Urban Design News
Future Architecture 2020: Call for Ideas
The 2020 Future Architecture is now open for submissions. The Future Architecture Platform invites multi-disciplinary emerging creatives from all over the world with transformative projects related to our living environment.
iF Design Talent Award 2020
Submissions are now open for the first phase of 2020 iF Design Talent Award. Design students from around the world are invited to submit ideas and concepts that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.
The Class of 2020 Foundation Releases Inaugural Trend Report
The Class of 2020 Foundation has released its inaugural 'Trend Report 2020' during its student housing & co-living conference in Berlin.
The Class Conference 2019 Berlin
'The Class Conference 2019: The Future is Blended,' will be held November 6-7 at Arena Berlin. The conference will focus on the future of living.
Place de l'Avenue McGill College: International Urban Design Competition
The Ville de Montréal has announced an international multidisciplinary urban design competition for the development of Place de l'Avenue McGill College. This public square will be created by pedestrianizing Avenue McGill College over its full length, comprising four sections, from Rue Cathcart to Rue Sherbrooke Ouest.
Open Call: Water as Leverage for IABR International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
The ninth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR-2020-DOWN TO EARTH, seeks proposals in response to the Open Call for the 'Water as Leverage' exhibition (working title: Flows), one core element of the 2020 biennale.
SWA Designs Landscape & Public Realm for Chase Center
SWA's San Francisco studio has designed the landscape for Chase Center, the new waterfront home of the Golden State Warriors.
Kokaistudios Renovates Anting New Town Central Square
Kokaistudios' recent urban renewal project in Anting saw the upgrading and refurbishment of the satellite town's central square.
Conscious Cities Festival 2019
The 2019 Conscious Cities Festival will take place October 15-18 at the Pratt Institute. The event will bring together leading experts, practitioners and the general public to explore how to create healthier and more inclusive cities.
Field Guide to Life in Urban Plazas: A Study in New York City
SWA Group recently released 'Field Guide to Life in Urban Plazas: A Study in New York City,' a comprehensive survey that studies human behavior in ten recently completed urban sites.
Department Design Office Announced as Winner of Keeping Current Competition
Van Alen Institute and the City of North Miami have announced Department Design Office as the winner of the competition called KEEPING CURRENT: Repetitive Loss Properties.
AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium - Open Call for Papers
The AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium examines the confluence of urban elements within the airport landscape-transportation, commerce, public space and technological interfaces-and how Asian airports introduce alternatives for life in transit.
2019 Play_Street Open International Ideas Competition
PLAY_STREET is an open international ideas competition to re-imagine the urban street as a play space. The challenge of the competition is to design or plot a set of playful and performative activities that claims the street as a public space, a PLAY space.
Pickard Chilton Completes Master Plan and Tower Design for Shinagawa Development in Tokyo
Pickard Chilton has completed the master plan for Global Gateway Shinagawa, a transformative redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo's Shinagawa Station and railyard, reminiscent of New York's own Hudson Yards. The master plan has recently been reviewed and certified by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
Van Alen Institute and City of Miami Announce Finalists for Keeping Current Competition
Van Alen Institute, in collaboration with the City of North Miami, has selected three international firms to advance to the final stage of the Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties competition.
Knight Foundation Announces Inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship Winners
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the seven outstanding individuals who will share over $1 million as part of a new national Fellowship dedicated to advancing the creation of public spaces that promote civic engagement.
T20 by Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Sensual City Studio
Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Sensual City Studio have recently completed the T20 in Xujiahui.
NeoCon Plaza: NeoCon Extends Outdoors
NeoCon has announced NeoCon Plaza, a new outdoor amenity space that spans the length of The Mart's South Drive.
Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC Finalists Announced
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) have announced the finalists of the Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC Housing Design Competition.
2019 Rethinking The Future Global Architecture and Design Awards
RTF has launched the 2019 Global Architecture and Design Awards. The Awards aims to acknowledge and honor architects & designers for their outstanding work.
The Complete City: Imagined
Since 2017, The Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) has been using blank maps of Portland, Maine as a tool for citizen engagement. These blank maps provided a platform to collect ideas and inspiration about the city.
Play with Your City 2019: Reimagining Lady Street
The Columbia Design League has extended entries for Play With Your City 2019: Reimagining Lady, a project for making the Lady Street corridor in downtown Columbia, South Carolina more inviting to pedestrian traffic.
Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties Design Competition
Van Alen Institute and the City of North Miami are looking for an interdisciplinary design team to develop a master plan and pilot project to reimagine public uses for the North Miami's flood-prone vacant lots.
Future Melbourne / Future Design Seminar
Organized by Design Institute of Australia, the Future Melbourne / Future Design seminar will focus on designers exploring ideas that will improve the liveability of Melbourne as it looks towards becoming Australia's largest city.
All Things Urban London Meetup at Google
All Things Urban has announced a series of events with the first one taking place at Google's London office on Feb 15. The meetup will bring together people with diverse backgrounds to share their passion for urban innovation and build a unique network of extraordinary city-lovers.
Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC: Housing Design Competition
Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC is a two-stage design competition for small-scale, urban infill housing. The competition is organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY), and seeks to address the challenges associated with the design and construction of affordable housing on underutilized City-owned land.
Jose Marti Park Redesign RFQ
Van Alen Institute and the City of Miami have issued an RFQ to commission a multi-disciplinary design team for the redesign project of Jose Marti Park. The team needs to include the full range of professional urban design, landscape architecture, and engineering services and at least one Florida-licensed firm.
Zero Threshold Design Competition
The Zero Threshold design competition was inspired by (dis)ABLED Beauty, an exhibition at the Kent State University Museum in 2016-17. The exhibition presented beautifully designed prostheses, hearing aids, and mobility devices for people living with disabilities, (dis)ABLED Beauty aimed to change the negative stigma associated with disability by presenting fashion-forward adaptive devices that make a virtue of necessity.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Urban Daydreaming at HKDI Gallery
HKDI Gallery is showcasing a collection of urban development scenarios in the Asian debut of 'Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec - Urban Daydreaming.' This exhibition is a showcase of possible urban development solutions by one of the most internationally sought-after designers of the decade, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from December 14 through March 31, will feature 40 projects that explore salient topics around the future of mobility and the urban environment. The exhibition will be punctuated with six provocations and a selection of design responses that reimagine livable streets and the way people, goods and services will move in a new age of connected and transformational mobility.
Constructed Landscapes: How Airports Are Transforming Urban Design
Produced during the Denver edition of Aerial Futures, Constructed Landscapes explores the role of the airport in urban development.
Jaguar and London's Leading Architects Present 'Electrified Urban Vision for the Future'
Jaguar, in partnership with RIBA, recently hosted an event in Mayfair, London to reveal its vision for an urban future as electric vehicle adoption reaches tipping point.
Lecture by AGENCY at Perkins+Will
Architects Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, principals of AGENCY - a collaborative interdisciplinary practice engaging contemporary culture through architecture, urbanism, and advocacy - will lecture at the Chicago office of Perkins+Will, as part of MAS Context's 2018 Fall Talks series.
Le Carthcart Restaurants et Biergarten by Sid Lee Architecture and A5 Hospitality
Imagined by Sid Lee Architecture and A5 Hospitality, and executed by Sid Lee Architecture | Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes in consortium, Le Carthcart Restaurants et Biergarten, a gourmet biergarten in the heart of downtown Montreal, will open at Place Ville Marie in late 2019 as part of the $200-million revitalization of the Place Ville Marie Esplanade.
2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries
Sponsored by the Bruner Foundation, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to American cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about US cities.
SXSW Place by Design 2019
Place by Design is SXSW's public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us. This competition provides a platform for artists, architects, designers and urbanists at all levels to present their scalable solutions for improving our shared landscape.
Green Good Design Awards 2019
The 2019 Green Good Design Awards are now open for submissions. The competition's goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions - together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.
From Post-Industrial City to the New Urban Campus
The 'From Post-Industrial City to the New Urban Campus' conference will take place in Milan on November 14-15. Organized by the Class of 2020, this conference will explore how former industrial, neglected areas are being transformed into knowledge hubs and the brightest beacons of innovation.
CityX: The Future Cities Expo
Cityx, the Future Cities Expo from Future Cities Catapult, will take place September 25-27 in London. The event will present a unique opportunity to dive into the priority challenges facing today's cities.
Norman Foster Foundation 2018 Workshop: Urban Mobility
The Norman Foster Foundation's Urban Mobility Workshop will take place on September 17-21, 2018. The workshop will focus on new urban technologies and how these could open up an exciting range of opportunities in which the infrastructure of movement and the architecture of buildings can physically merge together.
