ABU DHABI FLAMINGO OBSERVATION TOWER INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

COMPETITION INTRODUCTION

The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi is home to a uniquely diverse ecosystem. The artificial wetlands were created in the heart of the Middle East, on the East of Abu Dhabi island, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Covering a total area of 5 km2, the reserve is comprised of wetlands, salt flats knowns as sabkhas, and fossilized sand dunes.

The reserve has become an oasis of animal and plant life, attracting innumerable species of diverse wildlife to settle within the wetlands. This includes abundant plant and aquatic life as well as over 250 species of birds, most notably the spectacular flock of flamingos that call the wetlands home.

The Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition is looking to celebrate these magnificent creatures by tasking participants with designing a new observation tower for the reserve. As the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has expressed an interest in the construction of this tower, designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

PRIZES

3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500
+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500
More information about the special awards at flamingotower.beebreeders.com.

 

More: flamingotower.beebreeders.com

 

Total Prize: $6,000

International Finsa Award

THE AWARD

The International Finsa Award for Architects & Designers 2019 aims to encourage and challenge students to explore and redesign the use of wood and other ecological and recyclable materials in construction. We believe that the future in construction should continue developing this way and know it is possible to achieve. The award considers the work of both teachers and students or short term graduates, all of whom will be acknowledged and awarded.

2019 EDITION

Woodside Pavilion is a temporary structure designed to house practical art activities for the local community. Conceived as an informal, pop-up space, the purpose of the pavilion is to engage and offer dialogue and collaboration between groups of people who do not normally have the opportunity to meet with or collaborate with practical artists.

THE PRIZE

The International Finsa Award prize for the 2019 edition goes further. We want to add value to the competition by building the winner(s) project. Plus, the supervision and management of the construction by the designers. This will kickstart their careers considering that the competition is only for students or recent graduates (check the Competition Guidelines for more information about elegibility).

 

 

More: ifa.finsa.com

 

Nikon Small World 2019 Photomicrography and Video Competition

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 44 years of images captured by the light microscope

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Recognizing Excellence in Photography
through the Microscope

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.


Exhibition Tour

Each year, the top 20 prize-winners are exhibited at numerous museums and science centers throughout the United States and Canada. Many winning images are also featured on the covers of prestigious scientific and industrial journals.


Small World Gallery

The Nikon Small World Gallery gives you a glimpse into a world that most have never seen. It is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope. Included in the Small World Gallery are images from the most recent competition and winning photomicrographs dating back to 1977.

Nikon Small World Contest Rules

Deadline for entries is April 30, 2019

  1. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible, with the exception of employees of Nikon, their families, the contest judges, and individuals engaged in the manufacture or sale of microscopes, related accessories or photographic equipment.
  2. Former first prizewinners are ineligible to win first prize in the three contests immediately following the contest they won, but can win other prizes.
  3. Any image that has won any other photomicrography competition is not eligible.
  4. Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of microscopes. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. Electron and any other microscopes that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not permitted.
  5. Macro Photography is not permitted.
  6. The use of Nikon equipment is not required.
  7. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  8. Images must be submitted as follows:
    1. Digitally: Uploading to the Small World Competition entry area here. Images must be in jpegpngpsd, or tiff format and videos in flvmp4mpgwmvavimov format. (Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.)
    2. For images on film, a 35mm mounted transparency will be accepted. Glass mounts are not accepted.
  9. Small World in Motion entries are further limited to:
    1. Movie length of no more than 60 seconds
    2. The use of sound is not permitted
    3. It is not permitted to add graphics of any kind

    Nikon reserves the right to edit winning movies for format and length for promotional purposes.

