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The WARMING Competition 2021
How will our built environment react to rising sea levels, extended droughts, climbing temperatures, and other symptoms of global warming? How can our buildings and cities prevent the severity of natural disasters, degrading air quality, melting ice caps, and climate change at large?
WARMING calls on students and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, and design to submit projects that respond to our changing climate and the environment.
The aim of the “Re-Draw” competition is to develop one drawing to ‘represent’ an iconic architecture piece. The participants are asked to draft one image, with absolute freedom of scale, technique, and level of abstraction.
We encourage creativity, criticality, and innovation.
15 - Minute City
The “15-minute city” is an approach to urban design that aims to improve quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reached within 15 minutes by foot, bike or public transit. This concept puts an emphasis on careful planning at the neighborhood level, giving each district the features it needs to support a full life – including jobs, food, recreation, green space, housing, medical offices, small businesses and more. And importantly, it’s a full life that doesn’t require a car.
POiD Building Awards 2021
Polish Windows and Doors Association (POiD Association) had announced POiD’s 2021 Building Awards – the industry’s first competition, seeking and presenting the best solutions for building joinery and building automation in the context of completed architectural projects.
Entries Open: Global Future Design Awards 2021
APR presents Global Future Design Awards 2021. The awards are organized by APR- a leading body of architecture press in Global.
Global Warming is a term almost everyone is familiar with. It is one of the biggest issues we are dealing with. In the upcoming years, global warming can affect us in many treacherous ways.
Architecture & Design Tabloid Contest 2021
Architecture & Design Tabloid Contest 2021 is an initiative of ajc-plus, a curated platform to push oneself to the utmost boundaries for craving one’s own pathway and reaching great heights. The theme of the contest is “Digital Journalism”
CO-LIVING CALIFORNIA | A Community Housing Experiment
As more of us flock to urban living in quest of enhanced lives and professions, there is a paradigm shift in the way we live, work, and play. Today, more than half the world’s population lives in cities. The century has witnessed a dramatic population shift from rural to urban to experience the growth dynamism of the world’s metropolises. However, this ‘growth’ is chewing the space and adding a ‘weight’ to the functioning of the cities. The housing stock isn’t growing as fast as their migration and hence there is a resurgence of co-living.
Architectural Thesis Award-2021
Mango Architecture is happy to announce their second edition of the annual Architectural Thesis Award, after great success in ATA2020 with 350+ registrations from around the globe. The International Thesis Award, launched with the aim of promoting and giving a global platform to showcase the talents of Young Graduates and Post Graduates, acknowledging the projects amongst young and influential industry professionals.
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE | Essay Competition
Sustainable Architecture is a 2021 Architecture Essay Competition, organized by Archiol. Sustainability in architecture is achieved with the use of design strategies in the built environment that reduce the negative environmental impact. Environment that is built based on ecological principles and resource efficiency .The competition, Sustainable Architecture is looking for essay submissions on the topic of sustainability in architecture.
GOTHIC | Conceptual Development Challenge
The Gothic design style is a 2021 design and writing competition organized by artuminate. Based on the 19th century interpretation of medieval architecture, Gothic design style depicts the celebration of light and divine grandeur of gothic churches. Stained glass windows, pointed arches, and ornate decorations on every surface, are the primal features composing this design style. Artuminate is looking for a conceptual design and write-up submission on the gothic design style.
BAUHAUS | Conceptual Development Challenge
The bauhaus design style is a 2021 design and writing competition organized by artuminate. Bauhaus is a design movement that began in 1919, geometric and abstract featuring little emotion with no inclination towards history. It is an arts and crafts movement emphasizing on function. Artuminate is looking for a conceptual design and write-up submission on the design style of Bauhaus.
BOHEMIAN | Conceptual Development Challenge
The bohemian design style is a 2021 design and writing competition organized by artuminate. Lack of structure, carefree layering of patterns, colors, and textures are the principles composing this design style. It is a free-spirited design style with personal touches, suiting individual needs. Artuminate is looking for a conceptual design and write-up submission on the bohemian design style.
