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News From Competitions - 05/18/2016



Art Mill Design Competition Shortlist

 The shortlist for the Art Mill International Design Competition and full details of the jury were announced by Qatar Museums today [21 April, 2016].

    Gifted with one of the most spectacular and historic sites in the centre of Doha, the Art Mill will be pre-eminent in Doha’s waterfront ensemble of institutions dedicated to art and is expected to become one of the world’s leading cultural centres.  

   The site, which extends into the Arabian Sea on three sides, adjoins the park around I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, and is close to Jean Nouvel’s forthcoming National Museum of Qatar (currently under construction). It was until recently occupied by Qatar Flour Mills and is historically significant as a key node within the Arabian Gulf port – essential for the import of grain. 

   The eight competition finalists were selected by the international jury from the second stage, 26-strong longlist on the basis of their strategies for the site and its links to the city. The jury met over two days last month in Doha to analyse and review the teams’ drawings, narratives and models. 

The competition’s original open call for interest (the first stage) attracted great interest from the international design community with 489 submissions received from 56 countries.  

 Finalist practices (alphabetical order):

· Adam Khan Architects (UK)

· Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan)

· EAA Emre Arolat Architecture (Turkey)

· Elemental (Chile)

· junya.ishigami + associates (Japan)

· Mangado & Asociados (Spain)

· Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Italy)

· Rice+Lipka Architects (US)



Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition Results


Type: RfQ

Organizer: RIBA

The shortlist for the Oxford Station competition consisted of the following firms:

 •John McAslan Architects (Entry A)

• Wilkinson Eyre (Entry B)

• Allies & Morrison (Entry C)

• AHMM (Entry D)

• Rick Mather Architects (Entry E) 

AHR (Entry F)

A judging panel from Network Rail, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council along with Department for Transport and Great Western Railway, awarded the three winning places to Wilkinson Eyre; Allies & Morrison and AHR. The panel was advised by architect Joanna Van Heyningen. 

The judges thought that Wilkinson Eyre’s entry was appealing due to its single roof concept, and the way in which the design of the car-park and bus interchange supported an improved character for the whole area and improved its commercial potential. 

Allies and Morrison’s entry was admired by the judges because of its simplicity of approach and very attractive main station building. 

AHR’s entry was selected because the station design was original and impressive. The judges also liked the idea of a restaurant on the roof of the station itself.




Calendar Dates

Twin Creeks Park Competition

8 July, 2016

Sponsor: City of Kansas City
Type: open, one-stage, anonymous
Fee: none

8 July 2016 – Submission deadline

$24,000 to be distributed among up to three winning teams.
A separate prize will be awarded to a student entry.
Twin Creeks is a predominantly rural area encompassing 15,000 acres in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri. In 2015, the City completed over $43.5 million of infrastructure improvements in the area, enabling future development. Full build out of the area, which is expected to occur over the next 20+ years, could accommodate up to 75,000 people and 20,000 units of housing.

• Amanda Burden, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

• Amber Hackett Crosby, Commissioner, KCMO Parks Board

• Philip Enquist, Partner, Skidmore Owings and Merrill

• John Fierro, CEO, Mattie Rhodes Center

• Robin Ganser, Principal, Coen + Partners

• Mark McHenry, Director, KCMO Parks and Recreation Department

• Aaron Schmidt, Asst Gen Manager of Planning and Construction, Hunt Midwest

• Alicia Stephens, Executive Director, Platte County Economic Development Council

• Michael Vance Toombs, Director, Storytellers Inc.

Design Challenge:The focus of this competition is developing an inspiring vision for a potential new linear park that could stretch over 7 miles and up to 1,000 acres and serve as a backbone of the area. Individuals and multi-disciplinary design teams from across the United States and beyond with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, economic analysis, transportation, sustainability, community development, and public art, amongst other fields are invited to submit design proposals for the competition.
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Full competition brief:


University of Central Lancashire Student Support Centre & New Square

20 May, 2016

Sponsor: RIBA; University of Central Lancashire

Type: Expressions of Interest

Awards: Honorarium of £7,000 each will be paid to seven shortlisted design teams to participate in the tender and design concept phase of the competition


20 May 2016 - Submission deadline

Design Challenge:

The University of Central Lancashire has embarked upon delivery of a new £200 million Masterplan over the next decade for their main Preston Campus.

The new masterplan will play a key role in creating a truly inspiring educational environment which blends world-class teaching and learning facilities with green and accessible spaces for the benefit of all.