  10. Each entrant may submit up to three images in each contest for judging. A completed and signed official entry form, facsimile, or complete Internet entry form must be used. A separate entry form must be used for Small World and Small World in Motion.
  11. Entries will be judged on:
    1. Originality
    2. Informational Content
    3. Technical Proficiency
    4. Artistic and Visual Impact
  12. Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2019. Entries received after that date will be automatically rolled in to the following year’s competition.
  13. Please send correspondence to Nikon’s Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064 USA or email info@nikonsmallworld.com
  14. Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2019.
  15. The judging panel for Nikon Small World Contest is selected solely by Nikon Instruments Inc and is final. The decision of Nikon’s panel of judges is final.
  16. All files will be retained by Nikon Instruments Inc., and will not be returned.
  17. By submitting an entry to either or both of these competitions, you agree that:
    1. If your entry is selected by Nikon as a winning image, (either: top 20, Honorable mention or image of distinction) you give Nikon non-exclusive irrevocable, worldwide rights to use your name, likeness and the winning movie/image in connection with the competition as Nikon sees fit.
    2. You certify and warrant that you hold the rights to grant such permission and agree to hold Nikon harmless in any disputes that arise out of image ownership/rights.
    3. Image copyright remains the property of the artist/photographer even though permission to use imagery is given to Nikon.
  18. Winning images will only be used in connection with the Nikon Small World Competition and accompanying publicity and will include appropriate photo credits.
  19. Should submitted images have more than one individual to be credited, the names must be provided on the entry form. Individual entering the competition also warrants that they have the right to enter the image on the other parties behalf and holds Nikon harmless in any disputes that arise thereof.
  20. All reasonable care will be taken in handling photos and digital files, but Nikon Instruments Inc. does not assume responsibility for their loss or damage.
  21. Void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by local laws.
  22. Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.
  23. This contest falls under any rules and regulations for such contests by the laws of the United States. Including Copyright laws
  24. Failure to comply with and accept all of the preceding rules will disqualify any entry and Nikon reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason at Nikon’s sole discretion.
  25. Nikon reserves the right to change or modify the rules at any time without notice.

Top 20 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.

  •  1st Prize – $3,000
  •  2nd Prize – $2,000
  •  3rd Prize – $1,000
  •  4th Prize – $800
  •  5th Prize – $600
  •  6th Prize – $400
  •  7th-10th Prizes – $300 each
  •  11th-20th Prizes – $200 each
  •  Honorable Mentions – $100 each
  •  Images of Distinction – Nikon Backpack (or equivalent)

Prizes for top 3 winners are paid by check in US funds and other prizes are paid by Visa gift card also in US funds. Winners responsible for all applicable taxes.

More: nikonsmallworld.magnet.fsu.edu

 

Total Prize: $3,000

SMART Label 2019: Call For Submission – INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AWARD

