Architecture at Zero Deadline Extension

In light of current circumstances the registration and submission deadlines for this year’s competition are being extended.

The new Deadline is Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm pacific.

The 2020 Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy library for the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA. Full details

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Michael Sorkin (1948-2020)



Back in 2014 I discovered that Michael Sorkin had been a recent juror on the Surfer’s Paradise Precinct design competition panel in Australia. Having been familiar with Michael’s articles and other writings, I was hoping he would be available for an interview—the exuberant design by ARM Architecture that won certainly had pushed

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Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Competition:
New Deadline!

Sponsors: San José Light Tower Corporation

Type: open, two-stage

Eligibility: no restrictions

Language: English

Location: San José, California

Fees: none

Jury: TBD (11 members)

Compensation: Three (3) finalists will each receive a sum of US$150,000 to complete their designs.

Timetable: 15 January 2020 – Registration/Submission deadline

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Designing Aljada’s Central Hub

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins UAE Masterplan Competition



Following the international competition, ARADA has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Central Hub, the centerpiece of Aljada, the developer’s masterplan in Sharjah, UAE. The other competitors in the invited competition were HOK (U.S.) and RMJM (London).


Developed with environmental considerations integrated

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Finalists in the Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre International Design Contest announced


UAB Paleko Archstudija and UAB Baltic Engineers; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; and Adam Khan Architects announced as the finalists of the Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre International Design Contest


• 117 teams entered the contest from 36 countries • All concept designs for the Centre were judged anonymously • New M.K.

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Tallinn City Harbor Masterplan Competition


• Zaha Hadid Architects, London (winner) • Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llaguno Architecture, Spain / Kavakava, Tallinn • Andres Alver, Tallinn

In Memoriam: William Bricken

It’s seldom that one finds a separate section in an obituary dedicated to architecture competitions. We shouldn’t have been surprised to find this in the case of Bill Bricken, a frequent participant in design competitions and one of our long-time subscribers. It was also a case where we had published articles on competitions

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Ross Pavilion International Competition Shortlist


The seven-strong shortlist that reached the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition was selected from the 125 teams (made up of 400 individual firms) who entered the competition. The Pavilion, which will provide a flexible platform for the imaginative arts and cultural programming that Edinburgh excels in, will allow visitors and

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Obama Library Model Presentation in Chicago

Image © Tod Williams and Billie Tsien



According to the Chicago Tribune, there will be a model presentation of the Obama Library on Wednesday, May 4th. The nonprofit Obama Foundation released a few details about Wednesday’s event, including that Mayor Rahm Emanuel , the president’s first White House chief of staff, will

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Green Square Library Moving Forward



Stewart Hollenstein’s winning design for the Green Square Library is under construction and is scheduled for completion early next year. The competition winner is the result of an open international competition which took place in two stages. Stewart Hollenstein, a young Sydney firm, won with their imaginative solution in the second stage

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