Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Â Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge youâ€™ve been waiting for.Â AN‘s editors have combed through ourÂ online listing of architecture and design competitionsÂ to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now.Â If youâ€™d like your competition to be included in the listing, pleaseÂ submit it here.
Transform Kansas City. Kansas City is on the brink of investing in various rail transportation projects, a critical juncture that offers the metropolitan region the opportunity to create a new vision for the future. A joint effort between the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance and the AIA Kansas City Young Architects Forum,Â Transform KCÂ encourages anyone with ideas, regardless of background and experience, to submit transportation, urban design, and architecture designs to its 2013 Ideas Competition.
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013.
After nearly two years of intense debate and student protests, Cooper UnionÂ has announced that it will end its 155-year tradition of tuition-free educationâ€”a hallmark of the prestigious institution. The schoolâ€™s board of trustees said in a statement that budget-cutting measures could not relieve the $12 million annual deficit it has on its hands. The new policy will cut the full tuition-free scholarship to 50 percent for the undergraduate class beginning in fall 2014. Depending on financial need, a student could pay nothing or up to $20,000. Industrialist Peter Cooper founded the school in 1859 on the premise of providingÂ a first-rate, free education to the working classes.
University of Pennsylvania architecture student Jonathan Dessi-Olive, this year’s winner of theÂ Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) Travel Fellowship, and three of his colleagues are taking an ancient building technology to Kenya this summer to demonstrate a sustainable alternative to wood construction, which contributes to the devastating deforestation problem in the region. The project, aÂ hybrid wind- and solar-powered radio station on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, will introduce local craftspeople to the 600-year-old technique of timbrel vaulting, aÂ system that uses thin clay tiles to create a geometrically-complex and structurally strong building.
This October, for the first time, the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Solar Decathlonâ€”a biennial competition encouraging schools from around the country to create affordable, solar powered, Net Zero housesâ€”will be held outside of Washington D.C. The new location, in the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, gives SCI-Arc and Caltech a distinct home field advantage. The team of 16 SCI-Arc and 20 Caltech students is creating a fascinating structure, called DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (their last entry was called CHIP.. get it?) that could only be possible in the moderate Southern California climate.
The latest Shigeru Ban paper tube building has opened at IE University in Madrid, Spain. Elsewhere, Ban built the paper tube Nomadic Museum in New York City on a Hudson River pier in 2007, a Camper retail store in New York’s Soho neighborhood, and now in Christchurch, New Zealand he is constructing an A-Frame cathedral out of the temporary, eminently efficient material. The Madrid University building took only two weeks to build, is based on sustainability objectives, and there was a requirement that it be a temporary construction. It is made of 173 paper tubes held together by timber joints that rest on paper columns.
Michael Speaks, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design, has just been appointed Dean of Architecture at Syracuse University. Mark Robbins left that post to direct the International Center of Photography in New York. Speaks, who has been at UK since 2008, cited a number of initiatives as his legacy in Kentucky, including many that engaged directly with urban and rural issues in the Commonwealth. “I arrived here at an inauspicious time, a very economically challenging one, ” he told AN. “One of our goals was to make sure that as many studios engaged with real world problems as possible.”
One of the most important components of any architecture school is its semester-long lecture series. It’s a chance for schools to bring in voices from outside their building and communicate to students a broad range of approaches and ideas percolating in the culture and profession. Many schools send out posters of these lectures to other schools across the country to announce their programing and these are posted on hallway walls forÂ all to see even if they are thousands of miles away on another coast.
But now City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture has taken the next step and is simulcasting its lectures live onlineÂ for the public to view. Old lectures will be archived and viewable any time. This semester City College is focusing its lectures on Rethinking Kahn and have scheduled a distinguished line up of Louis Kahn scholars including Stanislaus von Moos this Thursday, February 28 speaking on Kahnâ€™s urban projects. On March 7, Ken Frampton will be speaking on monumentality in Kahnâ€™s work. March 21 will feature Gina Pollara who will lecture on New York’s FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island and its construction. After that Robert Twombley and William J.R. Curtis will lecture. On the Friday after William Curtisâ€™ lecture, there will be a discussion between William Curtis and George Ranalli and Rethinking Kahn.