May 15, 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.
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

05.21.07 Submission: Higher Education Facilities Design Awards 2007
The Boston Society of Architects is looking for design excellence in Higher Education Facilities. Facilities can be public or private and built anywhere in the world after January 1, 1999 and may be new construction or rehabilitations. Firms entering must either submit projects built in or reside in New England. Questions should be directed to Richard Fitzgerald.

05.24.07 Submission: A|L Light & Architecture Design Awards
Architectural Lighting (A|L) magazine seeks to honor outstanding and innovative projects in the field of architectural lighting design. Acknowledging notable issues in lighting design and design techniques particular to lighting, A|L also presents the A|L Virtuous Achievement Awards (ALVA), which recognizes projects that achieve the Best Use of Color; the Best Incorporation of Daylight; and the Best Lighting Design on a Budget. All winning projects will be published in the July/August 2007 issue of A|L and be featured on the website.

05.30.07 Statement of Qualifications: City of Lake Elsinore Design Competition
This design competition solicits ideas for the development of a new civic center in California — which could include a new city hall, council chambers, post office, public library, business incubator, and other government offices or mixed uses in a campus setting. Two sites have been selected for development that differ in size and surrounding environment, but both are relevant to Lake Elsinore’s historic roots and can catalyze downtown development.

06.22.07 Submission: AIA New England’s People’s Choice Awards 2007
Firms submitting project(s) to the AIA New England Design Awards Program may submit an additional display board of a project to the People’s Choice Awards program that will be exhibited at the Ring’s End Showroom prior to the AIA New England Annual Conference October 5-7, 2007 in New Canaan, CT. Visitors to the showroom and library can vote for their favorite projects. The project submission may or may not be the same as that submitted to the Design Awards program. For more information, click the link or contact Joanne Reese at AIA Connecticut.

06.29.07 Submission: Waterfront Awards Program
This awards program will honor waterfront projects, plans, citizen’s efforts (“The Clearwater Award”) and, new in 2007, student awards. Entries are judged by an interdisciplinary jury, and selected entries will be on display on the Waterfront Center’s website. The awards ceremony will take place during the Center’s annual conference November 2, 2007 in Boston.

07.05.07 Submission: Sinocities Awards 2007
FAR Architecture Center Shanghai is holding an international open ideas architecture design competition on new public space. Designers choose a site on Sinocity, a fictional growing city in the heart of China, and apply their innovative designs. All interested architects and related professionals such as architects, urban planners, landscape architects, and students may enter. All projects will be exhibited in Shanghai in August 2007. Winners will receive 35,000 RMB (EUR 3,500) in total, and the award winner will be invited to Shanghai to the Award Ceremony.

07.27.07 Proposal: The Design Trust: Healthy NYC
The Design Trust for Public Space is issuing an RFP focusing on the need to plan for NYC’s healthy future. Mayor Bloomberg’s plaNYC 2030 states that our city will soon be home to over 9 million city residents, older infrastructure, and a less predictable environment. A healthy NYC 2030 — i.e., a city that we all still want to live in — depends on our ability to act now, directing the city’s growth to achieve our goals for the future. Each project proposed should explicitly address this issue.

09.17.07 Registration: Self Sufficient Housing
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is issuing an international summons to architects, designers, and students. This competition encourages the design of a “SELF-FAB HOUSE,” self-sufficient dwellings that anyone can build. Using industrial or traditional craft-based techniques generated by digital processes, software-driven manufacturing, with a focus on sustainability, the prize (total value: 39.500,00 EUR) will be distributed at the discretion of the jury.

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