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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition see more open website in same window

Gold Coast design competition - image of Evandale

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Council wants to create a landmark precinct at Evandale framed by the Nerang River and with views of the city skyline and hinterland mountains. Council’s vision for the site includes a Living Arts Centre, for performing arts and cinema; a New Arts Museum for media, art and design; a stunning outdoor garden Artscape and a green bridge to adjacent Chevron Island.

“Concepts will need to be distinctive and innovative and will have to respond to a comprehensive design brief. The winning design will evolve into the city’s creative commons, a place loved by residents and a must-see visitor destination.

“This will be a complex task, so we are encouraging multi-disciplinary design teams. We hope to see involvement from local, national and international designers across a wide range of disciplines, from architecture and engineering to digital and lighting design and arts management.”

Mayor Tate said the jury would be looking for something outstanding; something that captures the essence of the city and its cultural identity, with the potential to attract investment and to contribute to the Gold Coast’s place as a major tourist destination.

Stage one, from 26 March, will provide competitors with six weeks to develop and submit proposals that include a high-level design response and outline their team’s capability. An independent expert jury will assess submissions.

Stage two, over 12 weeks from 18 June, during which up to three short-listed teams will each be paid AUD$250,000 to further develop their responses. The jury will then select a winner to work with Council to deliver the cultural precinct.

The Lodge on the Lake see more open website in same window

The Lodge, Canberra
The Lodge, 1930s [ National Library commons ]

As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invite designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

The competition is significant because of the role and cultural value of the Prime Minister’s residence at Australia’s seat of government. It is an exciting competition for a building of national significance, seeking design solutions that will spark the national imagination and stimulate debate throughout Australia.

The competition has the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

This is a single stage ideas competition. It will be conducted in accordance with the design brief and competition conditions. Entry to the competition is subject to acceptance of the competition conditions.

The first prize is $80,000 with second and third prizes of $20,000 and $10,000 (Australian Dollars).

The competition is not connected to any agency of the Australian Government or to any Australian political party. The Sponsors are not aware of any intention by the Australian Government to build a new Lodge for the Prime Minister.

The registration period closes at 4.00pm on Saturday 4 May 2013.

Breathe: The new urban village project  see more open website in same window

This is an international competition to design and build a new place for living in the Central City.

Work is underway to rebuild and breathe new life into the Central City, following the destruction caused by the earthquakes.

Designers from throughout the world are invited to influence the way the new generation of Central City residents will live within their environment and what type of communities they will want to be part of.

Christchurch’s new urban village will offer medium density housing with easy access to green space, the new performing arts precinct, retail and entertainment areas, and transport and recreation facilities.

The new urban village is about creating breathing space and spaces that breathe in the new Central City. The village will offer sustainable, modern living on the edge of the planned green belt that will define the central business area and connect with the new urban living spaces.

Stage One closes at 5pm, Tuesday 15 January 2013.

Note that each team must have a designer and a developer as a minimum for Stage 1.

Atget Instagram competition see more open website in same window

Instagram Sydney for a chance to win!

Eugène Atget was best known for his incredible photographs documenting the architecture and street scenes of Paris.

Be inspired by Atget and photograph the streets of Sydney for your chance to win an exhibition prize pack.

We’re looking for the most inspired image which shows how photography can turn the familiar into something unusual, strange, even uncanny – those corners, facades, laneways, windows.

The competition closes 11.59pm 4 November 2012.

Crewdsonagram it see more open website in same window

Gregory Crewdson poster, CCP 2012

Gregory Crewdson takes photos like a film director – with a crew and cast. Initially seeming quite random, a closer look reveals a deliberate staginess, if that’s a word. They’re haunting in the very american manner of Blue Velvet’s opening scene, or the sprawling tracking shot that prefixes Touch of Evil.

