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Thursday 08 May 2008

Second Annual R + D Awards

on Thursday 08 May 2008 - 12:32:52 | by admin
The evolution of architecture is often dependent on the evolution of technologies. Embracing new technologies in designs sets the new paths to architecture. R + D award program highlights on the invention and application of technology in design.
The awards honor innovative materials and systems at every scale—from entire buildings and complexes to HVAC and structural systems to curtain-wall and ceiling-panel assemblies to discrete building materials such as wood composites and textiles.

Eligibility: The R+D Awards are intentionally open to building technologies of all types in order to encourage the broadest possible dialogue among architects, engineers, manufacturers, researchers, students, and designers of all disciplines.

Jurors: Blaine Brownell, Christopher Genik, Andres Lepik
Deadline: May 29 2008

 CLICK HERE to REGISTER ONLINE. CLICK HERE to read more or DOWNLOAD the pdf entry form.

Tuesday 15 April 2008

World Architecture Festival 2008: Open for Entries

on Tuesday 15 April 2008 - 20:09:47 | by admin
World Architecture Festival LogoThe World Architecture Festival 2008
The World Architecture Festival is a yearly event for global architecture. The festival will highlight the international nature of today’s architecture comprising one of the largest international award program for architects worldwide. It will be a three-day-event from 22nd to 24th October 2008 in Barcelona, Spain.
This mega festival will also be celebrating the regional roots of architecture from all around the world. Besides the award program the festival will also include:
__ thematic exhibition, ‘Creativity, Capacity, Responsibility’
__ live ideas charrette for architecture schools
__ architect-nominated product showcase
__ city tours and social events
__ networking

WFA Claims to be the Largest Architectural Award Program in the World
The 2008 awards are for buildings completed between 1 January 2007 and 20 June 2008. Buildings in any country, by architects of any nationality, are eligible for entry.
International juries will shortlist the best entries in 96 building types, grouped into 16 categories. All shortlisted architects will present their work to live juries and audiences at the Festival, competing against each other to become category winners. Category winners will compete against each other in front of a super-jury, to win the ‘best in show’ prize, the first architectural Prix de Barcelona.

The Schedule:
Entries opened: 15 April 2008
Entry deadline: 20 June 2008
Shortlist announced: September 2008
Winners selected live at the Festival: 22-24 October 2008
Anyone may register into the mailing list of WFA website to get updates.

Get every details here:
ArchSociety will be keeping you updated about this event as well. All eligible architects are encouraged to participate in this prestigious award program and the mega event.

Tuesday 01 April 2008

World Architecture Community Relieses Its BETA Online

on Tuesday 01 April 2008 - 08:07:12 | by admin
world architecture
World Architecture Community, launched on March 1, with 200 honorary members including Hans Hollein, Mario Botta, and Fumihiko Maki, is probably the first interactive database created to provide an opportunity for all local practices to become internationally recognized. Unique features of this portal enable all members to contribute in the making of the future of architectural thought by submitting, discussing, editing, rating, sharing their work.
While there are many channels that promote architecture, WA will probably be the first interactive database created to provide an opportunity for all local practices to present their work to the international audience and become internationally recognized.

World Architecture Community Screenshot

It is evident that content capacity in printed media is very limited that only a few can access. Appearing in international or even local media is highly competitive and requires grand projects; therefore local practices rarely have the chance to be criticized and the agenda of architecture concentrates on a few names. On the other hand, there are many young, talented architects, passionately designing buildings in the different parts of the world. Unfortunately, as they cannot appear on the media, they are solely criticized by their customers. Impetus for creativity, however, is criticism. WA realizes the dream of local practices to be discussed by prominent scholars and academicians from different countries via the platform offered by the internet. Architects and scholars from ALL countries of the world are invited to submit their buildings and writings freely. The aim of WA is to highlight the different quests of local practices in the global agenda and initiate a new definition for architectural media. WA Community Portal also aims to present the work of all contemporary masters of architecture in a concise form eventually with their support of the educational premises of the project.

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