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NEWS / Bhopal Memorial Competition
« on: November 08, 2005, 02:04:03 PM »
Govt. of MP had come up with a project of a ‘memorial’ for the Bhopal Gas Victims on the site of the Union Carbide Corporation in the North of Bhopal. What made project interesting is the ‘open-endedness’ of its program. One could suggest the program and function of the place along with the architectural design of the 25 hectares of the site. The suggested program included functions like a place to pay homage to the victims, children’s education park, museum of industrial disasters in India etc.

The following link takes you to the Award wining entry by a team of five people: Amritha Ballal Moulshri Joshi Sanjeet Wahi Suditya Sinha Uttiya Bhattacharya


NEWS / RIBA Stirling Prize
« on: November 05, 2005, 11:54:06 AM »
RIBA Stirling Prize

 RIBA Stirling Prize 2005 winner: The Scottish Parliament
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The Scottish Parliament wins £20,000 RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects’ Journal
The Scottish Parliament, has won the 10th RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects’ Journal. The presentation of the UK’s premier architectural award took place at a glittering award ceremony at the Royal Museum, Edinburgh.

The Scottish Parliament beat off competition from five other shortlisted buildings, selected from this year's RIBA Award winning buildings:

BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany - Zaha Hadid Architects

Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland – O’Donnell + Tuomey

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh - EMBT / RMJM Ltd

McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey - Foster and Partners

Jubilee Library, Brighton, Sussex - Bennetts Associates with Lomax Cassidy + Edwards

Fawood Children’s Centre, Harlesden, NW10 - Alsop Design Ltd

Architectural Competitions / Living BOX
« on: November 05, 2005, 10:37:03 AM » is now accepting submissions for its Living Box competition. Entrants should develop a design for a prefabricated living unit that can be transported by ground or air. The unit should function as both a permanent or temporary that is consistent with contemporary lifestyles

more details at

Architectural Competitions / VELUX Award 2006 for Students of Architecture
« on: November 05, 2005, 10:30:55 AM »
VELUX invites students of architecture to participate in the International VELUX Award 2006.

The award takes place every second year and is open to students worldwide. The award wants to celebrate and promote excellence in completed study works and to acknowledge students as well as their tutors; therefore the tutors of the projects are awarded alongside their students.

The overall award theme is "Light of Tomorrow", reflecting a wish to explore and discuss the role of daylight in architecture. Daylight and sunlight are important factors in how buildings are perceived and in the daily lives of people, their health and comfort at home or at work.

Award themes
The International VELUX Award encourages projects that go to the edge and demonstrate experimental thinking on daylight and its role in architecture. There are no specific award categories but entries may focus on:
The contribution of daylight to high visual quality and interior comfort that add quality to people’s lives and living conditions
The rethinking of daylight in urban living contexts (e.g. city densification, area shortage, or the polyvalent city)
The contribution of daylight to sustainable architecture
Concepts, e.g. daylight versus artificial light, day versus night, or in versus out
It is important to emphasise that the award is not limited to the use of VELUX products, but seeks to explore the boundaries of visual daylight quality, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction of buildings with their environment.

The jury and project evaluation
All submitted projects will be evaluated by the following jury members:
Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma & Associates (Japan)
Reinier de Graaf, OMA partner & AMO director (Netherlands)
Róisín Heneghan, heneghan.peng.architects (Ireland)
Omar Rabie, MIT student (Egypt)
Douglas Steidl, AIA President, appointed by UIA (USA)
Per Olaf Fjeld, Oslo School of Architecture, EAAE Vice Precident (Norway)
Massimo Buccilli, General Manager VELUX Italia s.p.a.+ (Italia)

more details at

CAD / Autodesk wants to Customise Revit /ACAD for INDIA
« on: October 19, 2005, 04:13:30 PM »
Autodesk - makers of Revit and Autocad would like to know from the Indian architects - what is their wishlist in terms of customising Revit and autocad for India.