CCP are running a competition during the Melbourne exhibition of Crewdson’s work. It’s on Instagram, and all you need to do is take a shot that out-Crewdsons Crewdson. Simple, except that it will have to be low res and square. Not exactly cinematic. The competition is open till November 11th, 2012. Details here

View entries as they roll in at Statigr.am

[ Instagram is an easy-to-use and strangely addictive photo-sharing app for phones and tablets. The company was recently purchased for squillions by Facebook. Butterpaper is on Instagram at _butterpaper ( web feed ) ]

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Transiting Cities - Low Carbon Futures see more open website in same window

Transiting Cities - Low Carbon Futures competition image

Design Ideas Competition

Call for Entries

We are calling on renowned international designers and academic institutions from a wide range of disciplines including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, artists and students to participate in the international design ideas competition titled transiting cities – low carbon futures.

How can we rethink, regenerate, rebrand, rework, reactivate cities dominated by singular economies for a vibrant and innovative future?

‘Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures’ research project and design ideas competition aims to create informed visions of new, innovative and alternative cities of the near future by defining opportunities for transition into a low carbon, prosperous, and vibrant communities.

The intention is to produce strategies for an adaptive and resilient regional centre, which can respond to the variable scales and conditions of change that effect life in the Latrobe City; enhancing the existing and future qualities of this urban environment, the rehabilitated mines, associated infrastructures and define opportunities for growth.

The research and competition outcomes are to propose, and demonstrate, a range of design strategies considered through a range of time frames – from short term to long term, temporary to permanent, and staged growth cycles – for transiting cities, such as Latrobe City in South East Victoria that is shifting to a low carbon future.

The proposed design strategies are to address the interwoven social, economic, environmental and infrastructural attributes of the city through an integrated approach in order to construct intelligent visions for Latrobe City.

Open, Single Stage competition.

Registration Deadline
30 November, 2012

Submission Deadline
30 November, 2012

Open to all.

Entry Fee: Group Firm – AUD $75, Student Group – AUD $50

Submission Requirements: Three (3) A1 Panels, size boards in pdf format only. Written description

First – $15,000, Second: $3,500, Student: 2,500, Three Honourable Mentions.

Alan Berger, Luis Callejas, Julia Czerniak, Chris Reed, Mitchell Joachim, Liam Young and others.

OUTR (Office of Urban Transformations Research), RMIT University, Federation Square, Latrobe City Council, Regional Development Australia (Gippsland), Department of Primary Industries (Clean Coal Victoria), Arts Victoria (Latrobe Regional Gallery).

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Flinders Street Station design competition see more open website in same window

Flinders Street Station

Registrations close on August 1st. Here is the link to the competition.

The good news

  • The competition appears to be supported by the AIA.
  • The first stage of the competition is open and design-focused!

The bad news

  • This is a state government competition. Conditions are typical of state and local government contracts. You will keep your intellectual and moral rights in your work (as required by the AIA), but only under the condition that you give them a license to do anything to your work, at any time, without your consent. Very clever.
  • before taking this on, I urge you to read through both the competition guidelines and the contract for the winner (which is set in stone), and pass them by your insurer. It is unlikely that they will cover you for all clauses. The winner’s contract in particular is thick with client-weighted, hold-harmless, sign-your-work-and bank-account-away indemnity and rights clauses.

I could go on about the conditions, but it is really too depressing.

TED CITY2 see more open website in same window

TED is proud to offer ten (10) awards of $10,000, coming out of the $100,000 TED Prize award, for local projects likely to spur the creation of the City 2.0. All applications must be submitted by May 15 to be considered. All shortlisted projects will be contacted for phone or video interviews. The awards may be handed out on a rolling basis, with all 10 awarded by and announced at TEDGlobal (end of June 2012).

In addition to the application, each member of the project group must create a profile on thecity2.org and one member must add the project as an idea. We encourage you to invite more members of your community to create profiles and to join the idea.


1. Projects should be based on creative ideas that can be replicated and spread to other cities.

2. A group of people, rather than just an individual, must be committed to the project. We encourage cross-disciplinary teams and will favor organizing groups that actively engage residents in their work.

3. Unproven concepts with a strong action plan are welcome. Our goal is to help people experiment and think big.

4. Projects that have already begun are eligible for the award. In fact, evidence of progress already made is a benefit.

5. All projects, whether successful or not, will need to report back to us on their progress and findings. Details will be provided to winners directly.