2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Launches Vision Competition
The fifth edition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale has announced an open call for its Vision Competition. TAB 2019, which will take place September 11 to November 3, is dedicated to the theme "Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty" and it is curated by Israeli-born, London-based architect and researcher Dr. Yael Reisner.
Oceanic Awakening: Designers Unite to save the Ocean and Concept the Cities of Tomorrow
Wärtsilä has launched 'Oceanic Awakening,' an initiative that, by 2020, aims to connect and inspire 20 of the world's most influential port cities to embrace and develop Smart Marine ecosystems, which rely on digitalization, cost-effective, carbon-free shipping via smart vessels and more.
Slow Traffic System Design Competition
Young Bird Plan, in partnership with Suzhou New District and Vanke Group, has launched the 2018 Dayang Mountain Slow Traffic System Conceptual Design Competition.
Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion
Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion is a national competition to conceptually reimagine what Monument Avenue could look like and to shape the future of Richmond.
Steven Holl Architects Wins University College Dublin's Future Campus Competition
Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has been named the winner of the Future Campus - University College Dublin International Design Competition.
Joining the Dots: A New Approach to Tackling the UK's Infrastructure Challenges
The dire state of the UK's transport infrastructure is contributing to the housing crisis, according to a new report published today, by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
BAMB Reversible Design Competition
Buildings As Material Banks (BAMB) is inviting students of architecture and engineering from all EU universities to participate in the 'Reversible Design Competition.'
Living Cities Forum 2018
The 2018 Living Cities Forum will be held July 26 in Melbourne. The event will investigate a core claim of architecture and urban design; that good design makes better citizens.
International Call for Ideas to Re-imagine London's Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has launched an international call for ideas to re-imagine Grosvenor Square in London, seeking ideas from all the creative industries - particularly from the fields of architecture and design - on how to rejuvenate the square particularly making it appeal to a broader range of people.
BE: Journal of the Built Environment Trust Wellbeing Issue
From Charles Jencks on the extraordinary life-affirming design of the Maggie's Centres, to Arup's Tristram Carfrae on the collaborations in completing Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, to Mads Mandrup reflecting on the architectural and political journey C.F. Moller's Storstrom Prison, the second issue of the award-winning BE: Journal of the Built Environment Trust explores how materials, spaces and atmospheres create that amorphous sense of self we call 'Wellbeing.'
Woods Bagot Unveils Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory Town Master Plan
Woods Bagot has unveiled its master plan for a disused sugar factory in Zhuhai's Jinwan District, set to be revitalized into an integrated cultural, tourism and leisure park.
Aerial Futures: Urban Constellations
Aerial Futures: Urban Constellations, a public panel to be held on April 6 at the Center for Architecture, will explore multiple airports as infrastructure urban ecosystem that relies as much on architecture as it does on technology and data-driven design.
Oslo Airport City by Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture
Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have unveiled their winning design for the masterplan of Oslo Airport City (OAC), a sustainable smart city located adjacent to Oslo Airport.
Spaces of Action: Designing and Using the Public Realm for Change
The past decade has seen a renaissance in the design and construction of the public spaces in New York and other major cities, producing vital new plazas, parks, pedestrian streets, and waterfront areas. While the proliferation of these spaces has visibly enhanced the experience of urban social and cultural life, has this growth in the designed public realm also successfully expanded opportunities for political assembly, speech and dissent?
Cooper Hewitt to Host Symposium on Designing Accessible Cities
Cooper Hewitt, in partnership with New York City's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, will host a daylong symposium focused on designing accessible cities. Speakers and panelists will explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design.
Staging Construction 2019: Call for Projects
Staging Construction is a call for projects that explore construction as both a practice and a performance. Materials & Applications seeks proposals that investigate the act of construction as both an act of building and as a form of industry.
CLUE Competition 04: Light and the Senses
The CLUE (Community Lighting for the Urban Environment) has launched its fourth competition, with the theme of 'Light and the Senses.'
iF Design Talent Award 2018
Entries are now open for the 2018 iF Design Talent Award. Organized by iF, the competition aims to promote smart and innovative concepts in all areas of design.
All-Gender: Designing for Equity
The public restroom has become a symbol of the struggle to end discrimination in public spaces. Even as federal legislation has slowly begun to include public space and restrooms in its anti-discrimination laws, individual states, such as North Carolina and Texas, have since responded with legislation requiring individuals to use toilets based on the sex stated on their birth certificates. As society continues to struggle with this divisive issue, it is has become necessary for design professionals to propose thoughtful plans for public space to be fully gender-inclusive.
