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Competitions: Editor's pick, 09.08.12

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A $33 million gallery in Canada’s Winnipeg region, three new builds for Surrey UNiversity and the Be Open think tank call for ‘humanitarian’ solutions. The editor’s pick of this week’s top contests.

[Expressions of interest to be received by 4 September] Canada’s Winnipeg Art Gallery is now inviting expressions of interest for the design of the gallery’s Inuit Art and Learning Centre in an open public call encouraging ‘diversity of ideas and options’. The proposed 3,600m² centre has a construction budget of $33.4 million with a groundbreaking ceremony expected in 2014. A short list of three to five architectural teams will be selected and interviewed to decide the commission.

[Completed PQQs to be returned by 28 August] The University of Surrey is on the hunt for architect services to expand its Faculty of Health and Medical Studies by constructing three new build centres in Guildford. The bio-science laboratories, lecture theatres and academic offices will have a total floor area over the three buildings of approximately 9,000 m² and a construction value of 18 million. Building work is expected late next year with final completion due by September 2015.

[Projects to be submitted by 15 August] The creative think tank Be Open have launched their ‘humanitarian’ contest open designers between 18 and 30 years old. New solutions and technologies to current issues are called for with entries welcome in five categories from urban improvements, objects in industrial design, multimedia works and a plus category for entries not fitting the previous options. A fifth category welcomes solely architecture projects which are ‘considered unique’ with the winner to take home a £7,800 production grant.

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