ART DECO | Conceptual Design Challenge
The Art deco design style is a 2021 design and writing competition organized by artuminate. Originated in 1920s Art Deco is a movement in the fields of decorative arts and architecture. Heavy geometric influences, triangular shapes, zigzags with loud and vibrant colors are the primal elements composing this design style. Artuminate is looking for a conceptual design and write-up submission on the art deco design style.
CLT Induction - Introducing Cross Laminated Timber in India
The prime advantages of these prefabricated panels are speed, efficiency and precision of construction. Participants are expected to propose innovative construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of Cross Laminated Timber as the main building material.
THE ABSTRACT DESIGN STYLE - Conceptual Design Challenge
The abstract design style is a 2021 design and writing competition organized by artuminate. Shapes, lines, and colors are the primal elements composing this design style. An attention-grabbing design style based on the principle of ‘less is more’ with a focus on unique design elements. Artuminate is looking for a conceptual design and write-up submission on the abstract design style.
Architecture Affiliate Awards 2021
Calling students and professionals from all nationalities to showcase their skillset in the following architecture affiliated categories:
Architectural Journalism, Architectural Photography, Architectural Modelling, Architectural Visualization
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE - Architecture Writing Competition
History of Architecture is a 2021 Presentation and Writing Competition, organized by Archiol. Architecture evolved over the centuries, with the rise and fall of civilizations. Architecture is the essence of the history of Human Civilization. The competition, History of Architecture is looking for a presentation board and essay submissions on any of the periods from the history of architecture.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE | AN ESSAY
Architecture Writing Competition 2021 that explores the philosophy of Art and Architecture.
There is a deep connection between Art and Architecture. The creation of both requires a deep understanding and a sense of expression. Both Art and Architecture are designed by using the same principles; both require sensory engagement to realize the underlying meaning. The competition, ‘Art and Architecture’ is looking for essay submissions on the connection between Art and Architecture.
Toon House is an attempt to save our weak creative impulses and to broaden our horizon of possibilities. The basic premise is to visualize and identify the needs of the character. The concept revolves around the world, lifestyle, theme and habits of the chosen cartoon character from ANY animation studio in the world. For instance, ‘Elsa’ from ‘Frozen’ might want tons of ice sculptures in a cold room whereas ‘Popeye’ could need a structure built out of spinach cans, and ‘Sadness’ from ‘Inside Out’ might want low-spirited and a gloomy environment
ALPS WELLNESS RETREAT
The participants should integrate nature with the Wellness hub in a meaningful manner. The transition between the natural-artificial, interior-exterior should be fluid and seamless to the extent that it becomes one continuous envelope. The combinations of light and shade, open and enclosed spaces should create sensuous and restorative experience.
72H Axo Battle - WATER PARK
The “72h Axo Battle” is a design competition developed to explore the creative potential of architectural design through one of the most iconic architectural drawings: the axonometric projection. You have 72 hours to develop a proposal that responds to the program contained in the extended contest brief, which will only be available when the battle starts. This Axo battle is titled “….. Water Parks”. The title is only a preview of the complete theme of the competition. More will be explained in the extended brief that will be available on 19th February 2021.
International Competition of Integrated Urban and Architecture Masterplan for Suwon Dangsu District 2, Suwon, S. Korea
This design competition aims to realize a city model with the pleasant living environment under the theme of the “street-centered shared city” in order to create a dwelling environment that meets the future image of “Suwon Dangsu District 2.”
SENSORY ARCHITECTURE | AN ESSAY
What is your understanding of Sensory Architecture? How can Architecture heighten Human Experience? What is your definition of this space that positively affects human senses? And many more such questions.
