INTRODUCTION

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.



THE OPPORTUNITY  

The 2012-2013 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

Category I BUILDING TO BRIDGE challenges architecture students to design a pedestrian bridge that will enrich its location and provide a vital spatial connection. The bridge in this instance must also include an ancillary function – small pavilion – that supports the cause for the crossing. Steel offers great benefits in this endeavor, as it allows for longer spans and more creativity.

Category II OPEN submission design option will permit the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.



STRUCTURAL STEEL  

Steel should be used as the primary structural material with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. Structural steel offers a number of strengths in building design including high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and offers the ability to span great distances with slenderness and grace. Steel can be shaped to achieve curved forms and can be erected quickly to meet tough construction schedules under almost any weather condition. Steel can be easily modified to satisfy the life cycle of a building including changing occupant requirements. Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Today structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source of material being automobiles. It is the environmentally sound choice for a building material. Architects have praised the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness, strength and transparency of frame.



BUILDING TO BRIDGE PROGRAM  

This project category is to develop a design for a pedestrian bridge that will enrich its location and provide a vital spatial connection. Pedestrian bridges bring together architecture and engineering in a unique way. Free from deeply technical requirements, they can be playful with their structure and form and assume an iconography associated with their purpose of connection and sense of place. Steel construction offers students great benefits in this endeavour, as it allows for wider spans and more creativity. Steel must be used as the primary structural material, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.

Steel has played an important role in bridge design. With the advances in structural materials and construction methods, longer spans have become possible, enabling the connections of places and cultures. Bridge design is one of the most pure areas for testing architectural ideas. With the primary function “to span”, the bridge can openly exploit its method of span as an integral driver to its architecture and detailing.

The bridge must include an ancillary function – anchor pavilion – that creates a destination and supports the cause for crossing. This could be an interpretive center, gift shop, library, or small museum that serves to explain and enhance the location and the experience of crossing. Since the construction of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, pedestrian bridges have often had auxiliary programs added to the function of connection or passage. Places to sit, view or perform frequently add a more architectural component to the idea of the bridge.

The project will concentrate on formulating specific thoughtful concepts and designs and carrying these ideas to a detailed level. The project should be developed with an integrative approach to building materials and systems—structural, environmental, enclosure, etc.—while maintaining an overall design concept. Participants will develop a selected physical area of the project in greater detail considering the building or bridge’s structural and technical issues through larger-scale drawings. Through rendered perspectives and elevations, the proposals should demonstrate surface qualities including material, color, texture, and light. The design should reflect best practices in the use of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, including an understanding of the fabrication and erection of the bridge and its associated auxiliary components.

Along with structural, tectonic and technical issues above, designs should respond to context (larger regional influences of geography, topography and latitude), climate (sun, wind, light and water), and culture (patterns of interaction rising from human occupation of place). Projects should be designed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

The general program is outlined below. The program should guide development of a rich sequence of experiences: from the anchor pavilion that introduces the theme of the bridge as crossing, to views of the bridge and from the bridge, as well as aspects of the occupation of the bridge



OPEN CATEGORY PROGRAM  

The ACSA/AISC 2012-2013 Steel Design Student Competition offers architecture students the opportunity to participate in an open competition category with limited restrictions. This category will allow the students (with the approval of a faculty sponsor) to select a site and building program. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. The project should in part explore the use of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel.

 

The Category II program should be at a minimum of equal complexity as the Building to Bridge program. Category II entrants must submit a written building program along with the final submission.

 

RESTRICTIONS
To enter the open competition students may select any building occupancy/type and the building must have at least one space requiring long-span steel structure. Students may not enter both categories of the competition.



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EXHIBITION

The projects will be on view at the 2014 ACSA Annual Meeting in Miami (April) and the American Institute of Architects2014 AIA Convention in Chicago (June). 





SUMMARY BOOK

In Fall 2013 ACSA & AISC will be publishing a full competition summary book highlighting all of the winners. Please check back to view more images and additional information on all of the winners.

+ Check out past competition winners