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NEXT7 Architecture Competition

This year and for the second consecutive year Arch2O would like to call upon and challenge architects, artists, urban planners, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals to envision the Next- by conceiving of a proposed [set of] condition(s) which is( are) fundamentally different from the present.

NEXT7 Architecture Competition

Design contest jurors include:-
1. Massimiliano Fuksas: Founder of Studio Fuksas, and Visiting Professor at the Columbia University (New York), the École Spéciale d’Architecture (Paris), the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Wien).
2. Kas Oosterhuis: Former Unit Master of AA London, Founding partner at ONL and Hyperbody research group
3. Marjan Colletti: Director of Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Co-principal of ‘mam-arch’ in London, and Head of the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck.
4. Marc Fornes: Registered Architect and Founding principal of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
5. Daniel Gillen: Registered Architect and Founding principal of DGD:DGILLENdesign
6. Ibrahim Abdelhady: Founding Principal and Editor-in-chief at Arch2O, Former Faculty member at Virginia Tech, School of Art and Art History. The American University in Cairo (AUC), and College of Fine Arts, Alexandria University.

NEXT7 Architecture Competition

Website: (offline when last checked 5 Sep 2015) – NEXT7 Architectural Competition

PARIS Sky Pool Competition

The program challenges participants to design a Sky Pool Hotel Skyscraper in La Défense district of the Paris Metropolitan Area.

PARIS Sky Pool architecture competition

This architecture competition is seeking to explore and investigate the possibility of a high quality Sky Pool Hotel Skyscraper Development concept, which sets a new high standard contemporary high-rise or tall building design in a key part of the La Défense district in Paris to take advantage of the spectacular view over Paris.

It should be a design solution that responds effectively to achieving such a tall and large-scale hotel solution with a Sky Pool and one that could become a contemporary icon for the city.

The design should be visually and aesthetically engaging in contributing positively to La Défense Skyline with emphasis on provision of great hotel and leisure facility. It should maximise the positive contribution of such a vertical structure whist minimising the negative impact.

o Architects
o Graduate Architects
o Architecture Students
o City Planners
o Designers
o Team (Architects, Graduate Architect, Architecture Students, Engineers, Designers, Urbanists)

PARIS Sky Pool architectural competition

Every entrant shall be required to pay an entry fee as follows:
Standard Registration: $100 US from 2 Sep 00:00 (GMT) to 29 Oct 2015 23:59 (GMT)
Late Registration: $120 US from 30 Oct 00:00 (GMT) to 19 Nov 2015 23:59 (GMT)

19 Nov 2015: Closing Date for Submissions

9 Dec 2015: Official Result Announcement / Publication

PARIS Sky Pool architecture contest

Winning project entry will receive prizes totaling US$ 4,000.00 as follows:
1st Prize
– Publication in SuperSkyScrapers – Volume 4 Book
– Published on the SuperSkyScrapers website and social media platforms
– Published on various online magazine, blogs and media platforms

2nd Prize
– Publication in SuperSkyScrapers – Volume 4 Book
– Published on the SuperSkyScrapers website and social media platforms
– Published on various online magazine, blogs and media platforms

3rd Prize
– Publication in SuperSkyScrapers – Volume 4 Book
– Published on the SuperSkyScrapers website and social media platforms
– Published on various online magazine, blogs and media platforms

10 Special Mentions (Subject to Jury Discretion) will also be published on our website, social media and book.


ChiDesign Competition

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s first ever design competition, soliciting ideas and visions for an imagined learning campus in downtown Chicago called the Chicago Architecture, Design + Education Center (CADE).

Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF

The CADE campus would encompass a new headquarters, visitor center, and exhibition spaces for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a design and allied arts high school, and flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs.