"Book Review Quest" (1960-1990)
"Book Review Quest" (1960 -1990) is the thirteenth initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization founded by architect and Design Researcher Pappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a critical perspective.
Architectural Poetry Competition, 3rd Cycle: Improvisation 2021
Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 3rd Cycle is the twelfth initiative of the Organization founded by architect PappalSuneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective.
Picturing: Human & Nature Discovering human and nature relationships through photo stories
Our relationship with nature has historically been one of imbalance and overuse. Nearly every step in human history has unfortunately been accompanied by a leap in environmental degradation. At first, humans were incredibly in-tune with their surroundings. Nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes used to roam the lands, following the ebb and flow of the seasons. These tribes had a measurable impact on the environment, but their influence was relatively manageable due to their population size. With advancements in technology and agriculture though, humans began to find more efficient ways of sustaining themselves. These advancements allowed for more permanent settlements, which led to rapid population growth and a distancing from nature.
This imbalance has potentially caused a lot of immeasurable and irreparable damage, which needs an emergency course correction.
The objective of this challenge is to inform this crucial balance between man and nature. The brief/theme of the challenge to make a picture story using not more than 8 images – along with a concept note.
Picturing: Streets - Discovering global streets through visual stories
Etymologically, A street is a public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as tarmac, concrete, cobblestone, or brick.
Mind Matters - Mental health awareness with a visual
Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle, or sit in the same aisle. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities, and increased risk of suicide.
The Brief of this particular challenge is to make a poster/artwork – that either promotes mental health awareness OR visualizes the effects of poor mental health on our daily lives through metaphorical/surreal illustrations. The images should not depict any form of self-harm, but shall be something that can be shared by people to carry your message with the poster.
Future of Design - Discovering relevance of the profession in the next decade
Building on the above premise, write an essay looking at realistic answers that society and architects should look at while re-aligning themselves to an industry that has vastly changed from yester years.
The piece should investigate answers to the following questions; based on real life experiences or interviews or reasoning built through research:
● Will architectural design stay relevant in the future? Will architectural design by architects stay relevant in future?
● What factors accelerate these changes or shifts?
● Do you think architects need to adapt? If yes then how OR If no then why?
● How can architects continue to be useful to a larger section of society?
● How can the economics of the architecture industry improve in the longer run?
● If tools begin to automate design, do you think architects will be excluded from such futures?
● What steps the practice can take today to plant seeds that can be helpful to exist next to machines?
Online x Offline - Technology and living patterns of architecture
In your research, you should particularly reflect on what exactly it is about this particular facet that brings out an unprecedented upcoming transformation between the online and offline world. The views are expected to be analytical, instead purely utopian/dystopian approach across the subject. The essays are expected to be a guide
● What parts of the facet chosen and why is it relevant?
● How do you perceive a human and social response to such change? (Psychological and Physical)
● How do these changes pan out in long term?
● What are/maybe upcoming allied technologies emerging accelerate/decelerate/alter these changes?
● The biggest reason for rampant adoption is not just convenience, but cost as well. How will this rapid shift change economic patterns in city building?
● What lessons/shifts can the architecture fraternity include in their teaching or practice?
A PASSIVE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION IN SEIGNOSSE
The entire project will have to meet Passivhaus institute’s Passive House certification requirements and reach the carbon footprint level of the E+C experiment launched by the French government as low as possible. Contemporary and biophilic design. This project is not just a house project. It aims to become a reference in responsible architecture, aware of the energy and environmental challenges we face.
DIY Home - A home that can be home delivered
The world is at a crossroads where we are constantly on the move. Be it anywhere in the world or any corner we belong in. It is so universal that owning a home sometimes feels more limiting than liberating. At the same time, pit against the rising construction/labor costs are pushing real estate prices to an all-time high.
The split questions ownership and investment dilemma heavily.
It brings us an interesting question – how can a new pattern of ownership be found especially in the context of today?
How can we explore the definition of home in sync with the paced trends of today?
