Monday, December 10, 2007

dining in 2015

the subject of the international competition is
dining in 2015
- at work
- during travel
- at home

we are looking for cutlery, tableware, cookware and tools.
( electrical aplliances are excluded )

registration deadline

application registration will be accepted through december 10, 2007.

More information here

Friday, November 30, 2007

Concurso de Design Mobiliário com Materiais Reciclados

Concurso de Design de Mobiliário de Materiais Reciclados, lançado pela Caixa, cujo grande objectivo é a preservação dos recursos naturais, através do incentivo e viabilização de alternativas de concepção e produção de Design com materiais provenientes da Fileiras de Reciclagem, na linha do desenvolvimento sustentável.

Os estudantes dos Ensinos Superior ou Politécnico, das áreas de Design e Arquitectura, matriculados no ano lectivo 2007-2008, que pretendam participar neste Concurso, deverão preencher a ficha de inscrição e formalizar as suas candidaturas até 30 de Novembro, nos termos do Regulamento.

Mais Informações >

Friday, November 23, 2007

Vacancy in Future Systems

- CAD Technician

We will accept application only by post.
Gemma Curry
The Warehouse
20 Victoria Gardens
W11 3PE

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Concursos de ideas 429 viviendas protegidas + proyecto de investigación en La Florida. El Puerto de Santa María. Cádiz

A partir de los cambios que se están produciendo en los ámbitos sociales, urbanos, tecnológicos y medioambientales, existe una necesidad de estudiar e innovar en nuevas tipologías de viviendas protegidas.

Uno de los hitos fundamentales que marcan la temporalidad en las normas que afectan en materia de vivienda, es la entrada en vigor del código técnico de la edificación, que se ha producido este año 2007, el cual está basado en la creación de nuevas prestaciones y supone una apertura a la innovación sin dificultar el progreso tecnológico.

Por ello la Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes a través de la Empresa Pública de Suelo de Andalucía promueve este concurso de ideas 429 viviendas protegidas + proyecto de investigación en La Florida, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, planteando una reflexión e investigación de nuevas propuestas de viviendas que puedan ser origen de un futuro desarrollo de normativas y tipologías de vpo.

Recepción de los trabajos: 15.11.07
Fallo del jurado 30.11.07

Más información en Web


Friday, October 26, 2007


Rolandsgifts is an on-line store for house accessories, manly for people with a traditional and kitsch taste. You have a variety of objects , from doormats to bird houses, from stationary paper to mailbox. They even have mailbox like we are used to see in the cartoons and movies. Very nice.
All these can be personalized with the family name, or whatever you want.

personalized doormats, personalized door mats, personalized doormat, personalized door mat

I liked the wooden doormat, it is simple and nice.

address plaques, custom address plaque, home address sign and address signs, house signs

I would chose this one, because it is just the essential.

If you are a Flintstone, or a Flintstones lover you can chose this one, or one of the others rocks that they have there, in 3 differents types, Sandstone, Slate Gray and Red Rock . They have an animated 360-degree view of the different stones, so you can choose the one that best fits your requirement.
And for cat lover, or a bird lover, you can choose the concrete signs, with several types of birds, cats, and even a fish :)
If this was a Portuguese site, you would have, certainly, the typical swallow.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


If you want bedding for your home you can go to, chose, and them buy them from partners, such as Amazon, Macy's or Bloomingdale's.
They have a wide variety of

Bedding Type, Bedding Size, Stores, Fabric or Material or Brand

Monday, September 17, 2007


Taps4less is an online shop for bathroom hardware and accessories. A wide range of taps, showers, furniture, cabinets, tubs, etc.

One of the things that grab my attention was the macerator, useful in building renewal, when you don't have much space, and need to put WC far away from existing pipes. As macerators are not common in Portugal, on-line shop could be the fast way to get them.

I also liked some bathroom suites, like this one.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

2G Competition. Venice Lagoon Park

On the occasion of the celebration of the magazine’s tenth anniversary, 2G launches an international ideas competition: 2G Competition. Venice Lagoon Park. This theoretical initiative, which does not involve subsequent phases of the project or its execution, is an inducement to free, non-restrictive reflection, the objective being to embark on a worthwhile debate within the profession.

The competition is intended as a reflection on the contemporary metropolis that, growing out of the design of the landscape, pays attention to the tension between global interests and local needs. The site chosen for the unfolding of the competition is the Venice Lagoon, the specific theme being the creation of the Venice Lagoon Park.