This vision is supported by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council who have supported UCLan in the formulation of the Masterplan, to ensure the city and the region benefit from the tremendous cultural and economic benefits that the plan will deliver.

A key feature and highly important development within the Masterplan is the new Student Support Centre Building that will be part of a new public square for Preston and UCLan. The new Centre and surrounding landscaping will frame the northern side of the square and a vision is set for an iconic, welcoming, open, transparent, accessible Student Support Centre that will help create a new heart for UCLan.

For more information, go to: http://www.ribacompetitions.com/



Project 2020 Open Design Competition

 14 June, 2016

Sponsor: RIBA; Taylor Wimpey

Type: Open, international

Procedure: The initial phase of the competition will require teams to submit designs anonymously, in digital format only. Five concept designs will then be shortlisted to participate in the second phase. Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £6,000 + VAT. The winning team will receive an additional £10,000 + VAT prize.


14 June 2016 - Submission deadline

Design Challenge:

The competition, which is part of Taylor Wimpey’s long term initiative Project 2020, is seeking architects worldwide to develop new, innovative ideas and create the house typology of the future.
Taylor Wimpey is one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, building a wide range of homes from apartments to five bedroom houses. 

Project 2020 aims to explore and evaluate the potential trends of future homes, asking those taking part to enhance and improve the existing typology helping to
build a prototype for the future that is innovative and fully reflects customer lifestyles and expectations.
Together with the winning team, Taylor Wimpey will work to develop the winning designs with a view of building a prototype which could then be potentially replicated across Taylor Wimpey’s wider standard portfolio of homes. 

For more information, go to: http://www.ribacompetitions/taylorwimpey


Green Academy 1 August, 2016

Sponsor: Young Architects Competitions (YAC), DISMECO
Type: open, one-stage, anonymous

50 € to June 12, 2016
75 € to July 10, 2016
90 € to August 1, 2016 (late registration)

1 August 2016 – Registration and Submission deadline

Awards: 20,000 €  total
1st Prize – 10,000 €
2nd Prize – 4,000 €
3rd Prize – 2,000 €
4 Gold Mentions – 1,000 €
10 Honorable Mentions

• Mario Cucinella MC Architects
• Agostino Ghirardelli, Studio Libeskind
• Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
•Valerie Mullvin, McCullough Mulvin•
•Nicola Pizzoli, Unindustria Bologna
• Claudio Tedeschi, Dismeco
• Alessandro Marata, C.N.A.P.P.C.
• Riccardo Guli, UNIBO
• Alessandra Bonoli, Dicam

Design Challenge

DISMECO srl- a leading company in Europe in the disposal and recycling of electrical equipment- has been pledging for years in creating a more sustainable future through a more widespread action in reusing and treating complex waste. 

DISMECO knows well that a better world is only possible with an increasingly widespread environmental awareness. That is why DISMECO, thinking about new generations, aims at creating in its building the first and most excellent school of the world dedicated to the culture of ecology and sustainability. 

DISMECO owns an abandoned building, which consists of 5.000 sqm referable to Pierluigi Nervi belonging to the area of the former Paper factory of Marzabotto. In this facility DISMECO aims at designing its own didactic centre to become the most acknowledged international reference in research, training and development of sustainable disciplines. This will be possible thanks to the cooperation of numerous and valuable partners.

A high-level school, a ludic-experiential centre for children and a business incubator for environmentally-friendly start-ups. In one of the most innovative industrial areas, regarding recovery and disposal of waste, the “recycling” of an architecture will enable the creation of the first and most important school of ecology and sustainability aimed at transforming the building into a global epicentre for a more responsible society and a more sustainable future. 

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The TRI AN Monument15 August, 2016

Sponsor: Tri An Foundation

Type: open, two-stage, international


Design professionals - US$75

Students: US$35


15 August 2016 - Registration Deadline

28 August - Submission Deadline

Design Challenge: 

In Louisville, Kentucky, a diverse group of citizens led by Yung Nguyen, an immigrant from Vietnam, has conceived this idea of a monument of thanksgiving; a place of special recognition for the tremendous sacrifices the American and South Vietnamese Armed Forces made during the Vietnam War in order to give the Vietnamese people a chance to live in freedom.

It is the aim to select a monument design that evokes from the visitor the strongest emotional response, the deepest sense of contemplation, the best spirit of thanksgiving, and the most respectful mood of remembrance. The selected entry will have been judged to:

Have many levels of meaning. Be unique, dramatic, timeless, and contemplative. Be in harmony with the landscape. Express the feeling of ‘Deep Gratitude’.

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