SMART Label 
RETURN OF THE HOST AWARD – MILAN FAIR AND POLI.design SPECIALISING IN PRODUCTS AND THE TOP PIONEERING COMPANIES IN THE HOTEL/RESTAURANT/CAFÉ AND RETAIL SECTOR PRESENT AT HOST MILANO 2019
MORE THAN 150 PRIZES AND 20 SPECIAL AWARDS ASSIGNED IN THE LAST THREE EDITIONS 
A domotic door handle that welcomes guests and amazes them on arrival with easily recognisable, customisable and technologically advanced functions, presenting an interface that is both physical and cognitive. Tables designed to revolutionise the art of laying tableware, even in the most elegant kitchens. A suspended minibar among the finest in the world. Smart decanters that employ revolutionary technologies to enhance bouquet and aroma. New generation coffee capsules with an oxygen barrier, designed to maintain the organoleptic properties of coffee, customisable and compatible with the most widespread brands. And then we have universal printing systems for Plug & Play food systems that enable food products to be creatively manufactured according to custom requirements. These are just some of the “intelligent” solutions expressed by the world of hospitality businesses that have received the SMART Label award over the years, an honour dedicated to innovation in the field of professional hospitality promoted by the Host – Milan fair, in collaboration with POLI.design and sponsored by ADI, the Association for Industrial Design. An award venue that returns with a new edition addressed to all the companies registered in HostMilano 2019, a world leading event in the hotel industry, which will present the latest news in terms of equipment, raw materials, equipment and semi-finished products from Friday 18 to Tuesday 22 October 2019 at Fiera Milano, Rho.
Indeed, HostMilano has become an unmissable two-year event for the discovery of new useful items for a successful hospitality business: from raw materials to semi-finished products, machinery, equipment, furniture and tableware. At the same time, attendees will be able to enjoy in-depth previews of future trends. And it is precisely the ability to capture future trends that is rewarded with SMART Label, an award that highlights and confirms the extreme vitality of a sector capable of continuously renewing itself, constantly improving and personalising its offer. 497 nominations have been collected in the last three editions, 156 companies have been honoured with the SMART Label and more than 20 special SMART Label Innovation awards to as many products capable of driving significant changes in the sectors of reference of many companies.
“The SMART Label numbers indicate how much this award has become a point of reference for identifying the best ‘smart’ solutions and products resulting from advanced scientific, technological and production processes with appreciable advantages for increasing quality of life” – claims Matteo Ingaramo, Director of POLI.design “I believe that awards such as this, which arise from an in-depth collaboration between institutions such as POLI.design and Fiera Milano, are essential to stimulate and enhance innovative ideas capable of using technology in an advanced and useful manner, involving the appreciation of users and society . This is a positive vision that positions this initiative as the leading technological and commercial offer in the hospitality sector on a global scale”.
For 2019, SMART Label in 2019 envisages three award categories: Smart Label for products characterised by with innovative content, Innovation Smart Label for products with a high innovation content, disruptive solutions and which overcome consolidated trends in the sector and Green Smart Label for products with a high level of innovation and distinctive characteristics in terms of energy efficiency, environmental compatibility and eco-sustainability industry trends.
Two Special Mention categories have also been confirmed, they are destined for  products that stand out in the application of new materials that contribute to energy saving, energy recovery or for the introduction of digital connections between different products in an Internet of Things perspective aimed at improving interaction and use of individual products.
The winning entries will be awarded the “Label“, a truly distinctive plaque that will put them in the spotlight at Host 2019 and at any future promotional venues, and will enrol them in the Index of “Smart Products” at Host Milano 2019, where a dedicated exhibition and a specially designed itinerary will further raise the visibility of these SMART and innovative developments.
How to enter and judging 
Until April 29th 2019, the companies registered for Host Milano 2019 may candidate their own product or project under development, according to the procedures indicated on the website www.polidesign.net, by means of a dedicated digital template (no other forms of application will be accepted). Only one entry per company will be accepted.
The complete event rules are available at www.host.fieramilano.it and www.polidesign.net.
The commission’s assessment criteria
The Commission will be composed of 5 members, selected among teachers, professionals and international experts, with proven experience or qualifications in the fields of Design, Hospitality and Energy Saving. The Commission will assess the candidate products/services/projects on the basis of the following fundamental elements: the functional efficiency of the product or service, the effectiveness of the product’s performance or the usability of the service, the degree of innovation of the usage approach and technologies, and the advantages for users.

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GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE – INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

COMPETITION INTRODUCTION

Spanning over 917 km2, the Gauja National Park in Vidzeme is the largest national park in Latvia, a country known for its low population density and vast areas of natural forests. The park takes its name from the Gauja River Valley and was one of Latvia’s first national parks, established in 1973, but with a history of tourism supposedly dating back to the 19th century.
With so many national parks in Eastern Europe, the Gauja National Park stands out for its varied landscape, featuring slopes, springs, valleys, caves, as well as the sandstone and dolomite cliffs that are one its biggest tourist attractions, all located within close proximity. Full to the brim with diverse wildlife and plant species, it is also home to more than 500 historic and cultural monuments such as castles, manors, churches, watermills, and windmills.