So if you have are using any of these softwares and feel that it would have been a lot simpler if the premade objects etc. were as per Indian conditions, or any thing else - do post your wish list here so that it can be forwarded to Autodesk.

The same could be done for other software vendors also.


Shamit Manchanda

Architectural Competitions / 4th International Bauhaus Award 2006
« on: October 11, 2005, 01:34:33 PM »
The International Bauhaus Award is presented every other year to young designers, artists and researchers for innovative work on the city, architecture and design. Conferred for the first time in 2000, the award has advanced to become an internationally acclaimed competition. With its eye on a critical examination of Modernism, the Foundation uses the award to promote, in particular, ideas and projects that identify with the basic values of Modernism while updating them to cater for future needs.

more details at


Architectural Competitions / 06 Skyscraper Architectural Competition
« on: October 11, 2005, 01:32:15 PM »
eVolo has launched its first ever international design competition. The competition challenges entrants to develop a skyscraper of the 21st Century. Submission should concentrate on developing new ideas for vertical density.

more details at

Architectural Competitions / Living Steel Int. Competition
« on: October 11, 2005, 01:28:40 PM »
Living Steel International Competition for Sustainable Housing
Call for expressions of interest

Can you house 8 billion people?

The challenge is to address the global housing requirement in a way that respects our environment and economically meets society’s aspirations.

Living Steel, a worldwide program to stimulate innovation in the design and construction of housing, has launched an international architectural competition to take on the challenge.
In the course of the five-year program two invited international competitions for sustainable housing are being undertaken. One or more locations will be chosen for each of the competitions, with the winning submission for each location being built. The buildings will be designed to advance the concept of sustainable housing, demonstrating the value and performance of steel in meeting the economic, environmental and social criteria demanded in each location.

The first competition starts in July 2005 with the call for expressions of interest to design sustainable housing in India and Poland. The final date for receipt of expressions of interest is 1 December 2005.

A short list of up to ten architect firms for each of the two locations will be notified and provided a detailed competition brief by 13 January 2006. Competition submissions are due by 14 April 2006. Each short listed firm will be paid an honorarium of €10,000.

The winning submissions for India and Poland, as selected by an independent, UIA approved jury, will each be awarded a prize of €50,000. The winning submissions will also be developed for construction with Living Steel and local supply chain partners beginning mid-2006.

Applications are invited from architects who wish to be considered for inclusion on the short list for the design and procurement of the first group of two demonstration buildings. A second competition and housing construction is scheduled to begin in 2007.

more details at


Architectural Competitions / 8th International Arquine Competition
« on: October 11, 2005, 12:52:15 PM »
Once again, Arquine International Architecture and Design Magazine opens its annual competition to architects and students. The theme of the 8th International Arquine Competition is “A Site Museum for Tulum”.

The competition has garnered wide recognition in Mexico and abroad over the past seven years. Of the 467 participants who enrolled last year, 56% were from Mexico, 21% were from the United States, while the remainder hailed from some 32 different countries.

Different urban and architectural themes are addressed each year in the competition: “A Pedestrian Border Crossing”, “Re-Inhabiting the Center of Mexico City”, “The Twenty-First-Century House”, “Documentary Center of Modern Latin-American Architecture”, and “The Park of the Senses”, among others.

This year’s competition deals with the theme of a site museum in an archeological area -Tulum- favouring contemporary languages capable of dialoguing with the landscape and the prehispanic legacy in a discreet way, and avoiding the example of less successful attempts in this field, whose desire for protagonism competes with the preexisting architecture.

The jury:

Mario Schjetnan (landscape architect / Harvard University professor)
Mauricio Rocha (architect / Universidad Anáhuac professor)
Carlos Jiménez (architect / member of the Pritzker Prize jury)
Julio Valencia (architect / National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)
Archeologist / Anthropologist (INAH)

The competition’s first prize is P$50,000 (US$4,100).

