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Competitions: Editor's Pick

‘Meanwhile’ projects in the run up to the Olympics, a hotel design competition in Mexico, and an ideas competition for the Thames Gateway; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

A competition is being launched as part of the multi-billion pound transformation of key sites in the main Olympic borough of Newham. The competition aims to find temporary uses for two sites in the Royal Docks and a third in Canning Town in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Proposals for ‘meanwhile’ projects, which will occupy the sites up to, during, and possible after the 2010 Games, are sought, particularly those which will attract people to the Royal Docks and Canning Town sites.  The deadline for entries is 24 January 2011.

CoARQ invites architects, designers and architecture students to participate in the Hotel Centro International Ideas Competition.  The competition is for the design of a new hotel on a site in downtown Guadalajara, Mexico.  Founded in 1542, architecture in the area comprises 16th-century Spanish buildings from those built in the present day. The Hotel Centro competition seeks proposals which are sensitive to this history, but which will also benefit cultural tourism.  Participants must register by 18 February 2011 and the deadline for submissions is 11 March.

The Biological Architecture Foundation has launched a competition to rethink the future of London.  Asking designers and architects to think about the possibilities of a water-based city, BA is looking for proposals which identify new uses for the Thames Gateway area.  There are no restrictions in regards to cite, program or size as the objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without very specific constraints in the most creative way. The full brief and competition material can be found on the competition website: The deadline for registration is 1 March.

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