Key Dates:
Jul 31, 2015: Competition questions due
Aug 5, 2015: Registration closes ; Competition questions answered
Aug 19, 2015: Late registration closes
Sep 9, 2015: Competition submissions due
Sep 17-18, 2015: Jury and student committee reviews submissions and identifies shortlist for exhibition and prize winners
Oct 1, 2015: Exhibition opens at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue
Oct 8, 2015: Exhibition opening reception and announcement of competition prize winners
Nov 12, 2015: Exhibition promoted to international delegates at CTBUH 2015 Awards Symposium

First Prize:$ 10,000
Second Prize:$ 5,000
Third Prize:$ 2,500
The Student Committee will award one cash prize of $1,000

Visit our Chicago Architecture Foundation Competition page

Busan Station Architecture Competition
International Ideas Competition for ‘Establishing Busan Station as The Hub of Creative Economy’
Please give your interest and suggest your ideas for the International Ideas Competition for ‘Establishing Busan Station as The Hub of Creative Economy’.

■ Purpose
This International Ideas Competition is for the internally and externally various and wide ideas to establish ‘The Plans on The Hub of Creative Economy and Cultural and Artistical Square’ within Busan Station with the intention which revitalizes the original downtown through exchanging and spreading the environments of industry, culture, job, etc. from Busan Station as the starting point of Busan North port redevelopment project.

■ Title
International Ideas Competition for ‘Establishing Busan Station as The Hub of Creative Economy’ (I)

■ Scope
-Plan on ‘The Hub of Creative Economy’which is affected to the industry of creative economy of IT, start-up, knowledge etc. by accumulating and integrating the activities of creative classes of young men, experts, intellectuals, etc.
-Reflect the economic and public factors based on the understanding of regional circumstances and contexts.
-Suggest the plan guideline to build the specialized identity for key areas through finding(inducing) each differentiated spatial factors which can maximize the regional and place values as well as complex functions.
-Plan the cultural and artistical square represented and specialized Busan as the meeting and breathing place of culture, art, tourism, etc.
※ This idea isn’t limited and can be suggested by the concept and intention of a proposer as the Hub of Creative Economy plays a role of the exchange (connection) between Busan North port redevelopment and original downtown (including buildings, built-in structures, tourism, programs, etc.)

■ Overview
·Title: International Ideas Competition for 「Establishing Busan Station as The Hub of Creative Economy」 (I)
·Type: Two stage Design competition
·Address: Around Busan Station, Choryang 1-dong, Dong-gu, Busan, Korea(Around Busan Station, 206, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu, Busan, Korea)
·Site Area: About 20,000㎡ (196m䠾m)
·Location:Within the plaza of Busan Station, Choryang 1-dong, Dong-gu, Busan, Kore
·Estimated Construction Cost: KRW(Korean Won) 28.0 billion (Including VAT)
·Estimated Design Fee: KRW 1.1 billion (Including VAT)
·Competition Period: 45 working days
·Orderer: Busan Metropolitan City
·Organizer: Busan International Architecture Cultural Festival Organizing Committee (BAF)

■ Schedule (Design Competition I)
Registration: (Mon), 20 Jul 2015 – (Mon), 17 Aug 2015
Distribution the design guidelines: (Mon), 10 Aug 2015
Questions/ Inquiries: (Mon), 10 Aug 2015 – (Mon), 31 Aug 2015
Entry Submission: (Thurs), 1 Oct 2015 (45 working days)
Jury: (Mon), 5 Oct 2015 – (Thurs), 8 Oct 2015
Announcement of the final results: (Fri), 13 Oct 2015

■ Prize and awards (Provided invitation as an invited architect in the second stage competition)
1st prize (3 works): Invitation for the second stage competition and KRW 6,000,000 of Prize
2nd prize (1 work) : KRW 10,000,000 of Prize
3rd prize (1 work) : KRW 5,000,000 of Prize
Honorary mention (5works) No prize money

■ Others
·Reference to the website of this competition:

·Entry Submission: Busan Design Center, 57, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea
·Inquiry: International Ideas Competition Operation Committee of establishing Busan Station as the Hub of Creative Economy (

■ Eligibility
·All individuals or firms in the field of architecture, urban design, landscape, and engineering can participate and they can participate as individuals or as a team.
·The maximum number of participants is limited to five people(firms) including individuals and firms.

[BERLIN] Gourmet Street Food
Gourmet Street food refers to highest quality and excellent flavored balanced meals, prepared well with good ingredients and somtimes quirky and a twist or new offering from the norm but with quick turnaround served on the street or outside the restaturants environment in special trucks or temporary and sometimes mobile food cabins.

