Advanced Architecture Contest

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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and HP are pleased to announce the 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest, on the theme of The Self-Sufficient City: Envisioning the habitat of the future.

The aim of the competition is to promote online discussion and research through which to generate insights and visions, ideas and proposals that help envisage what the city and the habitat of the 21st century will be like.

The competition is open to architects, planners, designers and artists who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, socialization and globalization, with a view to enhancing the connected self-sufficiency of our cities.

The competition jury, which is composed of architects, directors of some of the world's foremost architecture schools, and mayors of cities such as Barcelona, is looking for outstanding proposals for any city in the world, at any scale, and within any timescale.

The proposal should include whatever texts, drawings and other images may be needed to make it fully understandable.


  • The competition is opened to students and professionals.

  • There is no age limit; the projects may be carried out be individually or in groups, with no restriction on the number of members of the team.


    The following will not be eligible to take part in the competition:

  • Any individual or organization related to the promoting organization, such as members of the advisory committee or sponsored researchers, and anyone professionally associated with the promoter;

  • Members of the Competition Jury and organizing Staff, or any person to whom a member of the jury acts as director, supervisor or adviser;

  • Any person directly or indirectly involved in the summary of the Competition.


  • The competition prizes will consist of three scholarships for the IaaC Masters in Advanced Architecture for academic year 2010-11,

  • Cash prizes,

  • Latest generation of large-format HP printers.

  • The selected projects will go on show in a major exhibition, due to open in Barcelona in May 2010, which will then travel to key cities around the world.

  • The best projects will also be featured in a book to be published by Actar.

    The project is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Housing, the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona City Council, and the publishing house

    Deadline: 28th September 2009

    For more information and application, visit: Advanced Architecture Contest Website

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