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London Vauxhall – The Missing Link
International Design Ideas Competition

RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce details of an exciting new competition launching in January 2013.

The Vauxhall area of London is at the heart of an area of huge new opportunity and Vauxhall One, the new Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm in Vauxhall, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and London’s South Bank.

The competition is open to registered architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide.  As with the New York ‘High Line’ competition multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged.

It is the intention that all entries received for the competition will be exhibited during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.

Chris Law, Public Realm and Development Director at Vauxhall One said:
“Vauxhall is changing fast and the public realm is critical. We want to create sustainable green links through the district and on to the river Thames. We want to connect the New American Embassy to London’s South Bank with new green and cultural trails, which tell the story of the area’s rich and colourful past in the architectural and landscape language of the Twenty First Century. We’re looking for creative design innovation.”
The competition will launch on 14 January 2013 when the competition website  will go live.  The closing date for Stage 1
submissions is 12 March 2013. 


WAN Awards – Color in Architecture
WAN are pleased to announce that the WAN AWARDS Colour in Architecture 2011 is now open for entries. As the largest international architectural awards programme, the WAN AWARDS attracts entries from all over the world and provides a global platform to showcase your designs. Set to become one of the most exciting and inspirational of all the award categories, Colour in Architecture celebrates and promotes the best in architectural design that benefits from using colour as part of the scheme.
WAN passionately believe that the use of colour in the built environment will be increasingly important and integral to the way our cities evolve in the next few decades, especially with the benefit of new technology, both in surface coatings and LED façades.
The competition is open to all projects completed on or after 1 January 2008 that have used colour as an integral part of the scheme. If you have designed a building that fits this description, you can now enter the WAN AWARDS Colour in Architecture 2011.
You are invited to submit your entry HERE. You can register and find all the information you need on how to enter your project at the info page.
If you have any questions, please email:

Van Alen Institute Announces a Call for Design Ideas
How will high-speed rail change American life in the coming decades? At this critical moment for American infrastructure, Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture announces Life at the Speed of Rail, an open call for design ideas that envision the cultural, environmental, and economic impact of a new rail network in the United States.

This multimedia competition seeks the visions of the architectural design community, planners, graphic designers, artists—anyone who wants to contribute to the discussion surrounding high-speed rail. In this Call for Design Ideas, entrants are asked to produce projects and narratives picturing the wide-ranging impacts that a new transportation network will have on the nation’s communities, whether urban or rural, rail-riding or car-centric, heartland or borderland. By collecting these ideas and images of a transformed America—be they specific, pragmatic, or speculative—we’ll better understand the hopes and fears of our current moment and be better equipped to decide whether and how we build this new infrastructure.

With the Obama administration’s recent pledge of $53 billion for the construction of a high-speed rail network, and its goal of connecting 80 percent of Americans to the service by 2050, the topic of transportation couldn’t be timelier. By helping to develop our visual narrative of technology and infrastructure, Life at the Speed of Rail will add complexity and depth to a discussion that has thus far excluded the design community and been driven largely by politics.

Ten winning submissions will be awarded $1,000 each. A selection of additional submissions will receive honorable mentions and inclusion in an online exhibition. Van Alen Institute and VAI’s 2011 High-Speed Rail Fellows Diana Lind and Andrew Colopy will select the winning entries. During the summer, a curated selection of submissions will be discussed with winning entrants in a series of public forums hosted at partner organizations located in contested high-speed rail megaregions around the United States.

To ensure broad participation and to guide these regional conversations, Van Alen Institute has appointed a multidisciplinary advisory committee including:
Carol Coletta (President and CEO, CEOs for Cities)
Keller Easterling
(Associate Professor, Yale University)
Christopher Hawthorne
(Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times)
Gary Hustwit
(Director, Helvetica)
Michael Lejeune
(Creative Director, L.A. Metro)
Thom Mayne (Founder and Design Director, Morphosis)
Petra Todorovich (Director, America 2050)
Sarah Whiting (Dean, Rice School of Architecture)

Entries are due by May 21, 2011. Please visit for full competition details and submission guidelines and be sure to follow @thespeedofrail on Twitter for more info!