[BERLIN] Architecture Competition

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000:
1st PRIZE: US$ 3,000
2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,500
3rd PRIZE: US$ 500
7 honorable mentions

Note: this is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA] to generate progressive contemporary design ideas.There are no plans for the Structure to be built.

Start of Competition – 10 Jul 2015
Closing Date for Registration – 30 Oct 2015
Closing Date for Submissions – 6 Nov 2015

Kaliningrad City Design Competition – International
Kaliningrad Competition
Kaliningrad Architecture Competition
An international architectural competition for a spatial and volumetric design of the Governmental historical and cultural complex on the area of the former Order’s Castle Königsberg and the House of Soviets in the city of Kaliningrad. The parameters of this architecture competition will take into account results of the previous design contest “Korolevskaya Gora and Its Surroundings”, organized by the Bureau “Heart of the City” in 2014.

Casablanca Bombing Rooms Design Competition, Morocco – International
Casablanca Bombing Rooms Design Competition
HMMD’s latest architecture competition is set to the beautiful backdrop of the Moroccan city of Casablanca; a city that has seen its fair share of strife and conflict throughout the years. As such this architecture competition is focused on preventing more with a visions to transform the site of a previous act of violence into one that educates and works to eliminate the ignorance that causes such extremist acts.

HMMD are tasking participants with creating ideas for the “Casablanca Bombing Rooms” whose main function will be as a public library on the site of the 2003 Casablanca bombings.

A total of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded to the three winners when they are announced on 15th of October, with 1st place taking home $6,000; second place taking $3,000 and 3rd place taking $1,000. In addition to this, all design contest winners and honourable mentions will be included in future press releases and featured on the HMMD website and other media publications such as e-architect.

RTS Campus Competition, Switzerland
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Swiss Radio and Television Site Contest
The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is planning the construction of a new multimedia site next to the campus of the federal polytechnical school of Lausanne (EPFL) and the university of Lausanne (UNIL).
The new building should embody innovation and awareness in new trends, in new behavior of the public, in mixing of cultures, ideas and opinions as well as new technologies.
In association with the Swiss Company of Broadcasting (SRGSSR), the RTS organizes a parallel development study to one degree in selective procedure.

Space Forward: Ideas Competition
The Lightstone Group Architecture Contest – 1407 Broadway, NYC, USA
New York Architecture Competition
$14,000 goes to jury prize winner with $3,000 prize for 3 runners-up
1407 Broadway, a premier building in Times Square South undergoing a dramatic transformation with extensive building renovations and an image repositioning, has launched a contest inviting designers to create the ideal work environment – with the winner receiving $14,000.
The Lightstone Group, owners of the building, and its branding partner CO OP, launched the competition to foster an environment that sparks creativity and collaboration through the building’s new office spaces, amenities and creative tenant mix.

Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Competition
Parallel Projections Architecture Competition
This new design contest by Parallel Projections, proposes the creation of secondary urban nodes with mixed-use, medium density development and public transportation to link each node, collectively pointing back toward the city center. Specifically, they are focusing on the Packard Motor Plant in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Competition
You can find more details, including a tentative time-frame on their website: We aim to post more details shortly.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize
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Canadian Architecture Prize
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation announces the launch of one of the largest architectural prizes in the world — the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.
Distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama established the prize together with the Foundation. To be awarded every two years, the prize consists of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew.
“My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” says Moriyama, 84.

UIA-HYP Cup 2014
UIA-HYP Cup 2014
International Student Competition
2014 marks the third edition of UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design. As the exclusive annual international student competition in Mainland China sponsored by UIA (Union International des Architects), HYP Cup competition has provided a platform for architectural schools and students from different countries to exchange ideas on current architecture issues in relation to environment, specific sites, and urban spaces.
With its challenging topics, professional committee and jury as well as thorough organizing, HYP Cup competition has attracted students from all different countries to actively participate, and become one of the largest and most professional student competitions. Its influence and outreach has raised significantly throughout the globe.