The Gauja National Park Footbridge competition is sourcing designs for a footbridge to serve as a symbolic entrance to the park in honor of its 45th anniversary. As the footbridge would be suspended over a road, it must be high enough for trucks and buses to pass underneath it. It must also be capable of bearing the weight of high volumes of pedestrian foot traffic, and should feature welcome and goodbye signage as well as park information stand.

Participants are tasked with thinking about the buildability of their designs, and ensuring that they correspond with the context of the national park and being welcoming to visitors, while at the same time displaying innovation and the potential to become an internationally recognized landmark.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

PRIZES

3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500
+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500
More information about the special awards at GAUJAFOOTBRIDGE.beebreeders.com.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Early Bird Registration: NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 14
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 15 – FEBRUARY 22
Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 23 – APRIL 26

Closing date for registration: APRIL 26, 2019
Closing date for submission: JUNE 11, 2019 (11.59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners: JULY 11, 2019

 

More: gaujafootbridge.beebreeders.com

 

Total Prize: $6,000

BICeBé 2019 International Poster Call

  1. ELIGIBILITY

    1. Contestants may be design students, graphic designers, plastic artists, photographers and graphic producers in general, of any age and nationality, having posters printed between April 2017 and March 2019, except for those submitting as Category D and E that must be unpublished.
    2. Each contestant can submit up to ten (10) posters including series and categories A,B,C & D. Category D which doesn’t accept series. Category E will accept up to two (2) animated GIF, per designer. The maximum limit per designer or studio is up to ten (10) posters and 2 GIFs.
    3. Design technique is free. Format for categories A,B & C may not be less than 50 x 70 cm. In Category D format must be 70 x 100 cm. VERTICAL. In Category E for animated poster format must be 1000 x 1380 pixeles (vertical) and should last 15 seconds.
    4. Posters submited may participate in the following categories:

    Published works
    Category A Cultural posters
    Category B Social posters
    Category C Advertising or commercial posters
    Unpublished works.
    Category D Unpublished posters on the topic: THE ERA OF DISINFORMATION
    Category E Unpublished animated GIF on the topic: WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

    Category D & E we will only accept originals & unpublished, not previously printed or digitally published posters (including social networks, blogs, websites or other contests).

  2. ABOUT POSTERS DIGITAL SUBMISSION

    BEFORE SENDING CONSIDER THAT:

    • The designer must provide a valid and active email for future communications.
    • Multiple submissions with different emails are not accepted. In that case we will considered for pre-selection only the first 10 posters.
    • Series are not considered as one poster.
    • Double check your formats and resolution before submitting your work to avoid problems and system rejection.

    POSTER SUBMISSION

    • Go to www.bicebebolivia.com/poster-submission
    • Fill all required information in english or spanish ONLY.
    • In categories A, B, C & D upload your files at 60 cms. tall for vertical width for horizontal, JPG, 8 compression, RGB format at 300 dpi. Each poster must not weigh more than 10 MB.
    • For Category E, submit your animated GIF at 1000 x 1380 pixels (vertical) 15 seconds long and 10 MB of maximun weight.
    • Accept all Rules & Conditions and click send (Point 4).

    If you submitted everything correctly you will receive a confirmation email within the next 48 hoursPlease send files only once to avoid a null participation.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019

    (23:59 pm -04:00GMT)
  3. ABOUT EVALUATION AND SELECTION

    1. Posters will be evaluated and selected by a Selection Committee formed by distinguished designers, artists, illustrator and curators designated by the BICeBé.
    2. The oficial announcement of selected posters will be on MONDAY APRIL 22th, 2019 in our website and social networks.
  4. ABOUT SHIPMENT OF SELECTED PRINTED POSTERS