More information at

NEWS / Holcim Awards - Asia Pacific
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:50:40 AM »
Holcim Awards - Asia Pacific

The Holcim Awards prizes for region Asia Pacific were announced in Beijing, China on September 22, 2005.

 Holcim Awards Gold 2005 - Asia Pacific  

 Design for a Clan Settlement's Regeneration, Hangzhou, China

Holcim Awards Silver 2005 - Asia Pacific  

 Concrete Substrates for Accelerated Coral Restoration, Philippines

Holcim Awards Bronze 2005 - Asia Pacific  

  "Air Suit - Housing Renovation", Hiroshima, Japan  

Holcim Awards Acknowledgements 2005 - Asia Pacific  

 Five Scattered Houses, Ning Bo, China  
 "Chaupal - Eco House", New Delhi, India  
 "SRIBS" Minimal Energy Link House, Shanghai, China  

Holcim Awards Encouragements 2005 - Asia Pacific

 "BARN-ing Community Concept Plan", Dongzhou, Fuyang, China  
 "Ivatan Agricultural Campus", Itbayat, Philippines  
 "2+2+1 House", Chengdu, China  

more details at

Architectural Competitions / IIA AWARDS 2005
« on: July 20, 2005, 05:23:33 PM »
For Excellence in Architecture

Download Application Form from

THE INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS invites entries for THE IIA AWARDS 2005, for the best Architectural projects in various categories.



Single Dwellings, Multi- Family Dwellings, including shelters, houses, apartment blocks, housing complexes


Buildings or complexes, including buildings, centres, or complexes for governmental, public sector, or private organisations for administrative, commercial, religious, institutional, social, cultural, sports, and educational and like purposes


Including Interior Design projects for private or public use


Structures, Complexes or Estates, covering structures and facilities for agriculture, industrial, transportation, communication and other services or infrastructure


Open spaces serving any kind of public or private use. It may or may not be in context of an Architectural project


This may be given for any outstanding research and/ or unbuilt studies / projects.


The object of the IIA AWARDS is to encourage, acknowledge, appreciate and honour through the professional body the significant contribution of member professionals in the field of ARCHITECTURE


The AWARDS are presented annually. A special Jury will assess the entries. The AWARDS presentation ceremony and exhibition of AWARD winning entries will be in October 2004. The IIA AWARDS 2004, will cover projects completed between 01 JAN 1998 and 31 DEC 2004.


The JURY will consist of the President, IIA, or his nominee, and five prominent Members of IIA. The decision of the JURY shall be final and binding on all the participants.


The AWARD shall be a specially designed plaque and a certificate in each category.


The participants are requested to submit photographs of the completed work, plans and relevant drawings in maximum SIX sheets of not more than A2 size, properly mounted so as to enable the Jury to understand and examine the scheme. A report on the concept must accompany the submission of work, which should contain cost of the project, technology adopted, time of completion, etc. The participants must also send with the entry their recent passport size photographs and brief bio-data, in not more than 150 words, in the enclosed format. CD or transparencies are not to be sent with the entry. The envelope containing the entry should be marked as ‘ENTRY FOR IIA AWARDS 2005’ indicating the category too. Entries containing more than 6 numbers or bigger than A2 size sheets with be disqualified.


The entry material sent to IIA for the AWARDS will be retained as property of IIA. The Indian Institute of Architects shall be free to publish the entries in the Institute’s publications or display the same in Exhibitions organized by the Institute. In case a member desires to have his/her entry returned after the AWARDS Ceremony, the same can be done on receiving a written request from the participant. The entry shall be returned at the participant’s risk and cost. No claims for compensation shall be accepted by IIA on any account.


IIA Members having paid Subscription upto 2005-2006 and / or One Time Subscription Deposit are eligible to send their entries. Members may be self-employed or may be employed in private or public sector.