6. All projects must fit reasonably under one of the City 2.0 categories presented in the wish: inclusive, innovative, healthy, thriving, or soulful. You can learn more about what type of projects fit under these categories by looking at the ideas page (and using the filter) on thecity2.org.


Read more at the AWARD ENTRY FORM.

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Core 77 Design Awards see more open website in same window

Core Design Awards 2012

The deadline for entries is April 10.

“From San Francisco to Seoul, the Core77 2012 Design Awards final jury lineup spans the globe, bringing together 74 international design luminaries to judge the 2012 awards program. Representing a diversity of design practice and thought leadership, this multidisciplinary group includes luminaries such as BERG, Bruce Sterling, Mariana Amatullo, Alice Twemlow, Michael Sorkin, Sulki and Min Choi, Marc Brétillot, Zoe Ryan, Troika, Front, John B. Rogers and Panthea Lee.

The Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners, expanding categories, leveraging online scale, increasing transparency and decreasing plane fuel. It sets new standards for design awards with progressive categories, globally distributed juries, dedicated student fields, entrant video testimonials, live jury announcements and a reproducible trophy for design teams.

The exposure that winners and honorees receive is enormous: The top professional and student entries of each category will receive the unique awards trophy, and all honorees will be published in the Awards Gallery, across the Core77 online network and in the official awards publication.”

And here are a few of the categories and their judges.

Zoë Ryan (Jury Captain), Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago
Defne Koz, President and Co-Founder of Koz Susani Design Inc
Helen Maria Nugent, Professor, Director of the Designed Objects Programs at School of the Art Institute
Chris Force, Publisher and Editor-of-Chief at Design Bureau Magazine
Sam Vinz, Co-Owner of Volume Gallery

Nicola Goretti (Jury Captain) Director of Grupo AG
Fernanda Bocorny Messias, Manager of the Programa Brasileiro de Design – PBD (Brazilian Design Program)
Lígia de Medeiros, Designer
Daniel Mangabeira da Vinha, architect, urbanist and Partner at DOMO Architects

Min and Sulki Choi (Jury Co-Captains), Co-Directors of Sulki and Min
Eunkyung Jeon, Editor-in-Chief at Design Monthly
Kim Hyungjin, Graphic Designer and Partner of Workroom
Kyungsun Kymn, Assistant Professor and Faculty of Craft and Design at the College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University

SOCIAL IMPACT (Pretoria, South Africa)
Tasos Calantzis, (Jury Captain), CEO of Terrestrial
Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp
McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub
Seelan Naidoo , Group Strategy Consultant for Design SABS Design Institute

Mariana Amatullo (Jury Captain), Co-Founder and Vice President of Designmatters at Art Center College of Design
Alexandre Hennen, Director of Continuum Los Angeles
Johanna Blakley, Ph.D, Managing Director & Director of Research USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Karen Hofmann, Director of Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory, Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design

Alice Twemlow (Jury Captain), Chair of MFA in Design Criticism at School of Visual Arts
Tom Vanderbilt, Writer
Michael Sorkin. Principal at Michael Sorkin Studio, President at Terreform, Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, CCNY
Maria Popova, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Brain Pickings

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Hyundai Accent design dreams competition see more

Hyundai Accent

Following from the publication of the Hyundai Design Directions e-book, which features butterpaper, Hyundai is giving one reader the chance to win $5,000! The Hyundai Accent is part of a deliberate change of tack at Hyundai towards better formal design. Hyundai would like to help one lucky reader to achieve their ultimate design dream: Is there a course you just need to do? Some equipment you can’t get your hands on? Here’s your chance…

All you need to do is

1. Head to the Hyundai Accent Facebook page, “like” it, and outline in the comments section below this butterpaper post which design features of the Hyundai Accent you most like and why.
2. Then, in the same entry form, tell them what you’d want to help to make your design dreams come true!

Be sure to keep your responses to less than 100 words, and to supply your full name and email address in the comments section! The competition ends on April 10th.

Terms and Conditions

[ In 2011 Hyundai Australia was a Butterpaper.com sponsor ]


  1. I think I like the side body panels the most – the way they are “scored” and carved. Much more interest than your normal compound curves.

    by Fred Grainger on 28 March 12 ·#

  2. I’m very attracted to “excellent fuel economy and low emissions”, coupled with plenty of space to accommodate both of us and our luggage when travelling around the country. Also love the frameless rear window concept … as a classic car owner, I could be converted.