    1. In case of being selected, the designer or studio AGREES —accepting all Rules & Conditions— to send TWO PRINTED POSTERS of each selected poster or choose local printing and transfer US$50 per poster via WESTERN UNION. Not complying with this term would mean automatic elimination from the final jury.
    2. Each selected poster include the Entry Form, that will be emailed to you with our postal address. This form must be printed, filled and attached without damaging the poster. The form must be filled in English or Spanish only.
    3. For those who decide to send their printed posters, consider a tube resistant poster package with protection in order to preserve your work. Not mistreated or folded poster will be accepted. If the poster arrives damaged, the designer will be notified to make the local printing as mentioned at point 4.1.
    4. Selected designer should be pending of BICeBé email communications and send their printed posters or make an effective money transfer within a maximum period of 35 days after the selection announcement.
    5. Submission of printed posters must be made only by public mail services and EMSBICeBé will NOT accept or pay additional costs and taxes of shipments made throughout private companies (DHL, UPS, FEDEX, etc.). The shipment must be sent with NO COMMERCIAL VALUE/SIN VALOR COMERCIAL declared and shall bear the phrase.
  5. ABOUT POSTER CALL CONDITION

    1. The responsible organizer is authorized to reproduce the posters submitted to the contest, in catalogs, exhibitions, promotional editions, electronic media, as well as promotional events of the Biennale whose purposes will be non-profit, respecting the credit of the autors.
    2. All posters will become part of the acquis of the BICeBé®.
    3. The organizers reserve the right to refuse the participation of posters that are considered offensive to morality or culture of any country and that of those who do not comply with the requirements of this solicitation.
  6. ABOUT JURY

    1. The jury will be composed by a panel of prestigious national and international guest designers who will determine the winners, during the week of activities of BICeBé 2019.
  7. ABOUT THE WINNERS

    1. The winners will be announced during the main ceremony on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.
  8. ABOUT PRIZES

    1. BICeBé will provide a diploma and a catalogue to the first, second and third awarded positions in all categories.
    2. Special awards:

    Category A First Place. Huari Award $us 4.000.-
    Category B First Place. Fundación Viva Award $us 2.000.-
    Category C Primer Lugar. Fundación Solydes Award $us 2.000.-
    Categoría D First Place. Award $us 5.000.-

    Fundación Viva Award to the Best Bolivian Poster of all categories $us 1000.-
    Award to the Best Bolivian Poster in Category D $us 1000.-

    The winner must assume the corresponding taxes in his country, if necessary.

Category D: Unpublished poster
THE ERA OF DISINFORMATION

Technology and social networks have modified our access to information. Day by day we take part of the exchange of information on the reality of the world and our immediate surroundings. Somehow we feel powerful, and it seems we have no time for formal media. That headline in bold and blunt letters seems to be telling us everything we need to know about an event. The photo that shows that public figure in a compromising action is a true irrefutable fact, because it has been share more than a thousand times. However, can we carelessly believe in all the pieces of information to which we are exposed? How can we rightly discern truth, verified information, precise data, and unedited images?

We have played down the importance of distinguishing between known and unknown, in other words, verifying facts and information objectively. Saving time is everything, and a fast finger tap on our mobiles is more convenient. Reading thoughtfully, considering the sources, and deepening our knowledge are not priorities. The information we thoughtlessly get and share, does not have to be a complete falsehood, but it is enough for it to be somewhat credible and compatible with our feelings. As most mainstream communities operate under this logic, we are all accomplices of sharing unverified information almost immediately and we become targets of major advertising strategies and, which is more dangerous, political schemes.

There are no “alternative facts,” but just facts, and there is truth. Sadly, the use of these modern euphemisms does not seem to frighten or bother us anymore.

Fernando Trías de Bes(*) classifies these new so-called “realities” into four categories. The first one is technology, this has led us to live and experience parallel, real, and fictitious worlds all together in a mix. The second is speed, which means we do not care to verify if something is true, as we are only interested in seeing content grow and evolve. The third consists in a loss of confidence in the formal media that we use to trust to obtain information in the past. Finally, the fourth new reality is a desire to confirm the beliefs and feelings by ourselves, this means that we seek and accept only what we think and feel.
Immediacy is our delight. Information is disseminated, as rumor does, thus generating new public opinions. We are free, independent, and we cherish our ability to access information, but we can distinguish which content is false, true, or paid?

