The Shortlist> Editors’ Picks For This Week’s Top Competitions

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
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(Courtesy Salt Lake City Interotta)

(Courtesy Salt Lake City Interotta)

Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test?  Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here.

SALT LAKE CITY INTEROTTA. In an effort to organize city planning, Salt Lake City, Utah came up with the “Mormon Town Grid,” a planning system that evenly and neatly divided pieces of land into squares of the same size. The grid certainly made for a more orderly city, but it also presented a problem. Each 660-f00t square holds 10 acres of land. The blocks are too big and too deep to be walkable, and so driveways and internal streets have been incorporated into the blocks to ease navigation. The competition asks architects, urban designers, and landscape architects to design his/her own 660×660 ft square. Entrants are allowed to interrupt the square any which way they’d like but must remain within the context of the block.

Submission Deadline: May 27, 2013

COLDSCAPES: NEW VISION FOR COLD WEATHER CITIES. Just as we thought we were done with winter, the Center for Outdoor Living Design announces an exciting new competition that puts us back in a cold-winter mindset. Architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and artists have been invited to submit their ideas for designs that will revitalize cold climate urban cities around the world. The organizers have left interpretation of the competition entirely in the hands of the entrant, allowing him/her to select any site of his/her choosing. The entrant can choose to respond to the cold-climate conditions of the chosen site through public art, architecture, urban design, or landscape architecture. Three winners will be rewarded with a $1,000 prize.

Registration Deadline: May 24, 2013
Submission Deadline: July 12, 2013

CITY OF DREAMS PAVILLION. Over the past few years Governor’s Island has become a popular summertime destination for New Yorkers who wish to temporarily escape the heat of the concrete jungle. FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have invited designers to submit their conceptual design for an architectural pavilion on Governor’s Island. The pavilion will serve as a place for visitors to meet and enjoy public arts and cultural programs. The competition emphasizes the future of sustainable architecture and design in New York City. Submissions will be judged according to the environmental impact of the pavilion, specifically on the sustainable technologies and materials incorporated in the installation of the structure. The winner will have the opportunity to realize his/her design on Governor’s Island next summer.

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2013
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

NEXT STOP. The Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago Architectural Club have invited architecture and design students from all around the world to hop aboard a new design competition that asks entrants to submit their ideas for Chicago Bus Rapid Transit stations. The submitted proposal should include three innovative designs designated for three different bus stops located in diverse areas of the city (Downtown near State and Madison, Bucktown-Logan Square at Western Avenue Blue Line ‘L’ stop, and Pilsen near 18th and Ashland). Entries will be judged according to the designer’s ability to respond to the different needs of each neighborhood and incorporate compelling design, sustainable features, and functionality into an inventive design.

Submission Deadline: May 13, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS. The building of a new fire station is of particular significance to the city of San Francisco, whose residence still remember the devastating earthquake of 1906 that shook their city and caused it to continuously erupt in flames for four consecutive days. Today San Francisco has 51 of the most equipped fire stations in the country, but is missing a central station from which it can easily coordinate operations and more readily respond to emergencies using special equipment such as helicopters, boats, and hydraulic presses. ARCHmedium is hosting acompetition in which it invites students and emerging architects to design a centralized fire-station for the city of San Francisco that will be built on the unused docks 30-32 of the San Francisco bay. The design of the new fire station should appropriately reflect the prestige of the fire department and the courage of the firefighters who serve the city

Registration Deadline: July 15, 2013
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013

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