Affordable Housing for Cape Cod
by William Morgan
Winning entry by CxMxD
The goal of the Add-on ’13 competition was to “seek design proposals for a freestanding, affordable, accessory dwelling unit on outer Cape Cod.” Specifically, the town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has a bylaw that allows a second living unit–and even up to three extra units–on the lot of an existing home. At the moment, the fishing and resort village has a dozen such accessory dwellings. But the nobler aim of the Add-on competition was to “consider the role of affordable housing” in a non-urban context and to “re-envision the relationship between architecture, infrastructure, resources and the land.” Despite the seeming modesty of the program–800 square-foot, single bedroom units, to cost less than $150,000, Add-on ’13 was a significant contest.
Sponsors: City of Bristol, RIBA
Type: International, open, invited, EOI
Up to 5 teams will be selected for Stage 2.
17 September 2014 –Deadline for Expressions of Interest (in digital format)
12 January 2015 – Stage 2 Submission deadline
Each team will receive £20,000 upon submission of
Sponsors: Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS)
Type: open, RfQ
Eligibility: Multidisciplinary teams will be selected from an international open Request for Qualifications process. Teams are strongly encouraged to include expertise in fields such as architecture and landscape architecture, graphic and interactive design, exhibition and film production, history,
Type: International, RfQ, Expression of Interest
Eligibility: Six firms have been preselected. They are:
• 3XN, Copenhagen • Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna • MAD architects, Beijing • Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam • NEIL M. DENARI ARCHITECTS, Los Angeles • Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan
An additional 14 firms will be selected on the
Type: open, RfQ
18 September 2014 – Deadline for documents submission
1st Prize – Commission 2nd Prize – 30,000 zloty 3rd Prize – 20,000 zloty Hon Mention – 5,000 zloty
with Stanley Collyer
COMPETITIONS: I’m not certain how familiar you were with previous competitions in Taiwan; but this one had much in common with previous ones, in that it was also international in format.
MARK ROBBINS: They are quite high profile for remarkably large-scale projects.
COMPETITIONS: This is similar to the others, and, like those, had two sessions. Were you able to take part in both of them?
MR: Yes. It was on Kinmen Island, which I had never been to. And it has an interesting history. First of all, the U.S. government has had to figure out the deaccessioning of the bases that were military. This is a large island that had been used for military purposes, for although it is part of Taiwan geographically, it is closer to the Chinese mainland and was shelled pretty relentlessly. But because it had been closed off to development during this period, it had a very natural environment—it has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any area in Taiwan.
So the redevelopment of this becomes quite important, because you have an island, which is now strategically located, interestingly not for military reasons, but commercial reasons. This is expected to make it valuable because of the robust commerce between a Mainland China that still finds they can get a greater variety of consumer goods in Taiwan. Rather than flying goods in, it will be by boat, which is slower, but less expensive. So it will become a vast duty free area. And that was part of the motivation for this competition—to make a more accessible gateway for trade to and from Mainland China.
Port of Kinmen winning entry
COMPETITIONS: Biodiversity caused by the lack of development during the Cold War brings to mind a similar situation in Germany on the demarcation line between East and West, where a large restricted strip on the eastern side of the border resulted in an untouched refuge for birds and various species.
MR: One seldom thinks of that. In Kinmen there are some of the best-preserved architectural artifacts, both from the Japanese colonial period and from earlier Chinese trading families. There are a series of buildings that have neoclassical detailing, but built around traditional courtyards in a Chinese format. These were families that wanted to display their wealth in the 1800s, through symbols displayed by western architecture. Because of the Cold War period and the lack of development, these were also preserved.
Location: Bristol, UK
Type: Invited, 2-stage
Eligiblity: The multi-disciplinary design team can be led by a consultancy with suitable experience, which could include an engineering or architectural practice. Collaborative submissions are encouraged. A combination of arena experience and an understanding of the specific Architecture will be of significant importance.
Sponsor: Committee for Architecture of Moscow
Location: Moscow, Russia
Type: International, 2 stage
Languages: Russian, English
Eligiblity: The competition is open to all professionals in in the field of urban planning, architecture which can bring specialists in the field of transport infrastructure, cultural programming, economics, sociology and ecology in the team.
Awards: Each of the
Sponsor: Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America, the City of Edmonds, WA
Location: Edmonds, WA
Eligiblity: Entries are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2014
The Plaza must stand as a tribute to the patriotic and courageous men and women
Surfer’s Paradise Goes Cultural
The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Competition
by Stanley Collyer
Winning entry by ARM Architecture
Are a Surfer’s Paradise and a significant emphasis on culture mutually compatible? Australia’s City of Gold Coast thinks so, as evidenced by its ambitious competition for a new cultural precinct. The site of the Cultural Precinct competition is the Evandale district, separated by a river and Chevron Island from the city’s premier attraction—Surfer’s Paradise. As indicated by the latter’s name, the city has gained a large share of its revenue as a tourist attraction. Outside of the inviting coastline, there is much to supplement the entertainment needs of tourists, including 40 golf courses and five theme parks. But as Australia’s fastest growing city—now at almost 600,000—the focus has now turned to the arts as a major asset.