    As for my design dream, today everything changed: it was to restore my 1970 Citroen DS Special, which I’m certain Hyundai would absolutely understand from a design perspective ;), but my design tool, the 2008 Apple MacBook Pro has performed sudden death! A replacement of Steve Jobs’ design phenomenon would be immaculate timing, and appreciated beyond belief!

    by Catherine Griffiths on 4 April 12 ·#

  3. The subtly tapered roof line gives the Accent a coupe-like appearance and, as an owner of the excellent Santa Fe, this is indicative of the company’s innovative approach to aesthetics allied to interior ergonomics.

    My immediate personal design aspirations relate to landscaping our current less-than-eye-catching and high maintenance gardens. Unfortunately, not all machines are as reliable as a Hyundai and our ride-on mower’s brakes failed at Christmas resulting in personal injury as well as the subsequent petrol leakage causing the machine to burst into flames necessitating a visit from the fire brigade! A new machine is essential.

    by Christopher Clarke on 6 April 12 ·#

  4. What I like in a car the most: fuel economy, low emissions, small size, and design quality. It seems like car manufacturers have been lowering the last one for years, in a mistaken attempt to please all. What results is that cars and brands can’t be told apart. I am glad to hear that Hyundai have realised this and is edging towards having a distinctive design.

    I think the Accent is heading in the right direction with its carved/sculpted look, it looks like a car I could probably own. One thing though. I use my car about town and it never gets over 80kph, so I think the aerodynamic focus of most small car design is dubious. Good to see a slight move a way from this, but Hyundai could go much further next time?

    I attempting to set up a studio, the money would be most useful for some furniture for it.

    by Troy Clarke on 10 April 12 ·#

  5. I think the most impressive factor of the new Accent design is the desire to improve. Design is about innovation, improvement and excitement. The new design fills all these requirements. Also, any company that actively seeks feedback from the public is a few steps ahead of the rest.

    My current design dream is to make a trip to Barcelona and immerse myself in the architecture.

    by Chelsea Rodrigues on 10 April 12 ·#

  6. I like the space, the practicality and the performance – Hyundai is doing its part to convince people that you no longer need to buy a large car to get a good one.

    My ‘grassroots design’ dream is to drive from Melbourne to London, chronicling along the way all the clever design ideas people have come up with to improve their day-to-day lives.

    by Jim Stewart on 10 April 12 ·#

  7. I love the fact it looks like the cars i dreamed of as a child when i imagined what the future might look like… but its real AND practical.
    My design dream would be to take to the open road with the freedom and confidence of the hyundai accent to free my mind of the complexities of urban life and gain inspiration in the wide open spaces of the australian landscape.

    by juliet on 10 April 12 ·#

  8. 1. The Hyundai Accent looks is a little, sporty car, but not only is it stylishly designed, the safety features of this little number considers your safety while looking like the coolest kid on the block.

    2. I’ve always wanted to dabble in a bit of photography – $5,000 would set me up to explore course options and purchase a swanky new camera.

    Kieran Stoltenkamp

    by Kieran Stoltenkamp on 10 April 12 ·#

  9. I like this cars tiger-shark-like appearance, sleek, fast – it could dive into the ocean.

    My design aspiration is to attend the Typo conference in Berlin this year.

    by Jeanie on 10 April 12 ·#

  10. Sleek, stylish, and ready to ROAR.

    I would love to attend the eCarTec Design Conference in Paris later this year, and 5K would certainly go a long way towards helping realise this dream.

    by Peter Enright on 10 April 12 ·#

  11. As a petite girl, I look for a car in which I can actually reach the pedals! The new Hyundai Accent looks well-proportioned, zippy, fun to drive and built for maneuvering around tight corners. Fuel efficiency is great, and the dual control climate control will prevent the boys and girls from fighting about the temperature. The blue lights are a nice touch in the interior.

