SOFTlab’s “Nova” pavilion brightens cold New York nights with psychadelic light

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Monday, November 23, 2015
(Courtesy 3M)

(Courtesy 3M)

Suburban folk mark the change of seasons with spring peepers, the sound of leaf blowers, and first frosts. City dwellers rely on other environmental cures: pumpkin spice lattes, heat season, and festive public art installations. Last week, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and the Van Alen Institute welcomed crowds to SOFTlab‘s Nova, the 2015 winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.

More after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Everyone’s a winner? Mitchell Joachim and Michael Sorkin square off with rival anti-Guggenheim competitions

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

What is it about architect Mitchell Joachim that he cannot let go of his Oedipal desire to go after his former “father” employer Michael Sorkin? Not happy about the direction of Sorkin’s non-profit Terreform, Joachim went out and founded his own 501c3, Terreform ONE.

Which brings us to Helsinki…

Registration Open! Here’s what you need to know about AN’s 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, International
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Register now! (The Architect's Newspaper)

Register now! (The Architect’s Newspaper)

The Architect’s Newspaper is thrilled to announce its 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase your great buildings, building elements, and other architectural-based categories that are not covered by other competitions.

More info after the jump.

This alternative Guggenheim Helsinki competition is challenging global luxury museum brands

Architecture, International
Monday, June 15, 2015
#189 Helsinki Iňač Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

#189 Helsinki Iňač
Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

Competition or PR stunt? That’s up to you to decide, but there is no debate that the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition has provoked some interesting conversations around issues of the cultural institution in the globalized 21st century.

Continue reading after the jump.

The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015


The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

See the winners after the jump.

Misplaced monuments: Designers take to Photoshop to transplant world landmarks in new locations

Architecture, Art, International
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy

The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy

When it comes to a famous landmark, to what extent does locale add to its majesty? An inventive design competition posted to Australian virtual design studio DesignCrowd explored this question with a challenge to designers to reposition the world’s most hyped monuments in all-new locations using high-resolution images.

More after the jump.

City of Atlanta seeks designs for an artistic pavilion along the Atlanta BeltLine

(Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The Historic Fourth Ward Park located on the Atlanta BeltLine (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The City of Atlanta has announced a competition for the design of an outdoor cultural pavilion for prominent display on the Westside trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development ever undertaken by the City of Atlanta, and among the largest urban redevelopment programs in the US, providing affordable workforce housing, brownfield remediation, public art, and historic preservation.

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Architects will soon suspend this cellulose fiber canopy made from discarded paper in Boston

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

Recognizing architects’ increased use of installations for experimentation and prototyping, the “Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building” competition awards project proposals that use the medium for spatial exploration.

Continue reading after the jump.

Enormous architecture-shaped pillows will fill a vacant field for Chicago’s third annual Ragdale Ring

(Design With Company, The Ragdale Foundation)

(Design With Company, The Ragdale Foundation)

A suburban field on Chicago’s North Shore will host a fantastical summer pavilion fashioned after a toy box, with outsized pillows in the shape of architectural elements, according to designs selected as the winner of the third annual Ragdale Ring competition.

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Justin Diles Breaks the Mold for TEX-FAB

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Justin Diles' Plastic Stereotomy took first place in TEX-FAB's fourth annual digital design and fabrication competition. (Courtesy Justin Diles)

Justin Diles’ Plastic Stereotomy took first place in TEX-FAB’s fourth annual digital design and fabrication competition. (Courtesy Justin Diles)

Competition winner uses composite materials to re-imagine Semper’s primitive hut.

The title of TEX-FAB‘s fourth annual competition—Plasticity—has a double meaning. It refers first to the concept at the core of the competition brief: the capacity of parametric design and digital fabrication to manifest new formal possibilities. But it also alludes to the material itself, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). “Plastics have the potential to push contemporary architecture beyond the frame-plus-cladding formula dominant since at least the 19th century,” said competition winner Justin Diles. Pointing to traditional stonecutting and vault work, he said, “I’m very interested in this large volumetric mode of construction, but I’m not at all interested in the stone. I think that composites probably offer the best way of addressing this old yet new mode of constructing architecture.”
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Chicago Architectural Club calls for speculative proposals on Obama Library

(michael sorkin studio)

A previously released proposal for the Obama Presidential Library. (michael sorkin studio)

As several Chicago sites—as well as institutions in New York City and Hawaii—vie to host Barack Obama’s Presidential Library, the Chicago Architectural Club is “calling for speculative proposals” to consider the design impacts of the nation’s 14th presidential library.

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Eavesdrop> Take a secret peek inside the secret Guggenheim’s Helsinki competition room

Eavesdroplet, International
Monday, October 13, 2014

The secret Guggenheim Helsinki competition room. (Courtesy Tipster)

As we’ve mentioned before, the biggest competition in town is not in the United States. Virtually every design firm in California and everywhere else has entered the competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki. Proposals were due on September 10, and Eavesdrop received a secret picture of the storeroom where they are being kept. Let’s just say it is FULL. There appears to be several hundred submissions. Only six of the proposals will advance to stage two of the competition, a list that will be announced later this fall. The winning entry will eventually be chosen next June. So stay tuned, there’s plenty of Guggenheim madness left! (And why doesn’t the Guggenheim open a branch in Los Angeles already?!)

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