By Nick Gilbert
A student design competition for 2012 has been declared by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Alcoa’s Kawneer business. The competition will be funded by Kawneer business and handled by the AIAS.
In this competition, students will be required to redesign a dated public library, which should appeal to all generations. This urbanized library should also incorporate the latest technologies. Total prize money allotted is $7,750, and the design team who wins the first place will receive $3,000.
Students can learn about building techniques and materials, in particular architectural aluminum building systems and products. Development of a new-age public library requires contestants to integrate various Kawneer products, ranging from curtain wall systems, framing systems to window and entrances, as they are associated with efficient community spaces.
Four architectural professionals will be the judges in this design competition who will assess submissions, depending on originality, ingenuity, clarity of the design and the potential to form an artistic view, which sets off the environment and community. The appraisal and selection of winning designs will include factors such as perfect usage of materials, sunshades to improve natural light and other light shelves.
This competition is being organized in order to engage design and architecture students from schools globally. Individual participants or a group, containing up to four students, can submit their work. Registration will be closed by October 14, 2012. Design submission must be on or before November 29, 2012. Winning designs will be exhibited at the AIA Convention and Design Exposition, to be held in June 2013.