ACADIA 2011 Conference Call for Papers and Projects

ACADIA 2011 is looking for both project and paper submissions to the conference described below.

ACADIA 2011 Annual Conference
October 13 – 16, 2011
The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada



Computation is one of the main agents in forming links among seemingly disparate disciplines. Computational modeling has established a new territory where architecture and its allied disciplines of engineering, construction, and urban design can meet the fields of computer science, material science, mathematics and biology. The aim of this conference is to project a fundamentally different attitude towards integration, one that needs not be limited to the professions and disciplines comprising the building industry.

Conference co-chairs seek papers that highlight experimental research and projects in which methods, processes, and techniques are discovered, appropriated, adapted, or altered from elsewhere, and digitally pursued through algorithmic thinking, bio-mimicry, computation, digital fabrication, material exploration, and/or performance analysis toward the production of architecture and the design of cities.

Architects, engineers, media artists, scientists, researchers and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit works that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

. Computational models of complex systems in design
. Emergent and self-organizing systems
. Evolutionary computation
. Representation and visualization of data sets
. Mathematical, physical-geometric and natural algorithms in design
. Emergent structural and material systems
. Material and structural optimization models
. Physical computing and integrated material systems
. Behavioral simulation in performance-based modeling
. Bio-inspired and biomimetic design
. Multi-agent systems as design tools
. Embedded and/or extended interface design
. Responsive environments
. Adaptive urban and architectural environments
. Shifting and dynamic geometries in fabricated assemblies
. New paradigms in digital fabrication
. Integrative design approaches in education
. Changing computational paradigms in technology, culture and society

Works could be submitted in one of the following three categories: full papers (4,000 words), work-in-progress (2,000 words) and projects (for exhibition). Accepted papers will be included in the peer-reviewed paper sessions and proceedings of the conference.


Abstracts (500 words) due ...................... March 1, 2011
Deadline for full papers (for peer review) ..... April 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance ..................... May 15, 2011
Revised papers due (for proceedings) ........... June 15, 2011


“InstantHouse Social Club” Competition- (Click here for flyer)

In view of the next edition of MADE expo scheduled from 5 to 8 October 2011 at Fiera Milano Rho, FederlegnoArredo, in collaboration with Milan Polytechnic, is promoting the competition “InstantHouse Social Club”, for students and post-graduates from Italian and foreign faculties of Architecture, Engineering and Industrial Design.

The central theme of this competition is the creation of Social Clubs, a network of services along Milan’s waterways and part of the Expo 2015 project, a path that unites Milan’s main parks thanks to rediscovery of the city canals, connecting the historic part of Milan with areas selected for subsequent urban redevelopment and transformation.

See attached press release with more details.
Diomedea MADE expo press office Ufficio Stampa MADE expo Diomedea, Via Biondelli, 9, 20141 Milano. Tel. +39 02 89546251 Fax +39 02 8466743

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Angela Brady, RIBA President Elect, to judge Brunel Awards

The BRUNEL competition is held every three years as authorized by the Watford Group of Railway Designers, a group founded at Watford England 45 years ago by the British Railway Board. A more detailed history of the Group can be found at Supporting the competition in 2011 are the International Railway Union (UIC) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The Call for Entries will be issued in January, 2011 and submissions may be made by any mainline railway operator or infrastructure owner in the world. A background sheet on the BRUNEL rules is attached. Entries are due the end of May and judging will take place at the US National Building Museum in Washington on June 28 and 29. Supporting the Jury will be the BRUNEL AWARDS COMMITTEE, a group of volunteers from US and European railways who be responsible for categorizing the entries and mounting displays to make evaluation by the jury easier.
The awards ceremony will take place in Washington on October 14, 2011
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Competition / International Museum of Volcanoes (IMOV) Lanzarote 2010 / Arquideas, Future Arquitecturas, Editorial Pencil

Arquideas, a company dedicated to divulging and organization of architectural contests, is pleased to invite all students of architecture in the international area, to the competition of ideas "International Museum of the Volcanoes

2011 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo – to study, to develop, to evolve, to fly away…

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition.

