CISC Architecture Student Design Competition

Ages:Undergraduate, Graduate

Category:Architecture

Scope:National

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Since it was originally conceived and launched 2001, this competition has been challenging architecture students to develop a deeper understanding of steel structures. Over the years, students have been encouraged to explore the essential relationship between architecture and structure for a given application.

The competition is meant to encourage architectural students to consult with experts, engineers and fabricators to arrive at a true understanding of the structural design and detailing requirements of an actual steel structure – taking the study of steel beyond the technical and into the realm of supposed application.

Students are challenged to design a structure that explores ‘assemblage’ on a site of the designers’ choosing. While the purpose and scale are left to the discretion of the designer, it is important to focus on what it means for us to engage and experience assemblage. The structural focus must utilize exposed steel as a primary structural material, but otherwise, the material palette is open.

In consulting Wikipedia for the meaning of “assemblage” a number of possibilities appear. From a composition perspective, it can refer to text that is “built primarily and explicitly from existing texts to solve a writing or communication problem in a new context.” Within an architectural context, Pamela Popeson of the MoMA refers to assemblage as an architectural tool that “offers a dynamic, inventive connection to cultural context.” In terms of this competition, Assemblage is an invitation for students to explore architectural connections, be they connections between context and structure, or the connections that allow an assemblage of materials and structural elements to come together to form a structural whole. In that sense, the 2016-2017 CISC Architectural Design Competition invites students to explore the utilization of steel as the primary structural element that makes an assemblage possible.

To that end, this competition calls upon students to conceptualize, and realize in detail, a structure of simple program that explores the meaning of assemblage. The exploration will, of course, include issues related to program and site, but the emphasis in this competition is upon the architectural exploration through form and material, on the essential relationship between architecture and structure. The reality of this competition comes in two forms: through the requirement for buildable details, primarily utilizing structural steel; and through the collaboration with the steel fabrication industry on those details. This collaboration is an important component of this competition, as a secondary objective is to expose students to both the opportunities and restraints inherent in realizing conceptual design.

Submissions are reviewed by a Jury for awards.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.cisc-icca.ca/architecture-student-design-competition/

Managing Organization: Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

Contact:

education@cisc-icca.ca

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Undergraduate, Graduate.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

Since it was originally conceived and launched 2001, this competition has been challenging architecture students to develop a deeper understanding of steel structures. Over the years, students have been encouraged to explore the essential relationship between architecture and structure for a given application.

The competition is meant to encourage architectural students to consult with experts, engineers and fabricators to arrive at a true understanding of the structural design and detailing requirements of an actual steel structure – taking the study of steel beyond the technical and into the realm of supposed application.

Process

Students are challenged to design a structure that explores ‘assemblage’ on a site of the designers’ choosing. While the purpose and scale are left to the discretion of the designer, it is important to focus on what it means for us to engage and experience assemblage. The structural focus must utilize exposed steel as a primary structural material, but otherwise, the material palette is open.

In consulting Wikipedia for the meaning of “assemblage” a number of possibilities appear. From a composition perspective, it can refer to text that is “built primarily and explicitly from existing texts to solve a writing or communication problem in a new context.” Within an architectural context, Pamela Popeson of the MoMA refers to assemblage as an architectural tool that “offers a dynamic, inventive connection to cultural context.” In terms of this competition, Assemblage is an invitation for students to explore architectural connections, be they connections between context and structure, or the connections that allow an assemblage of materials and structural elements to come together to form a structural whole. In that sense, the 2016-2017 CISC Architectural Design Competition invites students to explore the utilization of steel as the primary structural element that makes an assemblage possible.

To that end, this competition calls upon students to conceptualize, and realize in detail, a structure of simple program that explores the meaning of assemblage. The exploration will, of course, include issues related to program and site, but the emphasis in this competition is upon the architectural exploration through form and material, on the essential relationship between architecture and structure. The reality of this competition comes in two forms: through the requirement for buildable details, primarily utilizing structural steel; and through the collaboration with the steel fabrication industry on those details. This collaboration is an important component of this competition, as a secondary objective is to expose students to both the opportunities and restraints inherent in realizing conceptual design.

Criteria

Submissions are reviewed by a Jury for awards.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.cisc-icca.ca/architecture-student-design-competition/

Managing Organization: Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

Contact:

education@cisc-icca.ca

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Undergraduate, Graduate.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.