Elementorize - Architectural elements as buildings - Staircase
Several elements build architecture, which sometimes is even tough to list. These elements can include compound objects like walls, floor, roof, to smaller parts like lights, furniture, or even tiles.
The designs for these elements have been changing from project to project – but their presence has been consistent across various applications and locations. Any building in the world is not complete without elements like door, window, stairs, - and these elements are extremely templatized. Call it for manufacturing ease or even to speed up the construction times – these elements are mostly fixed into buildings like blocks.
However – the ability to tap into these elements is one of the crucial ways a building interacts with people.
The building form may look all inspiring and elating. Yet, people use a building with its doors – windows, and staircases.
Residence Rush - Fast paced residence design competition
No matter how projects are planned – the design eventually is a product of panic and days left to deadline. Even structured processes and schedules fail in a client meeting, where expectations and the design have sought different roads.
The deadline dilemma is so true and universal across all regions and places that it is an inseparable part in professional and academic life. And despite planning / scheduling being placed, it eventually boils down to the performance in that key period that defines success or failure.
Set academic courses follow predictability - training for this wild period is quintessential if not more. If deadline frenzy has been the past, present and the future –
How can we train for it to create meaningful work in limited time? How can we sharpen skills and techniques that help us train across such short spans to excel despite the turbulence?
Chair Challenge - Discovering the most relevant chairs of 21st Century.
Chairs are a necessity of every home today and can be easily used to refresh the look of the house. Armchairs, Slipper Chairs, Study Chairs, Dining Chairs, etc. are some of the innumerable kinds of chairs to select from.
A chair brings together practicality, creativity, and most importantly engineering.
Although it has been used since ancient times, for many centuries it was only used by royalty and nobility.
But, if we go back into history, we didn’t use chairs as much as we use it today. If need be, early humans sat on bare ground or logs or rocks. But because these firms had their own challenges, different forms of seats began to evolve, and thus, chairs came into existence and have now become an essential part of our living.
Pre 12th Century, seats were primarily three-legged stools or benches, with no back. They were primitive, crudely made, and purely functional.
But how did we get to the chairs of today?
Ascend - Designing a Staircase for a Client
With Ascend, UNI introduces a new typology in the realm of Classroom Competitions. It intends to give an opportunity to students to master the potential of different building elements, that compose the design of a structure.
We also understand that a client’s input is critical in anchoring a building’s design. For an experience that is highlighted by the demands of the user, it is necessary for a designer and the client to work in unison. The competition intends to provide students an opportunity to devise design directives, by anchoring the client as the main focus. The client, though fictional, is rooted in the context of the real world.
The competition embarks on the idea of creating fundamental design challenges to enhance a student's learning experience. Providing opportunities that one may come across outside the domain of a design school.
Brewed - Bali - Beach themed café design challenge
Coffee plants grew in the wilderness in Ethiopia and were used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, only until the 1400s when people figured out that they could roast their seeds. By the 1500s, the drink had spread to coffee houses across the Arab world. Coffee houses first appeared in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt as early as 1530. Since they became a hotspot for political discussions, they were banned repeatedly.
Subsequently, throughout the 1600s coffee houses began popping up across Europe and North America. The French and American Revolutions were said to have brewed in coffeehouses. Lloyd’s of London, a major insurance company, started as a coffeehouse that was frequented by merchants and sailors.
The coffee house acted as a perfect mid-ground for a meetup, between other options like places of spiritual significance or formal restaurants. Here creativity and innovation thrived through conversations. They have long been associated with writers, artists, and intellectuals and represented a safe and comfortable space to share news, discuss philosophy or politics. This surge in innovation was not only owing to the design of the space - the physical gathering of people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise - but also to coffee itself.
Right-Live-Stock - Re-thinking for animal farms for a sustainable world
With a growing population, the consumption and popularity of meat and dairy products have been skyrocketing. A lot of ethnic origins advocated for a balanced plant origin and animal origin diet – or at least constraints to balancing both. But as we urbanize more, meat and dairy consumption globally has grown 400% in the last decades and is continuing to grow more.