The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a forum for the discussion, development, and promotion of innovative concepts for vertical density. It examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The exponential increase of the world’s population and its unprecedented shift from rural to urban areas has prompted hundreds of new developments without adequate urban planning and poor architectural design. The aim of this competition is to redefine what we understand as a skyscraper and initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify our cities and improve our way of life.  

The use of new materials, technologies, aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration. This 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.

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?


Benjamin Aranda  [principal Aranda\Lasch]
Juan Azulay  [principal Matter Management, professor at Southern California Institute of Architecture]
Mario Cipresso [principal Studio Shift, professor at University of Southern California]
Ted Givens [associate director RMJM]
Eric Goldemberg [principal Monad Studio, professor at University of Miami]
Jose Gonzalez [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
John Hill [editor Archidose] 
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Andrew Liang  [principal Studio 0.10., professor at University of Southern California] 
Chris Lasch  [principal Aranda\Lasch]
Neri Oxman [principal Materialecology, Presidential Fellow at MIT Media Lab]
Javier Quintana [principal Taller Basico de Arquitectura, Dean of IE School of Architecture]
Rezza Rahdian [Architect, Second Place 2009 Skyscraper Competition]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]


  • 1st place – US $5000
  • 2nd place – US $2000
  • 3rd place – US $1000





July 27, 2010, New York — The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

In a statement about the Challenge, The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains the background of the prize program:

Short term reductionist thinking which dominates all industrialized societies is a fundamental cause of the massive social, economic and environmental deterioration our world is confronted with today. It is now painfully obvious to many that most attempts by civil, corporate, scientific, academic and government sectors to deal with these breakdowns, despite good intentions and significant investment, often exhibit little more than a reflexive default to the same reductionist approach that created the problems in the first place. Little if any attention is ever directed toward optimizing whole systems. Instead the focus remains riveted only on improving various parts in isolation. Not surprisingly, when it comes to solving complex problems, actions are typically fragmented, disjointed and piecemeal. The net result: on a global scale the level of deterioration is rapidly increasing and imbalances have already reached crisis proportions.

During the past half century pioneers like Buckminster Fuller and other visionaries responded to the failure of reductionism by developing new approaches to meeting human needs, concurrent with preserving the vital diversity of cultures and ecosystems that form the fabric of life on Earth. Their holistic approach has influenced thousands of individuals in numerous fields who continue to break new ground in how to think, plan and design.

This evolving and growing body of work contains the seeds, models and strategies for the fundamental shift in direction so urgently needed today. The work spans a range of development stages— from the conceptual phase, to prototype ready, to well proven models poised to scale up. However, most of these new approaches, even the most advanced, remain under funded, under recognized and have yet to significantly penetrate mainstream education, economic activity, media, philanthropy and public policy.

"We're looking for solutions that address multiple problems without creating new ones down the road— integrated strategies dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues. Our entry criteria is deeply inspired by what Fuller termed comprehensive anticipatory design science— an approach we feel holds an important key to the design of strategies aimed at having a transformative effect on the system as a whole. We are very grateful for the recognition the prize recipients have received to date and hope this will lead to the greater understanding and wide-spread application of the whole systems, design science approach we are championing." said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity— he issued an urgent call for a design science

Important Links
- The deadline for entries is 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010.
- For the call for entries, instructions for how to enter, reference materials, and much more, visit
- The members of this year's distinguished jury will be announced in October.
- To see former jury members visit:
- To view entries to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Challenge, visit the Idea Index at:
- To view the 2008 winner visit:
- To view the 2009 winner visit:
- To view the 2010 winner visit:
- Connect on Facebook

