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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 03.03.11

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A downtown redevelopment scheme in the Swiss Alps town of Andermatt, the Design Council’s A&E design competition and an ideas competition run by the Architecture Foundation; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

The Swiss Alps town of Andermatt has launched an international design competition to masterplan and design its new downtown area development.The project aims to build a new railway station, sports centre and ‘Valley Station’ shuttle train terminal on a ‘low-lying’ triangular shaped site which links the old Andermatt village to a new resort. The deadline for registration is 14 March and the procedural language is German.

The Design Council has launched a competition for architects and designers to propose solutions which could quell violence and aggression in A&E departments at UK hospitals, which is currently estimated to cost at least £69 million a year. The winning design team or teams will develop a variety of solutions to give patients, visitors and staff a better and safer experience in A&E. The closing date for entries is the 4 April.

The Architecture Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts have launched an ideas competition for architects aimed at finding future uses for the profession’s skills. The open competition aims to gather material for a ‘Day of Ideas’ which will take place later this year at the society’s headquarters in London. The best entry will receive a cash prize. Entries could be ‘examples of the resourcefulness’ showing how architects have delivered projects to a public platform in the current climate of financial constraint. The deadline for entries is 6.00pm GMT on Friday 8 April.  

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