The Architectural Association / Environments, Ecology and Sustainability Research Cluster Competition

This is a competition in search of innovative architectural methodologies and design-related research working towards an ever-evolving understanding of environments, ecology and sustainability. The aim of the competition is to locate new projects that consider the larger contextual issues of environmental change while formulating critical and informed responses. The competition welcomes submissions that absorb new design methods, tectonics, materials, spatial organizations, social structures, formal within their conceptual and proposed frameworks, and/or political parameters that engage with complex environmental and sustainable parameters. All current projects and research initiatives that integrate design methodologies and techniques with environmental issues are eligible. Projects of all scales and types research, ideas or built work are eligible as long as they have been commenced or completed after 2003. Submissions will be thematically grouped at the discretion of the technical jury prior to final evaluation. The competition seeks high-quality projects that provide insights into the evolution of contemporary design techniques in relation to the environment and sustainability.

The competition is open to all architects, students, landscape architects, designers, urban designers, planners, engineers, educators and researchers. Multidisciplinary teams that include specialists and cross-professional/cross-educational fields are encouraged. The entry fee is 20.

First prize is 2,000 plus commendation prizes, and up to 1,000 will be awarded to projects which have highlighted critical inventiveness in the area of the environment, ecology and sustainability.Honourable mentions will be distributed at the jury’s discretion.

The exhibition is to be hosted at the Architectural Association’s Bedford Square premises in London. The exhibition will host a forum discussion between the members of the international and multidisciplinary jury. The exhibition, competition results, idea/project organizational visualizations, introductory articles and excerpts from the forum will be published in 2006 and will be available on the web.

April 28, 2006 is the queries deadline, and August 7, 2006 is the registration deadline. The submission deadline is September 4, 2006.

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