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge originated in 2007 and awards $100,000 annually. Support for the program has been provided by the Atwater Kent Foundation, The Civil Society Institute, The James Dyson Foundation, The Highfield Foundation; The Jewish Communal Fund, and the members of The Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in New York, The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. BFI's programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. BFI encourages participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature's fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview. By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, BFI's work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. For further information visit


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AIA President Honors Winners of Building A Sustainable World
Competition at West Coast Green

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Multidisciplinary Teams Tackle Climate Change with Innovative Plans for Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Los Angeles — June 12, 2007 — an Exhibition of 51 Entries – each a model response to the problem of Climate Change opened on Jjune 8th 2007 at the Architecture and Design Museam on Museum Row, Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles. At a symposium that followed at the A+D Museum June 8 through 10, four winning teams were selected from among twelve finalists who presented proposals as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)–USA California chapter’s competition, Building A Sustainable World: Life in the Balance. The competition, sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. attracted more than 50 entries from around the world. It challenged participants to develop concepts for healthy, vibrant communities designed to address climate change and reverse, rather than add to, environmental damage.

First Prize for $10,000 was awarded to a team from Fiji, Toby Kyle, Chris Cole and Kamineli Vuadreu. Toby Kyle and Chris Cole presented their project, Sustainable Urban Housing in Fiji – Vakabauta Village, which focuses on the needs of low-income Fijians living in dilapidated temporary housing in Suva, the country’s capital. The design concept addresses global problems with local solutions, including growing bamboo within the village to green and rejuvenate the site and create revenue opportunities for residents. The team drew on traditional Fijian values such as working together and sharing resources, to create a model sustainable urban community relevant not only to Fiji but to many developing Pacific nations that are likely to be particularly hard hit by the effects of climate change.

Second Prize for $5,000 went to an Australian team, Gall & Medek Architects/ and Team D/E/S of Brisbane. Jim Gall and Tony Fry presented the Boonah Two Development, a proposal that focuses on climate-adaptive strategies, technological innovation, and socio-cultural change projected over a 50-year period for the city of Boonah, about 100 km inland from the east coast of Australia. Although the Boonah Two Development proposal targets a particular city, the team’s design methodology is meant to be universally applicable. The design approach involves 10 key principles, including operating communities as closed-loop systems that produces no waste, creating foodscapes to reduce “food miles” and increase nutritional quality, and moving from reductionist linear thinking to relational thinking that aligns with ecological processes.

Third Prize for $2,500 went to The Urban Kidney — Revitalizing Forgotten Bottom, presented by Stephen Gibson from the United States design team of Wallace Roberts and Todd, LLC of Philadelphia. The team consisted of George Bryant, Stephen Gibson, Kyk Gradinger, John Keene, Adam Krom, Lauren Leatherbarrow, Jamie Ober, Anthony Okoye, yogesh Sooji, Ka Man Skinner, Devinder Soin. This proposal addresses the distressed, polluted Philadelphia neighborhood known as Forgotten Bottom, so called because residents feel the city has virtually forgotten that they exist. This multidisciplinary team developed a comprehensive plan for restoring a long-abused wetland as the centerpiece of a new neighborhood built on abandoned industrial brownfield. This project shows how the environmentally sensitive reclamation of post-industrial waterfronts can be used to meet other urban goals such as stormwater management, sustainable housing development and economic revitalization.

Bonus Prize for $5,000 was awarded to the entry that demonstrated the most imaginative use of Autodesk software, notably Architectural Desktop. This prize was awarded to Liu Di of China for his entry, Seasonal Flood Threatened Community. This entry proposed innovative architecture and engineering solutions designed to reduce the global warming impacts of buildings while also protecting communities from the ravages of major floods. The proposal, which focuses on a flood-prone community on the Changjiang River, includes a concept for zero net energy homes as well as safe temporary housing for those people made homeless by floods

Each entry tackled environmental and social challenges of enormous scope and offered engaging, inspiring solutions. In addition to the winning entries, the finalists included:

EcoSystemic Restoration: A Model Community at Salton Sea, a plan for healing the environment and living sustainably in this extremely hot, arid and ecologically scarred region of the southern California desert.

