Return of a Favorite Son to the Windy City? – CAC’s Barack Obama Library Competition

Return of a Favorite Son to the Windy City?

CAC’s Barack Obama Library Competition

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Winning entry by Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang (all images courtesy of the CAC)

During the 2008 presidential campaign, there was the perception that a Barack Obama presidency would usher in an era of new ideas. Years later, there has been some isolated progress, but partisan politics has limited any wiggle room an Obama presidency might have enjoyed. Still, there is a hope for a final decision by this president that could set a precedent for the foreseeable future: a design competition for a presidential library. A successful national competition for such a project could set an example to be emulated many times over at state and municipal levels by a tested democratic process.

Although the site of a Barack Obama Presidential Library has not yet been determined, the list has been whittled down to three possibilities: Chicago, New York and Hawaii. Although Hawaii is the President’s birthplace, and New York would have a large number of visitors, Chicago would seem to be the logical favorite, as it is the place where Obama’s political future began in its meteoric rise, culminating in his election to the nation’s highest office.

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A Conversation with an Icon: Steven Holl Wins the Mumbai City Museum Competition

A Conversation with an Icon

Steven Holl Wins the Mumbai City Museum Competition

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Winning entry by Steven Holl

The decision to stage an international competition for a “North Wing extension” to the Mumbai City Museum had to be an interesting challenge for the organizers. The present building, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (photos, left and opposite), was dedicated in 1872 and had a distinct English colonial flavor, with emphasis on the Victorian. It had recently undergone a major restoration, and the interior is certainly one of the major examples of architecture of the pre-modern age in India. With that in mind, the initial question for any structural addition—aside from space requirements—had to be: what should it look like, and how would it relate to the existing museum?

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Wolne Tory w Poznaniu land development project

Sponsor: City of Poznań and Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A. [Polish State Railways Joint Stock Company]

Location: Poznań, Poland

Type: Open, two-stage

Languages: Polish

Eligiblity: Architects, urban planners

Entrance Fee: None

Awards: First Prize – PLN 171,000 (approx 43,800 USD) Second Prize – PLN 111,000 (approx 28,460 USD) Third Prize – PLN 71,000 (approx 18,200 USD)

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Tallin Architecture Biennale 2015: Epicentre of Tallinn, Estonia

Sponsor: Estonian Centre of Architecture

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Type: Open, international, ideas, one stage

Language: English

Eligiblity: Open to all architects and students of architecture.

Entrance Fee: None


1st Prize – €4,000 2nd Prize – €2,000 3rd Prize – €1,000

Submission Deadline: 9 May 2015


Endrik Mand – Chief Architect of

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Shabbyshabby Apartments Design Build Competition

Sponsor: raumlaborberlin and Münchner Kammerspiele

Location: Munich, Germany

Type: Open, international

Languages: English, German

Eligiblity: Open to all designers

Awards: Winners will be covered for costs of accomodation and food, tools and material (max 250€), but not travel expenses.

Registration Deadline:

Submission Deadline: 30 March 2015

Design Challenge: We need low cost housing in

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UD4U Urban Design Competition

Sponsor: UD4U

Location:ÂÂ Kenosha, WI

Type: Open, international, ideas, one stage

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Urban Designers, Architects, Architecture Graduates, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects and Students.

Urban Design is a highly collaborative field, therefore interdisciplinary teams are highly encouraged to enter the Competition.

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group of up

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Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Sponsor: Bauhaus Dessau

Type: International, two stage

Location: Dessau, Germany

Languages: English, German

Awards: Winner – € 37,000 Second Place – € 25,000 Third Place – € 17,000 Fourth Place – € 11,000 € 23,000 available for honorable mentions


13 April 2015 – Phase 1 Submission Deadline 31 July 2015 – Phase 2 Submission

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Chyne New School International Competition

Sponsor: Centre for Central European Architecture

Type: International, one stage

Location: Chyne, Czech Republic

Languages: English, Czech

Eligiblity: citizens of the Czech Republic, or have a headquarters or place of business in a member state of the European Union or any other state that has a concluded international contract with the Czech Republic or the

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Preston Bus Station

Sponsor: RIBA, Lancashire County Council

Type: Open, international, two stage

Location: Lancashire County, UK

Languages: English

Eligibility: The competition is open internationally to multi-disciplinary architect-led teams. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or an equivalent, recognised overseas regulatory authority.

Awards: The five shortlisted teams will each receive honoraria

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Gowanus by Design Competition: “Axis Civitas”

Sponsor: Gowanus by Design

Type: Open, international, ideas

Location: Gowanus Neigborhood, Brooklyn, NY

Languages: English

Eligibility: Team leaders must be ages 21 and over (supervised school groups are encouraged to submit). Teams are encouraged and the competition committee also encourages the participation of at least one design professional on each team.

Fees: Professional: $75 per

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