    My dream is to (help) design a better food system in Australia. $5K would allow me to attend the food and agriculture conference in New York City this year and come back inspired with new ideas and innovative research so we can all eat better.

    by Kelly Donati on 10 April 12 ·#

  12. What I like about these cars is…………that they have a long way to go to show that they are something special in the car market place. Great company profile and directives on the Hyundai website, sleek ‘James Bond’ appeal on some models but where on the Accent does it say ‘this is the future’?

    What would I do with $5K? Put it towards a new car – something sleek, stylish and futuristic which for me is trimmed, toned, comfortable and efficient in all aspects.

    by Karen Tanfield on 10 April 12 ·#

  13. Constant motion and how this can be explored in a stationary object are of interest to me. My design proposals aim to create fluid buildings which look like they could and should be moving. The relationship between the stationary (building) and the moving (car/pedestrian) is consistently designed. The Hyundai Accent, with its sweeping curves and aerodynamic form achieves this goal, the goal to create movement in a stationary object. This is no mean feat; it is what I like most about the Hyundai Accent.

    Young, fresh architectural practice; needs money to establish, grow and prosper, to build on initial success.

    by Hannes McNamara on 10 April 12 ·#

  14. The sculpting really enlivens it. The chines that hold the bonnet edges, headlights and door handles; the embossing of grilles, foglights and rear hatch; the decal edgeless windows. This sporty compact exterior then reveals its Tardis interior – spacious plush seating, and a realistic capacity for luggage and supplies. The inclusion of the boot expandable into the middle bay is a great plus, not always a given with this size/style.
    That potential 5k will kickstart my roadtrip uncovering the merlots, meats, crumbling cathedrals and ebullient villas of Buenos Aires. Hola.

    by Fiona on 10 April 12 ·#

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    The Hyundai Accent is gentle on the ears. She also has good road manners.
    For such a light-weight frame, she can go far and still be resourceful with energy. She has interesting secret compartments. And she will keep you safe.

    I would like to spend more time promoting spatial literacy in schools across Australia. This means taking internationally tested design & technology teaching projects to students. My dream is for a grant to make this work.

    by Clala Obble on 10 April 12 ·#

  16. I don’y think that I’d change anything at all. It looks very stylish. If I win, I would use the money to visit Korea and learn more about it’s architecture.

    by Robert Day on 10 April 12 ·#

  17. The best design features: the sleek lines, the integrated tail lamps and head lamps and really no car is complete without an interior that considers all the mod cons and creature comforts – loving the proximity smart key and push button start!

    My design dream – Immerse oneself into a foreign culture – a place for new possibilities, new experiences new ways of thinking – Korea Road trip here we come!

    by Andie on 10 April 12 ·#

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Canadian Competitions Catalogue see more open website in same window

“The Canadian Competitions Catalogue (CCC) search engine is an initiative of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle, in order to render public an essential portion of its documentary database.”

“The Canadian Competitions Catalogue is devoted to archiving, analysis and the history of contemporary architecture. It relies on the collaboration of architects. Please note that the chronological directory is under permanent construction and that the documents within the database are not all accessible to the public.”

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Hastings Civic Square Redevelopment Competition see more open website in same window

This is a design competition to put forward how Civic Square can become an arts, culture and heritage hub of the future Hastings city.

The competition closes 27 January 2012 (NZ Time)

We are interested in exploring the idea of architecture as a vessel for cultural connectedness and evolution, an enabler and catalyst for social, cultural and economic growth.

We are calling for blue sky thinking that can lead the district forward, so that we may achieve our desire to create a cultural heart for our city which showcases our arts, culture and especially our mana whenua heritage in a way that symbolises a positive future, promotes civic pride and embraces cultural connection and integrity.

One of the key challenges in this project is for proposals to be both visionary and practical. We are promoting
the idea of visionary pragmatism.

To allow the wider community to appreciate the concept fully, design ideas are required. The outcomes of this design competition will be used as a primary vehicle for consultation and ultimately presenting to Council for consideration as part of the Draft 2012/22 Long Term Plan.

Only if Council adopts the Civic Square Project as part of the Final 2012/22 Long Term Plan, will the this project be progressed.

Flinders St Station design competition see more open website in same window

Flinders Street Station

Note: The brief is not yet released. Follow this page for updates. Scroll down for competition guidelines.


The Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million international Flinders Street Station precinct design competition is a vital first step in the area’s restoration and revival, Premier Ted Baillieu said today.

“We are looking for the world’s best ideas to restore and reinvigorate the Flinders Street Station precinct, including the station concourse, platforms and historic administration building and through to the Banana Alley Vaults and Queensbridge,” Mr Baillieu said.

“This precinct calls for creative brilliance from across the globe so a Melbourne landmark site can be restored to its full potential. This competition will harness the very best ideas and help bring the precinct back to life.

“After years of neglect, the administration building has been left derelict while access and facilities are well below an acceptable standard.

“While the Coalition Government acknowledges that delivering a project of this scale and ambition will be costly and complex, this competition will give Victorians a winning design to guide future development.”

Launching the competition on the roof of the station with Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine, Mr Baillieu said the objectives of the competition included:

  • returning the station to its former glory and re-using under-utilised areas;
  • restoring and protecting the station’s heritage;
  • improving the transport function of the station, catering for future growth;
  • creating a significant civic space while allowing for a distinctive and memorable architectural outcome with a mix of uses;
  • better integrating the station with its surrounding precincts; and
  • providing a value-for-money solution.

The Coalition Government is seeking ideas and designs that address the whole 4.7 hectare site – the administration building, the platform area and the railyards to the west – which improve the precinct as well as conditions for commuters.

“This station and its surrounds should be better integrated with adjacent areas including Federation Square, Flinders Street and the north bank of the Yarra River,” Mr Baillieu said.

“We see a rejuvenated Flinders Street Station as a partner to Federation Square, forming a new gateway public space for Melbourne and embracing potential major improvements to the Yarra’s northern bank and the CBD-river pedestrian routes.

“We also acknowledge the enormous challenges attached to this project, including the conservation of the station façade and heritage values and delivering this project while Flinders Street continues to operate and expand as Melbourne’s busiest railway station.”

Mr Baillieu also announced the panel which would decide on the competition winner. The panel will include:

  • Geoffrey London (Victorian Government Architect – panel Chair)
  • Melbourne architect
  • City of Melbourne planning representative
  • an architect with heritage experience
  • a representative from the Victorian Department of Transport
  • three other members (to be determined)

Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine said Victoria had a strong tradition of design competitions for major public buildings.

“The examples of Federation Square and the Melbourne Museum show how successful competitions can be in delivering world-class design,” Dr Napthine said.

“Competitions attract the attention of the world’s best designers and help bring the public into the process.

“The $1 million prize pool will help attract the very best architects and designers from here and abroad, and I expect some of the strongest ideas will come from Victorian architects who know and truly understand this magnificent but tired precinct.”

Flinders Street Station was completed in 1910. The administration building is four storeys high, more than 250 metres long and 10 metres wide. It is partly occupied by Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) with the remaining sections of the building largely unoccupied since the 1970s.

After years of neglect the building is deteriorating. Some parts are derelict while substantial areas do not meet building code requirements and are not suitable for occupation.

For more information and updates on the Flinders Street Station Design Competition please visit www.mpv.vic.gov.au and follow the competition on twitter or Facebook.

Victorian Coalition Government Flinders St
Station precinct design competition

The design competition will be conducted in accordance with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) guidelines. The AIA has been consulted and endorses the competition.

The competition will run in two stages: design concepts will be called for in mid-2012 followed by a review and short listing period. Short-listed entrants will then submit detailed proposals in 2013.

Stage 1 of the competition will open in mid-2012 following the preparation of a detailed project brief.

Short-listed entrants will receive a honorarium to assist with costs associated with participation in the second stage of the competition.

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • upgrade the station to its former glory, in the tradition of other great cities around the world, as a Victorian and international icon and a centrepiece of the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD);
  • restore and protect the Administration Building and other heritage elements and to include adaptive re-use;
  • improve all aspects of the transport function of the station and adjacent transport modes and cater for significant growth in transport patronage;
  • better integrate the station with the surrounding precincts that have grown up around it including Federation Square, and provide better linkages between the CBD and the Yarra River;
  • better utilise the land adjacent to rail and air space above rail on the western portion of the site;
  • provide significant civic space while allowing for a distinctive and memorable architectural outcome with a mix of uses; and
  • provide a value-for-money solution capable of utilising public and private funding sources.

