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Competitions: Editor’s Pick, 21.04.11

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Aberdeen’s Union Terrace gardens design competition, Passive House dwellings for New Orleans and proposals for a London vertical farm; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

A two-stage competition has been launched seeking designs to overhaul the Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. The project includes the landscaping and creation of new gardens, the improvement of street level access from the city centre, and the creation of space for outdoor events, a new cultural centre, a café quarter and improved public transport links. Submissions must be made by 13 June. The shortlist will be announced in the week beginning 18 July and the winning team announced in mid-December.

Designs for homes that can be built to the ‘Passive House’ standard are being sought for use in rehousing communities in New Orleans that lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina. The houses must be affordable, long-lasting and extremely low energy. The winner will receive an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP, worth close to $10,000.The deadline for submissions is 1 May at 11:59pm local time.

Designs for a London-based vertical farm with residential use are wanted as part of a competition launched by AWR. Under the brief, agricultural produce and livestock must be kept within energy self-sufficient vertical multi-storey buildings. A prize of €1,500 will be awarded to the competition winner. The special registration deadline is 6 May. The entry fee is €50 but the cost increases for entries registered after 6 May. The deadline for submissions deadline is 15 July.

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