Space for Social Actualization International Ideas Competition

Sponsor: Hillhurst United Church

Type: Open, ideas, international

Entrance Fee:

• Early Bird Registration (deadline 1 August, 2014) – $25 CAD

• Late Registration (deadline 28 August, 2014) – $50 CAD


• First Place – $2000 CAD

• Second Place – $1000 CAD

• Third Place – $500 CAD

Languages: English

Eligiblity:Competitors must be students or recent graduates of architecture or a related discipline (up to five years). This competition is open to international competitors.

Registration Deadline: 28 August, 2014

Submission Deadline: 31 August, 2014


Catherine Venart (Halifax), Architect, Professor Dalhousie University, founder iip international idea pool
Koon Wee (Hong Kong), Architect, Professor Hong Kong University, founder SKEW Collaborative Shanghai
Diane Lewis (New York), Architect, Professor Cooper Union, principal of Diane Lewis Architect PC
Dr. Graham Livesey (Calgary), Professor of Architecture, University of Calgary, founding principal of former Down-Livesey Architects
Tara Nelson (Calgary), Anchor and Executive Editor, CTV News, Hillhurst United Church Member since 2011
Dr. Marie Delorme (Calgary), CEO, The Imagination Group of Companies, Board Member The RCMP Foundation and Past Co-Chair United Way Campaign

Design Challenge:

Hillhurst United Church (HUC) in Calgary, Canada invites designers to develop an exceptional and inspiring concept for a new space to promote social actualization.

The concept of social actualization reflects a move from a focus on personal development toward the development of the collective. It suggests a process of sharing and co-learning where the results promote a community of people to reach its full potential. What would a space look like that fosters a process of social actualization?

Hillhurst United Church (HUC) is a flourishing inner-city community. It embraces the potential and the challenges of its community through its core values: spirituality, social justice and radical hospitality.

Designers are asked to articulate a highly creative solution through a new form and program for a space (adjacent to the existing church) with the aspiration to be an inviting community hub for social innovation and spiritual growth. The idea is to engage and channel the energy of the congregation and citizens in the neighbourhood toward future-focused ideas and be a dynamic home base for HUC’s flourishing community. We envision a space where individuals of different beliefs who share our values can collaborate and innovate; an incubator for ideas.

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