2012 Dulux Colour Awards see more open website in same window

Entry for the 2012 Dulux Colour Awards is now open, calling all architects, designers, specifiers and students to reveal their innovative and inspiring use of colour.

Adding a new dynamic for entrants, the 2012 Dulux Colour Awards expands from six to eight categories, with the previous Residential Interior and Exterior Awards divided into four new categories: Single Residential Interior, Multi Residential Interior, Single Residential Exterior and Multi Residential Exterior.
These will join the Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior, Sustainable Interior and Student categories to be judged by a panel of top industry names.

Aside from the high profile acknowledgment that comes from winning one of Australasia’s most acclaimed industry accolades, each category winner will receive AU$1,500 in prize money and a trophy. All entries will also stand the chance of walking away with the coveted Grand Prix award, receiving AU$2,000, a trophy plus a trip to an international design fair.

Entries for all eight categories are open now until 10 February 2012.
All Dulux Colour Awards entrants in the Residential Interior and Commercial Interior categories will be automatically entered into the Australian Interior Designer Awards (AIDA) free of charge as part of Dulux’s sponsorship of the AIDA.
The 2012 Dulux Colour Awards winners will be announced at a gala function in March 2012.

The 2012 Dulux Colour Awards is now accepting entries across eight categories:
• Commercial Interior
• Commercial Exterior
• Single Residential Interior
• Multi Residential Interior
• Single Residential Exterior
• Multi Residential Exterior
• Sustainable Interior
• Student

All category winners, excluding the Student category also stand the chance of being named the 2012 Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix winner.

Who can enter:
• Architects
• Designers
• Interior Designers
• Colour Consultants
• Students of Architecture and Interior Design

• Commercial Interior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Commercial Exterior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Single Residential Interior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Multi Residential Interior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Single Residential Exterior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Multi Residential Exterior : AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Sustainable Interior: AUD$1,500 cash prize and trophy
• Student: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy, plus the opportunity to produce their own limited edition colour palette as part of Designers for Dulux program
• Grand Prix: AUD $2,000 plus business class airfare and accommodation to an international design fair

Key Dates:
• Entry Opens – 9th November 2012
• Entry Closes – 10th February 2012
• Finalists announced – 27th February 2012
• Winners announced – 28th March 2012

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DRI Homelessness see more open website in same window

design challenge 2011

If you are RESEARCHER, STUDENT or DESIGN PRACTITIONER, a SERVICE PROVIDER or have experienced HOMELESSNESS we invite you to form a team (of at least two members) to develop and submit an Idea Proposal to the competitive Design Challenge.

On any given night 102,000 Australians are homeless. There are 1,300 homeless assistance services across Australia, who provide crisis and long term accommodation, and assist with living skills, counselling and financial management. Some focus on outreach and early intervention, working with agencies for groups special who have specific needs such as young people or women escaping domestic violence, those with mental illness and the elderly.

The needs of the homeless range from shelter to the everyday issues of mobility, safety, food, health, education, communication, work, play and identity. Design Challenge responses can focus on any of these aspects.

As with the past Design Challenges, the question is what can design thinking do to contribute to averting homelessness, mitigating its effects and improving the daily life of those who are homeless and proposing different and longer term pathways to social inclusion, housing, and employment.

[Submissions close in October]

There will be a series of short presentations; speakers include: Nicole
Lawder, CEO Homelessness Australia and RMIT researcher Prof Chris
Chamberlain and Architect Sean Godsell, followed by Q&A. An ideas
noticeboard will be available for participant’s profiles and
information links.

WHEN: 5.00 – 7.00pm Thursday 8 September 2011
WHERE: Project Space, RMIT Building 94, 23 – 27 Cardigan Street Carlton (Close to Victoria Street)

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP: 5 September 03 99254621, DRI.designchallenge [at] rmit.edu.au

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Flinders Street Station design competition see more open website in same window

[ Announcement of future competition ]

In May 2011 the Government committed to a $1 million international design competition to help rejuvenate and restore Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station.

