March 20, 2007
by Murrye Bernard Assoc. AIA LEED AP

Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
If you have ideas, projects, opinions — or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below — we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

Submission: Open Architecture Prize
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year’s TED Prize and founder of Architecture for Humanity, announced the first ever Open Architecture Prize at the annual TED Conference. The $250,000 Open Architecture Prize is the largest prize in the field of architecture and is designed to be an international multi-year program. Each year, a winning design will be chosen from a field of low-cost, sustainable design projects to be built in a selected community. The first project for the Open Architecture Prize will be an “e-community center,” a centralized building equipped to enable an entire community to access the Internet. The winning designs will be built as part of the prize and in alignment with the 50×15 Initiative, a program founded by AMD to connect 50 percent of the world’s population to the Internet by 2015.

03.30.07 Submission: 2007 AIA NYS Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the AIA, the theme of the 2007 AIA New York State Convention (10.04.07-10.06.07) will be “The Past as Prologue.” Proposals will be accepted for seminar topics that address this theme — or better yet, take it to the next level — to educate design professionals.

04.06.07 Call for Papers: Sixth International Conference on Courthouse Design
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice seeks contributions to a discussion among world leaders in the justice field regarding innovation in planning, design, technology, and research for courthouses. This year’s theme is Sustainable Excellence, and the conference, which will take place at the Marriot Brooklyn Bridge 09.26-09.28.07, will explore ideas surrounding sustainable communities, design excellence, green design, among others. For more information click the link; for inquiries, address all questions to Katherine Gupman, AIA project manager via e-mail or call 202-626-8051.

04.10.07 Request for Proposals: Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium Remodeling
FC Barcelona is calling for architects from around the world to remodel Camp Nou (FC Barcelona stadium) into a modern stadium. The stadium will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 09.24.07. The selection process is through an international tender that is supported by the Association of Architects of Catalunya, which will contribute the necessary expertise for selecting the architect, or team of architects, who will be commissioned for the project.

04.13.07 Call for Papers: Worship Facilities Conference
The Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) is seeking qualified presenters for the educational sessions to be offered at WFX 2007, October 24-26 in Atlanta, GA. This event, now in its third year, is designed to help decision makers in houses of worship pull together their strategies for facilities design, financing, building management, and audio-visual and IT technologies.

05.09.07 Submission: Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship
The annual New York Prize Fellowship brings emerging practitioners and scholars to the Van Alen Institute headquarters in NYC and supports early- to mid-career architects, designers, planners, and individuals from other disciplines across the arts, humanities, and sciences. Fellows pursue advanced independent study to generate projects — such as exhibitions, installations, and symposia — on the most significant issues shaping the design and use of public space. The Institute seeks projects that approach architecture as a cultural practice with public consequence and that engage public audiences. The Council will select up to five Fellows for periods of three months each in 2007- 2008. Fellowships include a stipend, project support, individual office/studio space at the Institute with publishing opportunities.

05.29.07 Submission: Columbus Re-wired: Visions for Intersections
AIA Columbus, in partnership with AIA National, is sponsoring three community charrettes which will culminate in an international competition focusing on the current and future state of public transportation in Columbus, OH. Generating dialogue about public transportation, special emphasis is on illustrating how multiple transportation modes can work together to provide a complete network connecting citizens with their community and sparking economic development.

06.01.07 Submission: World Habitat Awards 2007
The Building and Social Housing Foundation seeks entries for the World Habitat Awards 2007 competition, initiated in 1985 to identify practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to current housing issues capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere. The competition is open to all individuals and organizations, including central and local governments, NGOs, community-based groups, research organizations, and the private sector. Two winners will receive £10,000, presented at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.


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