Presented by Ilaria Mazzoleni from italy; the team consisted of: Ilaria Mazzoleni, Philip Ra, Architect Yvonne Lau, Architect, Sky Milner, student in architecture, Harold Portillo, student in architecture, Amitabh Barthakur, urban planner, Vanessa Zajfen, agronomist - sustainable agriculture, Shauna Price, biologist, Sunil Varma, environmental engineer, Bungane Mehlomakulu, mechanical engineer; Sareen Proudian, student of architecture.

Adaptation to Climatic Disaster, innovative physical and cultural survival strategies for the Republic of Maldives, a nation whose highest elevation is 2.4 meters above sea level.

Presented by Junya Oishi from Costa Rca and Doris Sung from ScuiArch Los Angeles; the team consisted of: Junya Oishi and Doris Sung

Urban Model for Coal Country, a vision for transforming Appalachian hilltops decimated by coal mining into vibrant, pedestrian-friendly hill towns - taking advantage of an already scarred landscape which can be used for building, and reducing infrngement upon needed forest for settlement. Presented by Richard Levine from the Center for Sustainable Cities Design Studio, Kentucky State University; the team consisted of Richard S Levine (Architect), Michael T Hughes, Casey Ryan Mather, Taqi Radmard, Bill Fleming

Wall City, addressing rising waters in the Netherlands port city of Rotterdam with a proposal for a compact community based on a huge vertical walls that contain the city’s infrastructure. Presented by Vasilieos Kouisos from Greece, the project author

Suburban Renewal/Green Sacramento, a proposal to reclaim and reuse an abandoned strip mall and transform suburbs into dense, carbon-neutral communities for living, working, raising food, replenishing groundwater and rebuilding local ecologies. Presented by Geoffrey Holton from Oakland California, the team consisted of Geoffrey Holton Associates,

Algae City, responding to the challenges of energy consumption and urban sprawl with a concept to establish cities on modular platforms suspended above the ground and powered by clean hydrogen energy produced from algae. Presented by Marcelo Morettin from Brazil; The team consisted of Vinicius Hernandes Andrade/ Marcello Henneberg Morettin

Redeveloping the Ninth Ward, addressing environmentally and socially responsible community rebuilding designed to bring back local residents displaced by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Presented by John Manaves from Chicago; The team consisted of John Manaves and his German partner Alice Kriegel


Fiji: Toby Kyle, Chris Cole and Kamineli Vuadreu. Project: Sustainable Urban Housing in Fiji.

Australia: Gall and Medek Architects and Team DES. Project: Boonah Two Development.

United States: Wallace Roberts Todd, LLC (George B. Bryant, Stephen M. Gibson, Kyle Gradinger, John Keene, Adam Krom, Lauren W. Leatherbarrow, Jamie R. Ober, Anthony C. Okoye, Yogesh Saoji, KaMan E. Skinner, Devinder S. Soin, and Michael J. Tweed Jr.). Project: Urban Kidney Project — Revitalizing Forgotten Bottom.

United Kingdom: Phil Garlick and Sustainable Construction Team. Project: Tankers Converted to Village.
China: Liu Di. Project: Seasonal Flood Threatened Community.


Brazil: Vinicius Hernandes Andrade and Marcello Henneberg Morettin of Andrade Morettin Associates. Project: Algae City.
Greece: Vasileios Kiousis and Konstantinos Dimas. Project: Wall City, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
United States: John Manaves and Alice Kriegel. Project: Redeveloping the Ninth Ward.
United States: Ilaria Mazzoleni, Yvonne Lau, Philip Ra, Sareen Proudian, Sky Milner, Harold Portillo, Amitabh Barthakur, Vanessa Zajfen, Shauna Price, Sunil Varma, Bungane Mehlomakulu. Project: Ecosystem Restoration: A Model Community at Salton Sea.
United States: Geoffrey Holton and Associates (Geoffrey Holton, Gretchen Bigsby, David Waldorf, Gavin Ross). Project: Suburban Renewal/Green Sacramento.
United States: Center for Sustainable Cities Design Studio (Richard S. Levine, Michael T. Hughes, Casey Ryan Mather). Project: Urban Model for Coal Country.
United States: Junya Oishi. Project: Adaptation to Climatic Disaster.

