Details of RIBA-approved competitions are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, email riba. competitions @mail. riba. org
NORTHAMPTON MARKET SQUARE ENHANCEMENT Multi-disciplinary design teams are invited to work with Northampton Borough Council on the environmental regeneration of Northampton's market square. The council is seeking schemes of a high architectural standard that will attract people to the square and raise the profile and viability of the market trading, as well as providing opportunities for entertainment, concerts, cafÚs and a range of activities.The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 March.
CASTLE LANE AREA CULTURAL QUARTER, BEDFORD An open ideas competition on behalf of Bedford Borough Council to redevelop and revitalise the Castle Lane area in Bedford town centre, which currently provides a mix of arts, heritage and car parking.The deadline for submissions is 15 April.
FUTURE HOUSE LONDON A competition exploring the changing nature of the house - properties, functions and physical/social relationships - within the London area. Entries are invited by the end of March. Call the RIBA London on 020 7307 3681 for entry forms.
SHRINKING CITIES An international competition from the German Federal Cultural Foundation that seeks to address the problems associated with an increasing population and job losses.
The deadline for registration is 15 April. All ideas must be submitted by 30 April. For further information visit www. shrinkingcities. com