Details 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 UIA STUDENT COMPETITION The International Union of Architects is launching the UIA 2005 Istanbul student competition.Based on the theme 'creating space in extreme and extraordinary conditions', the competition invites entrants to exercise their creative powers in the face of challenging conditions by designing spaces for different functions chosen by them in places which are extraordinary in terms of geographic location, topography, flora, climate, social, economic and political conditions.Further information will be available from 1 September at www. uia2005 istanbul. org.The deadline for entries is March 2005.
MAKE OLYMPIC SPLASH WITH LDA The London Development Agency (LDA) has launched a competition to design the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games bid. The flagship swimming facility is to be built on a disused site in the Lower Lea Valley, east London.
Designers and architectural practices wishing to enter the competition should email aquaticprequal@capita. co. uk.
Closing date is 5 July.
TRANSFORM CENTRAL SALFORD Salford is launching an international architecture and design competition to design a vision and blueprint to transform central Salford during the next 20 years.Part of the transformation will include mixed-tenure housing, schools, safe and inspiring open spaces and leisure facilities, retail shops and better transportation.Expressions of interest to be received by 16 July.A competition brief can be obtained by emailing Colette Hilton at colette. hilton@salford. gov. uk.