FutureProof: A Public Space Symposium by NXT City
What's the future of public space? How can cities get ahead to position themselves as global leaders? From civic innovation to disruptive ideas that challenge red tape, meet the top leaders pushing the limits of public space around the world.
NXT City Prize 2017
The NXT City Prize is a celebration of bold, visionary ideas for public space. This year, we've shaken things up with four site-specific public space challenges to make your mark on our city's public realm.
Cyclehoop Parklet Shortlisted for 2017 Healthy Streets Awards
Cyclehoop's Parklet in Hammersmith and Fulham has been shortlisted for the Best Innovation category in the Healthy Streets Awards. Cyclehoop worked with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to deliver the project earlier this year.
SO-IL and Laisné Roussel Selected for Place Mazas
SO-IL and Laisné Roussel have won the international competition for the Place Mazas site in Paris with their proposal, 'L'Atelier de l'Arsenal.'
The Architect's Newspaper 2017 Best of Design Awards
The Architect's Newspaper's 5th Best of Design Awards is now open for submissions. The competition aims to showcase great buildings and building elements.
Luminothérapie 2018-2019 Competition
Submissions are now open for the 2018-2019 Luminothérapie competition. The aim of this multidisciplinary competition is to enhance the public space and bring it to life with participatory works and architectural video projections.
Public Square by FXFOWLE & Sam Schwartz Engineering Wins the Driverless Future Challenge
Blank Space has announced that Public Square by FXFOWLE with Sam Schwartz Engineering has been named the winner in the Driverless Future Challenge.
Laguarda.Low Architects Awarded First Prize in Master Plan Competition for OCT Bao'an Waterfront Development
Laguarda.Low Architects was awarded first prize in OCT Group's international competition for the design of OCT Bao'an, a new large-scale planned waterfront development in Shenzhen's Bao'an district in China.
Finalists Announced for Driverless Future Challenge
Blank Space has revealed the four finalists for the Driverless Future Challenge, which invited teams from around the world to help New York City plan for autonomous transportation.
Storefront IS Hong Kong
From July 7 to 9, 2017, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present Storefront IS Hong Kong, a three-day series of events that take place in contested sites across the city of Hong Kong. Events seek to address the nature of urban public life, and to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong residents.
hOUR City Student Competition
Around the world, rural, suburban, and isolated urban communities are left behind by the global economy. The Van Alen Institute is seeking ideas to better connect these areas to the social and economic opportunities in cities.
RIBA Launches Inaugural International Week
RIBA International Week will take place July 3-7, featuring a wide array of events and keynote speeches around the theme of the New Urban Agenda - the United Nation's global strategy on goals for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades. The Week's program will facilitate engagement with the UN's Agenda for architectural practices of all sizes, and architects at every stage of their career.
World Architecture Festival Awards 2017
The 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards are still open for entries. The WAF Awards provide the chance to win a global architectural accolade, and open the door to international media coverage, peer and client recognition, and the potential for exciting new commissions all over the world.
Reinventing Our Rivers: Call for Ideas
The City of Québec has launched an international ideas competition, Reinventing Our Rivers, to collect distinctive, innovative proposals on developing Québec's waterways.
Cooper Hewitt Announces 2017 National Design Award Winners
Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of the 18th National Design Awards. The accolade recognizes design excellence & innovation in 11 categories, and aims to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.
Cleveland Civic Core Complex Wins 2017 National AIA Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design
LMN Architects recently received the 2017 National AIA Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design for the Cleveland Civic Core Complex.
2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Architecture
The Vilcek Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts and Humanities, this year awarded in the field of architecture and building arts.
Planning Granted for Royal Albert Wharf London Housing Scheme by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) have received unanimous planning consent for a residential led, mixed use development at Royal Albert Wharf, which will form a brand new neighbourhood in East London: a vibrant, thriving and sustainable community in a historic riverside setting.
Leading on Livability: Innovation for an Age-Friendly New York
AARP New York will gather prominent thought-leaders from academia, government, non-profits, and the philanthropic and aging advocacy networks to provide a first-hand look at the work that is making local communities more livable as New York moves toward becoming the first "age-friendly" state in the nation.