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The symposium weekend was hosted by the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles, with a reception sponsored by Delta Faucet.


Sunand Prasad — President 2007–2009 of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Principal, Penoyre-Prasad, London.
RK Stewart — President of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Principal, Gensler, San Francisco.
Prof. Thom Mayne — Pritzker Prize Laureate, 2005. Principal, Morphosis, Los Angeles.
Dr. Ken Yeang — author, Ecodesign Instruction Manual. Principal, Llewelyn, Davies, Yeang.
Jennifer Roberts — author, Good Green Homes, Good Green Kitchens, and Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal (Gibbs Smith, Publisher).
Erin Rae Hoffer — AIA, Industry Programs Manager, AEC Solutions, Autodesk, Inc.
Pavel Getov — Observer. Sustainable Development Advisor to Morphosis.
Edmund Einy — Observer. Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA.


Christopher Robbins — CEO and General Manager, Gibbs Smith Publisher.
Phil Bernstein — FAIA, RIBA. VP Industry Strategy and Relations, AEC Solutions, Autodesk, Inc.
Tracey Stout — Vice President, Autodesk, Inc.
Charles Qin — China National Enterprises Association for Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, The Ministry of Commerce, P.R. China.
Julia Russell — Eco-Home, Los Angeles.
The Board of Directors of RIBA-USA, California Chapter.
U.K. Consulate and California State Contacts
David Wild — Deputy Consul General at the UK Consulate General, Los Angeles.
Jennifer Gardner — MBE. UK Consulate General, Los Angeles.
BreAnda Northcutt — Representing the California Governor’s Office.


The Building A Sustainable World: Life in the Balance competition was announced June 2006, with a February 2007 deadline for receipt of the entries. Sixty-five submissions were registered, which encompassed over 200 people working individually or in teams. These included architects, city planners, engineers, students and designers from 18 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, China–Hong Kong, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, U.K., and U.S.A.

Building a Sustainable World: Life in the Balance was an open competition to develop concepts for a maximum-capacity sustainable community or an urban subdivision to address shifts in global climate, that have been so vividly demonstrated by increasing numbers of flooding and drought catastrophes. The community must be “off the grid”, in other words as autonomous and self-sustaining as possible. And, beyond this, participants were invited to propose ways of making the community a positive contributor to the natural ecology. Alternative energy solutions needed to be fully researched and integrated to identify advantages and to be realistic about risks and disadvantages. The competition premise is that the sustainable community should start to reverse environmental damage and not add to it. The community can include new industries, which must be clean and considerate to the quality of life for future generations. We want to create healthy, vibrant, non-toxic communities with a positive relationship, respect and regard for nature and our natural resources.

Eligibility: The competition was open to any individual from any country. However, an entrant who is not an architect had to team up with an accredited (licensed or registered) architect from the locality of the submitted project. Participants were encouraged to engage in teamwork with and between architects whether the entrant is a member of the general public, a writer, visionary, movie maker, engineer, city planner, designer or from the construction industry at large.

Contact: Caroline Davies e:
Ph: (213) 399-1132
General Secretary, California Chapter Board of Directors
Tim Clark e:
Ph: (213) 880-3309
RIBA-USA California Chatper Board of Directors
Founding President RIBA-USA and Past Presiding Chair
Representation for China and Asia:
Contact: Charles Qin and Angyla Wang
China National Enterprises
Association for Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation
The Ministry of Commerce, P.R. China Zip Code: 100022
Tel: 8610-88792-441 Mobile: 139 1126 4785

Building a Sustainable World Competition Latest

Building a Sustainable World - Life in the Balance Competition.

Update: All entries that were sent on or before February 1st 2007 are now under consideration - the competition is now in the Judging Phase.

We received registrations from 18 nations involving over 170 individual designers and other specialists.

