Line of Site: An Architectural Adventure

Line of Site is an ideas competition open worldwide for those 18 years or older.

Sponsored by ACO Technologies, Sony Corporation, Building Design bd, and SketchUp by Google, the competition calls for sketch designs, not fully developed designs. The organizers are looking for the initial ideas that capture the essence of creativity and mark the point when those ideas take shape. The sketch may be submitted as a freehand drawing or as a digital image.

There are three parts to the competition. The first part concerns Everest Base Camp which functions as a hostel for climbers preparing for ascent, a mountain clinic/emergency hospital, an education centre for managing/protecting the environment, and a waste management centre (disposables resulting from expeditions).

Secondly, the UNDP World Waters’ Embassy Headquarters as a headquarters for world water management (drought regions), an international office for policy and for water development projects – from drinking water to agricultural development.

The third component is the Thames Tideway Opera House, a visual landmark in the same vein as the Sydney Opera House but flexible in function to operate as a gallery, opera house, theatre and small exhibition centre. It will offer restaurant facilities and some unique form of promoting conservation in the area.

June 29, 2006 is the submission deadline for the first component of the Everest Base Camp; August 3, 2006 is the deadline for the second component of the UNDP World Waters’ Embassy Headquarters; and September 7, 2006 is the deadline for the third and last component of the Thames Tideway Opera House.

Twelve finalists will each receive Sony VAIO Professional notebooks: first prize is a top-of-the-line notebook fully loaded with he latest professional versions of SketchUp and Google Earth, along with a bundle of peripherals and a Sony MP3 Player. Second and third prizes consist of fully loaded mid-range professional notebooks, peripherals and MP3 Walkmans. The remaining nine finalists will receive fully loaded entry-level professional notebooks.

There is no fee to enter. For more information, please visit