and pursuing an architecture or engineering degree, as well as 2011 graduates. Timetable: 31 October 2011 – Registration deadline 7 November 2011 – Question submission deadline 31 December 2011 – Design submission deadline

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Olympic Park Legacy Company Competition

Sponsor: Olympic Park Legacy Company, Malcolm Reading Consultants Type: expressions of interest, international, two stage Location: London Language: English Fee: None Eligibility: Open to multi-disciplinary teams which should include, but are not limited to, landscape architects, architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors. Teams should propose a lead consultant. A creative and artistic exploration of the project

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Bucolic Site as Museum Context: The Serlachius Museum Competition in Finland

Bucolic Site as Museum Context

The Serlachius Museum Competition in Finland

by William Morgan


In Finland, a land where architectural competitions are a way of life, a design contest for an addition to a small art museum drew the greatest number of entries in Finnish competition history.

That the Serlachius Museum in an out-of-the way city could attract 579 entrants from 41 countries may say something about the flat world economy. But it is more likely a measure of the attractiveness of the project, the reputation of the client, and the above-board way competitions are run in Finland.

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Sustainable and Modular School for Burmese Refugee Children UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE

Sponsor: Building Trust International Type: Open, international, single stage Location: Burma Languages: English Fees: Professional Registration: £95.00Student Registration: £25.00 Eligibility: Architects, architecture graduates or architecture students. Timetable: October 1, 2011 – Registration deadline (registration fees due) October 22, 2011 – Submissions deadline Awards: * Professional Category:1st prize: Design will be used to construct planned school

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Pruitt Igoe Now Ideas Competition*

Sponsor: Pruitt Igoe Now Type: Open, ideas, one stage Location: St. Louis Languages: English Fees: $20 Eligibility: Open to anyone, individually or in teams Timetable:

16 March 2012 – Registration and submission deadline

Awards: First place – $1000 Second Place – $750 Third Place – $500 Jury: To be announced Design Challenge: Create

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