KYM Field Schools for Tropical Savanna Climate of Africa International Architectural Concept Project Competition

Sponsor: United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Location: Africa

Type: Open, international, single stage

Eligiblity: The competition is open for architects and architecture students. Architect category; competitors who can prove that they are architects can participate individually or as a team, with multiple projects. A competitor must upload the scanned form of his/her diploma

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World War I Memorial Second Stage Finalists

• Plaza to the Forgotten War, by Andrew Cesarz and Johnsen Schmaling Architects of Milwaukee

• Heroes’ Green, by Counts Studios of New York City. • World War I Memorial, by Devin Kimmel and Kimmel Studio of Annapolis, Maryland • An American Family Portrait Wall in the Park, by Luis Collado, Jose Luis de la

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Black Rock City Planning Competition

Sponsor: Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning

Location: Block Rock City, Nevada, USA Type: Open, international, two stage Timeline: 31 December 2015 – stage one submission deadline Design Challenge: If you had a chance to design Black Rock City, what would you build? Participatory art is what makes Burning Man such a

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New England Town Meeting Hall

Sponsor: AIA Vermont Emerging Professionals Network.

Type: Open, one-stage (see “Eligibility”)

Eligibility: This competition is open to all emerging design professionals within 10 years of graduation or 5 years of licensure, living or working in New England. Entrants may either work individually or as part

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The Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

The Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning entry by Ultramoderne


Ki-osk: 1. in Turkey and Persia an open pavilion; 2. a building of similar construction such as a newsstand, etc.

What is a Biennial with architecture as the central theme without a competition?

The Chicago Biennial not only has invited a number of high profile architects from around the world to participate in various events stretching over several months, but looked for a suitable theme and site to showcase what modern architecture is all about. They settled on a Kiosk Competition on the city’s lakeshore next to Millennium Park, a high traffic area in all but the winter months. There are to be four kiosks—one to be the result of the competition—and all are to be permanent structures. It is no surprise that scores of kiosks are already commonplace on Chicago’s lakeshore, taking advantage of the streams of summer visitors who are drawn to the shore of Lake Michigan. Overseen by the Chicago Park District, over forty kiosks punctuate the shoreline, which during the summer offer food, retail, and recreational services—ranging from beverages to clothing to surf rentals.



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Designing for the Workplace: UNO/WHO Headquarters Extension Competition

Designing for the Workplace

UNO/WHO Headquarters Extension Competition

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning entry by Berrel Berrel Kräutler AG (image courtesy BBK)

For all its perceived shortcomings, the United Nations Organization (UNO) can make a good case for its approach to the design of its facilities located in Geneva, Switzerland. Leading up to the most recent competition for the Headquarters Extension of the WHO offices, it staged three successful competitions:

• For the 1966 World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters building, won by Swiss architect, Jean Tschumi;

• For the 2000 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) building, won by the German firm, Behnisch Architekten;

• For the 2006 WHO/UNAIDS building, won by the Austrian firm, Baumschlager & Eberle

As the principal anchor of the WHO headquarters complex, the 1966 building, now over a half century old, has not only seen the deterioration of its basic mechanical systems and programmatic changes, but has not kept pace with the needs generated by the world’s health crisis. This necessitated the on-site construction of seven temporary or precast structures, none of which were the result of any architectural guidelines or urban planning and did not conform to present code standards.

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