SuperSkyScrapers Architecture Contest
Elevator Annual 2014 Competition
Elevator Annual 2014 : “A Unique Vertical Experience”
SuperSkyScrapers Architecture Competition
The program challenges participants to design or present an Elevator concept that takes into account today’s need for a unique vertical transportation experience with the added expectation of spectacular views during the ascend to higher floors or planes.

Beijing Cityvision Competition 2014
Beijing Cityvision Competition 2014
Evolution: the architecture of future mankind
Beijing Cityvision Competition is the sixth international competition launched by Cityvision and it’s part of the annual programme 2014, Evolution: the architecture of future mankind.
The purpose of the architecture competition is to provide a future vision of Beijing perceived as a Supercity (a unique one) that will absorb the best features from other cities (Satellites), assuming them as her own, and then reinvent itself in the form of a new – and unparalleled – model.
At the same time the architecture competition goal is to imagine who will inhabit this Supercity and how will the evolution of its future inhabitants take place.

Liget Budapest Masterplan Competition
Liget Budapest Project
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Liget Budapest Architectural Competition

Registration began for the Liget Budapest International Architectural Design Competition on 27 Feb 2014. A summary of the competition and its set of rules are available for all those interested on the official homepage of the open, free, international, two-round, anonymous competition announced after a successfully completed ideas competition for the location of the Museum Quarter buildings with a record number of submitted projects, three years of preparatory work and agreements conducted with national architectural and museum organisations; supplementary materials to the individual competitions are available upon registration.

Architecture Competitions – Recent Additions

International Urban Design Ideas Competition Bucharest, Romania
The Association Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 launches the international design competition Eco-Archipelago: Temporary Outdoor Urban Objects for Eco-design and Eco-tourism Destinations.

Designers, architects, artists and interdisciplinary teams around the world are invited to promote in an innovative way eight destinations from the Danube Delta, Romania: Crisan, Chilia Veche, Periprava, Letea, Mila 23, Cararoman, Sf. Gheorghe, Sulina. All entries in the contest will be dedicated to one of the eight destinations, the most important landmarks of Danube Delta biosphere.

The architectural proposals, in the form of floating islands, will be exhibited in the summer of 2014 in Bucharest on the Dâmbovița River, between the Romanian National Library and the Unirii Bridge.

Call for proposals:

International Open Call ‘Berlin Unlimited’
Berlin Unlimited architecture competition
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Berlin Unlimited, initiated by Urban Transcripts, realized by CollageLab + Guerilla Architects, is surrounding the questions of “Berlin at its limits” through art, architecture and urban related events.

Only 25 years after the fall of the wall and the end of the “concrete division” (Willy Brandt, 10.09.1989), the city of Berlin still passes through the progress of re-definition and growth – a complex urban and political process, between the renewal of its own image as the “creative capital” and the establishing corporatism.

The exhibition “Berlin Unlimited” is about to explore the contradiction of urban realities – between matters of individual freedom and urban constraint. By means of art and creative media, architecture and urban design, theory and research “Berlin Unlimited” aims to reveal an interdisciplinary narrative about the city and to display a critical view on former limits, todays limitations and tomorrows possible new divisions.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public events: Through discussions in between different invited professionals and nominated artists/participants we want to open up a broader public field for urban related discussions around the opportunities and problems Berlin is facing. Furthermore the exhibition comes along with a program of unlimited events such as film screenings, guided tours, intensive workshops, urban talks and a publication.

EUR Rome Design Contest
Esposizione Universale di Roma Competition, Italy
EUR Competition
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EUR Architecture Competition
The creation of the EUR was a huge, 1930s urban regeneration project, spearheaded by Mussolini, Italy’s controversial prime minister and self-titled Il Duce (meaning “the Leader”), who intended to showcase the area at the 1942 World’s Fair to celebrate 20 years of fascist Italy. However, the World’s Fair was abandoned at the onset of World War II, and, subsequently, Mussolini’s ambitious EUR project was left incomplete.