Thank you to everyone who entered for helping build a sustainable world. You are the community that is making the difference that matters

We will alert all registered entrants when a shortlist has been produced whether or not they are on it.

We would like to extend a special word to acknowledge AIA National for their support and encouragement - especially to AIA President RK Stewart who has agreed to be one of our judges - also to the many individual AIA members who have entered this important competition.

The help and support that we have received from AIA Los Angeles has been exemplary - Thank you for your engagement and professionalism!

RIBA-USA also wishes to acknowledge the ongoing support of members all over the USA and of RIBA London, whose partnership, cooperation and advancement is our raison d'etre. We are delighted that RIBA President Elect, Sunand Prasad, has agreed to be on our judging panel.

To Autodesk, our primary sponsor, we extend our deepest appreciation for being an inspiring and informative partner and ally in the pursuit of the values and goals of our competition. Similar sentiments are due to our Publisher, Gibbs Smith, who have been busily getting the word out about sustainable development solutions and will be creating a special new publication on our competition.

For specific additional support to our Judging process, our continuing thanks go out to Phil Bernstein, Erin Rae Hoffer and Henry Brulay of Autodesk; Jennifer Roberts, whose sustainable design work is published by Gibbs Smith; Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne; and leading international proponent of sustainable community architecture, Dr Kenneth Yeang.







Building A Sustainable World: Life in the Balance
The Royal Institute of British Architects - USA announces a new international competition ‘Building A Sustainable World: Life in the Balance.’ First Prize $10,000. Main Sponsor Autodesk, Special prize for best use of Autodesk BIM software although entries may use any appropriate medium including freehand and collage.

An open competition to design a maximally sustainable community addressing our Global Warming Crisis.  For details and official entry form visit

To download the full text in PDF format click here.

Registration/Entry Forms: Download registration forms from RIBA-USA, CA. up until the closing of the competition reserve the unilateral right to add to or alter our competition perameters as needed according to the perception of the competition holders RIBA-USA, CA. Each registered entrant shall be notified in writing in such case.

Ideas Competition - Drawing Water Challenge.

A still from the The Long Walk shows Sarah, who has to walk 7.5 hours to collect water for her family. The drawing water challenge is aimed at finding practical solutions to providing clean water and sanitation to some of the poorest people in the world. The deadline for the competition is 31st January 2007. More information is available from:


RIBA Lubetkin Prize:
To recognise the work of RIBA members outside Britain and the EU

In 2006 the RIBA is launching a new series of awards to recognise the work of RIBA members outside Britain and the EU. The RIBA International Awards will recognise the excellent work of RIBA members in the rest of the world, and the winners will go onto be eligible for the inaugural RIBA Lubetkin Prize, for the most outstanding building by an RIBA member outside the UK and the EU. The Lubetkin Prize will be judged by an international jury who will visit a shortlist drawn from winners of the RIBA International Awards.

These awards are an excellent opportunity to get your work recognised internationally; the winning schemes will be announced and exhibited at a high-profile gala dinner at the London Hilton in June, and published in the Architectural Review.

To enter these exciting new awards visit to download entry forms and a guide to entering. Alternatively contact the RIBA Awards Office for more details. Entries must be sent to the RIBA at 66 Portland Place, London by 5pm on 2 March.

RIBA-USA & Diverse City – Global Snowball - 2004
RIBA members: president George Ferguson, Tim Clark, Angela Brady, Jonathan Wimpenny, and Zoka Zola were invited as part of RIBA delegation to China as guests of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade for two weeks to Beijing and Zhengzhou to judge DiverseCity competition and to participate in architectural forums in these two cities. This was a fruitful and only initial meeting between RIBA members, Chinese architects, and Chinese authorities in order to establish a dialogue between Chinese and British Architects

Link to:
Link to one of the winners:
Wang Lifang Winner of RIBA-USA (Royal Institute of British Architects USA) Competition: Diverse City-----Beijing (Number 1 of the 2 winners in China) 2004
Zhuang Weimin

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