“Design like you give a damn.”
–Motto of Architecture for Humanity
Summer is a time to play. We’re playing a bit of hooky ourselves for the next two weeks, but thought that we could also turn you on to some serious opportunities to play. Today’s issue includes a number of links to design competitions and design competition websites, in no particular order. We’re specifically highlighting Architecture for Humanity’s international competition to design a girls’ soccer field in a remote part of South Africa.
So kick back (get it?), bend it like Beckham, and enjoy your summer. But get serious about one of these design competitions too.
Design Competition Websites
International Bicycle Design Competition
Dezignare Interior Design Collective
International Interior Design Association
American Society of Interior Designers
Visual Store Retail Design
Core 77 Product Design
Death by Architecture
The Architecture Room
Siyathemba International Design Competition
Earlier this month, Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that promotes architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises, announced Siyathemba–an international design competition to develop a football (soccer) facility for young girls in Somkhele, South Africa. “Siyathemba” is the Zulu word for hope.
In many parts of Africa, sporting activities, especially football (soccer), are being incorporated into a variety of programs geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives. By emphasizing a “team” approach, these programs help impart the skills needed by the next generation to overcome the many challenges faced by their countries, from poverty to HIV/AIDS, malnutrition to educational access.
Through its 2004 competition, Architecture for Humanity is challenging the creative world to design the perfect pitch in Somkhele, an area with one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. This facility, run by medical professionals from the Africa Center for Health and Population Studies, will serve as a gathering place for youth between the ages of 9 and 14, and will serve as the home for the first-ever girls football league in the area. The pitch will also act as a place to disseminate information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and eventually as a service point for mobile health care.
Participants will be challenged to employ sustainable and/or local building material using local labor to realize their design. The facility is to include a youth-sized field, sideline benches, and a small changing room. The entire facility should be built for US $5,000.
In mid-October, a distinguished jury of internationally renowned designers, landscape architects, medical and sports professionals will select three finalists and up to twelve honorable mentions. From the three finalists, the winning design will be chosen by members of the Somkhele Girls Football team. Confirmed jury members include: Design Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Paola Antonelli; award-winning industrial designer Yves Behar; former pro-soccer player and winner of “Survivor Africa,” Ethan Zohn; and Nike Katalyst, Kevin Carroll.
The winning design will be announced on World AIDS day (December 1, 2004) at an exhibition to be held in New York City. All finalists and a number of honorable mentions will also be featured in the March/April 2005 issue of I.D. (International Design) Magazine. In addition to displaying entries on its website, Architecture for Humanity will exhibit selected entries on a traveling exhibition starting in December 2004.
Finally, in tandem with the Siyathemba project, Architecture for Humanity has been distributing donated Nike footballs to our partner medical and relief groups around the world. Already, balls have been sent to youth teams and newly built schools in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Kenya, and South Africa.
The registration deadline is September 1, 2004, and the actual submission deadline is October 15, 2004. The entry fee for the competition is $20 ($30 for late registration). As with all Architecture for Humanity projects, entries from developing countries and communities in need are waived. With funds raised from the competition entry fee, donations and a generous grant made by the Red Rubber Ball Foundation, the winning concept will be built in 2005. It is hoped that the Somkhele Girls football team will kick off its first match at the new pitch by fall 2005. With South Africa set to host the 2010 World Cup the next great player could be found on the Siyathemba pitch.
About Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social, and humanitarian crises. Through competitions, workshops, educational forums, partnerships with aid organizations, and other activities, Architecture for Humanity creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need. Where resources and expertise are scarce, Architecture for Humanity believes that innovative, sustainable, and collaborative design can make a difference.
Visit www.architectureforhumanity.org for more information.
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