Shape the Future of Black Architecture Competition
Shape the Future of Black Competition
Shape the Future of Black Architecture Competition
The DuPont™ Corian® business has launched an international design award, called “Shape The Future Of Black”, across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The award is open to professionals and students in the fields of architecture, furnishing, interior design, industrial design, general design, decorative arts, engineering and similar disciplines.

The Bloomsbury Association Prize, London, UK
The Bloomsbury Association, in partnership with Wainbridge Ltd, New London Architecture and Store, is pleased to introduce the inaugural Bloomsbury Association Prize.
The Bloomsbury Association Prize is an annual design competition which invites entrants to challenge and re-imagine the nature and use of one of Bloomsbury’s celebrated buildings or spaces. This year The Bloomsbury Association Prize invites visionary proposals which re-imagine the iconic Eisenhower Centre, a former deep-level shelter on Chenies Street.
Twenty chosen finalists will have their work exhibited at The Store Gallery. The winning entry, as chosen by our panel of judges, will receive a prize of £1,000, with a £250 prize for the the runner up.

Baltic thermal Pool Park Architecture Competition
International architecture vision competition organisers Homemade Dessert announce a new architecture vision competition in Latvia:
Baltic thermal Pool Park Architecture Competition
Homemade Dessert in cooperation with Liepaja City Council, Latvia ask you to present the vision for a new development that would consist of thermal pool park with outdoor and indoor SPA facilities.
Efforts to restore Liepaja as a resort city have been revived in the new millennium. The wide beaches here attract visitors seeking recreation in the waterside cafés and bars, and nature lovers seeking peace on the coast. The unique natural healing resources available here call for the development of a new resort and health tourism amenities. Liepāja is the 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest one in the Baltic States.

New Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition, Germany
New Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition
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New Berlin Natural Science Museum Architecture Competition
Almost no other metropolis has experienced such frequent, radical change transforming the face of the city. Although Berlin saw steady growth in its importance, dazzling epochs alternated with darker eras. Nevertheless, the formerly divided city has succeeded in becoming a vibrant metropolis in the heart of Europe.

International Financial Center in Russia Competition, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Russia
Russia Masterplan Architecture Competition
Two-stage open international competition for the development of the masterplan of the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The competition is held by CJSC Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, part of the CJSC Sberbank Russia group of companies, and is supported by Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.

Russia Theme Park Architecture Contest
Russia Theme Park Architecture Contest
“Russia” Theme Park is the first entertainment and educational park where visitors will have the reason to stay for more than one-two days. All existing theme and amusement parks are focused on one-day visit and are not designed for users who want to spend more than a week. The aim of this architecture competition is to change the concept of the theme parks.

Project of the Year and the Emilio Ambasz Award for Green Architecture 2013, Israel
An initiative of AI and the EU, the competition is open to architects, designers, landscape architects, researchers and students, who are invited to submit work designed or written since 2009.
Emilio Ambasz Prize

First Architecture Competition Grañen, Spain
Architecture Competition Villa Grañen:
Rehabilitation of Municipal Building for Public Space of Art and Sound.
The purpose of this architecture competition is to gather ideas for a public space to host activities related with the plastic art and music, by fostering an environment of creation, education and the relationship between users.
It aims to encourage innovative proposals in terms of space and their integration in Grañén.

1st: € 2.500 EUROS + other benefits
2nd: € 1.000 EUROS + other benefits
3rd: € 500 EUROS + other benefits


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Green Line Ideas Competition, Toronto, Canada
“Or how to bury the imagination”
Green Line Ideas Competition (Underpass Solutions)
Green Line Ideas Competition
“If it is useless to hold a competition when there are no beliefs in the virtues of emulation and collective judgment, it is, above all, futile to hold an ideas competition when one fears the surprises of imagination and experimentation. The first part of the Green Line ideas competition (Toronto, 2012), presented in the most recent update of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue, proposed an ideation exercise aiming to generate public debate. However it is harder to understand the relevance of the second part, entitled “Underpass Solutions”, which required designers to stick to “realistic and feasible ideas”.
Jean-Pierre Chupin
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eVolo Skyscraper Design Competition
VeVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competition
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eVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competitions

A101 Urban Block Competition, Russia
A101 Urban Block Contest
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A101 Urban Block competition

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