The park project will be devoted to reclaiming the urban idea of the lagoon as a complex network of communications and settlements, through a hypothetical re-colonisation of the territory of the lagoon, the decentralisation and atomisation of a programme of uses, and the reclaiming of the idea of the lagoon as an urban constellation necessarily integrated in its natural environment. The programme for planning this rehabilitation will consist of an Urban Park and Lagoon Prototypes.

The competition opens on 1 April 2007 to students and professionals under 40 in the fields of architecture, landscape design, urbanism and related disciplines as long as a student of architecture or an architect belongs to their team.

15 October 2007
Final date for registration

12 November 2007
Final date for the delivery of projects (before 2.00 p.m. Barcelona, Spain, local time)

January 2008
Publication of the jury’s verdict

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Living simplicity in furniture design - until 25-06-2007

C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S
DEPADOVA, together with designboom, promotes an international design competition.
participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
free registration required.

living simplicity in furniture design combine simplicity with playfulness, elegance, freshness, and contemporary spirit in home and office furniture design.
we are looking for innovative chairs, tables, sofas, containers,...
(lighting, coffee tables and other small accessories are not accepted)

Information and Registration


C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S
designboom and PROCTER & GAMBLE packaging design competition.
participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
free registration required.

More information and registration

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hard hat

for construction sites

Ciclo de Seminários - Arquitectura e Sociedade: Arquitectura e a cidade/território

Ciclo de Seminários - Arquitectura e Sociedade

Dia 24 de Maio - 18:30
.....arquitectura e a cidade/território
Álvaro Domingues
Manuel Graça Dias
Luís Urbano

Dia 5 de Junho - 18:30
....arquitectura voluntária
Arquitectos Sem Fronteiras Portugal
Alunos da Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto


Informações e Inscrições:
Sofia Fragateiro
Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Tel. 22 207 32 48/30 Fax 22 200 15 28

Concurso Espaços Habitáveis do

Until 16-06-2007


sliding puzzle desk by Hsien Chang

The design concept of this product was inspired by sliding puzzles. The concept of the mechanism has been applied to the storage of office desks so that users can see what is kept in the desk with great ease by moving the dividers on the desk. The grids can be designated to store different items according to the users' needs of storage and usage: 1.Documents and folders 2.Keyboard and mouse 3.Stationery 4.Loose papers The basket fitted in the grids can be removed to provide greater convenience when moving. This feature will also allow the user to sort and organize the items within the basket easily.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Blinds and Shades

Blinds are, more and more, seen like objects that help in home decoration, and because of that the variety that you have is increasing.

In this site call guaranteed blinds you can choose from a wide range of shades, blinds and panels, of different types, colours, tissues, etc.

The system that grabbed my attention was this kind of honeycomb cell tissue (you can have it simple or double), that brings a richer light texture, and, with this innovation, the shade can be placed on top of window and working with a top-down rolling (the usual), or it can be placed on the bottom of the window, and having a bottom-up rolling, serving as a “Japanese screen” that protects a space from unwanted eyes.

One of the aspects that could be improved in this site is the picture's size, because they are too small to see desirable details.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Learn and Speak Italian

If you want to learn Italian, you can do it on-line, on learnandspeakitalian website. You can do it at your own rhythm, not have to worry about losing you money because you don’t have enough free time. This is meant for English speaker learners but anyone who knows a little bit of English could use it.

The advantage of this method is that it teaches you to speak, not just some everyday phrases, but it explains the meaning of each word so you can re-use it in another context. And it has recorded pronunciation of each word, with different speed, so you can understand how it is done, and you can recognize if and when you listen it spoken by an real Italian.

You don't have to be on-line all the time, you can download the mp3 files, so you can listen later, on you mp3 player, or your CD player, again and again, until you feel that the “music” of the Italian language have enter your hear.

The price is very appealing, because you have to pay the fee only one time, and it is valid for your life time (or the service life time). And it is not expensive, because you can access to the 22 lessons, whenever you like or want, and for just $15. I think it's a good service.

You can try it here:

Link: Learn to speak italian online

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hosting city - Ideas competition

Our objective with this initiative is to promote a reflection on the city, its physical and social territory concerning the problems of social exclusion, specially associated with migration issues.

Therefore, this competition of ideas has as object of study/intervention, our own city, Oporto, represented by four places.

By choosing these places we’ve searched for identification in our urban territory of different case studies associating public space reflection, citizenship, social exclusion and migrants settlements.

It is with these initiatives, for which your contribution is essential through the presentation of your ideas, that we aim to appeal the biggest number of people for the causes that we defend.

