New architecture and design competitions addressing COVID-19, microneighborhoods, school design, and skyscrapers of the future

Bird's-eye view of Seattle where a new ideas competition aims to reduce the region's auto-dependency and improve walkability. Photo: Josh Fields/Pexels.

Bird’s-eye view of Seattle where a new ideas competition aims to reduce the region’s auto-dependency and improve walkability. Photo: Josh Fields/Pexels.

Included in this week’s curated picks of new architecture competitions listed on Bustler are four design challenges with a focus on walkable microneighborhoods in Seattle, architectural responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new elementary school in Senegal, and innovative skyscraper ideas.

For the complete list of newly listed competitions click here.

Towards A Region Of Short Distances
Registration Deadline: Friday, Sep 18, 2020
Submission Deadline: Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Much of the area within the central Puget Sound Urban Growth Area is auto-dependent. […] How do we incrementally reshape our region to eradicate urban automobile dependency? A “City of Short Distances”, in which most needs of daily life are a short walk or bike-ride away, is the logical path forward for our region. We seek ideas that explore seeding areas of the greater Seattle region plagued by poor walkability with incrementally developed “microneighborhoods” at walkable intervals to restructure our region.

‘What is to be asked?’ – Architecture and Urbanism Beyond COVID19, Open Call for Collaborative Research and Proposal
Register/Submit Deadline: Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

What is the question to be asked now? In the crisis from living environment that we called earth, architecture and city are facing due to COVID19, What is To be Asked Platform_WTA Platform is set up, to reflect and gather wisdom from professionals, researchers and citizens globally. Each one of us should draw a map by gathering individual observation during COVID19, and through cooperation and alliance, we invite questions and topics that worth exploring deeply.

Register/Submit Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020

Archstorming is calling for proposals to design an elementary school in Marsassoum, Senegal. The school is currently constructed of bamboo walls and zinc roofs and it is in very bad conditions. The classrooms rarely survive the rainy season and that results in the cancellation of classes and students failing their academic year. In this competition we will research innovative and low-cost construction techniques in order to replace this temporary school with built structures. One of the most important aspects of this competition is to inspire people so they can build their own houses using the same technique once the construction of the school has finished.

2021 Skyscraper Competition
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2021 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations; along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

If you would like to contribute competitions, award programs, or calls for submissions that aren’t listed on Bustler yet, send them directly to our team to review. We may include them in next week’s roundup.

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