New Competitions 4/7/2016

Tall Building Design Competition

Sponsors: CTBUH and KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox)Type: Open, International, studentEligibility: Open to students in accredited schools of architectureLanguage: EnglishFee: noneTimetable:Monday, July 18th – Registration deadlineMonday, July 25th – Submission deadlineMonday, August 8th – Short-listed “Semi-finalists” announcedThursday, August 18th – Top-five “Finalists” announcedMonday–Friday, October 17th–21st – CTBUH 2016 Conference, Top-five Finalists will

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In Memoriam – Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid by Mary McCartney    
Photo: ©Mary McCartney

As was the case with many in the U.S. who had not seen her work, my first encounter with a Zaha Hadid project and with the architect herself was at the dedication of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (COMPETITIONS 2003, Vol. 13, #2), with the headline, “Cubism Comes to Cincinnati.” This was a real challenge, because the CAC site was not generous in size or configuration, but constrained on a prominent corner location in downtown Cincinnati. Because of site and floor plan limitations, the staging of large exhibitions is in itself a work of art. And the generous space allocated for the stairs in the atrium, while bringing in much needed light and resulting in a moving experience for visitors, did reduce valuable space for exhibits. This was an additional case that posed

Corner View b&w
Photo: ©Paul Warchol

the question: whether Zaha’s design talents could also produce a building that would work ideally for users.



Later projects, such as the BMW plant in Leipzig, indicated that function and form could happily coexist. Even her unbuilt Cardiff Opera House, a competition so well documented by Nicholas Crickhowell’s book, Opera House Lottery, held promise as one of the world’s groundbreaking performance venues. The Cardiff Opera house controversy may not have enhanced her reputation in the eyes of some potential clients; but she subsequently was able to design and build many projects around the world, but few in this country—one of the notable exceptions being the new Michigan State University Art Museum.
Over the years, Zaha’s firm became one of the foremost invited participants in competitions worldwide. We never counted them, but we were amazed that she could devote so much energy and time to the number of competitions which her firm participated in.

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BLF New Headquarters Competition in Lebanon

February 25, 2016

BLF New Headquarters Competition in Lebanon


Vew down to the site

Prof. Luca Molinari of Milan was recently engaged by Banque-Libano Française to organize and administer an international competition for the choice of a designer for the New Banque-Libano Française Headquarters in Beirut (

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Berlin’s 20th Century Art Museum Competition: Ten Designs Advance

by Stanley Collyer

Bilderstrecke zu: Berliner Kulturforum: Wenn die Kunst im Boden
©FAZ Aerial view of site

Adding on to Mies van der Rohe’s famous Museum of the 20th Century is no small challenge for any architect participating in this competition. If symbolism wasn’t enough, the site is surrounded by distinctive structures, including Hans Sharoun’s Philharmonic Hall and National Library, the latter located just across the street, and the Matthias Church. Although the selected site next to the current museum was a controversial call, the sponsors of this international competition decided against moving it to another location. One of the unintended consequences of that decision would have to be the size and appearance of the addition. To what extent would it be competing with the existing Mies museum, not only in its siting, but also its architectural expression?

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Actually BIG NEWS!

COMPETITIONS has moved to a new platform. This will correct some problems we have encountered with our present website provider—some of you have only been receiving one of two emails from us: either the Newsletter or the Ezine. For that we apologize, and that has now been resolved. So now some of you will no

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