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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 06.01.11

The Architecture Foundation’s Bankside BikeShed competition, a museum for the RAF’s Battle of Britain collection and the Glasgow Institute 2011 architectural drawing contest; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

The Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched an international design competition for a portable bike shed at Bankside, south London. Run on behalf of local business improvement district Better Bankside, the brief is for a modular, portable and secure cycle parking solution. Open to architects, designers, artists, product designers and other disciplines, entrants are encouraged to produce ‘flexible and innovative yet realisable’ proposals. The deadline for registration and payment is 16 February with Architecture Foundation members exempt from the competition’s £30 entry fee.

The Royal Air Force Museum has begun an international search has to find an architect to design a new £30 million landmark ‘beacon’ to house its Battle of Britain collection. Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) had previously come up with ‘an overall strategic direction and core concept’ (see below) however the AJ understands the eventual contest winner would not be bound by the practice’s initial designs for a 116m-tower. The contest is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants and the deadline for submission of entries is 21 January.

Last but not least, the deadline for entries to the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts’ annual architectural drawing competition is tomorrow (7 January). Open to anyone whose study or work is related to the architectural profession, the top prize is £1,000 with three runners-up each receiving £250 cash. Alan Dunlop will judge competition entries along with Gareth Hoskins Architects partner Gary Johnson.

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