Education and methodological research —scientific method — applied to test the reality of facts, provide the only alternatives to move forward and break free from misinformation and being subjects of manipulation. We must look for reliable sources of information to build a conscious, analytical and less influenced society.

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More: bicebebolivia.com
Total Prize: $15.000
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Creative Conscience Awards 2019

 

The Creative Conscience Awards welcome projects by students and graduates (of up to two years) from any creative discipline. The deadline for 2018 has now passed, but we’ll be launching the 2019 awards at the end of this year. The awards are the perfect opportunity to push your curiosity and create the change you want to see in the world. You can enter the awards solo or in a team (of up to six), and can choose your own issue to tackle or work from one of our exciting briefs.

Example Briefs

Our awards scheme searches for exciting projects with a focus on social impact. You can enter anything you like, as long as the project fits into one of our Impact Themes. We also have some exciting briefs that give a starting point if you feel you need it, tackling some of the most relevant issues that our world faces today. This years deadlines have passed, but feel free to download the briefs for your own personal projects, or to start working early on an entry for the 2019 awards. Shortlisted projects are judged by a panel of industry experts based on your creative approach and the potential impact of your project.

Open Brief Background

If you have an issue that you are passionate about, that you believe could help change the world in a positive way you could enter it under our Open Brief. You could identify something that isn’t working for you about the world around you and look for a solution. We’re interested however big or small your ideas are. We are looking for solutions and provocations that will call people to action and can lead to genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. The themes you might wish to explore can be broad and varied. Past projects have included design solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, campaigns & products against FGM, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living – to list just a few subject areas.

Open Brief Challenge

The Open Brief is your chance to create a project that deals with any issue you’re passionate about solving. Identify something that isn’t working in the world around you and look for a solution, however big or small. We’re looking for solutions and provocations that have the potential to provoke action and have a genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. Past projects have included creative solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living and much more.

Mental Health Background

Negative experiences happen in all of our lives: difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback for example. Mental health can affect anyone. There are many ways we can cope with mental illness: establishing and maintaining relationships, discussing our issues and taking action when possible, however there are stigmas surrounding mental health that we unfortunately need to tackle.

Mental Health Challenge

How can you use your creative skills to aid those with mental health issues? If your life or the life of those around you has been touched by mental health issues, then use these experiences as possible entry points into the brief and as a means of research to explore potential routes and solutions. The challenge really is boundless in however you want to approach it, all we ask is that the outcome is optimistic and empowering towards the audience. Let’s open up and tackle this issue head on to create some real positive change in the world. Here are some useful links to start you off: Movember Onemindinstitute CentreforglobalmentalhealthMind.org.uk

Equality Background

Equality is a human right. Both men and women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Whether this be gender equality as a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole communities, improving the prospects for the next generation. Or more general human rights for minorities, those under threat of being suppressed or living in fear because of who they are or what they believe.

Equality Challenge

Can you think of a way to change current behaviours and inspire people to understand the value brought by treating everyone equally? You may simply want to raise awareness, or perhaps you can think of a way to actively change human behaviour and understanding. Here are some useful links to start you off: Global Goals Rightsinfo Cause2create Creativeequals

Refugee Crisis Background

This brief has been set in partnership with Help Refugees The most basic requirements for refugees to regain their independence are housing, language and employment. Without housing, people become destitute; without the ability to speak the local language, it is very difficult to get a job; without employment independence is almost impossible.

Refugee Crisis Challenge

How can we creatively support the empowerment of refugees in host countries, and improve their access to opportunities? Local language: classes can be expensive and restrictive in terms of the amount that you can study, when and where. What creative solutions could help with this? Employment: refugee unemployment in the UK is 50%, and many refugees are overqualified for the jobs they take. How can we find creative ways to increase people’s chances of finding meaningful work quickly? Integration: how can we build bridges with local communities? Can you find ways to keep community at the heart of these proposals? Empowerment: Can you consider innovative ways for Help Refugees to raise more funds to allow us to do more for empowerment projects? *96p from every pound raised already goes straight to our projects on the ground.

