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student design competition for FALL Semester August 31, 2010

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The design of educational facilities serves as a major focus for architects and the communities in which they live and work. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that there were 95,726 public schools in the United States in 2005, nearly 10,000 more than in 1995. And even in the current economic downturn, the American Institute of Architects indicates that the design and construction of schools represents the driving force of designs fees for architecture firms in the United States.While population growth is projected to level off in the next few years, schools will continue to serve as the center for education in the community. School districts in the US will need to start building schools that address the needs of their users, needs that reach far beyond the color of paint in the classroom. And these large buildings will also need to start using technology and building systems to help reduce their economic and environmental impact.Elementary schools in particular have generally simple programmatic requirements and allow for tremendous creativity within the design solution. The challenge comes in making a building that functions in the simplest way possible for the young minds of children, provides a modern workplace for the teachers and staff and promotes the spirit of its community.Kawneer and AIAS give students achance to meet these challenges in the 2010 Schools of Tomorrow Design Competition….

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Safe Trestles February 19, 2010

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Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through wetlands and over active train tracks to gain access to the surf breaks at Trestles. These impromptu manmade paths present a safety hazard with passing trains and threaten the fragile ecosystem of Trestles.

In response, a coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity, are launching “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach. This coalition is looking for cohesive designs that eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks, help to restore wetlands that have been damaged by the present path, preserve and improve vistas, and offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment. The new path should ensure continued access to the resources by all members of our community and adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

While placing no limitations on the originality or imaginativeness of design ideas, we are looking for tangible low-impact solutions that can actually be built at a future date. Ideally, the winning entry will be sensitive to the remote and undisturbed nature of the area—providing safe access without compromising the pristine environment and views of this rare example of natural Southern California coast.

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http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/trestles

New Orleans Design Competition for AAU’s 2030 Group February 12, 2010

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We were thinking that this competition might be an interesting one that everyone could get involved in.  USGBC’s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition will for the first time be one national project challenge, focusing on LEED for Homes, affordable housing, universal design, and functionality for elderly occupants.  Qualifying submissions should not exceed 880 square feet,$100,000 in construction costs, and must meet the requirements of LEED for Homes Platinum certification.

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DESGN COMPETITION NEW ORLEANS

Emergency Shelters for Haiti Design Competition February 12, 2010

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http://boards.core77.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20712

Looking for simple effective and appropriate design solutions that tackle the idea of temporary emergency pop-up shelters.  Doors close on February 28th, so get your submissions in!