A Member can send one or more project entries in any number of categories. Entries, including those sent by proxy, should be accompanied by the Entry Form duly signed by the Author of the design / work. Office Bearers, Council Members, Chapter Chairmen, Members of Editorial Committee, JIIA, are not eligible for the AWARD.

Send your entries so as to reach on or before 31 August 2005 to :

The Jt. Hony. Secretary
The Indian Institute of Architects
Prospect Chambers Annexe,
Dr. D. N. Road,
Fort, Mumbai-400001
Tel: +91.22.22046972, +91.22.2281 8491, +91.22.2288 4805,

Architectural Competitions / Advanced Architecture Contest
« on: July 04, 2005, 10:42:36 PM »
As part of our Investigation Program of Advanced Architecture Master of
the Advanced Architecture Institute in Catalunya, we are launching an
International Competition called Advanced Architecture Contest.

This Competition of Sustainable architecture, is open to Students and
Professionales from around the world which main focus are the ecological
and environmental aspects applied to the design of the space.

All proposal shall be in digital form and delivered by eMail.

Participation is free and there is no fee for inscriptions.

For more information or contact, please visit our website

Luciana Asinari
Advanced Architecture Contest
Communication Events
Pujades 81 baixos, Poble Nou,
08005 Barcelona, Spain.
fax 93 300 43 33

The Keitai, cell phone has become indispensable infrastructure and tool of our everyday life. This competition asks how the city is developing under these circumstances and invites the spatial proposals concerning the relationship between the urban environment and the Keitai in the near future.

* NTT DoCoMo is Japan's premier mobile communications company.

type: open idea competition, international
jury: Kengo Kuma, Jun Aoki, Ryue Nishizawa, Kiyohito Nagata
open to: anyone
prize:  2,000,000 yen for Firts Prize, 500,000 yen for Second Prize
registration deadline: September 26, 2005
submissin deadline: September 26, 2005

NEWS / Tadao Ando UIA Gold Medal
« on: June 10, 2005, 10:21:26 AM »
The International Union of Architects (UIA)  has announced that the distinguished Japanese architect Tadao Ando will receive the UIA 2005 Gold Medal. This prestigious honor is awarded to living architects for contributions made throughout their careers in service to humanity, society, and the promotion of the art of architecture.

In announcing the award, the UIA jury commented: "His mastery of construction materials — reinforced concrete to which he gives a silky touch, wood which he uses with virtuosity, glass, water, light, — makes him an inspired master of architectural construction and design. The imprint of his expertise and his lyricism may be witnessed in private houses, temples, and museums, as well as in ambitious programs like the renovation of Kobe or vast cultural complexes in the United States."  

Ando was born in Osaka, in 1941. He was self-educated, and absorbed a knowledge of architecture by traveling around the world, especially in Japan, Europe, the United States, and Africa. He discovered and became fascinated by the work of Le Corbusier.

In 1995, Ando received the prestigious Pritzker Prize and in 2002, a gold medal from the American Institute of Architects. Today, in addition to his architectural practice in Osaka, he now teaches at the University of Tokyo.

In writing about Ando's Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, architecture professor Elizabeth Bollinger reports on some of the craft that goes into the architect's special touch with concrete: "He explains that the quality of this work depends not on the mix of the material itself, but rather on the formwork into which the concrete is poured. Well crafted, watertight wooden forms are essential, and Ando's forms are varnished to achieve the smooth finish."

Bollinger continues: "One mark of Ando's careful attention to detail is that he recesses all objects affixed to the walls, such as light switches, electrical outlets, and exit signs. This requires that the negative spaces to accommodate the components be accurately sized and perfectly positioned in the wooden forms before the concrete is poured. 'The Modern' exemplifies the fine work that this designer/ craftsman expects and upon which he has built his reputation."