Conscious Consumption Background

We can’t continue to consume and buy ‘stuff’ at our current rate without serious consequences. ‘The story of stuff’ tells us why.

Conscious Consumption Challenge

The Conscious Consumption brief is an opportunity to create solutions to help re-direct our worlds trajectory towards self-destruction. This could explore themes on not just what we consume, but how and why. Where do the things we consume come from, and what are their impact e.g. environmental, psychological and/or societal. What methods could we use to design products that are sustainable and have a minimal or even positive ecological impact? And what would these products be? How could mindsets be shifted (especially in first world countries) away from misguided, and damaging purchasing habits? Why do we consume, and what are the often overlooked motivations for consumption – and are there ways we can nurture or redirect these energies? The solutions to these questions should aim to educate, inspire, excite and encourage new behaviours, so we can consciously consume.

Examples

  • Creating materials/products that do not cause harm to us and our environment (e.g. cradle to cradle)
  • Designing new systems (Donut and sharing economies are examples of this)
  • How can we educate and inform people about their choices in a fun, exciting and positive way.

Reference brands: Patagonia, Fairphones and Rubymoon

The awards ceremony and beyond

If you’re a winner you will receive an invite to our awards ceremony, hosted in London in July. At the ceremony you’ll get to mingle with creatives and professionals from complimentary organisations as well as other winners. Your winning work will be displayed on our site, plus you’ll be invited to be part of the Creative Conscience Collective – a platform to communicate with other winners, past and present, and where exclusive events and opportunities are shared. Beyond the awards, we also help to bring the brightest and most innovative projects to life though our Impact scheme. Providing contacts and mentorship, we support you with your project helping to create tangible impact in the world.

 

More: creativeconscience.org.uk

 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION PAVILOSTA POET HUTS

Pavilosta Poet Huts

The small port town of Pavilosta is located on the western coast of Latvia, at the mouth of the Saka river in Courland. Known for its long sandy beach and idyllic Baltic Sea waters, the town is a popular tourist destination, and is populated with seafaring locals from tenacious fishermen to some of the world’s toughest windsurfers.

The architecture of the town is predominantly low-rise housing, with almost all roads leading to the sea, whose crystal clear waters attract creative people to this small town to rest, rejuvenate, and be inspired.

The Pavilosta Poet Huts architecture competition is tasking participants with delivering designs for residences for visiting poets. The key function of the complex would be to offer free residence to selected poets where they could live and work for a defined period of time.

With competition winners being considered for construction, designs for the Pavilosta Poet Huts should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. As Latvia has a reputation as one of Europe’s greenest countries, the structure should have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

PRIZES:

3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500
+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500
More information about the special awards at poethuts.beebreeders.com.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Early Bird Registration: OCTOBER 25 – DECEMBER 4
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 5 – FEBRUARY 12
Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 13 – APRIL 16

Closing date for registration: APRIL 16, 2019
Closing date for submission: JUNE 4, 2019 (11:59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: JUNE 25, 2019

 

More: poethuts.beebreeders.com

 

Total Prize: $6,000

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE

COMPETITION INTRODUCTION

Rome is one of the least affordable cities in the world due to a number of reasons. The lingering influence of corruption, mixed with a market flooded with so-called “micro-apartments” – tiny properties with just 10, 7 or even 4 square metres of floor space – has created quite the predicament for those looking to live in Rome on a budget.

As major cities are becoming less affordable, they are also becoming more lonely, with individuals feeling more isolated and separated from each other than ever. The concept of collective living has existed for hundreds of years, and is only just beginning to re-emerge in western societies. Communities are created through intentional architecture which creates shared spaces in which residents interact in numerous different ways, from sharing meals and socialising to sharing the burden of child care.