More information:

A.S.F.P. - Arquitectos sem Fronteiras Portugal
M.I.R.A. - Migration Interface for Reflexion and Activism

Friday, April 27, 2007

2nd Lisbon Ideas Challenge International Design Competition

The Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, of the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon, is pleased to introduce you the International Design Competition "Lisbon Ideas Challenge (LIC) - Urban Design with Photovoltaics".

LIC is an activity promoted within the Photovoltaic Power System Programme (PVPS) latest task, Task 10. Task 10 objective is to enhance the opportunities for the wide-scale, solution-oriented application of PV in the urban environment, as part of an integrated approach that maximizes building energy efficiency as well as solar thermal and PV usage. PVPS is a collaborative R&D agreement, established within the International Energy Agency (IEA), aimed at conducting projects on the application of solar PV electricity.


The official presentation of this competition occurred in the workshop "New rising era for photovoltaic in buildings" on the 2nd of February in Brussels, within the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week promoted by the European Commission. The competition calls for entries from the 1st of March to the 31st of July 2007; the final prize ceremony is expected to be held in November 2007.

International Conference and Student Design Competition

"Tectonics Making Meaning" is an international conference and student design competition which will take place at the Department of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The event consists of an international student design competition as well as an international conference to be held on the 10, 11 en 12 December 2007.

Design competition: General Information

"The submission deadline will be posted together with the assignment description on the 1st June 2007."

Space Prize for International Students of Architecture Design

3.6.9. is the spatial volumetric relationship that the participants should adhere to for the competition. The given dimensions are 3m, 6m, and 9m; the space volume of any width, length or height. Within the boundary of the spatial dimensions, the participants are at liberty to explore and suggest innovative interior space reflecting lifestyle(s).

Due date of Application Acceptance: August 31st, 2007
Due date of Submission of Works: September 13th, 2007


Monday, April 16, 2007


Guide to Copper in Architecture - Free Publication


Targetti Art Light Design Competition 2007

The theme of the competition is to create works of art that use artificial light as a tool, material and content.
Participants will present a "light portrait" or "light sculpture".
Works must be new (never before shown in previous exhibitions or published).

Artificial light must be an essential component of the work and all kinds of lighting technologies can be used. The works must also be designed with material and technology suitable for creating several examples, otherwise they will be disqualified.

First Prize: 30,000 euros; 2 second prizes of 5,000 euros; honourable mentions: 14,000 euros.
The closing date for entry and delivery is6th July 2007.

Targetti Sankey S.P.A.
Via Pratese, 164
50145 Firenze (Italia)

Informations: PDF

Cooper in Architecture - Awards 13

The Copper in Architecture Awards promote and reward excellence in design by architects and students, as well as craftsmanship by installers.
To be eligible, all entries must incorporate cladding, roofing or other architectural elements of copper or copper alloys, such as bronze and brass. Awards will be presented at a ceremony in London in September 2007. All winning and commended projects will feature in extensive press coverage, including a special
supplement in Architectural Review. A selection of entries will be displayed at the presentation.

Architectural Students Design Award
For design projects prepared by students studying at UK schools of architecture.
Winner’s Prize: £500.

"Copper in the Home" design competition - CONCORSO I.I.R. 2007 - “IL RAME E LA CASA”

The aim of this competition by the Italian Copper Institute is to design a piece of home furniture that involves the widespread and correct use of copper or its alloys (brass, bronze, cupronickel, etc.).
The object designed must be for domestic use and may, for example, be one of the following: a chair, table, coffee table, mirror, coat stand, shelf, magazine holder, bookshelf, lamp, vase, wall-covering, partition or door, etc.
Other materials may be integrated or combined in the design, but the part in copper or its alloys must be the main component in the construction of the object as a whole.

Designer and architects¿ category: First Prize: 4,000 euros; Second Prize: 2,500 euros.
Students¿ category: First Prize: 1,500 euros.

The closing date for entries and delivery is 31st May 2007.

Istituto Italiano del Rame
Via Corradino d'Ascanio, 4
20142 Milano
tel. +39 02809301330

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Non conventional hotel

Dasparkhotel - Andreas Strass. Linz, 2006

Besides the unconventional look of this hotel, it's cost also is very unorthodox: "pay as you wish", as much you can afford or as much as you think the hotel deserves.

Monday, March 19, 2007


If you are interested in architecture and you are planning a trip, you may want to visit galinsky to find what you can visit in the selected destination.