Ambassador Awards for Chicago VAF Conference 2/1/2015
The VAF Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF’s annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF’s recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF’s visibility on campuses. The total Award amount per institution is limited to $2500 with a maximum of $500 per student. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015. More information.
Miami University Center for Engagement Summer Workshop May 20th - June 27th, 2015
Join us for a six-week design/build experience. Work with a non-profit client on a community design initiative. Students will: redesign and/or renovate buildings in a nationally recognized historic district, interact with consultants, code officials, and materials suppliers, develop detailing, construction and project management skills. The design/build studio is located in Over-the-Rhine, an inner-city neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio that is marked by extremes of gentrification and homelessness. The purpose of the workshop is to create a well-rounded experience where students engage with the community on many levels - not just as design advocates, but as neighbors. Student's enrolled in the six week workshop will be "In Residency" and live in apartments provided by our non-profit partner, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. This studio workshop provides six (6) semester credit hours to the student. More information.
Design Competition Envisions Continued Evolution for Gowanus Neighborhood
May 15, 2015
Historically Toxic Waterway Presents Opportunity For Growth
Brooklyn, New York, January 20, 2015: Gowanus by Design announces its third international design competition, “Axis Civitas.” The deadline for submission is Friday, May 15, 2015.
The two-component competition asks participants to first map and present conditions relevant to the Gowanus area in a Gowanus Atlas and second to use that analysis as the basis for design of an Urban Field Station that would be open to the public. The Atlas, a collective mapping of the watershed surrounding the canal, will be a planning tool and local resource supported by the Field Station to facilitate the community's grassroots collaboration in the continuing evolution of the neighborhood.
Previous competitions for envisioning future development of this area have attracted over 225 entries from around the world. A jury comprised of leaders in the fields of architecture, design, urban planning, and conservancy select winners in the areas of architectural design, community programming, and urban ecology. Prizes are awarded to the 1st place, 2nd place, and honorable mention winners. A total of $7,500 will be distributed to the winners at the discretion of the jury and the competition committee. A select group of entries will be included in a public exhibit and presented to agencies and local elected officials to help influence the city's effort to rezone the Gowanus neighborhood. More information