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Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Urban Poverty Paper Competition

2013 Paper Competition/Policy Workshop/Publication
$1000 Grand Prize
Abstracts due: March 15, 2013

"To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring a fourth annual paper competition. The competition seeks abstracts for a paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world."

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CAUMME 2012 International Symposium, Istanbul


Istanbul November 21-23 2012 

Symposium Chair, Professor Murat SOYGENIS 
Symposium Co-Chair, Professor Ashraf M. SALAMA 

Since the beginning of the new millennium, it was apparent that a new phase influencing the development of architecture and urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East had begun, when rulers, decision makers, and top government officials developed stronger interest in architecture and development. With such a sturdy interest many cities in this region are experiencing rapid growth coupled with fast track urbanization processes, and marked by large scale work, learning and residential environments, and mixed use developments. This is witnessed from Istanbul’s intensive urbanization process to Abu-Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island Development to Bahrain Financial Harbor, and from Kuwait’s City of Silk to the future city of Qatar, Lusail. Notably, some cities have acquired a geo-strategic importance. Through the shift of global economic forces, they have developed to central hubs between old economies of Western Europe and the rising economies of Asia. In the context of international competition between cities new challenges are emerging. Organized jointly by Faculty of Architecture at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul and the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University in Doha, this symposium addresses a number of sub-themes unique to architecture and urbanism in this part of the world including:

1. Architectural Identity, City Branding, and Image Making.
2. Architecture and Urbanism of Cities within Cities.
3. Informal Urbanism-Behind the Scenes of the Global Images.
4. Multiculturalism and the Emerging City.
5. Place Making, Politics and Urban Power.
6. Scapes of Flows and the Contemporary City.
7. Social Impacts, Health and Sustainable Environments.
8. Urban Cohesion, Sustainability and Community Participation.
9. Urban Sprawl, Density, and Transport.
10. Urban-Spatial Regeneration and Heritage Conservation.

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Malaysian Architectural Education Conference: The Future of Architectural Education

The Malaysian Architectural Education Conference (MAEC 2012), organised by the Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and advised by the Malaysian Council of Heads of Architecture Schools (COHAS) will be held on 4th and 5th October 2012. With the theme “The Future of Architectural Education”, the conference aims to bring together internationally and locally renowned architects, educators and scholars to present their views, debate current modes, and investigate possible new directions in architectural education in Malaysia.

 Architectural education is now shifting due to multiple factors that pose unprecedented challenges to our profession and lives. These factors include the population growth, the information knowledge revolution, the changing social and cultural realities, the globalization of the economy, the arising new technologies and materials, the increasing environmental degradation/consciousness, the pressures of urbanization and migration, among many others. So, how can architectural curriculum integrate a critical understanding and approach to the issues and events that will most likely impact society, architecture and ourselves in the years ahead? How can educators of architecture prepare themselves to face these challenges?




VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Stadtarbeit In Stadtarbeit a format was developed within the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK festival enabling designers to participate in the event by producing a project so outstanding for its qualities in addressing social themes that it qualified for selection by a jury. Participation in the festival is free of charge because of this selection; moreover a grant of € 700,- (excl. VAT) is available for implementation costs. The goal of Stadtarbeit is to push through projects that address issues of social development just as much as urban work, the social space, improvement of communication between different population groups, and improvement of the living conditions of minorities. As far as possible, this will concern projects in the public space, but they must at least be accessible and understandable to the general public. This is regardless of whether they materialise as an action, a participatory project, an object or a guideline for action.

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HOME international open design competition

Building Trust international have just announced a new open design competition, which seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions and in the worst cases sleeping rough. HOME International Open Design Competition is directed to designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalized within society a safe place to live. Building Trust international ask contestants to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international will work alongside local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.

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