With a growing city population and sectoral depletion of natural resources not only animal habitats close to cities have shrunk to almost limits. At the same time, an entire industry is now set up to raise livestock in closed atmospheres and feeding them with genetically modified food and medicines for raising yields.
This leads to not only poor living conditions for animals – at the same time humans consuming dairy, meat products are prone to ingesting such chemicals and agents with them.
Where is the balance?
AllCart v1 - The open source handcart design challenge
The market scenario is changing rapidly with every passing decade. With technology pushing almost every digital interaction automated from warehouse to home solutions, the streets are a choice now and not a go to destination for all of us.
A social network to the city in the offline realm, the streets have been a place to serve the city by people from all backgrounds of life.
The digital motion not only moves a lot of economic activity to screens – it builds a huge wall for people especially from lower strata to participate in commerce activities freely. And the public health concerns at the same time have changed the game entirely for most of these breadwinners who in turn made our streets how they used to be.
What does this mean for the future? And especially the future of the streets?
Staydium 2.0 -Stadiums that stay.
Since the origin of Olympics in 1896, sports events have gained a massive popularity worldwide. These events are big for all countries and a matter of great pride and responsibility for the host nation. It gives host a chance to reflect upon their cultural values & promote tourism. Huge sums of public money is invested in organising these events, out of which a major chunk is invested in preparing the venues for sports events to be witnessed by global audience.
To cater to a larger audience, the scale of venues for major sports events is magnificent which require large investment of public money. However, this becomes a massive issue, majorly in developing regions. The limited usage of such buildings after the event add a layer of issue in name of maintenance cost. These structures often become a liability for host. Historically, a large number of such venues were demolished to reuse the land which may not the most ideal way to deal with public resources.
What this means for the future? And especially the future of the stadiums?
Supergarten- Developing a relevant kindergartens of today
Our children are sent to kindergarten with the best intention, believing that formal education is what kids need to become productive happy adults.
Education begins at playschools, a place that handles these blooming minds and their first interaction of out of home learning with their peers.
While education curriculum varies from place to place how can built form itself can be a great teacher of various elements of life?
Kindergartens offer a lot of opportunities to teach children about basic spheres of life, yet most utilize rooms and surfaces only.
How can the architecture of the kindergarten boost exploration and curiosity while creating a safe enclosure for the children?
How well are we managing these shoots of imagination especially in changing times of today?
Echo of Rubble - Post-war debris product design competition
While it’s true, the damage from the war can sometimes be so huge, it can’t be determined how to even start rebuilding again. And before even, we rebuild the huge rubble problem as a piece of inseparable baggage that can only be solved by dumping somewhere else.
The design challenge calls for an initiative in new post-war cities, developing product ideas that can form and transport social & cultural vision as well as the real texture from the spot of crisis that makes you imagine, think,s and also hear the echo of this rubble.
We are looking for new industrial design ideas that can be created from it, as an integral design process that combines intense conceptualization, computation, post-war materials, modern materials & rapid prototyping, which give a new dimension to the rubble problem.
Retail of Tomorrow - Retail Design Competition in post pandemic times
From, shop to the arcade to the department store and retail emporium, there has been a constant evolution of stories.
Simultaneously from subscription boxes to the rise of quality packaging and the conscious consumer, the shopping culture has been changing.
What remains constant though is the physical transaction taking place between consumer and seller. As they take part in exchanges but in different typology of spaces.
But in the world of e-commerce and now COVID-19, where physical gathering can lead to fatal consequences - the traditional form of trade is under threat.
Many mapped the city of the 20th century, but how can we map the city of the 21st century? What tools will we use? What establishes the identity of a city? What distinguishes one urban environment from the other? What defines our relationship to the built landscape we inhabit?