Urban Design News
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.
World Architecture Festival Awards 2016
The 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards are now 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.
The 2016 Dencity competition is now open for submissions. The competition aims to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities. Now, more than ever, architects and designers need to play a central role in the development of substandard neighborhoods.
New York New Design 2016
The 2016 New York New Design, AIA New York's Annual Member Show featuring the work of more than 100 NYC architects, is on view at the Center for Architecture through May 28, 2016. The exhibition celebrates the work of AIA New York, AIA Brooklyn, AIA Bronx, AIA Queens, and AIA Staten Island members, providing a snapshot of the diverse work being produced in the city.
SHLA Wins Competition to Design a New Residential Development in the Heart of Aarhus' Cultural Centre
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design a new residential development in the heart of Aarhus' cultural centre.
Conran and Partners Completes 20 Hectare Urban Regeneration Project in Tokyo
Conran and Partners completed a 20 hectare urban regeneration project. The scheme, located on the south-west edge of the city alongside the Tama River, comprises a total of 400,000m2 of retail, office, leisure and residential building, as well as a new city park.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Wins Competition for Major New Urban Development in Oslo
Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the international competition to design a 87,000 m2 masterplan in the area of Skøyen in central Oslo.
ArDe: A New Contemporary Architecture, Landscape and Design Fair
ArDe is a new concept 8-day exhibition and conference that will, for the first time, unite the disciplines of architecture, art, design, development, property, technology and finance. It will ask big questions about how the city can change and adapt to respond to new paradigms, swelling populations and global markets, proposing ways for all those involved in the urban fabric to work together to create resilient, sustainable and beautiful cities.
KCAP + ORANGE Win First Prize in Vasilievsky Island Competition St. Petersburg
KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects won the first prize in the urban and architectural competition for the most western tip of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg.
Venice to the World
Venice to the World design contest invites designers & architects to furnish the entrance of the intercontinental Marco Polo airport of Venice. Participants are asked to propose artistic, architecture and design projects to embellish and furnish the new roundabout.
Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence 2016: Call for Entries
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is calling for entries for its 38th Global Awards for Excellence. The competition recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.
2016 AIANY Design Awards: Call for Entries
The 2016 AIANY Design Awards is 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.
Play Space Design Competition
The Community Design Collaborative has launched an international design competition as part of its Play Space initiative.
Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents 2015
The second edition of the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is now open for entries. The competition, an initiative of Shenzhen, a UNESCO City of Design, aims to recognize the success and talent of young creators working in any of the 69 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, plus Hong Kong.
Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles
On August 20, A+D Architecture and Design Museum will present Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles, featuring architects and designers' creative new residential solutions that respond to the city's increasing density, decreasing buildable land, new transit offerings, growing diversity, ballooning costs, and intense environmental challenges.
iF Public Value Award 2016
iF launched a new competition which seeks projects that actively aim at improving living conditions, promoting peaceful coexistence or preserving the environment - in other words, creating a public value - including businesses' social projects, environmental initiatives,and innovative approaches from the public sector..
2015 AIANY Design Awards
AIA New York is calling for entries for its 2015 Design Awards. The annual 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.
Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design
The ARCH+ Magazine for Architecture and Urbanism has launched the international competition "Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design."
STHLMNYC 2014: Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties
The theme of this year's STHLMNYC seminar is "Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties."
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015
The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is now open for entries. The award celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities.
2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Future of Petty Island
This annual competition challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to the city, but to urban centers around the globe.
Recipients of 2014 Urban Design Awards
The AIACC has announced the winners of the 2014 AIACC Awards for Urban Design.
Future Ground Design Competition
Organized by the Van Alen Institute, Future Ground is a design competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.
Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view at the Center for Architecture from June 12, will focus on the centrality of public space in urban life and the need to both augment and preserve truly open access to those spaces.
2014 NXT City Prize
The 2014 NXT City Prize is now open for entries. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 30 from across the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Model Making: Conceive, Create and Convince
Frame Publishers' latest title, Model Making: Conceive, Create and Convince, is a step-by-step guide about how to create convincing scale models.
Earthquakes: How Well Are We Prepared
The Center for Architecture will host a panel discussion, titled, "Earthquakes How well are we prepared," on March 24.