Laguarda.Low Designs Center of Commerce and Entertainment for Tokyo Metropolis
Laguarda.Low Architects has unveiled the design for Grandberry Center, a new 750,000-square-foot transit-oriented development in Machida, Tokyo.
Design Council Launches Nationwide Survey to Uncover the Barriers in Creating Healthier Places
Design Council has launched a collaborative national research survey to better understand the barriers that stop built environment professionals from creating healthier places through their work.
US Military Site in Heidelberg Will Become Future Knowledge City
KCAP has unveiled the designs for the Patrick-Henry-Village (PHV) in Heidelberg, Germany. PHV is the largest conversion area in Heidelberg, set to become a model for the 'knowledge city of tomorrow.'
Surface Travel Awards 2017
The inaugural Surface Travel Awards are now open for submissions. The competition aims to recognize and honor the world's best, most thoughtfully conceived projects and products, as well as the architects, designers, and other innovators who inspire, empower, and connect travelers.
2017 Dencity Competition: A Competition to Improve Slums Worldwide
Shelter Global is inviting architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world to take part in the 2017 Dencity Competition.
Van Alen Institute Announces Winner of Urban SOS: Fair Share
"First Class Meal" student team won the top prize in AECOM and Van Alen Institute's Urban SOS competition, which challenged multidisciplinary student teams around the world to explore the nexus of the sharing economy and urban infrastructure to solve our cities' most urgent issues.
Harrow Council's New Civic Centre in Wealdstone
Gort Scott Architects, in collaboration with Allies and Morrison and We Made That, have been appointed to develop designs for Harrow Council's new Civic Centre in Wealdstone.
2017 AIANY Design Awards: Call for Entries
The 2017 AIANY Design Awards are now open for entries. AIA New York's annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York chapter members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe.
Architizer A+Awards 2017
The 5th Annual Architizer A+Awards, the largest awards program celebrating the year's best architecture and products, is now open for submissions. Entries are judged by more than 300 luminaries and thought leaders from ﬁelds as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech.
The Architect's Newspaper 4th Annual Best of Design Awards
The Architect's Newspaper's 4th Annual Best of Design Awards, a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements, is now open for submissions. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 26 categories.
Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures
The Center for Architecture will host Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant to discuss their new book, Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures.
Glenelg Jetty to Become a New Gateway Destination in South Australia
The Glenelg jetty is expected to become an iconic tourist destination and a revitalised gateway for South Australia.
Shore to Core: Visions for a Waterfront City
Van Alen Institute and West Palm Beach have launched Shore to Core, parallel design and research competitions to reimagine the West Palm Beach downtown and to better understand individuals' relationships to the built environment.
Construction Climate Talks Episode 5: Reducing Carbon Footprint in Cities
Since November 2015, the web TV series Construction Climate Talks has aired four episodes.
Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt
In July 1916, New York became the first American city to adopt a radical zoning resolution to control the height, bulk, and use of its buildings, an act so unprecedented that its authors were not even sure it was legal. In the century since, zoning has become the city's most potent instrument for shaping its future.
Archiprix International Ahmedabad 2017: Call for Entries
Archiprix International is a biennial competition and presents the world's best graduation project selected by universities from all over the world. The Archiprix International 2017 edition will take place in Ahmedabad, India and is organized in cooperation with CEPT university.
Iberville International Maritime Terminal and Alexandra Pier
Last April 25, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) officially unveiled its plans for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville International Passenger Terminal. The project is designed by Provencher_Roy.
Opening the Edge: Reimagining Green Space at Wald Houses
Design Trust, in partnership with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is calling for applications for fellowships to create a prototype design for a lively public space at Wald Houses in the Lower East Side.
Shenzhen Metro Changzhen Depot TOD Master Plan by Woods Bagot Hong Kong
Woods Bagot Hong Kong was appointed by Shenzhen Metro Group to deliver a master planning for Shenzhen Route 6 Chang Zhen Station and the architectural design for the depot and surrounding complex.
Architecture at Zero 2016
The Architecture at Zero 2016 competition challenge is to create a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing project on the San Francisco State University campus.
The Bench 2016 Design Competition
The Bench is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space.
NAPHN16 North American Passive House Network Conference
Passive House is a building standard which results in a 90% reduction in building energy demand for heating and cooling. Since buildings make up a third of the world's energy consumption, focusing on improving our buildings can have a significant effect on our global energy demand.