Saturday, September 20, 2008


A Crossroads for the High-Speed Rail City Chicago Architectural Club Burnham Prize

The Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Humanities Festival announce UNION STATION 2020, an international design ideas competition for the conversion of Chicago’s Union Station into a high-speed rail hub, regional market, and meeting place. This year’s Burnham Prize competition forms part of Burnham 2.0: A Patchwork Plan for Chicago, a composite urban plan that marks the centennial of Burnham and Bennett’s Plan of Chicago. UNION STATION 2020 asks for innovative solutions for the transformation of Union Station into a center of high speed rail traffic and related programs. It is not simply a question of designing an efficient and functional transit hub. How can this intermodal node become more than a mere knot of infrastructure? What role can this project play in the reconfiguration of Chicago’s West Loop and of the city and region? How can an existing landmark building be transformed to accommodate and generate a new combination of activities while welcoming an unprecedented level of rail traffic? How can we leverage infrastructure to produce other results, to shape the city and the public sphere? How can a point of exchange generate a regional culture? And what does ‘culture’ mean, anyway?

Deadline: Competitors may submit material online anytime between October 10, 2008 and October 15, 2008. Registration is open, and may be completed anytime before the deadline.

Entry Fee: Register Now
Professionals: $80

Students: $50
Students must upload a copy of their current school identification card.

Prizes: First Prize: $10,000 Second Prize: $3,000 Third Prize: $1,500 Up to 3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded. The top ten entries, including all prize winners and honorable mentions, will be featured in the Burnham 2.0 exhibit to be held at the Chicago History Museum, opening November 8, 2009. Results of the competition will be featured in the Chicago Architectural Club Burnham 2.0 publication.

Concurso sobre Segurança Rodoviária para Estudantes

A Fundação da Juventude lançou o concurso "Mais Vale Perder um Minuto na Vida do que a Vida num Minuto! Um Desafio de Todos para uma Melhor Prática Rodoviária”. A iniciativa destina-se a estudantes do ensino superior, com idades compreendidas entre os 18 e os 30 anos, e atribuirá prémios entre 5.000 e 1.500 euros.

Logótipo de Fundação da Juventude

O concurso nacional "Mais Vale Perder um Minuto na Vida do que a Vida num Minuto! Um Desafio de Todos para uma Melhor Prática Rodoviária” pretende sensibilizar os estudantes do ensino superior para a problemática da Educação, Segurança e Prevenção Rodoviárias, através da elaboração de trabalhos temáticos que perspectivem novas abordagens sobre esta matéria e possibilitem a sua participação activa na identificação de saídas tendentes a diminuir o número de acidentes rodoviários em Portugal e, consequentemente, as mortes nas estradas.

A iniciativa dirige-se a estudantes do ensino superior (Licenciatura, Mestrado ou Mestrado Integrado), com idades entre os 18 e os 30 anos, e os trabalhos podem ser apresentados individualmente ou em grupo (com o limite máximo de três elementos), sendo dada especial atenção e preferência à abordagem da redução da velocidade nas estradas. O prazo de entrega termina dia 21 de Novembro de 2008 e o Júri atribuirá o Prémio Inovação, no valor de € 5.000, para a abordagem mais inovadora; o Prémio Professor Alfredo de Sousa, no valor de € 2.500, para a melhor proposta sobre a temática “Custos Económicos e Financeiros da Sinistralidade Rodoviária, Relação de Custo/Benefício na Prevenção em Portugal”; e ainda três prémios para os melhores trabalhos, no montante de € 2.500, € 2.000 e € 1.500.

Esta iniciativa insere-se nos objectivos da Carta Europeia da Segurança Rodoviária, que visa reduzir para metade a taxa de mortalidade rodoviária na União Europeia até 2010, e toda a informação acerca de candidaturas está disponível online, no Site da Fundação da Juventude.

Via: Portal do cidadão

Friday, September 19, 2008

Live EDGE Design Competition

Qualified entrants in this year's exciting challenge will compete in one of two categories: student and general/open. The general/open competition is for design engineers, hobbyists, inventors and anyone else who is not a full-time student. Designs will be judged only against designs submitted within the same category.

Live EDGE's design requirements for submission are intentionally broad, so as to open the challenge to the widest range of ideas. To enter, your design must be original and innovative, use electric and/or electronic components, and positively impact the environment, such as by increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions. It is helpful to view a sample entry (pdf 286Kb) and the winning designs from 2007.

Live EDGE competition to create a design for the most innovative product that utilises electronic components and will have a significant positive effect on the environment

You can register your design on the website between October 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009, following the entry process. Winners will be announced in March, 2009.

The rewards of Live EDGE are unique. The challenge not only awards each of the two winners with a $25,000 cash prize, it provides for support services to bring the designs to market, valued at an additional $25,000 each. Six runner-ups will also receive $5,000 each. All Intellectual Property rights remain with the entrants, so two winners will enjoy the rare pleasure of seeing their designs become a reality, all commercial benefits, and the satisfaction of helping the environment.

  1. Which competition should I register for?

  2. For the 2008 challenge, Live EDGE will hold two concurrent competitions. Designs from full-time students will compete only with other student designs. Professional design engineers, hobbyists and anyone else will compete in the general/open competition.

  3. What important dates do I need to know?

  4. Registration/submission of designs begins October 1, 2008 and extends through January 31, 2009

Concurso Parque del Lago

The Metropolitan Municipality of Quito, the Corporation for Environmental Health “Vida para Quito” and the Architects’ Association of Ecuador – Pichincha Province, are implementing the Open International Competition for Ideas in urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture for the design of Quito´s Lake Park (Parque del Lago). The Competition Site is currently the location of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, in the cities’ north.

The above mentioned Competition seeks to obtain holistic proposals that allow: the reconfiguration of the urban development policies and tendencies of the northern zone, the promotion of urban improvement processes, the solution for the limitations of northern Quito’s transversal connectivity (east – west), the reduction of environmental liabilities, the promotion of the recuperation of the landscape and urban environment, and the generation of well-being and social integration in public spaces.

The launching of the Competition will take place on August 18, 2008. The official languages of the Competition are Spanish and English.

The Competition constitutes an invitation directed to all national and international professionals, tied to the professions of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, urban design, etc., in order that in an open manner, all actors may participate and take part in the design of a future public space of special transcendence for the city of Quito.

• Registration and purchase of Competition Conditions: from August 18 to September 26, 2008.

• Submittal of proposals: up to October 17, 2008, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 19:00 p.m. (local time).