The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design
The AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee and the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee are holding a discussion, "The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design," at the Center for Architecture on March 5.
Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space
Asia's Practical Utopias are the result of private and public investments. They offer the public a range of resources: privately owned public spaces, public transit, passage improvements, and space for retail, entertainment and cultural activities.
Smart Cities: An Opportunity for the Citizen
The spread of smartphones and internet based applications is creating amazing possibilities for citizen interaction with their governments and each other.
Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2013
The 4th Design Like You Give a Damn is now open for registrations. Organized by the Architecture for Humanity, the annual event brings together innovators and experts to explore issues around Designing for a more resilient world.
Inside Out and Outside In: Public Spaces in a Digital World
Examined through the lens of landscape urbanism, this program will take a comprehensive look at the ways urban public spaces are responding to changing uses and technology.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro
Autodesk has today unveiled InfraWorks 360 Pro. Autodesk's new solution enhances BIM workflows by providing desktop software and cloud-based capabilities that enable multi-discipline infrastructure project stakeholders in geographically dispersed offices to publish, store, collaborate and manage large models centrally in the cloud via desktop or mobile devices.
Active Design and Activism
Architecture and urban planning carried out in the public interest can aid in bringing pressing public health issues of our times to the forefront.
Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013 & Urban Living Award 2013
The Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment is calling for entries for the second Urban Intervention Award Berlin and the new Urban Living Award.
Shortlists for RIBA President's Awards for Research 2013
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the shortlists for the 2013 President's Awards for Research.
Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
Over the past twenty years the pace and scale of urbanization in Asia has been unprecedented in both the emerging and maturing economies of the region.
Housing in Private Rental Market Competition
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched an ideas competition for homes designed for the private rental market.
Winner of the Vauxhall Missing Link Competition
RIBA and Vauxhall One have recently revealed the winner of the Vauxhall Missing Link Competition.
Winner of 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship
The 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Sigita Burbulyte of Bath School of Architecture for her proposal, "Charles Booth Going Abroad."
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab NY and Mumbai
The BMW Guggenheim Lab has today published 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab New York and 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai.
London Festival of Architecture 2013
The London Festival of Architecture is an annual, month-long and citywide exploration of London's built environment; investigating the importance of architecture and design in London's success and celebrating the city's role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice.
India to Host Next Icsid Interdesign Workshop
The Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) will host the next Icsid Interdesign workshop in February 2014 in Mumbai.
FitNation at Center for Architecture
Inspired by New York City's Active Design Guidelines, and the annual FitCity conference, going into its eighth year, the FitNation exhibition at the Center for Architecture will present active design at a range of scales to show how designers and architects in partnership with city and national governments are encouraging increased physical activity and greater attention to health in the built environment.
Urban SOS Exhibition at Center for Architecture
Urban SOS is AECOM's annual student competition, created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and to allow them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field.
The University of Manitoba launched an open international design competition to develop a vision for the future of the Fort Garry Campus and transform it into a vibrant and dynamic urban village.
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin offers important resources and insights on urban life.
2012 MAS Summit for New York City
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) will host the 2012 MAS Summit for New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on October 18-19.
Making City Istanbul
Making City Istanbul is the last exhibition of the 5th IABR: Making City. The exhibition is part of Musibet, the main exhibition of the first Istanbul Design Biennial that opens on October 10 at Istanbul Modern.
Winners of the BE OPEN Awards 2012
BE OPEN has unveiled the winners of the BE OPEN Awards at 100% Design 2012.
Winners of Parks for the People Competition
Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture and the U.S. National Park Service unveiled the winners of Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America's National Parks. Eight student and faculty teams were honored at the competition award ceremony.
Parks for the People Award Ceremony
Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America's National Parks award ceremony, reception, and exhibition opening will be held at the AIA Legacy Foundation's Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C.
Hyper Public: Olympic City - Present Past Future
Hyper Public: Olympic City - Present Past Future, the AIANY Global Dialogue Committees' fourth 2012 event, will focus on the London Summer Games with an eye on the legacy of recent Olympics held in Athens & Beijing and plans for the Rio 2016 Games.
Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!
The Community Design Collaborative, in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, is hosting Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!, an exhibition of best practices in Green Stormwater Infrastructure.