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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 04.10.12

Camden’s Agar Grove Estate, Dublin City University and creative solutions to worthwhile causes. The editor’s pick of this weeks top competitions

Camden Council is seeking an architect for the £55 million redevelopment of the Agar Grove Estate (pictured). The job covers RIBA stages A to L and involves the demolition of 112 existing homes and the construction of 361 new homes in a mix of private and shared ownership. [Requests to participate to be received by 19 October]

Dublin City University has opened a single-stage contest to design its new main entrance. The project aims to ‘reinvigorate the appearance and functionality of the campus’. The winner will take home £7,900, with second and third places sharing a £6,300 prize fund. [Registration deadline 1 November]

The Design Council is supporting a student competition focusing on worthwhile causes. Currently enrolled UK students should demonstrate how creativity can achieve positive change for a chosen cause. The top three entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony and internships, placements and bursaries will be offered to the students behind the winning schemes. [Entries to be completed by February 2013]

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  • Following an afternoon of about turns, sharp lefts and then 180 rotations by the organisers of the Fort Albert competition (as well as their publication of all the names of those who were set to submit entries), isn't it about time that some kind of framework for competitions was set up. Just thinking out loud, but surely the RIBA should be the body through which competitions are organised and they should organise them to absolutely minimise the completely unnecessary time wasting and abortive work which is costing the profession £100,000's and many lost evenings and weekends for very little (if any) net return. I would suggest that in most cases the only consultants that really make a profit from competitions are those that organise them and they are incentivised to retrieve as much free work and intellectual property from as many architects as possible. What other profession tolerates this on such a scale, hard times or otherwise?

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