For the Rome Collective Living Challenge, participants are tasked with designing a concept for affordable housing in Rome that fits the ideals of a co-living lifestyle. This competition is a chance for architecture enthusiasts to conceive an entirely new way of living, one that experiments with the concept of low-income housing as a collective. Rather than rolling out hundreds of new tiny apartments in Rome’s city centre, collective living could offer something more than just an affordable place to live; a community to live in within the hustle and bustle of Italy’s capital.

Designs should be minimal in their requirements of land and materials so that they could potentially be rolled out across the city to increase housing stock capacity. No minimum size or amount of the residential units per block has been set, and proposals should be flexible enough to adapt to different locations, sizes, and inhabitant capacity requirements.

There are no pre-selected competition sites and so participants are free to choose any appropriate theoretical site in Rome. A key factor that participants must keep in mind for the Rome Collective Living Challenge is that this is not a simple housing solution – rather it is a new concept in community living, and would need to be developed following the co-living principles.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

 

PRIZES

  • 1ST PRIZE US $3,000 Publications Certificate of Achievement
  • 2ND PRIZE US $1,500 Publications Certificate of Achievement
  • 3RD PRIZE US $500 Publications Certificate of Achievement

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Early Bird Registration: OCTOBER 30 – DECEMBER 11
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 12 – FEBRUARY 15
Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 16 – APRIL 19

Closing date for registration: APRIL 19, 2019
Closing date for submission: JUNE 6, 2019 (11:59 pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: JULY 4, 2019

More: romechallenge.beebreeders.com
Total Prize: $6,000

Chengdu International Home Design Award 2019 by iF (CIHDA)

As the home and furniture industry is on the rise in China, the International Furniture Fair Chengdu has launched a new award in cooperation with iF: The Chengdu International Home Design Award 2019 by iF (CIHDA). The award will also celebrate the fair’s 20th birthday, taking place from 1 to 4 June 2019 in Chengdu.

Manufacturers, designers, sales representatives, importers and distributors related to the home furnishing industry are welcome to participate in the new award until 5 April 2019.

CIHDA is a great opportunity to unlock Western China and to get an international and professional audience for your home designs: Nearly 270,000 buyers and retailers are expected at the Chengdu International Furniture Fair, where all entries that passed the First-round jury will be showcased.


After 20 years of development, International Furniture Fair Chengdu is designed to be presented in a pattern of “One Fair & Double Venues”, in other words, to be held simultaneously in Western China International Expo City and Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition Center, with the exhibition area of 300,000m2 in total. As one of three major furniture exhibitions in China, the preferred platform for domestic furniture trade in China and the first major exhibition in central and western China, it will gather nearly 3,000 exhibitors from both home and abroad and attract professional purchasers about 270,000 person/time.

In 2019, coinciding with its 20th anniversary and striding forward to the goal of “being a leading, trendy and iconic fashion event in the home design circle”, the International Furniture Fair Chengdu will hold an event of “Chengdu International Home Design Award 2019” jointly with iF International Forum Design to encourage the growth of the sector, promote the innovation and upgrading of furniture industry in Chengdu, enhance the design capability of home furnishing industry in China, and strengthen the cooperation and exchange between domestic and foreign furniture industries.

Enterprises related to home furnishing industry are welcomed to participate in the award. Look forward to seeing you in the 20th International Furniture Fair Chengdu on 1 – 4 June 2019.

The International Forum Design is considered as one of the world’s leading industrial design institutions. iF enjoys special recognition thanks to its iF award – one of the world’s key design prizes – staged annually since 1953. As a service provider, iF conceives and implements corporate centered competitions, seminars, workshops, conferences and more. iF’s broad level of integrity and reputability insure the widest possible acceptance among all target groups.

Categories

  • 01 Living Room + Dining Room Furniture
  • 02 Bedroom Furniture
  • 03 Kitchen Furniture
  • 04 Office Furniture
  • 05 Outdoor Furniture
  • 06 Home Accessories

 

More: ifworlddesignguide.com