Earlier Masterworks

One of his more notable early projects is the Azuma House in Osaka, Japan. Critic Darlene Levy describes it as "a simple, narrow concrete rectangular residence" in the city's dense, urban core. She writes: "with spaces flanking an interior courtyard, there is an attempt to return the 'contact with light, air, rain, and other natural elements' to the Japanese life-style. In addition to providing light and serving as the focal point of family life, this small court is a spatial entity that attempts to compensate for the reduced physical space."

Ando himself says of the Azuma House: "In its simple but rich spatial composition, in its expression of enclosure, and in the way light gives character to daily-life spaces, this house encapsulates an image of my architecture." Kenneth Frampton describes these principles as "creating introspective microcosms to stand against the urban chaos of the late modern world."

A later project is "Rokko Housing One," a group of 20 public housing units built into a hillside in Kobe, Japan. Gaps between the units form plazas and terraces overlooking the ocean. Ando's first public structure in the United States was the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri.

On receiving the AIA Gold Medal in 2002, Ando said: "The aim of my design is to impart rich meaning to spaces through natural elements and the many aspects of daily life. In other words, I try to relate the fixed form and compositional method to the kind of life that will be lived in the given space and to local regional society. My mainstay in selecting the solutions to these problems is my independent architectural theory ordered on the basis of a geometry of simple forms, my own ideas of life, and my emotions as a Japanese."

Since its creation, the UIA Gold Medal has been awarded to: Hassan Fathy (Egypt), Reima Pietila (Finland), Charles Correa (India), Fumihiko Maki (Japan), Rafael Moneo (Spain), Ricardo Legorreta (Mexico), and Renzo Piano (Italy), in 2002. This year's UIA jury included by Jaime Lerner (Brazil), Vassilis Sgoutas (Greece), Jean Claude Riguet (France), Donald J. Hackl (USA), Gaetan Siew (Mauritius), José Cortes Delgado (Mexico), Louise Cox (Australia), Wolf Tochtermann (Germany), and Jordi Farrando (Spain).

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NEWS / Emerging Trends in Indian Architecture
« on: April 22, 2005, 11:46:54 PM »
northern chapter
The Indian Institute of Architects

in association with
Organizers of India International Construction & Contracting Exhibition
Cordially invite you to
Ar. Uttam Chand Jain, Mumbai
Ar. Rajender Kumar, New Delhi
Emerging Trends in Indian Architecture
Date:  April 27, 2005, Wednesday   Time:  10.00 A.M.
Venue:  India  Expo Centre, Greater Noida.
Ar. Vijay Garg, 9811157289                                                        
Ar. Ajay Puri, 9810124747
Ar. Mahesh Paliwal, 9811806866            
Ar. Shamit Manchanda, 9810180445

10.00 – 10.30  -           Registration & Tea
10.30 – 10.35  -           Welcome by ICON organizer DMG
10.35 – 10.40  -           Welcome address by Ar. Abhijit Ray,  Chairman, Northern Chapter, IIA
10.40 – 10.45  -           Address by Ar. Balbir Verma, President, IIA
10.45 – 10.50  -           Introduction of Ar. Rajender Kumar by Ar. Shamit Manchanda
10.50 – 11.30  -           Presentation by Ar. Rajender Kumar,  New Delhi
11.30 – 12.30  -           Visit to Exhibition
12.30 – 12.35  -           Introduction of Ar. Uttam Chand Jain by Ar. Vijay Garg
12.35– 13.15   -           Presentation by Ar. Uttam C Jain,  Mumbai  
13.15 – 13.45  -           Interaction sessions
13.45 – 13.55  -           Sponsor Presentation
13.55 – 14.00  -           Vote of thanks – Dr. R. Chandershekhar, Vice Chairman, Northern Chapter IIA,                        
14.00               -           Lunch

Followed by visit to India Expo Centre & Exhibition Mart
Directions and Map to the venue can be viewed at
The interested participants may  avail the pick service available from Opp. Hotel Radisson, Sector – 18, Noida at 9.45 a.m. & the return service from the venue at 3.00 p.m.

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