The Government will be looking for the best ideas from around the world to re-energise the station and its surrounds while making sure critical heritage values are maintained.

Designs will be expected to address the station’s transport function, heritage requirements, urban design and integration with its surrounds as well as providing a value for money construction proposal.

A prize pool of $1 million will be offered to entrants while the competition will be run according to Australian Institute of Architects guidelines.

Work is currently underway to consult with key stakeholders and write a detailed competition brief for entrants. Further announcements on the competition will be made in due course.

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Design Festival competition see more open website in same window

The New Architects and Graduates group (NAG) and Adelaide City Council have formed a partnership to rethink the way public space is procured and used in Adelaide. A key element of this partnership is a design competition, Design Festival, which will display and promote Adelaide’s emerging design talent.

Design Festival will enable you to contribute to the quality of our city in a real and meaningful way. If you are a designer with strong ideas about how South Australia’s capital city could improve its public spaces, form a team with a designer and artist – this is your chance to be heard!

This annual competition will present a fresh and new approach to urban design, linking it to Adelaide’s internationally recognised “Festival City” image. It is hoped that the best Design Festival outcomes will eventually be built and serve as venues for performance and festival events.

Design Festival will focus on the transformation of public space and how form, scale and site contribute to this transformation.

In 2010, the competition prompted the design and creation of small-scale items that will improve the streetscape – and in the meantime open the eyes of Rundle Street travellers to the change that is possible through the quality design of everyday objects.

The brief for Design Festival 2011 recognises a commitment to improving the city’s public amenity thought innovative and evocative design solutions. It will contribute to the revitalisation of the former SA water depot site which will be returned to the Adelaide Park Lands as an urban forest.

$2,500 & the chance for your design to be constructed – sponsored by Austral Bricks, supported by the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network

$1000 – sponsored by Austral Bricks

$500 – sponsored by Austral Bricks

02.08.11 – Launch of 2011 Design Festival competition
22.08.11 – Registrations close
14.09.11 – Entry submission deadline

AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards see more open website in same window

The New Zealand AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards are back to celebrate 20 years of supporting architectural excellence. To mark the occasion, and to make this years competition the best yet, Cavalier Bremworth has invested further by introducing a new category and boosting the prize pool by $6000 to a total of $16,000.

This year there are three categories, expanded by the introduction of a new category for the professional entrants.

Competition Categories:

  • Open – Conceptual (Professional)
  • Open – Work-in-progress (Professional)
  • Student

Professional entries need to be submitted online for a pre-judging by Tuesday 25 October after which finalists will be asked to provide boards and models for final judging on the 16th November.

Students need to register their interest online and provide their work for judging on 15 November.

Further information and registration at the AAA and at Cavalier Bremworth .

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eVolo Skyscraper 2012 see more open website in same window

eVolo 2012

eVolo is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.


  • June 27, 2011 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
  • November 7, 2011 – Deadline for submitting questions.
  • November 15, 2011 – Early registration deadline
  • November 30, 2011 – Answers to questions posted on website
  • January 17, 2012 – Late registration deadline
  • January 24, 2012 – Project submission deadline
  • February 27, 2012 – Winners’ announcement

To register please go to http://www.evolo.us


Maria Ailova [principal Terreform One]
Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY]
Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Jing Liu [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]


  • 1st place – US $5000
  • 2nd place – US $2000
  • 3rd place – US $1000
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WAN Urban Design 2011 see more open website in same window

We are pleased to announce that the WAN AWARDS Urban Design Sector 2011 is now open for entries. The award celebrates and promotes the best in international architecture for urban design, transport and infrastructure, attracting entries from all over the world and providing a global platform to showcase your designs.

The award features two categories:

1. Completed Projects

If you have designed one of the above project types, whether an urban master plan, public park, transport terminal or other public realm project, that has been completed in the last 3 years you can now enter for the WAN AWARDS Urban Design Sector 2011.

2. Un-built Projects

If you have designed an urban design that is not yet built – even if it may never be built – you too can enter for the WAN AWARDS Urban Design Sector 2011. You are invited to submit your entry online. Full submission info here.

DEADLINE: 31 August 2011

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