The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

Dean's List, International
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Transform Kansas City. (Courtesy TransformKC / Bob Greenspan)

Union Station, Kansas City. (Courtesy TransformKC / Bob Greenspan)

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.

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, Transform KC 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.

Laser-Cut Paper Design Competition.  You Fab, an international design competition, is asking creators to submit designs made with paper and a laser cutter. The competition seeks to bring paper, an everyday essential and a familiar household item, together with the revolutionary art of digital fabrication. The call for entries is divided in three categories (paper toys, greeting cards, and party wear/accessories) to represent three situations where people and paper come together: “Play”, “Communication” and “Surprises.”

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2013.

280 Freeway Competition—Reimagine. Reconnect. Restore. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently announced the possible removal of the elevated Highway 280 north of 16th Street. So far, the city has enjoyed two neighborhood revivals through freeway demolition. Center for Architecture and Design’s 280 Freeway Competition seeks artists, designers, architects, students, and urban planners to submit project plans for public art, buildings, landscape treatments, public amenities, and infrastructure that could be made possible through replacing a section of Highway 280 with a surface boulevard. Entry is free and up to $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013.

Your World, Reimagined. Your World, Reimagined, a global design competition, encourages professional and student designers to consider new, improved uses for old, dilapidated or run-down structures. Submissions can focus on adaptive reuse, landscape reclamation, object redesign or other aspect. Judges will select an overall winner and winners in other categories including Best Computer Rendering, Best Animation, Best 3D Modeling, and Best 2D Plan.

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2013.

Frogtown Farm: Frogtown, a historically working-class neighborhood in St. Paul, Minn. with less than .006 acres of green space per child, is one of the two areas in the city most in need of a new park. Frogtown Gardens is calling for design submissions for a plan for a 5-acre farm located in a 13-acre parcel of land at the heart of Frogtown. The new park will have three primary components: a Recreation Area, a Nature Sanctuary, and The Farm. It will serve as a nature preserve, boost economic development, and raise community pride.

Submission Deadline: June 25, 2013

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